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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
11 November 2004

Nice things do Happen!

On Friday, Nov. 5th, the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) held its 44th Annual Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Victoria, Texas. My dad and I drove up from Houston to attend the event. It was a beautiful drive up except for the ever-present road construction!

It was an exciting evening because the Milam County Genealogical Society (MCGS) received two awards. The society received the Second Place Genealogical Web Site Award and a $75 check presented by Lisa Gammill chair of the TSGS Web-Site Project Committee and Martha Jones, Ph.D., president of the TSGS. On behalf of the MCGS society, I accepted the award as sites web master.

This is the second statewide award the MCGS has received for its website, on-line at < http://www.geocities.com/milamco/ >. Last year, the MCGS received the TSGS 3rd Place award for its website.

The MCGS website also serves as the Milam Co. TXGenWeb site and is composed of over 825 pages of genealogical and historical research material related to Milam County. Lynna Kay has served as the MCGS web master for the site since February 2001.

The purpose of the Web Site Award is to encourage TSGS Societies to promote genealogy on the Internet, sharing information and servicing Global Communities with local records.

The First Place Web Site winner was the Hopkins County Genealogical Society.

The next award came as a surprise to me! The MCGS had nominated me for consideration of the TSGS Volunteer of the Year. And, to my amazement, my name was announced as the winner and the award, was presented by Doris Cozart, chair of the committee and Dr. Jones. The Volunteer of the Year Award is one of the highest and most coveted awards in genealogy presented by the TSGS.

I would like to sincerely thank the members and officers of the Milam County Genealogical Society for their very kind words and nomination for this award. I truly never dreamed I would ever win such an important award! I accepted the award in memory of my mother, Betty Knight Shuffield.

Are You Focused?

No, I am not suggesting you get your eyes checked! Yes, I admit, Iíll start on one thing and get sidetracked to ten others! I think we all sometimes fall into that same trap.

One of the simple things I try to do when I have a roadblock or scattered pattern on my research is to ask the opinion of another well-versed genealogist. Sometimes, it takes a second or third pair of eyes to see something missed or a direction to go.

Thatís why it is important to be a member of a local genealogy society. One person told me he wasnít a member of the genealogy society in his community because none of his family was from there. Well, I told him that genealogy societies are like mini-networks for researchers.

For example, I had a friend who spent 10 years researching every Brown family in Colonial Virginia before she found her Brown family. Well, one of those she researched was my Brown family. But if I hadnít mentioned to her that I was going in circles with Browns in early Virginia, Id never known she had all this knowledge about how they did or did not fit together.

There is always someone or someone who knows someone who might be able to help you with your research. Remember, you never know what youíll find or where youíll find it or what that other person might know from experience.


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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