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

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

RootsMagic Updated Version

On Monday, May 24th, RootsMagic will release an updated 2.0 version of its genealogy software.

RootsMagic is the easiest to use family tree software available for Windows XP, 95, 98, ME, NT and 2000, yet is also one of the most powerful. The new version 2.0 will be even better, with powerful wall charting capabilities, full publishing capabilities, the easiest merge feature available, and much more!

The cost is only $29.95 for new users or $19.95 for individuals who currently own version 1.0.

For information on all the new features, visit on-line at: http://www.rootsmagic.com/ or telephone 1-877-7668762 to place your order.

Yes, I've placed my order and you can look for a review of this new version of RootsMagic this summer.

Lost in Space? No, lost in Milam County

Recently, I received a query for Judy Huggs Grimes of Yorba Linda, CA asking about where the TRACY CEMETERY was located in Milam County. Norinne Holder Holman, author of the book "170 Years of Cemetery Records for Milam County, Texas" replied with the following:

"There was once a Tracy Cemetery and lots of people were buried there according to the Milam County Death Records. I never found it! I talked to the people in the area and they never heard of it. Whether or not the name was changed to something else, I don't know. I even went to the local funeral homes and they didn't know."

Anyone having information on this lost cemetery is asked to contact the Milam County Gen. Soc., c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, 201 Ackerman, Rockdale, Texas 76567 or e-mail < milamco@yahoo.com >.

U.S. Census Maps On-Line

Have you ever had the urge to look at a census map at 3 o'clock in the morning? Well, some of us do genealogy at odd hours of the day and night depending on work schedules. P

Recently, a fellow researcher passed along this wonderful link for the U.S. Census Maps, 1790 through 1930 for the Southeastern and Northeaster states are free on-line at: http://www.genealogyinc.com/maps/uscm.htm.

Clicking on TEXAS, I found they had maps on-line from 1834 through the present as well as the census maps. One of the unique features of the maps was that you could look at the individual census years or in overlay view with the previous or next census map combined with the year selected.

For example, all or a portion of the following counties came out of the original Milam County: Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Brown, Burnet, Burleson, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Erath, Falls, Hamilton, Haskell, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Jones, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, McLennan, Mills, Palo Pinto, Parker, Robertson, Shackelford, Somervell, Stephens, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Williamson and Young.

When I did an overlay (or combining) of maps for the various census years, I was able to get an idea of which "new" counties to look for my research. It was not they moved it happens to be that the county moved!

What a unique tool to help you get a visual idea of how county boundary, as well as state lines have moved from time to time! Have fun playing with these maps!


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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