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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 28 November 2002


Texas 1873 Birth Registry

On May 3, 1873, the Texas Legislature enacted a bill stating, ". . . hereafter the duty of the District Clerks of this state will be to make and keep to their offices a register of all persons born in their respective counties."

The District Clerk registered births in Texas from 1873 to 1876 during the time-period when the office of the County Clerk was abolished. When the office of County Clerk was re-established in 1876, the requirement that births be registered was dropped, whether deliberately or through oversight is not known.

Some of the 1873 Birth Registries have been microfilmed and can be borrowed via inter-library loan from the Texas State Library & Archives. The following Texas counties are available on microfilm: Anderson, Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Burnett, Caldwell, Cass, Colorado, Comal, Cooke, Crosby, Gillespie, Gregg, Hays, Henderson, Hill, Kaufman, Lee, Marion, Martin, Milam, Montague, Navarro, Parker, Pecos, Rusk, Smith, Somervell, Van Zandt, Williamson, and Wise.

If your county is not listed above, check with your County Clerk's Office to see if they hold the original records.

For more information on how to borrow these reels, go to http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/index.html.

The one book published for these records is Early birth records, Hunt County, Texas, 1873-1876.

These early birth records are vital to Texas researchers. Local genealogical and historical societies should be encouraged to undertake projects to publish indexes to these records.

Are you in Style?

I don't mean wearing white shoes after Labor Day! The U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual is on-line by linking from http://www.access.gpo.gov/. The books can be purchased or you can print it off yourself free. The GPO Style Manual has 20 chapters including an index. Topics include: Advice to Authors & Editors; Capitalization Rules; Spelling (don't we all need help with this one); Compounding Rules; Punctuation; Standard List of Abbreviations; Standard Symbols for Units of Measurement; Italics; Footnotes, Indexes, Tables of Contents; and many more.

This is a great resource to help you with writing your family history or the students in your family to help with their homework. Best of all, its free from the government!

The direct URL to the book is http://www.access.gpo.gov/styleman/2000/browse-sm-00.html.

Book Review

Kroll, Edward (Eliezer), We Remember: The Baum-Crohn-Webster Family 1842-2000 - The Saga of an American Jewish Family, P. O. Box 267, Reinebeck, NY, 12572, published in Israel, Jan 2002.

This is a remarkably researched book that covers the migration of this family from Prussia to England to Texas to New York and other places throughout the world. The Crohn (Crown) family of the Rockdale, Milam County area is included in the book. There is an interesting history about early Rockdale, the founding of the Jewish Cemetery and Isaac Crown who was will killed in the Mundine Hotel Fire in 1888.

Regretfully, the book is not available for purchase but was privately printed by the family association. I donated the copy sent to me to the Clayton Genealogy Library, Houston Public Library.

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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