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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 31 October 2002


Montgomery County to Publish History

Montgomery County (Texas) Genealogical & Historical Society [MCG&HS] is looking for families to submit their family histories in the upcoming book to be published by the Society. It is important for everyone, new and old to the Montgomery County community, be included in this publication.

They are also seeking stories about the businesses, Churches, and special events held in Montgomery County to be included and preserved in this book, which will comprise of at least 2-volumes. Dr. Robin Montgomery, a historian and a member of the Society will be the author of Volume One. The deadline is December 31, 2002.

Oral History Training Class

On Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 6:30 p.m., the MCG&HS] will conduct an “Oral History Training Class” at the Montgomery County Courthouse Annex, 221 N. Thompson in Conroe, Texas. Anyone interested in refining their skills in taking oral histories of their families, or other families, are encouraged to attend.

Lois E. Myers, a senior lecturer in oral history and an associate director of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University will be teaching the class. She holds a bachelor and master’s degrees from Baylor, with concentrations in American literature, culture, and history. She is the author of the book, “Letters by Lamplight: A Woman’s View of Everyday Life in South Texas 1873-1883,” published by Baylor University Press in 1991.

In Fall 2003, her oral history work will be highlighted in her book, “The Rock Beneath the Sand: The Country Church in Texas,” published by Texas A&M University Press, and co-authored with Clark Baker and Rebecca Sharpless. Along with other Baylor faculty, she is editing “The Research Handbook of Oral History,” forthcoming from Alta Mira Press in 2004.

The class she is teaching is designed for beginning oral historians. The workshop introduces basic oral history techniques, as well as covers what is oral history? What can oral history contribute to local history and family history? What legal and ethical criteria must be considered? How are good oral history projects designed? What equipment is needed? What are the best interviewing techniques? How can we use oral history interviews once we have them recorded on tape?

For more information about the book or to attend the oral history workshop, please contact MCG&HS at P. O. Box 867, Conroe, Texas 77305-0867 or telephone: 936/756-8625 or e-mail: mcghs@yahoo.com or visit their website at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmcghs/.

You may also email: Paul Martin plmartin55@yahoo.com, Coordinator History Book, Businesses; Melinda Cagle wilderhorses49@yahoo.com, Coordinator History Book, Families; or Kathryn Krastin bluebonnetfields@yahoo.com, Assistant.

Alexander Love DAR to host Library Exhibit

During the month of November 2002, the Alexander Love Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host an exhibit at the Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney at Smith, celebrating their chapter’s 80th anniversary. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6pm and is free to the public.

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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