Be sure to follow up on those death certificates, and post a query about the book on the Shields forum.
If you're just beginning you may not be familiar with the GenWeb Project sites.Here is something I typed and saved in WORD, so I could just send along to newbies, and not forget something (^_^) --
Texas began keeping vital records in 1903; you can obtain a copy of death certificate, which should show the names and birth locations of the parents of deceased.
Hyperlink below for TXGenWeb site.Scroll down to “TX County Index” option, find your county and click and look at everything.Sites are manned by volunteers, so they vary in material and information offered.Some will have a list of volunteers who offer to do lookups.Post your query; plus, ask if anyone has a copy of a county history, and will they check their copy for any possible information on your family.If cemeteries not online, ask if a collection of material, or book has been published on local cemeteries, and can someone check the index for you. http://www.rootsweb.com/~txgenweb/http://www.rootsweb.com/~txgenweb/
TX is a state with lots of good “stuff”, click and look, try “Texas Research Help”, it will lead you to such as:Handbook of TX Online (good for those TX towns not on maps, early settlers, history etc); Confederate Museum (all Rebs); TX Ranger Museum (both museums have records); TX Confederate Pension Idx Online (different then Museum); TX State Library & Archives etc etc.
When you finish with “ALL” of TX, look for the very first option on that site – USGenWeb Project – click and you are at the U.S. level, from there you can choose any state, and county/counties within those states – you are off and running, again.
If you have any questions, or I didn't make something clear, just get back to me.By the way, you responded to your query and not my response.I was just browsing the list and saw your response.Have fun and Happy Hunting.