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

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

Preservation & Research Seminar at Georgetown

On Saturday, Aug. 7th, the Daniel Coleman Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will host "A Preservation / Research Seminar" from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 900 N. College St. in Georgetown, Texas.

The program will include: (1) "Preservation of Your Family Treasures" presented by Clare Maxwell (owner of "Hands on the Past" and a member of the Williamson County Historical Commission, Williamson County Historical Board, Dan Moody Museum, Taylor Conservation & Historical Society); and, (2) "Researching in the Texas Land Office" presented by Kevin Klaus (Information Specialist, Archives & Records, Texas General Land Office).

Registration is $40, including catered lunch. Please mail checks to Daniel Coleman Seminar, 1107 River Bend, Georgetown, Texas 78628. For more information, visit on-line http://www.mailmagic.com/danielcoleman/.

The 15 Minute Quickie

A few weeks ago, I attended the 4th Annual Texas Genealogy & Family History Fair sponsored by the Walker County (Texas) Genealogical Society in Huntsville. One of our readers stopped by the booth for this column and commented that the "15 Minute Quickie" was one of her favorite columns and that she tries to everyday spend 15 minutes on one or two quick tasks related to her research. She told me she just committed to doing it for one-week and she found, "Wow, I'd gotten so many little things done that it added up to a lot!"

So, start today with a 15-minute quickie and see what you can accomplish in one week!

You don't have enough time to do genealogy? Here's a solution that can help you get started on your family history, or any other task you've been putting off!

Promise yourself you will spend 15 uninterrupted minutes every day working on one specific aspect of your genealogy. Edit a family group sheet. Update your e-mail signature file to include all of your surnames. Make a telephone call to an older family member and jog their memories. Revise your genealogy GEDCOM files on RootsWeb's World Connect Project. Post a query on a location or surname e-mail list or message board on RootsWeb. Or identify a brick wall and start brainstorming about a solution!

You will be amazed by what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes. Think you can't get anything done in that short time? How long does it take to clean your house? How long does it take if your preacher or mother-in-law will be there in 15 minutes? I rest my case!

Set your kitchen timer for 15 minutes so you don't have to waste time watching the clock. Do not answer the telephone or get distracted by the TV. When the timer goes off, you can stop. However, if you're on a roll, it's okay to keep going for a little while longer, but don't lose focus on your goal. There is nothing magic about 15 minutes, just pledge to spend the time working on one genealogy task. This can work for anything else you keep putting off, like tackling your genealogy filing. Try filing for 15 minutes a day and watch the stacks of paper shrink.

So, when you put down the newspaper and schedule your first 15 minutes today and follow through every day and see how 15 minutes will affect your genealogy!

5th Annual Texas Genealogy & Family History Fair

Mark your calendars now to attend the 5th Annual Texas Genealogy & Family History Fair on Saturday, June 25, 2005 sponsored by the Walker County (Texas) Genealogical Society in Huntsville, Texas. For more information visit on-line at: http://www.wcgen.com/fair.htm or write: WCGS, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295.


Another item of importance to genealogy and historical researchers are the days of the week. Everyone known that Dec. 7, 1941 occurred on Sunday. However, do you know what day of the week Dec. 5, 1928 falls? The answer: Wednesday. There is an outstanding website that will configure a calendar for any year you desire on-line at: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/.

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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