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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 2 January 2003

Fifty States in Fifty Weeks

Remember the movie in the 1960s, "If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium?" The movie was about a bunch of people on a whirlwind tour of Europe. Well, beginning this week, we are going on a whirlwind tour of research facilities, libraries, archives, etc., that are available in all 50 states.

Today, we begin our tour in Alabama! Europeans began to arrive in the area that is now the State of Alabama from 1798 to 1819. They settled on land that was formerly occupied by several Native American tribes. Alabama became a part of the Mississippi Territory in 1798 after Indian cessions in north Alabama. Migration increased after the end of the Creek War in 1814. In 1817, the Alabama Territory was created, and in December 1819, Alabama became the 22nd State to enter the Union.

Book Review

Davis, Robert Scott, Tracing Your Alabama Past: For Genealogists and others a Detailed Guide to Alabama Resources [ISBN 1-57806-492-9] Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, January 2003. Paperback, 6 x 8 inches, $18, 266 pages, index, 12 maps; http://www.upress.state.ms.us/ or telephone 1-800-737-7788.

Tracing Your Alabama Past will assist genealogists and researchers to identify the means and the methods for finding information on people, places, subjects, and events in the long and colorful history of Alabama and it will take you directly to the answers.

It is a comprehensive reference book that covers a wide range of essential facts and data: public records, census figures, military statistics, geography, studies of African American and Native American communities, local and biographical history, internet sites, archives, and more.

For the first time individuals who researcher in Alabama will have a how-to book that is not just a bibliography. Such complex sources as Alabama's biographical/genealogical materials, federal land records, Civil War era resources, and Native American sources are discussed in detail, along with many other topics of interest to researchers seeking information on this diverse Deep South state.

Robert Scott Davis, the author, is a professor of history at Wallace State College in Hanceville, AL and is the author of more than 20 books.

I received my copy of this book as a Christmas present and would heartedly recommend it as a must-have home reference book for anyone who does research in Alabama. It should also be on the reference shelf of your local genealogy society and library. My Alabama family lines are: Bass, Cave, LaFarlett & Williams. And yes, my copy of the book is already dog-eared and flagged with post-it-notes to highlight new ideas and Alabama resources to try!

Websites of Interest to Students, Genealogists & Historians

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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