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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 17 April 2003

Have you written a family history?

Would you like to have a copy of it at the Library of Congress? If so, send a gift copy of your family history to: Local History & Genealogy Collection Development, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20550 or telephone 202/707-5537. Remember to send a copy to me at the below address and it will be reviewed in this column and then donated to the Family History Collection of the Clayton Genealogy Library in Houston.

Births, Marriages and Deaths of Civilians at U.S. Army Posts, 1884-1912

Abstracts from the Army Post Reports to the Adjutant General's Office are contained in Record Group 94 (RG 94) at the National Archives. The cards record each event and are filed separately by event type (birth, death or marriage) and arranged alphabetically by surname.

Section 94.12.3 of RG 94, contains:

1) medical records showing name, rank, organization, complaint, name of admitting hospital, date of admittance, and other information on individuals in the following organizations: regular army, 1821-84, 1894-1912; Marine Corps, 1821-84; volunteer organizations, Mexican and Civil Wars, 1846-65; gunboat and naval service, 1861-65; and Pioneer Corps, 1861-65.

2) medical records of hospital stewards, noncommissioned staff officers, and musicians, 1821-84; contract and dental surgeons, 1898-1912; and civilians, 1894-1912.

3) birth records, 1884-1912; death records of civilians; 1884-1912; and marriage records of individuals married on army posts, 1884-1912.

The birth card gives the name and sex of the baby, name, rank, and military organization of the father, maiden name of the mother, number of children by the marriage, and date and place of birth.

The marriage card will show the name, rank or occupation of the husband, name, age, and place of birth of the wife, date and place of marriage.

Each death card shows the name of the civilian who died; name, and where appropriate, rank and military organization of the husband or nearest relative, sex and age of the civilian who died, and date, place, and cause of death.

Register of Flags Capture or Recaptured by Union Troops, 1861-1865

This reel of microfilm is available for purchase from the National Archives. It is also contained in Record Group 94. When ordering, the cost is $34 and the reel number is: M1836. To place an order, National Archives Trust Fund, NWCC2, P. O. Box 100793, Atlanta, GA 30384-0793 or order by telephone (credit card orders only) toll-free 800-234-8861.

DNA Forum & Message Board

FamilyTreeDNA of Houston announced the creation of two new Forum & Message Board discussion groups for genealogists interested how DNA can assist with family tree research at: http://www.familytreedna.com/forum/.

The first forum is "DNA and Genealogy" can be used by any customer as well as guests that want to find out more information about the subject.

The second message board group is "Group Administrator Forum" - a forum for exchange of experiences between individuals who are Group Administrators and administer family DNA projects. Topics include, how to find more participants or how to interpret group results.

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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