Recently, the Milam County Genealogical Society announced it is now collecting copies of birth, death and marriage entries from old Milam County Family Bibles for publication. This project will take in Bibles from the areas that included the original boundaries of Milam County.
The purpose of this project is to collect and preserve Family Bible Records. The records should have a Milam County connection. After records are published they will be archived at the Milam County Genealogical Research Center at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library in Rockdale for future generations.
Why are Family Bibles important?
First, there is a wealth of information that can be found in these old Bibles.
Second, many contain information from a time-period when there were no birth or death certificates.
Third, in the case of Milam County, all public records prior to 1874 were destroyed when the Courthouse burned. There are 33 counties that were comprised out of lands that were contained within the original boundaries of the Milam County. When the courthouse burned, the early records for these areas were destroyed as well.
Forth, many Family Bibles get lost or forgotten.
Criteria for submission:
(1) Each Bible must have at least one entry of a person born, died or married prior to World War II to qualify.
(2) Owner to furnish readable photocopy of the pages with the family information in the Bible; copy of the title page, copy of the page with date of Bible and publisher of Bible. Print name, address, telephone and e-mail of submitter on the back of each copy submitted.
For the Bible to be a credible genealogical record, you must include the source information and documentation. Genealogy without documentation is mythology.
(3) In cases that the Bible is too fragile or otherwise unable to be copied, just make a typewritten or very printed handwritten and legible transcription of the entire record. Then carry the transcription and the Bible to a notary. Have them read your copy, compare it to the Bible and sign the notary statement with the seal impression or print.
The notary acknowledgement would be:STATE OF ______
I, ____________________________________ a notary of the County and State aforesaid, certify that __________________________________________ has personally appeared before me asking for a comparison of the Bible to a transcription made and submitted by him/her/them. I have compared records and find that the transcription is a true copy. Witness my hand and official seal this _______ day of ___________ 200__._______________________________
Alternatively, if the Bible is too fragile to photocopy, you can make digital photographs of the title pages, including the date, place of publication, name of publisher and the handwritten entry pages for submission.
(4) Include a permission statement with your submission:
I, ____________________________, on this date, ________________, give my permission as owner of the record submitted, to the Milam County Genealogical Society to publish the record either in their newsletter, book form or electronic form the Family Bible Records submitted by me on this date._______________________________
To submit your Family Bible to: MCGS, ATTN: Bible Records Project, c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, 201 Ackerman St., Rockdale, Texas 76567.
Created on 22 May 2004 and last revised on 15 Sept 2009