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

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

Calling all Genealogists

One of the best ways to further your genealogical research skills is through seminars and networking with other researchers. The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) will give you an opportunity to do both on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7th & 8th at their 43rd Annual Conference at the Hilton Airport Hotel, 9515 New Airport Blvd. in Austin, Texas.

If you are interested in attending all of the seminars on Friday and Saturday, the dinner Friday night and the luncheon on Saturday, registration is $75 per person. Registration for the Friday mini-session only, without dinner is $30 per person. If you want to the events on Saturday including lunch, registration is $40 per person. Individual tickets are available separately for the dinner and luncheon for your spouse or other guests who are not attending the conference.

There will be vendor booths available throughout both days that will include commercial book companies as well as genealogy societies from throughout Texas.

Friday's Agenda -

Registration: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Session: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Texas State Cemetery: Most Famous & Infamous

Session: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Genealogical Research Resources in Austin

Session: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Old Texas Records Newly Available

Annual Awards Banquet - 7 p.m.

Saturday's Agenda -

Registration: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Session: 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Is this the Same Man, or a Different One with the Same Name?

Session: 10:45 a.m. to noon - From Present Residence to Former Address: How to Backtrack an Ancestor Who Has Moved

Luncheon: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Session: 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Back to Square One: Getting More From the Records Than Seems to be There

Session: 3:00 pm. to 4:15 p.m. - The Last Gasp: Weighing the Evidence

For more information visit the TSGS website at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txsgs/ or contact: Betty H. Dunquez, 2505 Beluche Dr., Galveston, Texas 77551, telephone 409/744-4359 or e-mail < Bdunquez@aol.com >.

The registration form and agenda available on the TSGS website.

For information on hotel reservations at the Hilton telephone: 512/385-6767 and to get the group room rates, tell them you are part of the TSGS Group Block.

Texas State Library & Archives Publication List

Did you know the Texas State Library & Archives has books and microfilm for sale?

Little known publications that should be a "must have" for any home library are the Texas County Records Inventories books for the following each of the 46 Texas counties:

Bexar, Bosque, Brazoria, Callahan, Chambers, Comal, Crane, Crockett, Ector, Gaines, Galveston, Glasscock, Goliad, Grayson, Guadalupe, Hale, Harrison, Hidalgo, Irion, Jack, Jackson, Jefferson, Kendall, Kennedy, King, Knox, Lamar, Liberty, Llano, Loving, Matagorda, Milam, Mills, Oldham, Orange, Presidio, Runnels, Schleicher, Shackelford, Somervell, Sterling, Throckmorton, Tyler, Upton, Van Zandt and Williamson.

The cost for each county inventory ranges from $1 to $3.

The book for Milam County is 157 pages and provides a complete inventory of all public records found in the county with details about their locations, dates of availability, etc. While this particular book was published in 1980, it still gives you the best insight for "little known" and obscure records to help you further your family history research.

For more information on these books, write: Texas State Library, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, Texas 78711 or visit on-line at: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/pubs/tslpublist.html#slrm

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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