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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
2 October 2003

October is National Family History Month

According to U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, "experts say that in the United States, genealogy is now the second most popular hobby next to gardening."

Because researching ancestry is a very important component of identity, Senator Hatch introduced Senate Resolution 175, to designated October as National Family History Month.

What are you doing to collect, save and preserve your family history?

You can start by joining your local genealogy society, take a course or attend a "how to do genealogy seminar," check-out a "genealogy for idiots" book at the library, or visit anyone of several "how to" websites on the Internet.

Or, you can just sit there on the couch and 20-years from now say, "Oh, I should have done that years ago, when they were still all alive!"

FYI - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas was one of the co-sponsors on this bill, however, U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas was not a co-sponsor of the bill.

-- GeneASearch

While searching for ancestors, I lucked upon an interesting website "GeneASearch" http://geneasearch.com/. It is a free website that offers researchers the opportunity to place free look-up requests, a state-by-state genealogy resource links, free forms, free genealogy clip-art, how-to-do guides & research tips, military rosters, how to "Find Your Lost Female Ancestors" database, and much more. While many of the resources are purely links to the works of others, as the website grows, it will begin to include much more data.

This website is clearly another place to register your family surnames and search for other information. Remember, you need to post your family information and queries in more than one place! Okay, got to go now and see how many queries I can post this evening!

-- US Resources at RootsWeb.com

US Resources, on-line at RootsWeb.com http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/ allows you to click on any state and then any county to found all the unique tools, search engines, etc.

There is also a similar resource page for surnames at http://resources.rootsweb.com/surnames/.

These seem to be seldom used research tools, so stop, go to your computer and begin searching these resources!

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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