"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 5 July 2002


Upcoming Speaking Engagements

During the course of a year, I have the unique opportunity to speak to various genealogy and historical societies. I enjoy sharing with others the techniques and resources I have developed over the last 30-years of research.

I generally speak to societies, outside of Houston on the weekends and local groups on weeknights. I do not charge a society to speak or to present an all-day genealogy seminar. It is my way of giving back. Someone helped me to learn how to do genealogy and I fell it’s my obligation to teach others.

Here is a list of my upcoming speaking engagements:

Saturday, 27 July 2002 - Texas Czech Genealogical Society's 2nd Annual Workshop "Hats Off to Genealogy Conference" - Speaker for two sessions [Topics: "20th Century Military Research" & "Cemetery Preservation"] - Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr., Bryan, Brazos County, Texas. For seminar information visit http://www.brazosport.cc.tx.us/~czech/ or contact: Charlene Hurta at telephone 979/849-0348 or by e-mail fhurta@brazosport.cc.tx.us.

Saturday, 10 August 2002 - Grimes County Genealogy Rooters Seminar - 10:00 a.m., Navasota Public Library, 1411 E. Washington Ave., Navasota, Texas 77868-3240, Telephone Number: 936/825-6744. For Information contact: Pam Johnson at 936/825-3747 or by e-mail jessaree@tconline.net or visit their website at: http://www.geocities.com/gc_roots_branches/.

Thursday, 22 August 2002 - 1960 PC USERS GROUP GENEALOGY SIG - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Cypress Creek Christian Church & Community Center, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., 2nd Floor Room #30, Spring, Texas 77379 (off Cypresswood Drive, near Steubner Airline). For more information visit their website at: http://www.1960pcug.org/~genealogy/.

Saturday, 18 January 2003 - Walker County Genealogical Meeting [Topic: "Cemetery Preservation] - 9:30 a.m. at Forrest Masonic Lodge, 1030 12th Street (1/2 block east of the courthouse). For more information visit: http://www.dickensonresearch.com/wcgen.htm or e-mail: info@DickensonResearch.com or write: WCGS, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342-01295.

Monday, 10 March 2003 – Humble Genealogical Society Meeting – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the Teaching Theater at Kingwood College, Kingwood, Texas - For information contact: Sherrie Foreman at 281/358-1032 or e-mail cdforeman@earthlink.net.

Saturday, June 28, 2003 - Speaker [Topic: "Cemetery Preservation"} & Exhibitor's Table at the "Texas Genealogy and Family History Fair" sponsored by the Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Walker County Fair Grounds located 4-miles west of Huntsville, Texas on State Highway 30. For more information visit: http://www.dickensonresearch.com/fair.htm or e-mail: info@DickensonResearch.com or write: WCGS, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342-01295.

Book Review

Nelson, Bettye & Bill, Lois Gainer Remembers: 80 Years of Small Town and Country Life in and Around Hutto, Texas. Austin, TX: Nortex Press, 2000.

This is not a book of expert advice or one of the slick how to reinvent your life books, it is a book of life experiences. It is Louis Gainer’s accumulation of articles, remembrances, tales, and debates about her “80 years of small town and country life in and around Hutto, Texas.”

Lois didn’t begin writing until she was 75-years old when Kay Johnson, Editor of the “Hutto Herald” began publishing her column “Memories.” Her book takes you on a memory trip through the cozy warmth of country kitchens, recollections, funny and humorous stories, and family holidays.

I was very lucky the day this wonderful little book came in the mail. I started reading it at lunch and couldn’t put it down! What a lively and entertaining collection or family stories. It is a classic case study on how to develop and write your family stories for future generations.

The book is a collection of her past columns and they are brisk, amusing and informative, is at times a sparkling storybook of backyard and barnyard stories, some of immense value and some of immense amusement.

What a joy it was to read this marvelous collection of stories and what a wonderful legacy to leave your family!

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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