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State Research Guide: Texas
10/1/2006
Round up your Lone Star State ancestors.

Even if your ancestors didn't settle in Noodle, Dime Box, Ding Dong or Bugscuffle when they got to the land of the Lone Star, they may have scrawled farewell notes on their doors back east saying “GTT” — Gone to Texas. Enthusiasm for going to Texas was especially strong following the US economic panic of 1837 and after the Civil War. Texas didn't offer the gold panning or fur trapping that lured so many folks farther west, but it had land — lots of land.

Changin' the flags

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