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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
24 June 2004

More Finding that Needle!

This week, Judy Grimes of Yorba Linda, CA, wrote with a very interesting research problem! Putting our collective research, genealogist, and historian hats together someone might have some advice.

Judy writes, "When some of the family insist that there is a Native American Princess or Shaman or Chieftain in the family, I do what every true genealogist does, I cringe.

Then I run a Dawes check or other Native list check to see if I can pull up a connection easily. Then I look at some family census a little bit closer, to see if the native square is checked with an "I" in it?

Then, I lay it aside until it "glows" in the stack of old searchings, trying to tell me it is alive. Then, I bury it deeper in the stack.

Now, the family is saying that they have found their Dad's birth certificate and it lists him as: White / Cherokee. He was born 1910 and the birth certificate is a "DELAYED" birth certificate; however, it is legal and certified. None of the family ever applied for head-right. (No one wanted to be Indian, then!)

The father lists himself as white in the two censuses before the sons' birth and so does the mother. One husband, one wife, all children accounted for. No extras (as in other woman and child). Wife had a dozen kids and died in middle age. Husband lived to be 104. The child with the birth certificate was number 10 of 12. Oklahoma did not have birth certificates early. Tennessee has even less.

The grandfather lists himself white in 1850, 1860 and 1870. The grandmother lists herself as white.

Anyone got any suggestions? Has the 'wannabe' Native American disease hit? or should I look more?"

You can contact Judy via e-mail at < MEGBR549@aol.com > or by writing 17432 Yellowstone Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886.

Texas Archive Resources On-Line

Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections. Consider these an extended table of contents, which describe unique materials only available at the individual repositories.

In most cases, the collections themselves are NOT available online.

Participating TARO Repositories (more repositories to be added soon):


The finding aids on the TARO site do not represent descriptions of the entire holdings of any of the repositories. Future phases of the project will incorporate digital surrogates of many types of collection materials, including images of documents and objects, sound files, and moving images.


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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