This week, I received an interesting item in the mail, the "Sanders Siftings" (Issue No. 39, Oct 2004) an exchange newsletter / journal for Sanders / Saunders family researchers. Don E. Schaefer is the editor of this well-written and printed newsletter that began publication in 1995.
Today's trend is gearing towards more and more information on-line and it is refreshing to see a print version family newsletter / journal still going strong and is full of interesting information. Clayton Library in Houston has copies of all of the back-issues.
For more information, write Shaefer at: 1297 Deane St., Fayetteville, AR 72703-1544 or e-mail < firstname.lastname@example.org >.
To see if there is a family newsletter for one of your families, check Cyndi's List on-line at http://www.cyndislist.com/surnames.htm.
One of the most fascinating websites that I have visited recently included the "Link to Your Roots" in Hamburg, Germany http://www.ltyr.hamburg.de/.
There is an amazing free search engine now offered by the Hamburg State Archives that allows you to search the Emigration Lists of Hamburg for the 1890 to 1914. Hopefully, they will soon have all of the years between 1850 and 1934 for researchers.
However, once you find a name, there is a fee for obtaining copies. In addition the Archives offers a wide-range of genealogical services for ancestors from the Hamburg area.
One of the interesting features on the website is the "Internet Exhibit." When you click on the icon (lower right-hand portion of the page), you are taken to a wonderful collection of questions about emigration from Germany.
On Saturday, April 30, 2005, the Montgomery County Genealogical & Historical Society (MCG&HS) is sponsoring a conference entitled The Civil War & Montgomery County: A Historical & Genealogical Odyssey at the Conroe Towers in Conroe, Texas.
The conference will be divided into three sections: 1) issues & causes of the Civil War; 2) Montgomery County & the conflict; and, 3) Genealogical Workshop: Tracing your Civil War ancestors.
MCG&HS invites participation by the general public. If you have a background in this area of study, have personal documents or letters or be interested in performing a skit, telling a story or presenting a paper, please contact us by November 5, 2004, with a brief proposal or overview of your presentation.
Please submit the synopsis of your idea or area of interest to: (MCG&HS), Attn: Civil War Conference, P. O. Box 867, Conroe, Texas 77305.
The MCG&HS also invites participation in an essay contest on the topic, The Civil War and Montgomery County. The contest is open to all and the deadline for essay submissions is Jan. 5, 2005.
For more information, visit the MCG&HS website at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmcghs/mcghs.htm
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: email@example.com
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