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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
6 May 2004

Milam Co. Clerk's Lock-in a Great Success

As you all know, on Saturday, May 1st, the Milam County Gen. Soc. (MCGS) held a "Lock-in at the Milam County Clerk's Office" to raise funds to buy acid-free file folders for the loose estate, probate, guardianship, lunacy papers and other similar records.

The event was a GREAT SUCCESS and we raised money to buy 1,000 of the estimated 5,000 acid-free file folders we will need to complete this project. This is an important preservation effort by the society to conserve these vital public records at the Milam County Courthouse.

We had about 25 individuals who participated and/or volunteered. The society also received donations from individuals who were not able to attend but wanted to help with this important preservation effort.

Several members of the MCGS helped out, and I hope I do not forget anyone: Charles & Marie Hubert; Randy & Connie Billingsley; Bill & Florene McDaniel; Bob Martin; James David Walker; Eugenia Newton; Linda Whorton; Eva Warren and Nancy Burd.

Big thanks to Herb Clark of Houston who drove up to Cameron and assisted researchers during the event. Please note, Herb is not a member of the MCGS nor does he have any family connection to Milam County. He volunteered because he believed in what the society was trying to accomplish. In addition, Herb and his son, Ashley Clark, have volunteered numerous times to help out the MCGS with various computer problems, converting databases, etc. without any charge for their professional services.

The BIGGEST THANKS goes to LaVerne Soefje, Milam County Clerk and her staff for giving up part of their Saturday to support this event and allow researchers the opportunity to do research on a Saturday. This is a fine example of not only a unique and generous public servants but individuals who are committed to the preservation of Milam County history and records!

LaVerne shared with the group that she has been contacted by other Texas County Clerks about conducting a similar lock-in and fundraiser event at their offices. So, there is hope other counties will begin holding similar events!

To see some interesting photos of the event, which were taken by James David Walker, go to: < http://www.jamesdavidwalker.com/lockin2004/ >.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - Brazosport Genealogical Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Lake Jackson Library, 250 Circle Way, Lake Jackson, Texas. Topic: 20th Century Military & War Dead Research. For more information, contact Jim Renfro, Jr., e-mail < jrenfro@brazosport.edu > .

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 Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Blinn College Student Center, 902 College Avenue, Brenham, Texas. Topic: Cemetery Preservation. For more information, visit: < http://www.alpha1.net/~awhart/wcgs/washgene.htm >. For a campus map, visit: < http://www.blinn.edu/Map%20details/index.htm > - The Student Center is building #37.

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.

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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