This article for a column written by Ed Syer first appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Ft. Worth, Texas on 24 April 1962. A typewritten copy of the article is in the Lee County file at The Texas State Archives.Read More
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This article by Mary Rice Brogan for the Tall in Texas column of the Houston, Texas Chronicle, 19 Apr 1964.
Note: Upper Wendish does not use the Cyrillic alphabet, the alphabet of the Russians. It uses the same Western European alphabet but accents appropriate letters with acute, corona, and slash marks to come up with different sounds.Read More
The article by Charlotte Phelan first appeared in The Houston Post, Houston, Texas on 30 Apr 1961.Read More
This article by Sigman Byrd first appeared in The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas on 9 Dec 1960.Read More
The Civil War was one of the most turbulent periods in America's History. Texas had the role of a supply state for the Confederate cause because of the port cities, limited rail and numerous wagon trails. This was one of many reasons that the Union was concerned about Texas.
Texans had a well-defined and consistent sense of right and wrong. Texas' population in 1860 was 421,649. The Civil War records state between 70 to 90,000 Texas boys and men joined the ranks of the military ranging from 16 years to the mid 50's that is roughly 16 to 21% of the men in Texas going to war Sons, Husbands, brothers, uncles, cousins these families were torn apart some never returned; others returned but life was never the same for them. The loss of so many men had a devastating effect on the state, but more on the families they left behind in the shadows.
The world as Texas women and children knew it was turned upside down. The war placed pressures on the women and children that their life prior to 1861 had not prepared them to handle. Texas did not have a Gettysburg or a Vicksburg but we did give our men to those battlefields. The Texas cry was heard from the East coast to the Arizona desert. Families of these brave soldiers lived in the shadows in Texas a state once seemed by many as a safe refugee. Their stories need to be told, The Civil War is the most written and researched topic in today's study of history and the stories of the silent victims the women and children need to come out of the shadows and into our lives as students of the Civil War and as Texans.
With its immense physical size, Texas presents a formidable challenge in the location of our Texas ancestry. Mr. Kubicek will take us down this path of challenges using historical events as our guide.
From 1865 to 1875 the Reconstruction Era was upon Texas and the South. Among the many things, the Federal government had devised was a plan (Voter Registration Act) to control and register all male citizens of Texas after the Civil War. This is just one of the many facets of the Reconstruction records overlooked by many genealogists.
The Reconstruction Plan failed, but as Mr. Kubicek has discovered the government records remained, giving genealogist's untapped sources of locating our ancestors. Traditional genealogical sources are enhanced during this time period by more precise records required by the Federal government, as well as the non-traditional sources discovered by Mr. Kubicek's research.
Pride in our heritage, an understanding our past, a concern for the present and a vision for our future, stems from a close attachment to our cultural roots. The close attachment to our heritage, the ability to locate and understand their lives comes from this amazing snap shot of a turbulent time period in the State of Texas and of our ancestors.
Than you to John Jacob for providing a source of relatively new research into the struggle of the Wends/Sorbs during the Nazi regime in Germany.
Burleigh, Michael and Wolfgang Wippermann. The Racial State: Germany, 1933-1945. Cambridge [England]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991, pgs. 133-135.Read More