"The Legacy"
published by
Milam County (Texas) Genealogical Society
Rockdale, Texas

The Legacy

The Newsletter of the Milam County Genealogical Society

c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library
201 Ackerman St.
Rockdale, Texas 76567

December 1992

President – Eugenia Newton
Vice President – Rusty Thomas
Secretary – Barbara Valek
Treasurer – Francie Herring
Newsletter Editor – Sybil Chapman
Program Chairman – Tom Underwood
Publicity Chairman – Ben Worrell
Ways & Means – Dorothy Allen
Library Chairman – Gene Kornegay
Purchasing – Caroline Kibodeaux

From Everton’s Genealogical Helper Nov/Dec 1992, p. 9:

“It is becoming a common practice to publish a periodical on a quarterly basis and a newsletter in between the quarterly publication. The newsletter contains more organization or society news whereas the quarterly publication will have more features or research articles.”

The quotation above is not so subtle request for society news.

Sixteen of our twenty-two paid members were present at our November meeting. We discussed the desirability and means of having scheduled programs.

If any of our members would like to have his or her family tree published in the newsletter it is possible to do so in the Ahnentafel style. As I learned from reading the user’s guide to Family Tree Maker, Ahnentafel is the fancy name for the common system of numbering ancestor charts in which the number assigned to each descendant’s father on the chart is twice his or her number and the number of each descendant’s mother is twice the number plus one. Information is printed using numbers, not charts.

What’s old at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library?

The Handy Book for Genealogists, 8th Edition gives the formation history of every county in the United States. County maps are printed in color and show boundaries, names, counties of bordering states, as well as waterways, rivers and lakes. In addition current addresses and telephone numbers are given for each of 3,500 county officials along with an update on the records they keep. Maps of 122 Migration trails along with a description of each trail, its name, starting point, states and counties passed through, and trail’s end are a noted feature of the book.

The University of Texas Archives: A Guide to the Historical Manuscripts Collection at the University of Texas Library, c. 1967, consists of definitive descriptions of all manuscript holdings in the Archives catalogued through the Spring of 1965. Each entry is introduced by a title line giving the formal title, the inclusive dates, and the quantity of and kinds of materials included in the collection. The title line is followed by a paragraph or paragraphs in which the types of records are described, the principal persons, places, and events associated with the records are listed, and the pertinent fields of activities are noted.

A History of Lee County, Texas by the Lee County Historical Survey Committee, c. 1974, compiled with the help of Chester V. Kielman, Archival Librarian at the Barker Texas History Center (compiler of above volume) and his assistants who “were most gracious and tirelessly cooperative during … searches through the records.” This volume contains information about communities, churches, schools and cemeteries with as few as three graves. A most fascinating entry to me was an article titled “Acupuncture – An Old Wendish Practice, on page 85.

What’s new at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library?

The newsletter Pastime, Spring 1992 and the microfiches from the American Genealogical Lending Library have arrived. “AGLL is but one of four agencies in the United States which has received the entire collection including all the Soundex rolls of the 1920 Census. In all there are over 10,500 rolls of film. I noted on one microfiche this information, “Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organization from the State of Texas.” The compiled service records to which this index applies are reproduced on M323.

A brochure and an order form for the Personal Ancestral File (LDS) are in the society basket in the library. In addition there is a Research Outline for Texas Genealogical research provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There is also a pamphlet with information concerning genealogical material available from Catholic archives.

Also, some personal mail addressed to society members is in the basket.

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