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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
17 December

Holiday Cards

Did you send out holiday cards to your family members this year? Many people have stopped this holiday tradition due to cost of postage or the time it takes to address the envelopes or because they are too busy and forgot!

Well, I try to send out cards to family and this year I am trying to make my cards stand-out in the crowded holiday card bin by adding family tree information. In some of the cards, I am including a pre-printed family-gram or a ancestor print-out.

In some envelopes I included a smaller self-address return envelope asking for information.

I am also sending out cards to the individuals who help me throughout the years as volunteers on the Milam County TXGenWeb site http://www.geocities.com/milamco/ and letting them know how much their efforts made a difference over the last year.

Next year, I think I going to create my on "family holiday" and send-out notes and cards on an ancestor's birthday and remind family members about the person, their importance to our family, included photo of the person and/or their gravemarker.

Hopefully, by sending out cards, they will remember their family history long after forgotten the card. Or, maybe they will stick it back in a draw and the next generation of family will find it years from now and get interested in their family history!

Internet Favorites

How many of you have a cluster of websites in your Favorites menu on your computer? Are they organized? When was the last time you went through the list and check to see if the websites were still alive?

Okay, New Years Resolution - As you are sitting through the traditional football games on New Years Day, steal-away to your computer and take the time to freshen-up your Favorites menu.

If you do not have a computer or if your Favorites are in good order, take the time to do some filing. I know that is a chore many of us put off all year long but this year, make an effort to file and review the items in those folders.

You never know what is lurking in those old files!

Texas Navy

Ship Ahoy Mates! Are you interested in Texas History? If so, you might be interested in reading all about the Texas Navy, check-out their website at: http://www.texasnavy.com/

The website provides a considerable amount of information on the history of the Texas Navy, its ships, flags, uniforms and officers. There is also an interesting feature that allows you to print-off a Texas Navy Calendar and there is a free screen-saver you can download for your computer.

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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Houston, Texas 77222-6604