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

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

Life on the Frontier

Genealogy is more than names, dates and places. A lot of your family history is about who were the people, how the lived, the culture and community nuances.

In some cultural aspects today, weapons are considered politically incorrect, however, when the first Europeans landed in the Americans, they carried guns. Most all frontier men and women carried and were proficient in the use of weapons. If they weren’t, there was a good possibility their lives and the lives of their family members would be in danger.

What do you know about guns of the last 300 years? How were they made? How were their fired and what kind of ammunition was used? Remember guns and bullets were not available off the shelf at the local sporting goods store. Everything was handmade including the bullets.

If you are interested in learning about this important aspect of your ancestor’s daily life, you need to visit the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Currently, they are showing an exhibit, “Three Centuries of Tradition: The Renaissance of Custom Gunmaking in America” through Sunday, April 25th at the Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main St., Houston, Texas. P

The exhibit features 17th-, 18th- and 19th-Century guns from Europe, Great Britain and the United States. View custom-made carved, inlaid and engraved pieces from 1640 through 1940.

Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Price: $7 for adults; $3.50 for seniors and children, free on Thursdays.

For more information on-line, visit http://www.mfah.org.

Terry’s Texas Rangers, CSA

Everyday, I am amazed at more and more historical and genealogical information that is available on-line. This past week, I was contacted by the On-Line Archives of the Terry’s Texas Rangers: http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/.

The website has biographies of the men who served in this unit, company rosters of all the units, photographs, regimental history, timeline, letters, diaries, journals, official military records, newspaper articles, pension applications, compiled service records, order of battles, battle summaries, and much more information than I can list in this article.

This is an amazing on-line collection of material and research information and I’ll be spending a considerable amount of time exploring its many features.


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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