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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 7 March 2003

Milam County Marriage Books

"Milam County, Texas: Marriages 1876-1899" was typed and abstracted by the late, Gloria Martin of Cameron, Texas, this posthumously published two-volume set of books is now available and being sold by the Milam County Genealogical Society.

Volume One contains Milam County marriages from 1876 through 1885 and Volume Two are marriages from 1886 through 1899. Both volumes have two sections with marriages listed in groom surname order and bride surname order.

The cost of each spiral-bound book is $15 + $2.50 shipping & handling. Total cost for the two-volume set will be $30 + $5 shipping & handling.

To order, contact: Marie Hubert by e-mail < mhubert@swbell.net > or send check to: MCGS, c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, 201 Ackerman St., Rockdale, Texas 76567.

Book Review

"The Secret Service: The Hidden History History of an Enigmatic Agency" by Philip H. Melanson, Ph.D. with Peter F. Stevens, New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2002. [ISBN 0-7867-1084-5] hardcover, 374 pages.

While I generally only review genealogy related books in my column, "The Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency" is an incredible historical account of an important portion of America's history.

This book is a critical account of the history of the Secret Service that began during the American Civil War to combat currency counterfeiting and how the agency gradually expanded its mission (without Congressional approval) to include the protection of the President.

The reader has an unbiased look into the secret world of the Secret Service including historical background on each assassination or attempted assassination since Abraham Lincoln. One of the most compelling chapters is the examination of the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy that continues to haunt American and the agency. The authors analyze what went wrong in Dallas and offer compelling arguments about the incident.

I would strongly recommend reading this books that contains a compelling review of one of America's most enigmatic governmental agencies.

District of Columbia

On Sept. 15, 1787, when the United States Constitution was adopted, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, included language authorizing the establishment of a federal district. This district could not exceed 10 square miles and on July 16, 1790, Congress authorized President George Washington to choose a permanent site for the capital city. On Dec. 1, 1800, the capital was moved from Philadelphia to an area along the Potomac River. The 1800 Federal Census indicates the new capital had a population of 14,103.

In 1980, District voters approved a statehood initiative and in 1981, delegates were elected to a statehood constitutional convention. In 1983, a bill for the admission of the state of New Columbia was introduced in Congress. The "Constitution for the State of New Columbia" is still under congressional consideration and is reintroduced into each new congressional session. Under the specifications of the statehood initiatives, most of the land area of the District of Columbia would become the state of New Columbia; the District of Columbia would continue to exist, albeit reduced in size to an area consisting of the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Mall and federal monuments and government buildings adjacent to the Mall.

District of Columbia
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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