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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
12 March 2004

Index to Arizona Births & Deaths

Another state has joined the ranks of the modern age! Arizona law now provides:

Birth Certificates - A.R.S. 36-322(N) provides that "The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records shall allow a person access to all birth certificates if 75-years have passed after the date of birth as registered on the birth certificate."

Death Certificates - A.R.S. 36-327(F) provides that "The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and local registrars shall allow a person access to all death certificates if 50-years have passed after the date of death."

You can search for this documents free on-line at http://genealogy.az.gov/.

Once you find the individual in question, click on their name and up pops an actual copy of the death or birth certificate! You can then print-off the document, which does not constitute a certified copy of the instrument.

Birth Certificates are available for the years 1887 through 1928 and Death Certificates are available for the years 1878 through 1953.

Arizona deserves a big round of applause for their forward thinking. Too bad other states aren't following their example!

Book Review

Healey, Donald W. The Road to Glorieta: A Confederate Army Marches Through New Mexico - paperback, 51/2" x 81/2, 565 pages, $43.50 - Willow Bend Books, 65 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157-5026, 1-800-876-6103 or http://www.willowbendbooks.com/index.asp.

This is the story of 3,000 stalwart Texans, who carried the Confederate banner into the deserts and mountains of the Southwest. They were a zealous and determined army of committed volunteers marching off to war at a time when anything seemed possible.

Many of those men were from the Central Texas area including Milam, Burleson, Robertson, Williamson and other surrounding counties.

Their untried general, Henry Hopkins Sibley, led the advance towards Arizona and New Mexico, and even envisioned the banner of their new nation flying above the waters of the Pacific!

Relying heavily on diaries, memoirs and other first person accounts, personalities, emotions and narratives are pushed to the forefront. Often told in participants' own words, the story is a day-to-day account of the adventures of ordinary men living through extraordinary times.

The focus of much of the book is on Capt. Adair of the 7th Texas Mounted Volunteers. Capt. Adair epitomizes the hardy Texas pioneer, with a family history of life on the frontier and a personal stake in the issue of slavery.

The chain of events that carried Capt. Adair to this destiny and led to the clash of two small but rugged frontier armies, remains one of the most stirring and least known episodes of this national struggle. P

Numerous vintage photographs, maps, a bibliography and an index enhance this extensive work. This book is a MUST for anyone interested in the Civil War or the men of Central Texas who answered the call for Dixie!

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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