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

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

SPJST Cemetery at San Antonio Prairie, Texas

Dankers, Judy Dlabay, “Words in Stone: A History and Translations of Czech Gravemarkers.” Deanville, Burleson Co., TX, 2003.

One of the most unique and interesting elements of ethnic cemeteries was the wonderful way the immigrants brought their “old country” burial customs with them to the “new world.” The SPJST Cemetery at San Antonio Prairie, located about 7-miles west of Caldwell in Burleson County, Texas is one such cemetery.

Jud Dlabay Dankers has spent a considerable amount of time and effort to undertake the research necessary to have this cemetery, established in 1903, designated as a Texas Historic Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission. In her efforts, she has taken this marvelous research and put it into book form so that other researchers can have access to this information.

This book is a treasure for both genealogists and historians because she embarked on having the gravemarkers translated from the Czech-Moravian dialect into English. Many of the younger generation can no longer read or speak the language of their ancestors and therefore, the wording on the gravemarkers was never fully understood because of this language dilemma.

Judy solved this problem and the book is full of photographs of the gravemarkers and each one is accompanied with an English translation.

What an incredible research undertaking that can be appreciate by everyone! If you are interested in this book, you can contact Judy by writing her at: 30 Surrey Run Place, The Woodlands, Texas 77384-4785 or e-mail < Jujubille@aol.com >.

Success – Direct Help from Column

Last week in my column I wrote about the Washington Cemetery Project in Houston. Judy Grimes of Yorba Linda, CA, (who reads this column on-line each week) had great success in finding a major clue about one of her ancestors, Henry Kite of Milam County.

He’d last been seen in 1909 saying he was going to walk to the “Old Soldier’s Home” in Austin. He was a Confederate Veteran and was a member of Co. A, Walkers Regiment, Young’s Division. His pension file stated he’d died in 1909 and was buried in a German Cemetery in Houston.

After contacting the project volunteers, she was directed to the Magnolia Cemetery in Houston, on Allen Parkway and Montrose Ave. And there he is, well maybe. Currently, she is working on verifying this is his burial plot through obituaries and death records.

I’ll let you know how she breaks through this brickwall to determine if this is indeed her Henry Kite.

Internet Hint - Thesaurus Dictionary

I have a wonderful editor who always seems to find my typos, wordos and spellos. Well, hopefully she does! However, I always seem to be looking for just the right word to express a thought or expand a phrase. So, I was excited to find a new resource tool on the Internet, “Thesaurus Dictionary” on-line at: http://www.thesaurus-dictionary.com.

This is a free tool that is a “must have” for students, editors, librarians, genealogist and everyone who might need help with their writing skills. Okay, no comments from the peanut gallery!

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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