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

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

TXGenWeb Annual Meeting

Last weekend, I enjoyed attending the TXGenWeb Annual Conference for County Coordinators (CC) at the Dallas Public Library. About 30 people attended and we exchanged a lot of ideas and shared suggestions about material to include on the various county websites connected to the TXGenWeb Project.

We are already thinking about what topics to include at next year's meeting and several CCs have suggested that in addition to the technical presentations that we have sessions related to adding ethnic resources to the county webpages. The plan is to have the 2005 meeting in Houston or San Antonio.

I have volunteered to put together suggestions for the Houston meeting, including locations, topics and speakers. If you have any ideas, suggestions or recommendations on what type of material you would like to see added to the TXGenWeb Project, please let me know. You can contact me at the below address or e-mail.

The TXGenWeb Project has grown over the years with the help and suggestions of its users. The majority of genealogists now use some form of the internet or computers to conduct or organize their research.

Everyone can play a part in developing better information and resources even if it is only posting on a Message Board. If you do not have a computer at home, most local libraries have Internet available for its patrons. Many communities offer computer classes.

Now is the time to voice your opinions. You are the users and the TXGenWeb CCs are interested in providing quality information and without feedback from you, we do not know that researchers are looking for on the county webpages.

Can't wait to hear from you about your ideas for the TXGenWeb Project!

On-Line Research Guides for Texas Genealogy

Many of us are always looking for new or different resources related to Texas genealogy and history. The Center for American History at the University of Texas-Austin has on-line Subject Guides at: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/guides.html.

Because of the size and diversity of the Center's collections, it can be challenging to bring a research topic into focus. To make this process easier, the Center has created a series of subject guides. These guides provide a bibliographic framework to aid the researcher in quickly locating relevant source material. They are intended as a point of entry into the collections, though further research will undoubtedly yield other valuable resources.

Each subject guide is unique because it is tailored to the specific characteristics of the research topic. The formats of the guides vary with the subject matter, but each directs the researcher to key resources within the Center's collections. Many of the guides include useful contextual information such as inclusive years, physical size, historical context, and collection strengths.

Due to the changing needs of researchers and new additions to the collections, the guides are constantly changing and evolving. New guides are always being created to facilitate research in different subject areas. Similarly, existing guides undergo regular revision to reflect new archival materials as well as materials previously omitted.

Subject Guides include: 1945, Texas at War & Peace; African-American History Resources; Genealogy Research Resources; German-American Titles; Labor Resources; Latino History & Culture; Media; Music; Plantation Resources; Ship Passenger Lists, 1842-1854; Slaves & Slavery Resources; Southern History Resources; Swedes in Texas; Texas Colonial Period; Texas Jewish Collection; Texas Revolution Resources; and, Texas Newspaper Guides.

Remember, while you may not be able to get to the Center to do research, you can print off these Subject Guides to help your research at your local libraries. If they do not have a book, always check to see if you can obtain it via inter-library loan.

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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