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February 2017

Hispanic Genealogy Research Help
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 12 PM – 2 PM
Need help finding your Hispanic family roots? Members of the Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston will be available for consultation and research help to guide you on the path to finding those roots. No reservations required.  Adults/Teens. 

DNA and the African-American Experience
Saturday, February 112017 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM
Have you taken a DNA test but find the results confusing? Or are you considering taking one and don’t know what to expect? Join Clayton Library staff member Franklin Smith for an introductory presentation covering test providers, types of DNA tests, and how to analyze test results. Learn to navigate provider sites and discover the benefits of GEDmatch.com. Gain tips and strategies for overcoming DNA challenges facing African-Americans. For Beginners. Reservations required. Adults/Teens.

Clayton Library Orientation
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 2 PM – 4 PM
In Clayton Library’s monthly orientation we cover the process of research and discovery in the beginning steps of a family history project.  Following this brief introduction, we examine the resources available at the Clayton Library and their organization, as well as how to plan an effective visit to the Library.  No reservations required.  Adults/Teens.   

 

Evening Reception with Guest Speaker Ari Wilkins
Friday, February 24, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Join us Friday evening at the African American Library and Archives at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor St, Houston, TX 77019, for a reception with our guest speaker, Ari Wilkins from Dallas, TX.   

 

Celebrating African American Heritage
Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 10:30 AM – 3:45 PM
Join us at the Clayton Library for a day of research sources and methods celebrating African American heritage. Reservations for full day programs required. Adults/Teens.

 
Apprentice Records for Free People of Color
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Explore apprentice records, laws, and circumstances surrounding free children of color. Learn how to find, use, and analyze these documents. Presented by guest speaker

Using Southern Antebellum Plantation Records
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Learn about the value of these records, how they are organized, and how to search this major collection. Presented by guest speaker Ari Wilkins.  Reservations required for only this program.

Brown Bag Lunch Break | 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
  
Mining the Slave Narratives: A Genealogical Goldmine 
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Slave Narratives are not just a rich historical resource but a genealogical goldmine of family history. Staff member Franklin Smith covers tips and strategies, including DNA research, and mining precious gems of information these documents might contain about your ancestors and their communities. Reservations required for only this program.

African-American Resources at HPL’s Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the African American Library at the Gregory School
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
This presentation will highlight the types of records found in archival collections for
African-American research that are housed at our sister Special Collection Libraries. Reservations required for only this program.

March 2017

 

Clayton Library Lecture Series
Featuring Guest Speaker Kelvin Meyers
Saturday, March 112017 | 10:30 AM  2:30 PM
Join us for guest speaker Kelvin Meyers, forensic genealogist and author.  After being employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library, Mr. Meyers now has a solo practice as a forensic genealogist serving clients that include probate attorneys, trust departments of banks, the U.S. Immigration Service, and energy companies. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

Who Cares Who Their Neighbors Were? You Do! That’s Who! | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Your ancestors did not live solitary lives. They lived, loved, hated, sued, and died all within a particular group of people. Examining this cluster of people may be the only way to get to your ancestors and the questions concerning them.

The Hand that Rocked the Cradle Could Rule the World | 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Half of the people on your pedigree chart are female, and may be the most difficult to identify. With a basic knowledge of sources created about and by women, and how to locate these sources, finding the females in your family may not be so hard after all.

Brown Bag Lunch Break 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Probate: More Than a Will | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Most persons in the U.S. who lived to adulthood left some type of an estate to be administered. The records of probate can be some of the most fruitful records for genealogists. Wills, distributions, administrations, and inventories are all vital parts of the probate process and full of genealogical information.

 

Hispanic Genealogy Research Help
Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 12 PM – 2 PM
Need help finding your Hispanic family roots? Members of the Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston will be available for consultation and research help to guide you on the path to finding those roots. No reservations required.  Adults/Teens.

 

Clayton Library Orientation
Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 2 PM – 4 PM
In Clayton Library’s monthly orientation we cover the process of research and discovery in the beginning steps of a family history project.  Following this brief introduction, we examine the resources available at the Clayton Library and their organization, as well as how to plan an effective visit to the Library.  No reservations required.  Adults/Teens.



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