"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


April 1995

President – Charles Hubert
Vice President – none
Secretary – Joy Kornegay
Treasurer – Barbara Valek
Newsletter Editor – Sybil Chapman
Program Chairman – Jim Baker
Publicity Chairman – Eugenia Newton
Ways & Means – Barbara Valek
Library Chairman – Lucille Moss
Purchasing – Lucille Towery

Meetings: 7:30 p.m., 1st Thursday of each month at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library

This is the first newsletter of 1995. I was out of town for the January and February meetings and unaware at the March meeting that I was still newsletter editor. The officers listed above are the ones whose names I wrote down at the March meeting. I will fill-in the blanks later.

Because of the water and medical appointments this newsletter will not follow the usual format.

From “Some records needs supplements” in ‘Relatively Speaking’ column by Martha Jones in The Victoria Advocate of March 10, 1995:

Biographical Sketches

The best sources for original biographical information is the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. It is one of the largest genealogy libraries in the United States, and its librarians will search their records for your ancestor in addition to copying out-of-print books. To have a search done, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) and provide the name, place and date of the person. If nothing is found there is no charge. Copies of 20¢ a page with a $3 handling fee. It is wise to enclose a check for $5 to cover the handling fee and 10 copies.

To copy out-of-print books, the book must not be copyrighted or restricted and must be in good condition. The cost is usually 15¢ per page plus a $3 handling fee. For hard-back library binding contact the library for current fees. The address is: Allen County Public Library, Historical Genealogy Dept., P. O. Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270. Note: The Library of Congress also offers an out-of-print copying service.

Birth & Death Dates Prior to 1910

First, check the “Genealogical Research Directory,” a reference work for national and international family history information exchange. It is updated each year and contains more than 100,000 research queries from contributors; names and addresses of more than 5,000 contributors in 25 countries; and up-to-date list of international major genealogical societies; a list of major research; repositories; maps and a selection of professional genealogy services available worldwide.

Second, check the “Directory of Funeral Homes” (The Yellow Book) published by Nomis Publications in Youngstown, OH, [800/321-7479]. It is published each November and contains a complete list of funeral homes and the cost of death certificates in the U.S. and Canada. It also has a listing of hospitals and newspapers in the U.S.

Third, to locate cemetery headstones that may no longer be legible but may have been transcribed, look for the following records in state genealogy libraries or write to the following organizations:




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