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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
18 December 2003

100 Years of Flight

This week, the news has been full of items related to the 100th Anniversary of Flight and the amazing accomplishment of Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, NC.

Thinking about my own family, I have tried to consider how flight changed their lives. My grandmother would have been 6-years old. Would she have known about this great feat of daring? Probably no, but her parents would have heard about it in the newspapers.

One interesting technique for following your family history is to follow historical events. While my family left no written record of their impression of man's first fight, I am sure it was discussed around the dinner table.

With all of the historical events occurring today, what legacy are you leaving the future generations of your family? When some historical event occurs, make a few personal observations and add them to your family history! What would you give to know what your family members thought about man flying?

More 100 Years of Flight

If you are interested in learning more about Orville and Wilbur Wright, visit the Federal Aviation Adm's webpage at: [http://www2.faa.gov/education/wright/wright.htm - Note: As of 2004, this website no longer worked]. You will find an interesting poster that would be a good addition to your family history program, photographs of the Wright Brothers, History of Aviation Timeline, links to other websites and much more information.

Library of Congress

The American Memories Online Collection for the Library of Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/finder.html offers a considerable amount of historical photographs, books, manuscripts, sheet music, maps, etc. covering: art, architecture, agriculture, education, geography, history, language literature, philosophy, religion, political science, law, sports, social science and technology.

The collection related to history includes anything from African American history to baseball to the American Revolution to Civil War to World War I and the Great Depression to the presidents, and more.

Another wonderful resource to gather historical information to parrel your family history. Explore and keep this website in mind for the students in your family who seem to always forget until the night before they have a paper is due tomorrow.

Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary, 1831-1850

Do you have roots in Tennessee? If so, take a quick look at the Index for convicts on-line at: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/statelib/pubsvs/inmate1.htm#note. The surviving records of the Penitentiary are housed at the Tennessee State Library & Archives as Record Group 25. For copies of the files, write to the Library at: 403 7th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37243-0312.

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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