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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
20 February 2004

Intuition & Tracking Your Family!

Are you listening to that little voice niggling in the back of your subconscious? Many researchers disregard the value of intuition. But, the subconscious mind is sometimes 'smarter' than you might think. That's because it takes notice of things that slip right past your consciousness.

When piecing together bits of our research, many of us have an amazing ability to rationalize and justify what we believe happened or what the connection, relationship or link should be, while ignoring signs that point us in another direction or suggest we should be doing something else.

Yes, I telling you to trust your intuition. When you do, it could lead you to new opportunities for research, while steering you away from time wasters and keep you from taking a wrong turn in the road. The next time that little voice in your head tries to get your attention, listen to it! That might mean trying something new (even if it takes you out of your comfort zone) or staying away from a too-good-to-be-true, easy to accept research and connections that that really seem too good to be true.

What I'm talking about is many times when we see someone else's research or conclusions with accept them without doing any other research or verifying the work.

If you aren't sure that your little voice is giving you good advice, ask yourself a few questions. Why is this particular piece of information pushing its way to the front of your mind? What other bits of data have you picked-up recently that relate to this one? Chances are, if you spend just a little time analyzing it, you'll discover why your intuition thinks something is a great idea and take a different turn in the road.

Okay, I recognize this can be a two-sided sword! That wrong turn might be wrong but always remember: A no answer is still a good answer even if we don't like it! Just listen to that little voice because it might be breaking down one of your roadblocks.

Jewish Herald Voice Newspaper

For the last few years, a dedicated group of volunteers and the Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society (GHJGS) have been indexing and abstracting the Jewish Herald Voice newspaper. This newspaper has been published weekly in Houston since September 1908 and covered events in the Jewish Community throughout much of Texas.

The index is now on-line for the years 1908 through 1921 at http://www.jewishgen.org/. Click: 1) Research, 2) Databases, 3) America and 4) drop down the list until you find the link for the newspaper.

The GHJGS will continue to index and update the database. For more information on the GHJGS and its activities, go to: http://www.texsys.com/ghjgs/.

This is a wonderful project and a quick use of the search engine for the database resulted in several good hits related to my research and preservation efforts of the Jewish Cemetery in Milam Co., Texas. I was very impressed with the Soundex feature of the database that provided great results!


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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