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

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

Saturday May 1st at Milam County Clerk's Office

How would you like to prowl around a County Clerk's Office on a Saturday? You will have a chance to do just that on Saturday, May 1st at a Lock-in at the Milam County Clerk's Office sponsored by the Milam County Genealogy Society from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration after April 24th or at the door, $20 donation.

The event is to raise funds to preserve the original historic will and estate records by placing them into acid-free file folders and microfilming. The loose will and estate papers date to back to 1874 and have never been microfilmed.

For more information write: MCGS, c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library 201 Ackerman St., Rockdale, Texas 76567 or visit their website at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Saturday, May 22, 2004 - Chaparral Genealogical Society, 9:30 a.m., Community Meeting Room, Klein Bank, 28201 Tomball Parkway (Hwy 249), Tomball, Texas. Topic: 20th Century Military & War Dead Research.

Monday, June 7, 2004 - Washington County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m., Blinn College Student Center (between Blinn Blvd and Prairie Lea St on the Blinn Campus), Brenham, Texas. Topic: Cemetery Preservation Projects. (Campus Map available on-line at < http://www.blinn.edu/brenham/ > )

Saturday, June 26, 2004 - Exhibitor's Table at the 4th Annual "Texas Genealogy and Family History Fair" sponsored by the Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Walker County Fair Grounds located 4-miles west of Huntsville, Texas on State Highway 30. For more information visit: < http://www.wcgen.com/fair.htm > or e-mail < jhunter@txucom.net > or write: WCGS, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342-01295.

Texas Baptist Historical Collection

The Texas Baptist Historical Collection http://www.bgct.org/tbhc/ has microfilmed over 300 Church Minutes & Records. A list of those church records, in city order, is available on the website by clicking the "Holdings" tab in the left-hand column. For a nominal fee you can purchase a copy of the records. I purchased a set of the microfiche for Little River Baptist Church in Milam County for $12. These records began in the early 1849 to 1995.

Additionally, any Baptist Church congregation may have their records and minutes microfilmed for preservation by the Collection at no cost to the church. There are approximately sixty 81/2"x 11" pages of information on one fiche.

Churches can also deposit their records and minutes in the Collection for safekeeping may do so at no cost. The church retains the rights to the minutes and may remove them at any time.

They have free guides on-line you can print off on how to prepare a church history; how to observe church anniversaries, how to do oral histories of your church members, how to start a church archives, how to start a church history committee and much more. Any church or religion could use these well-written guides as a how-to for their congregation. The guides are universal in style and I hope many of you will take the time to print off some of the guidelines and see how documenting the history of your congregation.

The Collection staff is available to conduct workshops on compiling a church history and preserving church records. The staff is also ready to serve as consultants for churches that are creating an archives, to serve as advisors to history/heritage committees in churches, and to conduct "Heritage Weekends" for churches highlighting the history of Texas Baptists.

To contact the Texas Baptist Historical Collection, e-mail: tbhc@bgct.org or write: 333 N. Washington, Dallas, Texas 75246-1798 or telephone: 214/887-5422.

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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