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

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

Louisiana Confederate Pension Index On-Line

Louisiana State Archives' Confederate Pension Applications Index Database is now available on-line http://www.sec.state.la.us/archives/gen/cpa-index.htm for use by the public as a resource for genealogical research. This on-line service is the result of work by the Archives Research Library staff and Secretary of State Information Services personnel, but is largely due to the efforts of Mrs. Joyce Nichols of Baton Rouge.

The index contains over 49,000 names that were included in pension applications submitted to the Board of Pension Commissioners. The records were later transferred to the Archives after the last pension was paid in the 1950's. More than 18,000 applications were microfilmed and are available to researchers at the Archives Library.

Louisiana Notary Archives On-Line

The New Orleans Notarial Archives (NONA) holds some 40-million pages of signed acts compiled by the notaries of New Orleans, LA over three centuries. They reside in the only archive dedicated to notarial records in the United States.

Genealogists and historians will be interested in NONA's searchable on-line database http://www.notarialarchives.org/ that contains the names of every Notary from 1731 to 1970.

Nearly every property transaction that has ever occurred since the founding of New Orleans was recorded by, or found its way to, a notary's office. French Period acts in the collection (1731 to 1768) contain about 2,000 pages. Spanish Period acts and Court Proceedings (1768 to 1803) amount to some 225,000 pages. Early American, ante bellum and post-Civil War documents (French and English) consist of nearly 6,000 volumes of notarial acts, each containing about 1,000 legal size pages.

Antiquities of the NONA collection may be found in the Research Center located at 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 360, just across from the main office of the Notarial Archives in downtown New Orleans.

QUERY: Slovan Association

Frances Machu von Rosenberg has found a stock certificate issued in 1913 by "The Slovan Association" of Taylor, Texas. She would like to find out more about the association. If you know anything about it, contact her at: 3007 S. Valley View Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78217 or telephone 210/824-4060 or e-mail < artvonr@worldnet.att.net >.


Exploring the Atlantic coast north of Jamestown in 1610, Captain Samuel Argall discovered a large bay, which he named in honor of Sir Thomas West, Third Lord De La Warr and the first Governor of Virginia. Apparently, Governor West was unimpressed with this honor and returned to England without ever bothering to gaze upon his namesake. However, the name stuck. English colonists later used Delaware for the bay, the river and the native peoples who lived there.

In 1638, the Swedes established a colony in present City of Wilmington, which was not only the first permanent settlement in Delaware, but in the whole Delaware River Valley and North America. The first expedition, consisting of two ships, Kalmar Nyckel (Key of Kalmar) and Vogel Grip (Griffen), under the leadership of Peter Minuit, landed about March 29th.

In 1776, at the time of the Declaration of Independence, Delaware not only declared itself free from the British Empire, but almost 4,000 men enlisted for service in the American Revolution from the small state.

The colonial wars built up a militia system and supplied a number of capable officers who led the troops of Delaware in all the principal engagements from the battle of Long Island to the siege of Yorktown. The only Revolutionary engagement fought on Delaware soil was the battle of Cooch's Bridge, near Newark, on Sept. 3, 1777.

On Dec. 7, 1787, Delaware became the 1st 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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