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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
25 September 2003

Tripping the Light Fantastic to Salt Lake City

Fall is here and before you know it, you'll be celebrating New Years Eve! This year, I'm going to treat myself to an economical Christmas present, a trip to the mecca of genealogy, the LDS Library located at 35 North West Temple St. in Salt Lake City, Utah.

One reason to take this trip before the end of the year is that December is the library's slowest time of the year and there aren't large any crowds or lines to use many of the machines or computers.

However, the most important reason to make this trip before the end of the year, is a special room rate for genealogy visitors at the "Salt Lake City Downtown Holiday Inn" located at 999 S. Main St. Through Dec. 31st, the hotel is offering room rate of $45 per night for up to four people per room. Beginning Jan. 1, 2004 the room rate will increase only $10 and the cost will be $55 per night for up to four people per room.

The hotel, located a few blocks from the LDS Library, is offering free round trip transportation to and from the library as well as other downtown locations. They will also provide free shuttle service to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport!

For the surfing genealogy bugs, the hotel offers high speed wireless Internet access in guest rooms and its business center 24 hours a day.

To make reservations, contact Jill Poulsen at the hotel, toll free: 1 800 933 9678 or visit on line at: http://www.saltlakeholidayinn.com/.

The library's new hours of operation are: Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information about the library, visit on line at: http://www.familysearch.org/ and click on the "Library" icon/tab.

Needless to say, the next few weeks will be devoted to getting ready for my trip and making the most of my research time! I'll be taking my dad along with me to celebrate his 75th birthday and give him a much needed vacation!

Shuffield/Sheffield Family Reunion

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, the Descendants of James S. Shuffield will assemble for the "Annual Shuffield/Sheffield Family Reunion" at Bea's Kitchen, 101 E. Main St. in Cameron, Milam County, Texas from 9am to 4pm. Catered lunch will be served at noon, cost $6 per person.

James S. Shuffield was born in 1824 in Georgia and was married to Martha Speed. There were eight children: 1) Harmon Jasper [m. Sletha Jane McGee]; 2) Marcus "Mark" [m. (1) Virginia AAJane/Jennie@@ Cullen & (2) Ada Donaldson]; 3) James [m. Lula (nee: unknown) - she m.2nd D. T. Nicholson & m.3rd J. T. Wingo]; 4) Emranda E. [m. Jesse Griffin Sherrill]; 5) Sally [m. Columbus Clinton Hair]; 6) Andrew Newton [m. (1) Rose Lindsey & (2) Sarah Newberry Ammons]; 7) Frannie W. [m. Jacob P. French]; and 8) Elvira Abbie [m. William Newton McMillan].

James and his family moved to Milam County, Texas in about 1869 from Bartow County, Georgia (known before the Civil War as Cass County, Georgia). James and two of his sons, Jasper and Mark were Confederate Veterans. There is no information on the parents of James or his wife, Martha. The couple is buried in the Little River Cemetery, near Jones Prairie, with many of their children and other descendants.

For more information on the Shuffield/Sheffield family history, visit on-line: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/Shuffield-001.htm.

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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