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

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

Milam County Divorce Book

"Milam County, Texas: Divorces, 1876-1919" was typed and abstracted by Lynna Kay Shuffield and has been by the Milam County Genealogical Society. The book lists Milam County divorces in Plaintiff surname order. The note field includes, when give the names and ages of children, name changes for women and other court orders.

The cost of the spiral-bound book is $15 + $2.50 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.

Florida

Written records about Florida begin in April 1513 with the arrival of Juan Ponce de León who was a Spanish explorer. He waded ashore on the northeast coast of Florida, probably near present-day City of St. Augustine. He named the area "la Florida," in honor of "Pascua florida" ("feast of the flowers"), Spain's Eastertime celebration.

In 1818, General Andrew Jackson made a foray into Florida to battle with Florida's Indian people later would be called the First Seminole War. And in 1821, Jackson returned to Florida and established a new territorial government on behalf of the United States.

On March 3, 1845, Florida became the 27th state to enter the United States.

During the Civil War, Florida was not ravaged as several other southern states were. No decisive battles were fought on Florida soil. While Union forces occupied many coastal towns and forts, the interior of the state remained in Confederate hands.

Florida
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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