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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 21 February 2003

New Civil War Brochure

Texas in the Civil War, a 24-page brochure detailing historic and cultural Civil War sites in Texas is now available from the Texas Historical Commission (THC). It is a history lesson with a road map and explains the lore surrounding this era in American and Texas history.

The Civil War brochure is the seventh in a series of free brochures available from the THC.

Other THC travel brochures include: the Chisholm Trail, Texas Independence Trail Region, African Americans in Texas, Texas Forts Trail Region, Los Caminos del Rio and Texas Forest Trail Region.

To receive a free brochure, call 512/463-6255 or write P. O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711-2276 or e-mail < thc@thc.state.tx.us > or visit the THC website http://www.thc.state.tx.us/.

Baytown Sun Newspaper On-Line Index

To chronicle the history of the Baytown area, the Sterling Municipal Library and the Erma Wood Carlson Learning Resources Center of Lee College have compiled an "On-Line Index" to local history as seen through Baytown's local newspapers from 1931 to the present at: http://www.sml.lib.tx.us/.

Currently, there are 50,000 items listed in the index, which has a very easy-to-use on-line search engine.

This index provides keyword searches for articles, photographs, editorials and obituaries related to Baytown appearing in the following local newspapers on microfilm:

Results from the on-line search engine will yield the name of the newspaper, date of publication and page location of the item. Researchers then go to the applicable microfilm rolls to read the articles. Microfilm is available for public use at Sterling Municipal Library and the Erma Wood Carlson Learning Resources Center of Lee College.

The Sterling Municipal Library is located at #1 Mary Elizabeth Wilkes Ave., Baytown, Texas or telephone 281/427-7331 or e-mail < smlib@hpl.lib.tx.us >

The Erma Wood Carlson Learning Resources Center is located at 511 S. Whiting St., P. O. Box 818, Baytown, Texas 77522 or telephone 281/425-6377 or e-mail < library@lee.edu > or visit http://www.lee.edu/.

The Texas Newspaper Collection at the Center for American History on the campus of the University of Texas-Austin only has copies of the "Baytown Sun" newspapers on microfilm for Sept. 1953 through Sept. 1963.


Starting in 1633, the Dutch were the first to explore Connecticut. They established trading posts and the first permanent settlers were English Puritans from Massachusetts.

During the 17th Century, agriculture and trade were primary activities of the colonists, but because of limited land Connecticut people quickly turned to manufacturing.

For General George Washington, Connecticut was "The Provision State" because of supplies contributed to his army by Gov. Jonathan Trumbull who was the only Colonial governor to support the cause of America's independence from Great Britain.

On Jan. 9, 1788, Connecticut became the 5th of the original 13 colonies that formed the United States.

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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