It’s Family History Month at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research and below are events, news, and programs going on the month of October 2011
October 2011 news and programming
Clayton Library Orientation
Saturday, October 15, 2011 10:30-11:45AM
Learn about the vast resources and how to efficiently utilize genealogical research materials housed at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. No reservations needed, meet at the Information Desk in the library. Adults/Teens.
Funeral records: the final event
Saturday, October 22, 2011 3:00–4:00PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:00-4:00PM
The final event of a life generates final records of a person’s life. Various records will be discussed including digital collections, printed, and microfilmed sources as well as alternatives to traditional burials. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Mending and repair: The Book Doctors are in
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:00-4:00PM
Do you know how to open a book properly? Fix loose or torn pages? Ever spilled water on your favorite novel? Want to learn some quick fixes that you can easily do at home? We can help. Bring your torn or tattered book in need of repair and join the Book Doctors for our basic mending and repair class. Handouts will be provided, class size limited to 10. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
A nation of immigrants: US naturalization and genealogy
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 3:00-4:00PM
In this talk we will discuss the history of naturalization laws and requirements in the United States and how this affected your ancestors and their naturalizations. We will also discuss using naturalization records for genealogical research, what you may find, and how to find it. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Other events at Clayton . . .
Saturday, October 8, 2011 10:30AM-4:00PM
Visit with representatives from many genealogical and historical lineage societies to discuss their organizations. Get some hints that can help you identify those ancestors for entry into those societies. Representatives include, but are not limited to, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the Republic of Texas, and Cherokee Nation. No reservations needed. Adult/Teens.
Tracing your relative’s Masonic heritage
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:00–7:30PM
Genealogists often become curious about Freemasonry because of a mention in a relative’s obituary or from finding a Masonic emblem on a gravestone. Sometimes a family knows of the Masonic connection but for others, it is a bit of a surprise. This lecture will provide you with information regarding Masonic records and what information that might be useful to genealogists. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
FamilySearch online learning: US courthouse research
Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:00-4:00PM
Courthouses are places where you can find answers to genealogical problems. They are a rich source of written records created as a result of the laws, the time period, and personal activities of your ancestors. The steps delineated throughout this course will assist you to be more effective as you visit courthouses in your search for genealogical information. Join noted genealogist Christine Rose as she walks us through a virtual courthouse. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Family History Month Book Sale
October 1-29, 2011
Join us for that one special month when Clayton makes its duplicate family history books available for sale. These are books that have been given to us that are already in our collection. The sale books have never been in our collection.
LDS Microfilm/Microfiche Rental news!
The Family History Center in Salt Lake City has a new program where film and fiche can be ordered online from any computer that has access to the Internet. This program is currently active and replaces the former method of ordering microprint. See http://www.familysearch.org/films for instructions. If you click on “Ordering Help”, you can read a User’s Guide.
Most Wednesday nights, 5:30-7:30PM
Looking to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, or Daughters of the Republic of Texas? Come to Clayton Library on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30. Members of the Oran M. Roberts Chapter UDC #440 are here to help you discuss your lineage application research. This is available MOST Wednesday nights, but call 832-393-2600 to confirm the team will be here. Sign up when you get to the library. Adult/Teens.
Texas State Genealogical Society Annual Conference
Friday and Saturday, November 4–5, 2011 Conference Activities
Thursday, November 3, 2011 Preconference Activities
Join with local hosts Clayton Library Friends as they welcome genealogical researchers from throughout the state to attend the 51st annual Texas State Genealogical Society conference.
Held at the Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport, national speaker Paula Stuart Warren will offer 4 lectures on Saturday, November 5, including: Finding and Using Manuscript and Special Collections Repositories; Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking; Southern Deeds: More than Land Deeds; and The WPA Era: What It Created for Genealogists.
Friday offers multiple sessions each hour covering various topics, including Civil War, DNA, school records, African American research, Hispanic research, and much more. There will also be a vendor and exhibit hall, free and open to the public.
Thursday, November 3, 2011, will be “FamilySearch Day at the Clayton Library.” There will be 4 free sessions at Clayton Library. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. “FamilySearch Day at Clayton Library” is the only activity where you will register by calling Clayton Library. You must register for the entire day, but you can attend only those sessions you wish to attend. Adults/Teens.
10:30-11:30AM Overview of the FamilySearch website – highlights of the newly revised website
11:45AM-1:00PM consists of two topics:
FamilySearch indexing project – what is it and how you can participate
FamilySearch online film ordering – the new online ordering system where you can order film or fiche from Salt Lake City
2:00-3:00PM FamilySearch record search – focuses on what records are available on the website and tips on researching those records
3:15-4:15PM FamilySearch learning opportunities – the research wiki and learning courses available on the FamilySearch website
Also on Thursday, November 3, at the hotel will be a writing workshop with Paula Stuart Warren, Birds of a Feather discussion groups, and an ice cream social for conference attendees.
This is a very exciting educational opportunity in our own backyard!!! Join us!!!
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Library Hours are:
M Closed | T 10-6 | W 10-8 | Th 10-6 | F 10-5 | Sa 10-5 | Su Closed