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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
3 July 2003

Vital Records on CD-ROM

Remember the on-line vital records indexes? And when they disappeared and you were lost? Well, Anna Price, a member of the Austin Genealogical Society, has ridden to the rescue with CD-ROMs full of vital records for the following states and time-periods:

Texas - births (1926-1995), deaths (1964-1998), marriages/divorces (1968-1997) (1 CD)

Texas - updated: deaths (through 1999), marriages/divorces (through 2000) (1 CD)

Texas - digital images of selected years of birth indexes (1 CD per year)

California - births (1910-1996) & Ohio births (1960-1999 - incomplete) (1 CD)

California - deaths (1910-1999)

Kentucky - deaths (1911-1992), births (1911-1999), marriages/divorces (1973-1993) (1 CD)

Idaho - deaths (1911-1950) (1 CD)

Illinois - deaths (1916-1950) (1 CD)

Maine - deaths (1960-1996) & marriages (1892-1996) (1 CD)

New York - deaths (1960-1998) (1 CD)

Utah - marriages (1972-1996) (1 CD)

I personally purchased several of the CDs and found the search engine, powered by SnailSearch, to be fast and easy. You can search using date, county given name or surname. The CDs were trouble-free to install and they are Windows compatible. You will need to make sure you have plenty of room on your hard-drive to load the files as some are very large.

The cost for each CD-ROM is $20 or 3 for $50 with shipping/handling $4.95 per order.

For every 10 orders that mention the name of your local genealogy society, 1 CD will be donated to that society's collection.

For more information, contact: Anna Price < shortyhouston2@yahoo.com > or write: 11215 Research Blvd., #1044, Austin, Texas 78759

Seaman's Protection Certificates

If you had an American ancestor who went to sea, he may have applied for the "Seaman's Protection Certificate" (SPC). The Certificates were authorized by the 4th Congress on May 28, 1796, to protect American merchant seamen from being impressed into the British Navy on the high seas during the Colonial era and later, the Certificates were used to prove American Citizenship. SPC were issued from 1796 to 1897 and 1916 to 1940. The applicant presented proof of citizenship and paid a fee. Every 3-months a list of seamen was sent to the Secretary of State in Washington, DC, stating each seaman's age and physical description. Write: National Archives & Records Adm., General Reference Branch (NNRG), Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408.

For a full discussion of the Seamen's Protection Certificates read "Genealogical Fallout from the War of 1812" by Ruth Priest Dixon in the Spring 1992 (Vol. 24, No. 1) edition of "Prologue" published by the National Archives. If your local library does not subscribe to "Prologue" ask your librarian obtain a copy of the article for you via inter-library loan.

Lastly Ms. Dixon has compiled to indexes for these records: "Indexes to Seamen's Protection Certificate Applications and Proofs of Citizenship: Ports of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1808-1821, 1851-1857; New Haven Connecticut, 1801-1843; Bath, Maine, 1833-1868...; Record Group 36, Records of the Bureau of Customs, National Archives & Records Adm., Washington, DC" and "Index to Seamen's Protection Certificate Applications, Port of Philadelphia, 1824-1861; Record Group 36, Records of the Bureau of Customs, National Archives & Records Adm., Washington, DC with Supplement 1796-1861."

Have a safe and Happy July 4th! It's summer so be careful, use plenty of sunscreen and keep the first aid kit handy!

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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