I found my distant cousin Faustine Darsey on Geni and we discovered that she's a Texan and I lived in Texas for 13 great years. In talking, she had an idea for a fabulous project about the first settlers in Texas, who are called "Austin's Old Three Hundred" for Stephen F. Austin. There are 297 heads of household. We have listed them all, as well as given some background about the history, and begun to add profiles to the project. Faustine has recruited another collaborator, a cousin, who's a Texan and involved in genealogy.
Faustine has other ideas for projects involving Texas history and genealogy but for now we'd love to have y'all contribute to this first Texas project, which can be found at the following link. You can ask either of us to add you to the project.
Hatte Blejer i also have a project geared toward the early days of texas. it is called the republic of texas and covers mexican texas (1821-1836) and the republic of texas (1836-1846). i would love to have those that are interested to come on over and join too.
I see you beat me to the punch Lizzie!
Here's the umbrella project http://www.geni.com/projects/The-Eyes-of-Texas-Are-Upon-You. I hope the title will catch people's attention :)
Hatte Blejer perfect title! :)
People flocked to Texas from all over, leaving the message G. T. T. (Gone To Texas). There was a great opportunity to own land. Yes, they had to fight Indians, Santa Anna & rattlesnakes. They became Texas Rangers, farmers, ranchers & built the Republic of Texas.
They had to fight the Battle of the Alamo, San Jacinto & Goliad, to name a few.
When I asked Dad about his roots, he just said, "I'm a Texan".
If you have roots in Texas or are interested in those who do, you are invited to join our "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You" umbrella project.
Thanks, Faustine Humphris
I am the mother of two native Texans, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, and the widow of a naturalized Texan :) As well as cousin to Faustine Darsey, who is a descendant of Austin's Old 300!
One thing people do not realize about Texas is that they are like a separate country with strong people with deep roots.
I never heard G.T.T. That is very interesting.
We also need a project on the Mexican-Americans (Chicanos) of Texas since they did not "go to Texas," but remained there and became an integral part of the new Republic.
i am proud to be a descendant of many who settled in texas when it was mexican texas. two of my uncles fought and died at the alamo as did two of my cousins. i'm the first generation that was not born in texas but my dad, grandparents, great-great and so on were. with all that texas blood in my genes i'm claimin' texan. :)
I had another idea for a Texas project which is musicians of Texas. I am an avid fan of a bunch of Texas musicians, including from Lubbock and of course from Austin. My good friends went with me to the Birchmere here in Alexandria to see The Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock) and my friend took his 1963 Lubbock High School Year Book and asked them to sign his yearbook by their photos. It was a hoot.
I remember that now Lizzie. I have a long list of Texas musicians who I have followed for decades, e.g., Angela Strehli, Marcia Ball, Nanci Grffith, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and so on.
Hatte Blejer by chance at the cow palace?
I started a project on Music of Texas: Austin, Lubbock and other music scenes.
I also started a project index in The Eyes of Texas are Upon You.