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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 2 May 2003

Washington Cemetery, Houston

Currently, the Washington Cemetery Historic Trust is working on a restoration project to the historic Washington Cemetery located at 2911 Washington Ave. in Houston, Texas.

The project includes: the repair of all gravemarkers and monuments; a Headstone Transcription Committee; transcription & preservation of original burial records (both microfilmed & CD-ROM format); the preparation of a written biography on each of the burials including trying to find photographs of the individuals; Confederate veterans & all other military veteran research; and landscaping the cemetery grounds.

The cemetery originally established in 1887 by local German businessmen who formed an association called the "Deutsche Gesellschaft von Houston," (the German Society of Houston), and established a cemetery for Houston's German citizens.

Washington Cemetery was originally called the German Society Cemetery until approximately 1918 when its name was changed to protect it from World War I anti-German sentiment. There are close to 7,000 graves in the cemetery, including Confederate and Union soldiers.

For more information on the project or membership, contact: Jim Daily, 4907 Candleleaf Dr., Houston, Texas 77018 or telephone: 713/686-3167 or e-mail < JLDailyJr@aol.com >.

Texas Maps On-Line

Are you looking for a Texas map? If so, you'll find over 100 different Texas maps from 1834 to 1931 at: http://www.segenealogy.com/texas/tx_maps.htm. The maps include county formation maps and census maps.

The maps are found on the "Southeastern Genealogy Online" at http://www.segenealogy.com/. This website include resources for: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.

The maps found on this website are good for genealogists, historians and students. I recommend as a "must have" link for teachers and libraries.

War History Forum

On Saturday, May 17th, the "War History Forum" will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baldwin Boettcher Library located at 22248 Aldine Westfield in Spring Texas.

The Forum will discuss the history of any and all Wars that have involved the United States, from the American Revolution to present day. The purpose of the group is to preserve history and to share a learning experience for anyone that is interested in the topic or anyone having an ancestor involved in conflicts.

For more information contact: Flora Newby, telephone 281/353-4226 or e-mail < floranewby@charter.net >

If you are unable to attend this event, their next meeting will be on Saturday, June 14th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Barbara Bush Library located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring Texas.

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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