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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 7 November 2002


Free Genealogy & DNA Video

Bennett Greenspan, President of Family Tree DNA, recently announced they are now offering a free 27-minute video, "Genealogy by Genetics Through the Eyes of Our Customers" for you to show at your own family reunion or society gatherings. The stars of the video are, like you, genealogists who were amongst our earliest customers.

The video can be ordered on-line at: http://www.familytreedna.com/surname_video.asp or you can FamilyTreeDNA: e-mail bennett@familytreedna.com or write to: 1919 North Loop West, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77008, telephone: 713/828-4200.

Family Tree DNA was started by Bennett who is also a Genealogist in the summer of 1999 when he encountered a roadblock where weren't available and but he had found a name in a database that matched his mother's mother's father and they live in Argentina! He then turned to the University of Arizona and they performed a DNA test with a cousin in California and the potential cousin in Argentina. They matched, marker for marker!

In 2000 he began to offer DNA tests commercially - becoming the first company in the world to offer male (Y-DNA) testing for genealogy!

The video will help you to understand the process and how DNA can help you with your roadblocks. FYI – The Shuffield/Sheffield family set-up a Family DNA Project and we hoping to resolve our split tree.

Texas Historical Commission Develops World War II Website

From fighting on foreign battlefields to establishing military posts on Texas soil, more Texans served in the armed forces of World War II than residents of any other state in the nation.

To recognize the many achievements Texans made during World War II, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) has initiated the “Texans in World War II Survey” which was recently mailed to all county historical commissions. The goal is to increase public awareness of important military and home front sites in Texas, as well as document them.

The THC website at http://www.thc.state.tx.us/militarysites/milwwII.html will include information about Texans in World War II, links to get you in touch with museums and research centers across the state that memorialize Texans’ wartime accomplishments and a bibliography page that will offer a selection of published materials about the role Texans played in the war.

U.S. Army World War II CD-ROM

Brigadier General John S. Brown, Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army, recently announced the publication of a new "World War II: Set 1: European, Mediterranean, Middle East Theaters of Operations." This 4-disk set reproduces in electronic form "The Supreme Command," the 2-volumes of "Logistical Support of the Armies," the 7-volumes pertaining to U.S. Army combat in France and Germany, 3-volumes describing Army combat in Italy and the volumes on Northwest Africa and the "Presian Corridor and Aid to Russia" as well as all forty commemorative pamphlets written to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the war.

The CD-ROM set may be purchased from the Government Printing Office for $23 under GPO stock number 008-029-00376-7 on-line at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/ or telephone toll free: 1-888-293-6498.

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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