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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
21 October 2004

Genealogy Adventure

As you read this column, I am off on a genealogy trip to New Hampshire and Massachusetts! Over the past six months, I have been research Massillon Farley, the First Chief Justice of Milam County. It has been an adventure!

I have never personally researched in these two states and I have learned a lot about the specialized nitch of genealogical research in New England. One of the key elements is that most records are kept by Town Clerks and not at the county courthouse level.

This makes me really appreciate the centralized county courthouse approach to record keeping in Southern states.

Even though I will be going to several Town Clerk Offices, the one important trade-off is that many of these records go back into the mid-1700s. While I might grumble about having to go hither-and-yon to find records in a county, when I get there, what a goldmine is to be found.

Free Genealogy Newsletter

The Allen County Library located in Fort Wayne, IN http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/ is ranked as one of the top 10 genealogy libraries in the United States and they are now offering a free newsletter by e-mail, "Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library."

If you are addicted to genealogy and love libraries and research you should subscribe to this new and exciting electronic newsletter from one of the most popular genealogical research libraries in the nation.

Each month, the newsletter promises to let you know about new acquisitions, department special events, featured sources, websites . . . and much more!

There are two ways to subscribe. Visit the Friends of Allen County website at http://www.friendsofallencounty.org/ and fill out the subscription form at the bottom of the page, or send an email to < genealogygems-subscribe@friendsofallencounty.org >.

Please pass this notice on to interested individuals or organizations.

The Friends of Allen County website offer several free databases on-line and if you have any Indiana family lines, this is a must visit website. A few of the databases include: Marriage Index, mid-1990s through 2003; Allen County Death Index, 1870 through 1920; Allen County Obituary Index, 1900 through 2004; and, much more.

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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