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Biographical Narrative Project

Announcing volunteer opportunities for Milam County, Texas researchers!

We are looking for volunteers to assist with research project to developed a biographical sketch on each individual who has been elected as to a County Public Office in Milam County, Texas, announced Lynna Kay Shuffield, County Coordinator for the Milam County TXGenWeb.

David Ray Galbreath, a Milam County researcher, has volunteered to coordinate this project and will be working with Lynna Kay to insure a biographical narrative of each person is written. Additionally, he and his volunteers will be seeking to locate any existing photographs of these men and women.

For a list of Milam County Public Officials visit:

Currently, Deputy Greg Kouba, Milam County Sheriff’s Office is working on researching and writing a biographical sketch on every Sheriff elected in Milam County. This project will expand his initiative to include all Milam County Public Officials.

If you would like to volunteer for this project or if you have a family member who was an elected public official in Milam County, Texas, please contact David at e-mail < > or Lynna Kay at e-mail < >.

This project does not require anyone to live in Milam County and can be done by researchers living anywhere in the world! So, if you are not able to abstract or index records for the Milam County TXGenWeb site, please consider volunteering to research and write a narrative for one Milam County Public Official.

Project Goals

1. Review the list of Milam County Public Officials to:

2. Research & write a biographical sketch on each public official. Narratives to include: footnotes, bibliography, source information and documentation.

3. Locate photographs of each public official and/or determine if none are known to exist.

How to Write a Biographical Sketch

Following are guidelines to help you research and write a biographical sketch. Some fields will need only a single line, while others may take multiple lines. A man may have multiple marriages, for example, with children by each marriage.

Remember that this is not an obituary, and we are not as interested in praising the individual as in recording the facts of his or her life.

Be sure and footnote sources, documentation, etc. and include a bibliography.

Date Format:
8 Nov 1800 -- or -- ca. 1800
(ca. = circa)

Place Format:
Houston, Harris Co., TX
(do not spell-out county and use standard postal service abbreviations for states)

----- Sample Biography -----

H. E. Haynes
Ohio County Clerk, 1865 - 1885
by Jane Williams Smith - August 2003

H. E. HAYNES, (b. 8 Nov 1822, Ohio Co., KY – d. 4 July 1880, Ohio Co., KY), son of Hardin Haynes (b. date unknown, Amherst Co., VA – d. 20 May 1822, Ohio Co., KY) and Polly Cooper (b. 13 Jan 1800 – d. Feb 1876). Hardin was a farmer, came to Ohio Co. when age 21, and was a member of the Baptist Church and in 1822, he was married to Polly. H.E. was the eldest of a family of four children: H. E. Haynes, Nancy J. Haynes (wife of Thomas M. Newman), Elizabeth Haynes (wife of Beard Sterett), and Hardin P. Haynes. H.E. was married on 2 July 1857, to Miss Margaret C. Powers (b. 2 Aug 1836, Marion Co., KY – d. 23 Nov 1900, Ohio Co., KY). She was the daughter of Sylvester Powers and Ruth Thomas, both natives of Marion Co., KY. H.E. and Margaret were the parents of five children: B. H. Haynes, H. R. Haynes, Walter Haynes, Elizabeth Haynes (wife of Tom Jones) and Courtland Haynes. In 1865, H.E. was elected Ohio County Clerk and served in that office until 1885. H.E. and Margaret are buried in the Sweet Hill Cemetery, Ohio Co., KY.

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The above example is an abbreviated sample of a biographical sketch. You can include as much detail information as you are able to locate. Good sources would be newspapers printed during election time which often included biorgraphical information on individuals running for public office.

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Created on 2 Aug 2003 and last revised on 5 Aug 2003