"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

October 1993

President – Rusty Thomas
Vice President – Gene Kornegay
Secretary – Marcy Jones
Treasurer – Francie Herring
Newsletter Editor – Sybil Chapman
Program Chairman – John Gillote
Publicity Chairman – Eugenia Newton
Ways & Means – Barbara Valek
Library Chairman – Bob Narvaez
Purchasing – Caroline Kibodeaux


NEXT MEETING: Nov. 11th - Program: Mrs. Lucile Hillard, President of the Betty Martin Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)

DEC. MEETING: Dec. 9th - Program: Mrs. Karen Thompson, Vice President of the Martin Wells Chapter DRT (Daughters of the Republic of Texas).

We viewed cassette tapes on researching in the National Archives at our September meeting. Ramona Barlow advised anyone planning to research there to leave all documents elsewhere as there are no provisions for storing personal materials and there is a lengthy inventory procedure of documents in researcher’s possession before entering and before leaving the library.

Jon Cook announced September dates for using the Family History Center (FHC) in Rockdale. He also stated there is a possibility the local FHC being established and volunteers from the MCGS assisting in staffing the center.

In the basket:

Packet of registration forms for the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference on Nov. 4-6 in Austin. Advance registration is due by Oct. 30th and the cut-off date for room reservations is Oct. 14th.

Announcement by Higginson Book Co. of Salem, MS of a re-print of The History of Bell County, ca. 1936. Included in the announcement was the following: “Higginson Book Co. is currently involved in The American History Project, which is reprinting hundreds of out-of-print county, town and regional histories published before 1935.”

Temple Junior College regarding continuing education course entitled, “Adventures in Genealogy-Intermediate Research” to be held on Monday & Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 4-27 with Richard Hooverson as instructor.

Announcement of a Genealogy Computer Course to be held on Sat., Oct. 23rd at the Grace Lutheran Church, 609 Locus St., Victoria, TX from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee: $10, includes handouts.

Research tips courtesy of the Victoria Crossroads of South Texas, published by the Victoria Genealogical Society:

If you had an American ancestor who went to sea in the 1880s, he may have applied for the “Seaman’s Protection Certificate,” which was designed to stop the British from impressing Americans into the British Navy on the high seas. These certificates were issued from 1796 to 1897. The applicant presented proof of citizenship and paid a fee of 25˘. Every 3-months a list of seamen was sent to the Secretary of State in Washington, DC, stating each seaman's age and physical description. Write the Archives Division, NARA, Washington, DC 20408.

If you have roots in Washington Co., TN, which once covered parts of North Carolina and most of eastern Tennessee, you might wish to check-out the Archives at East Tennessee University in Johnson City, TN. They now hold all loose papers from the early days of that county.

In 1867, a special voter’s registration was done in Texas to give the vote back to the Confederate Veterans who had not been able to vote since the end of the Civil War. Everyone was to register and take an oath not to bear arms against the United States. Each man gave information as to when he had come to Texas, how long he had been in the county and place of birth. Registration took place through 1870, some counties had added information. These are by county and are not alphabetized. [NOTE: The MCGS purchased the reel of microfilm that contains Milam County. - The Austin Genealogical Society published an index on CD-ROM to the 1867 Voter’s Registration that is available for purchase from Heritage Books - Lynna Kay Shuffield published an index to the Milam County 1867 Voter’s Registration and a copy is at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library.]




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