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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
1 January 2004

Veterans' History Project - World War II and Other Veterans

Calling all World War II vets for radio and television-quality interviews. Individuals who served in all theaters of operations are sought to record their experiences as a part of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. Your story is more important than you may think! (European Theater Interviews and accompanying pictures and documents will be preserved for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Pacific and China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater Interviews are to be preserved at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX.) Send contact information to: The WWII Pacific Theater Project, 1823 Roanwood Dr., Houston 77090, OR call to leave message for Rick Lindsay at 713-932-0619 or e-mail < PACIFICTHEATERPJ@aol.com >. They need 10,000 interviews.

Veterans and veterans' organizations are requested to provide names of all veterans for these important oral histories. Historians, veterans, students and others who are interested in preserving the history of our veterans will conduct the interviews.

National Registry of Historic Places

Historic places are nominated to the National Register by the State Historic Preservation officer (SHPO) of the State in which the property is located. For an on-line listing of those places throughout the United States, visit http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/index.htm.

Anyone can prepare a nomination to the National Register. Generally, nomination forms are documented by property owners, local governments or citizens. In Texas, nomination forms are submitted to the Texas Historical Commission who has a board, composed of professionals in the fields of American history, architectural history, architecture, prehistoric and historic archeology, and other related disciplines who review the property for inclusion in this prestigious registry.

The THC also has a list of properties in Texas that are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places on-line at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ - and click on the dropdown menu and select - Atlas Historic Sites Search.

Newspaper Abstracts

Recently added to the Milam County TXGenWeb Archives page are hundreds of pages of newspaper abstracts from many of the early Milam County newspapers. These abstracts are not an every name index to these old newspapers, but gleanings of a genealogical nature, births, deaths, marriages or major / significant community events. Also abstracted are deaths mentioned in the newspapers that occurred throughout the State of Texas.

To visit these abstracts, go to the main Milam County TXGenWeb page at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/ - click on Milam County Archives. There is a search engine on the Archives page that will help with your search. However, remember that the spelling in the newspaper might not match exactly with the spellings of the names you are seeking.

History of Education in Milam County

Also, recently added to the Milam County TXGenWeb page is the unpublished thesis History of Education in Milam by Mary Belle Batte written in 1938. This thesis also includes information related to Milam County Topography, Early Spanish Missionaries, Settlers in Texas prior to 1836, Education from 1836 to the Civil War and Education from the Civil War to 1900.

This is an extremely important book and well worth reading to learn about early education in the Central Texas area.


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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