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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 19 September 2002


Luck Happens!

Luck Happens! Believe it or not! Yet, have you ever noticed that some people seem to be luckier than others? I have a friend who is always lamenting that I always seem to find the missing link, or can get back to pre-Colonial America with my genealogy. Luck is not just random chance--you can actually attract luck to you through your attitude and your actions.

How do you attack luck in your genealogy research? Ask for what you want, and be willing to work to get it. After all, if you don't know what you want, how will you know when you get it? Most importantly, are you willing to make an effort to get what you want? You can chant, "I want to find great-great-grandpa" a thousand times a day, but it's unlikely he will just show-up at your door unless you have taken action.

One of the things I do to attack luck in my genealogy research is to post queries on all of the surname and message board websites and e-mailing lists as well as post the same queries on the county or counties websites and e-mailing lists where my allusive ancestor resided. Lastly, I posted my family tree information on the World Connect Project at RootsWeb.

Yes, I have had found bad leads but most importantly, I have had really good leads that have taken me in new directions in my research. Sometimes, I will receive a response to a query I posted more than 2-years ago. Lucky? Yes, but it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't put my query out to the world in the first place.

Where do you look to find Message Boards or E-Mailing Lists? You can visit:

RootsWeb at: http://www.rootsweb.com

FamilyHistory at: http://www.familyhistory.com

GenForum at: http://genforum.genealogy.com/

Mailing Lists at Cyndis List at: http://www.cyndislist.com/mailing.htm

So, your genealogy homework this week is to get out there and make some great luck happen for you, starting today!

Freebies for Genealogists

Freebies for Genealogists is a fun website http://www.censusdiggins.com/freebies.html and offers a variety of free things from genealogy charts, to webmaster tools, to form letters, inflation calculators, birth date calculators and much more! Bye for now as Im a going to explore this fascinating website

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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