Clayton Library Friends
PO Box 271078
Houston, TX 77277-1078

Clayton Library
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004-6896


(Closed on City of Houston Holidays.)

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday:  CLOSED
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-8pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm


CLF Partner Societies

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical 
Angelina College Genealogy Conference

Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society

The Bay Area Genealogical Society


Cherokee County
Genealogical Society

German-Texan Heritage Society

Texas Research Ramblers
Genealogical Society

The Galveston County
Genealogical Society

The Greater Houston
Genealogical Society

The Houston Genealogical Forum

The Humble Area Genealogical Society

The Matagorda County
Genealogical Society

The Polish
Genealogical Society
of Texas



The next CLF General Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 9. Registration starts at 10:15 and the meeting at 10:30. It will be in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library.

Jeremy Balkin, representing Family Tree DNA (based in Houston) will speak on "New Avenues in Genetic Genealogy." Genetic Genealogy has come a long way. In this relatively new field Family Tree DNA has pioneered the idea of applying genetics to the traditional practice of genealogy. People no longer have to rely solely on historical documents and family lore to trace their heritages and fill in gaps in their lineages. DNA testing for the purposes of genealogy has allowed people to understand more clearly where they came from, who they are related to, and what their overall ethnic makeup is. It has connected the entire world as one large genealogical community. Mr Balkin will help explain, in layman's terms, what getting tested involves, how the science behind the testing works, and how you can discover your ancestry more clearly through a simple cheek swab.

Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about this fascinating topic which may help you scale a "brick wall"!

CLF Board Job Descriptions

The CLF Executive Board Nominating Committee is working to identify members who are qualified and interested in volunteering to serve on the CLF Executive Board, 2015-2017 term. We would appreciate your input into this process, as well as your participation as a board member.

There are six open positions which will be voted on by the membership at the Annual meeting November 8, 2014. The newly elected Board members will begin serving January 1, 2015.

If you are interested in serving, would like to nominate someone (with their approval), or if you have any questions about the position requirements please contact the Nominating Committee at info@ClaytonLibraryFriends.org , or Resa Hennings at resa@resa.us .

Link for CLF Board Job Descriptions.

Many thanks,

CLF Executive Board Nominating Committee
   Resa Hennings, Chairman
   Vernon Gillette
   Elani Hantel
   Loren Martin
   Sue Yerby


The PBS series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW (GR) is seeking more family mysteries and fascinating genealogical stories to uncover for an upcoming season of their popular program! Each season, they select some cities for their focus area. Let’s persuade GR to come to HOUSTON by sending them lots of interesting family mysteries!!! Click this link for helpful suggestions on making your submission. Send your story in by August 31, 2014! Let’s get HOUSTON and CLAYTON LIBRARY – and maybe even YOU -- on national TV!


The 2014 Membership application can be found above under the Join/Renew tab and also at this link.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is holding its 2014 conference, August 27th through August 30th in San Antonio, Texas. Clayton Library Friends gave away two Single Day, FGS 2014 Conference Registrations to two lucky CLF members. All active 2014 CLF members, except members of the CLF Executive Board, were eligible to win one of the registration fees, each valued at $85.00. Anyone who joined before June 1, 2014 was automatically entered into the random drawing. The drawing took place on June 9, 2014.

After much drawing, and phone calls to see if the person was going to the Conference, two winners were found: Doris Kosub and Loren (or) Mary Martin. Congratulations to both of you.

Even if you did not win, and would like to go, more information can be found at
https://www.fgsconference.org/ then click on Registration. Registrations postmarked or online before July 1 will receive the discounted price.

The Clayton Library Friends will host a table at the FGS Conference Society Showcase in San Antonio August 27-30. All members are encouraged to attend the conference! We would appreciate your help in manning the table for our society. Please contact Elani Hantel at elanihantel@gmail.com  if you are going to San Antonio and would like to join us!



Clayton Library is currently in need of Clayton House Welcome Desk Volunteers for the following time slots:

     Tuesday 4 – 5:30
     Wednesday 4 – 7:30
     Thursday 4 – 5:30 
     Friday   12 - 2:00
Saturday 2 – 4:30 (1st/2nd Saturdays)  

Interested in becoming a Clayton Library Shelving Volunteer? Training classes will be offered this summer! 


You can earn your “wings” by donating for one or more periodicals requested by Clayton Library for 2015.  Non-specific donations are always welcome.  All donations to the Angel Program will be acknowledged in the CLF newsletter, unless otherwise requested.  Memorial donations will be acknowledged upon request.

Please contact:  Liz Hicks, 746 Edgebrook Dr., Houston, TX 77034-2030, phone: (713) 944-1118, or e-mail: 
erootrot@usa.net for questions.  Checks should be made payable to Clayton Library Friends, and mailed to:  P.O. Box 271078, Houston, TX 77277-1078.  If donation is in memory or honor of someone(s), please enclose a note with your check.



On the left side of our homepage is a list of genealogical organizations that belong to CLF. When they are hosting a special event we are happy to show it here and on our calendar [tab above]. 

                            Come Join the German-Texans in historic Comfort, Texas!
Come to historic Comfort, Texas (founded 1854)for the 2014 German-Texan Heritage Society Conference on August 8-9, in the VFW Bldg., 626 Front St.

The Conference will feature informative speakers, a Friday evening social, Folk Opera next to the Treue der Union Monument, Cemetery and historic site tours (with docents),plus welcome bags and door prizes. For additional information and registration, please visit the GTHS website:

http://germantexans.org/annual-meeting / or call (512) 467-4569 or 1-830-625-3075 (toll free).

Would you like to make a donation to Clayton Library Friends In Honor Of, or In Memory Of someone special? Use this Donation Form.

 The new books at Clayton Library can be found here.

Check out new links on the Resource tab above.

 Clayton Library Is An Affiliate Of LDS Library In Salt Lake. Now film can be ordered online.
Clayton Library is a partner of the Family History Library (FHL) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Salt Lake City. Clayton Library users have the opportunity to find the needed film in the LDS Catolog, order LDS microfilm and other materials directly from the Family History Library, ordering from home and paying for them with Visa and MasterCard,  and view them on-site at Clayton Library.

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Clayton Library has an exciting EMail Newsletter brought to your Inbox

The Houston Public Library (HPL) and the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research  produces an email newsletter, Clayton Town Crier. The staff at the Clayton Library offers this newsletter to broaden readers' knowledge of the exciting genealogy research resources available at Clayton. The timely and easily readable information is delivered quarterly to friends, genealogical society members, the genealogical community or anyone interested!

You are invited to receive a free subscription at:
http://www.houstonlibrary.org/nextreads. [Click on the word Genealogy to read the current Clayton Town Crier]

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