"The Legacy"
published by the
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


May 1994

President – Rusty Thomas
Vice President – John Guillote
Secretary – Joy Kornegay
Treasurer – Barbara Valek
Newsletter Editor – Sybil Chapman
Program Chairman – Caroline Kibodeaux
Publicity Chairman – Eugenia Newton
Ways & Means – Barbara Valek
Library Chairman – Bob Narvaez
Purchasing – Lucille Towery

Mary Cooper was the speaker at our April meeting. Her topic was Handy Dandy Genealogical Research Kits for Traveling. Our members were busy taking notes of her helpful hints.

In the basket: An interesting publication from the East Bell County Genealogical Society that has a list of the Society’s membership list with addresses and telephone numbers of members followed by an alphabetized list of ancestors showing events, dates, counties/district, & states of interest.

On the bulletin board: Brochure from the Mobile Genealogical Society announcing the publication of the Mobile County Death Records 1876-1908 consisting of 78,000 documents with index of death certificates, notes, certificates of people shipped to and from mobile for burial.

Research Hints - “Relatively Speaking” by Martha Jones, Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Tex.) Sun., Apr. 24, 1994, p. 10E.

The “United States Newspaper Program” publishes on microfiche the United States Newspaper Program National Union List. The 3rd edition, published in 1898 provides bibliographic information for more than 77,000 newspapers published in the United States from 1690 to the present. It also lists the specific issues of each newspaper held by the participating repositories. To determine if a newspaper has been indexed check, Anita Cheek Milner’s Newspaper Indexes: A Location and Subject Guide for Researchers.

The publication of newspaper abstracts has increased in recent years. In some instances, genealogical data from a particular newspaper has been abstracted. For example, Kenneth Scott’s Genealogical Data from the New York Weekly Post Boy, 1743-1773, Genealogical Data from the Pennsylvania Chronicle, 1767-1774, and Marriages and Deaths from the New Yorker (Double Quarto Edition) 1836-1841. The Society has also published on microfilm Marriages and Deaths from the National Intelligencer (Washington, DC) 1800-1850.

In some instances genealogical data and other personal references have been abstracted from the extant issues of all early newspapers in a particular state. Examples are Sherida K. Eddlemon’s Genealogical Abstracts from Tennessee Newspapers 1792-1808 and Genealogical Abstracts from Tennessee Newspapers, 1803-1850.

Future Programs

June 2nd
Speaker: Bill Cooke, publisher Rockdale Reporter
Topic: Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research

July 7th
Speaker: Mary Cooper
Topic: Making Sense of the Census Future Programs




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