Carolyn Ericson

1614 Redbud Street

Nacogdoches, Texas


           Kissin Kuzzins is an East Texas query column entering its 43th year. It appears weekly in two East Texas newspapers: The Lufkin Daily News and The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. Queries are free, but they must pertain to a Texas ancestor. They may be submitted by e-mail, snail mail or by FAX to 936-552-8999. Please remember to include your snail mailing address

November 23, 2014

Genealogical Publishing Company sent me an interesting book to review. It is THE ADOPTION AND DONOR CONCEPTION FACTBOOK. This claims to be the only source of U. S. And Global data on adoptions in the U. S.

         If you have an adoption in your family tree, you may be having difficulty tracing the line of that branch of the family. Lori Carangelo, the author, explains each legal or political status and accounts for their numbers, origins, and the pros and cons of their points of view.

         University research estimated 1.6 million adopted children in the U. S. In the 2010 census. They estimate that half the U. S. Population will have bogus ancestry within 4 generations due to falsified adoption birth records.

         Readers and researchers will be amazed by the wealth of facts amassed by Ms. Carangelo and will want to browse the back stories, consider the sources and judge for themselves. She discusses donors, surrogate parents, and adopted children who have committed crimes.

         This volume contains 210 pages, in soft cover, and sells for $29.95 plus $5.50 shipping and handling. You may mail your check to Genealogical Publishing Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953 or call Toll-Free to 1-800-296-6687 or FAX 1-410-752-8492.

         On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Huntington Genealogical & Historical Society will have as their special speaker, Dickie Dixon. The location is the Huntington Housing Authority on East Walnut. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and the potluck will be Christmas favorites. Music with Tank and Friends will follow the talk. Everyone is invited.

         If you are doing research on your Civil War ancestor, I am sure you want to visit The compiled Military Service Records are one of the best places to look for information on the military careers of your Civil War ancestors. Compiled with the National Archives starting in the 1890s, the Civil War CMSRs contain basic military service information for soldiers in the volunteer armies (and in a few cases for women attached to the armies, often via hospital service as matrons, laundresses, etc.

         The sources for the card abstracts included muster rolls, regimental returns, pay vouchers, hospital rolls, and other such records. In addition to the cards, some records contain personal papers such as casualty sheets, discharge certificates, enlistment papers, inventories of personal effects, medical records and discharge papers. If they received a medical discharge, you will find a physical description, giving height, color of hair, eyes, and skin. It can be a gold mine of information. Visit today and see what you can find. They have military records for other wars — not just the Civil War.

Another early Nacogdoches obituary

Wednesday, January 23, 1901


         Francis Rusche, one of Nacogdoches town and county’s most respected and esteemed citizens passed peacefully away yesterday afternoon at his home on Hospital street at the advanced age of 77 years.

         Mr. Rusche had been feeble for some time past, but the immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, and he was sick only a few days. He was born in Germany February 29, 1823 and came to Texas when a young man. Hie friend Joseph Hoya, Sr. Had preceded and wrote such glowing letters of this country that Rusche, then a young man, determined to come to America also. He did so and came to Nacogdoches, as we have said, arrived here in 1848, where he continuously resided ever since, as an energetic and quiet citizen. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church at 10 a.m. and interment took place in the city cemetery at 11 o’clock. The Sentinel joins all the many friends and relatives of the deceased in sympathy and condolence.

         [Francis Rusche, born 29 March 1823 (on his grave), died 22 January 1901, buried Oak Grove Cemetery]