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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 12 September 2002

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Last week, I took the opportunity to talk about how sometimes in our quest for ancestors we overlook our living relatives.

I received an eloquent e-mail from one of my readers, Charles H. (Chuck) Bobo, Dictator of the BOBO Family Assn., who lives in Huntsville, AL (Bobo Family website http://www.FamilyBobo.org), who graciously allowed me to share his comments and experiences from taking immediate action in response to last week’s column:

“What a great reminder your column of Sept. 4th was. It made me realize that I have four older cousins who have so much to share about growing up in the Depression Years and others, like me, who were in the military in the period just after WWII and the Korean War.

When I spoke to one of the older cousins, I found that she had written about 80 typed, single space pages of memories of growing up in the Depression years. She gave me a copy and welcomed my idea of printing them and making them available to all the cousins.

She lives more than 100 miles away and I seldom see her, except at funerals. We talked for more than an hour this time on the phone and I struck a gold mine.

She has more than 300 old family photos and invited me to visit her with my computer and scanner and get them into the family files. She has identification on all of them, which I do not have on many my father left. He very carefully put identification on the back of each of his photos: PAPA'S FOLKS or MAMA'S FOLKS.

Your column prompted me to phone another cousin, whom I barely knew. She was a third cousin who lived more than 1,000 miles away. Her father was a half-generation-older than I, and I never knew him, though I "inherited" his genealogical research upon his death. Someone had thrown away all the records, except the conclusion he had reached.

I found from his daughter, that her father David had kept a detailed daily journal from his senior year of high school in 1931 until his death in 1985. She has all the journals and invited me to transcribe them and use the material in our family history.

If I had a gold mine with his sister's photos and memoirs, I have a diamond mine with his journals. He was a minister who began preaching while a senior in boarding school. He came home each weekend and preached in one rural church on Saturday evenings and in another on Sunday morning. He went on to earn Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor's Degrees in Theology; led several churches, taught Hebrew, Greek and Latin at the university level and lead groups to Holy Land.

I have my work cut out for the next decade, and it started with your column when I started contacting some older cousins.”

I really enjoy hearing from my readers. Please feel free to send me your genealogy stories, quests, brickwalls, and queries. They may help someone else!

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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