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

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

Call for TXGenWeb Volunteers

As many of you know, I am the County Coordinator for the Milam County & San Jacinto County TXGenWeb sites. The TXGenWeb project is a single point of entry (or links) to every county in Texas for genealogy and historical research information.

This project needs volunteers to help County Coordinators with adding more information for research purposes. Volunteers can: abstract / index records (i.e., marriage, divorce, probate, naturalization, census, etc.), re-type material, proofread, and take pictures, etc.

Recently, I put out a call for volunteers to help with the Milam County TXGenWeb site and a dozen folks responded! We now have several projects underway that include re-typing several non-copyright protected books, adding information and photos of historical markers in the county (photos thanks to Milam County Deputies Greg Kouba & Reece Lockett), WWII veteran information, surveying cemeteries, etc. And some volunteers are writing a short history of their Milam County families to add to the website.

These volunteers will help to add a considerable amount of research material to the Milam County TXGenWeb site in the next few months.

To find information about TXGenWeb and volunteer possibilities visit: < http://www.rootsweb.com/~txgenweb/ >. Don't be shy! Every county in Texas needs help with adding material. Just don't be a user of existing genealogy information, help create and add resources for everyone to use in researching your counties of interest.

Milam County Divorces On-Line

All Milam County Divorces between 1877 and 1919 are now on-line at the Milam County TXGenWeb site at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/.

SPAM: Not the Edible Kind!

I personally want to share some important information with you about SPAM e-mail. Generally, I do not believe in any off topic messages but this information should be shared as it concerns the volume of SPAM e-mail you receive and a solution.

I am sure you have been experiencing a major increase in SPAM e-mail. I know I can easily receive over 250 pieces of SPAM per day! One day last week, my dad received over 600 SPAM e-mails!

Recently, I spoke at the 1960 Genealogy Computer SIG meeting (in Houston, Texas) and one of the members made an announcement about a new free download utility called MAIL WASHER written by Nick Bolton of Christchurch, New Zealand. You can find it on-line at: http://www.mailwasher.net.

This utility program will check your e-mail before it is downloaded onto your hard-drive and you mark the SPAM to be BOUNCED and it is returned to the sender as BAD ADDRESS and they think your e-mail account is now closed. It will also help stop viruses from being downloaded onto your hard-drive.

You go to the MAIL WASHER icon on your computer and check your e-mail first BEFORE you download you e-mail onto your computer. You only mark the SPAM or unwanted e-mails.

You do NOT mark your "good e-mails" which are from your genealogy mailing lists, your family / friends, other genealogists, clubs / organizations, etc. Once you remove the SPAM, you can then be downloaded e-mail through your normal process of how you download e-mail.

The free version only allows you one (1) e-mail account does not check HOTMAIL accounts. However, for a small fee, you can register the software and that allows you unlimited e-mail accounts, will work with HOTMAIL and more importantly, you will have access to on-line technical support. The program does not work well with Netscape users.

When I got home after the meeting, I immediately downloaded the program and began BOUNCING all of my SPAM. I have dropped from approx. 250 SPAM e-mails a day to about 35 per day.

It is working for me and has helped to considerably decrease the amount of SPAM e-mails the first 48-hours I used it. That is why I decided to share this information with my readers.

Please forwarded/share this information to anyone you know who might also be having problems with SPAM clogging your e-mail box!

I personally am I believer of how well this utility program works! I decided to try MAIL WASHER because the only other alternative was to change my e-mail account! And that's really not a solution because the spammers will only find your new e-mail account it will start all over again. Now I just blast them with the BOUNCE and they're gone!

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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