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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
13 November 2003

TSGS Conference

On Friday, Nov. 7th, the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) at their 43rd Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, honored the Milam County Genealogical Society with the 2003 Outstanding Award for the Milam Co. TXGenWeb site at http://www.geocities.com/milamco/. Betty Hendricks Dunquez, president of the TSGS, presented the award to Lynna Kay Shuffield, web-master of the site since February 2001.

For a list of all those winning these statewide awards, visit the TSGS website at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txsgs/.

Texas General Land Office

In June 2003, the Texas General Land Office (TxGLO) published to new important books on early Texas land: "Catalogue of the Spanish Collection of the Texas General Land Office, Part I: Titles, Unfinished Titles, Character Certificates, Applications for Admission, Registers & Field Notes" and "Catalogue of the Spanish Collection of the Texas General Land Office, Part II: Correspondence, Empresario Contracts, Decrees, Appointments, Reports, Notices & Proceedings".

The Spanish Collection of the TxGLO is one of the premier collections of Texas historical documents and has long been considered the most valuable source of original records on the settlement of Texas before 1836. The first comprehensive catalogue of the Spanish Collection is now available for purchase in a 2-volume set.

Part I features the documents associated with obtaining a Spanish or Texican land grant in Texas along with an essay on the history of the collection and explanations of each of the 24 categories of records. Entries include genealogical information abstracted from the records. The index lists about 6,500 actual or prospective Texas settlers, as well as roads, Indian villages, ferries and crossings referenced in the surveys.

Part II describes the correspondence, mission records, empresario contracts, decrees, reports and proceedings generated by the Spanish and Mexican efforts to administer their colonization and land distribution systems in Texas. It includes a topical arrangement of the records with a full description of each document, a calendar with summary descriptions and a comprehensive name/subject index.

There were only 450 sets of this 2-volume set published and the cost is $30 for the set (shipping/handling & taxes included). Credit card orders (VISA or MasterCard only) can be placed by calling 1-800-998-4456 (select option 2, Archives & Records). To pay by check or money order, please send to: Texas General Land Office, ATTN: Archives & Records Div., 1700 N. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701.

Note, this 2-volume set does not include Spanish or Mexican land grants in the trans-Nueces, which prior to 1836 was not apart of Texas. Trans-Nueces grants are considered in a separate TxGLO publication entitled, Guide to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in South Texas. To purchase this volume, send $5.41 to the above address.

For on-line information about the Archives & Records Division of the TxGLO, visit: http://www.glo.state.tx.us/archives.html. They have a wonderful database you can search and it contains a listing of all original land grants that have been issued an abstract number by the TxGLO. This database does not contain information on the subsequent subdivision of this land. Record of subsequent sale, subdivision, etc, is a matter of county record.

The TxGLO defines an original land grants as rants of land issued by the sovereign of the soil - that is, one of the governments of Texas: Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas.

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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