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Educational Events

    • Tue, September 18, 2018
    • Sat, November 03, 2018
    • Clayton Library

    For Family History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month we share with you a holiday for remembering and honoring deceased family members and loved ones – Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Essential to this holiday is the creation of ofrendas, or altars, that welcome the spirits of the deceased. The Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston has created ofrendas that can be viewed from September 18th through November 3rd. Adults/Teens.
    No reservations required.

    • Wed, October 17, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Clayton Library

    Join staff member Rodney Sam for a case study of how combining a paper trail with DNA results led to a previously unknown ancestor and confirmed family relationships.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Wed, October 17, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Clayton Library
    Are you looking for a way to expand your autosomal DNA research beyond what’s offered by your DNA provider? Then Gedmatch.com may be what you’re looking for. Join staff member Franklin C. Smith for a beginner’s introduction to GEDmatch.com. This presentation will introduce you to the most important tools and utilities at GEDmatch.com, as well as tips and strategies for extracting as much information as possible from the site’s many features.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Thu, October 18, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Learn ways for effectively managing digital genealogy files, including folder organization methods helpful for genealogists; file naming conventions; batch-changing file names; and best practices for backing up and sharing digital genealogy files. Additionally, discover resources available to genealogists in the Special Collections at the University of Houston Libraries. Guest speaker Melody Condron is a librarian at the University of Houston Libraries and specializes in information organization and personal information management. She has presented on genealogy-related topics at RootsTech, the Personal Digital Archiving Conference, and many public libraries.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Fri, October 19, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
    • Clayton Library

    In celebration of October as Family History Month, Clayton Library will join the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT), for a collaborative event of streaming live webinars. The GNT is a state-wide initiative to connect libraries and societies, provide educational and research opportunities, and is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library. Webinars will be broadcasted from libraries across Texas and projected on the Clayton Library Carriage House screen. No reservations required. Adults/Teens.

    Don’t Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law | 10 AM – 10:50 AM

    In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class – status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today. Presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist.

    Discovering Your Ancestors’ Land Holdings in the Texas General Land Office | 11 AM – 11:50 AM

    Learn how maps can be used in genealogical research. This will be an overview of how to use the archival maps, the GIS mapping system, and the original land grant records to find your ancestors. Learn how to use the Land Grant Database and search strategies to locate the survey in a particular county. Lecture will include a case study using the original GLO maps, GIS mapping system, and county records in determining the location of the heinous 1872 murder of Benjamin McKeever in Burnet County Texas. Presented by Kevin Klaus, Information Specialist Texas General Land Office (GLO) Archives and Records.

    Genealogy Basics: Getting Started on Your Family Tree | 12 PM – 1:30 PM

    Budding researchers will learn the basics they need to get started researching their family tree. We’ll cover the first steps to take to begin your research, starting with home sources. We’ll also cover the types of records that are useful for genealogical research and where they can be found. We’ll also cover ways to stay organized by utilizing paper charts and forms or computer software. Presented by Carl Smith, Genealogy Librarian, Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

    Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections | 1:40 PM – 2:40 PM

    We all have mounds of old unidentified family photos sitting in boxes. This lecture will offer step-by-step direction in organizing, preserving, and cataloging these precious collections for future generations. Learn how to identify, digitize, and share collections using family trees and social media. Presented by Ari Wilkins, Library Associate at Dallas Public Library.

    Locating Ancestors on the Dawes Roll | 2:50 PM – 3:50 PM

    The Dawes Roll, created between 1898-1906, enrolled members of the Five Civilized Tribes living in Indian Territory. Learn why the roll was taken, how the process worked, and the steps to locating an ancestor who enrolled. Presented by Kathy Huber, Manager, Genealogy Center, Tulsa City County Library.

    Using Autosomal DNA Testing to Solve Genealogy Brick Walls | 4 PM – 5:15 PM

    Examine several case studies that will demonstrate how autosomal DNA testing can be used to solve genealogy brick walls. Examples will focus on AncestryDNA, but may also include other testing companies and services. Presented by Drew Smith, Assistant Librarian, Academic Services, USF Tampa Library, co-host Genealogy Guys Podcast.

    Dinner Break | 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

    Breaking Brick Walls by Finding Living Cousins | 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

    Perhaps a second, third, or even a fourth cousin might have some information about your mutual great or great-grandparents that just might break one of your brick walls. This presentation focuses on finding those living relatives. Shelby will walk you through some internet steps and send you home with website addresses for follow-up research. Presented by Shelby Rowan, Family Historian, President of Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society in Bryan/College Station.

    Census Sense: Clues & Conundrums for Intermediate Researchers | 7:25 PM – 8:30 PM

    This presentation focuses on federal census headings and codes, alternate federal censuses, state censuses, and their use in our research. The partnership between the national census website and the use of state censuses in revealing information about our ancestors is demonstrated, as is the value of a research timeline. Presented by Patti Gillespie, B.A., M.S., Owner – Family Lines & Stories.

    No reservations required. Adults/Teens.

    • Fri, October 19, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Join your fellow researchers for extended research hours and socializing. The library will close at 5 PM and then re-open at 6 PM.

    Reservations required, you MUST register for Genealogy After Dark: Extended Hours to attend the extended hours, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens

    • Sat, October 20, 2018
    • 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Clayton Library

    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.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Sat, October 20, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Clayton Library
    Join us for an introduction to the website with the world’s largest and free collection of family trees, genealogy records, and learning resources - FamilySearch.org. Bring a laptop if you wish to follow along during the class. Class size is limited. Presented by staff member Sue Kaufman.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Thu, October 25, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Beyond the usual sources engaged in family history research, manuscripts are challenging yet rewarding. Manuscripts and the special collections sections of a library might help answer the “why” or “how” of your family history research questions. This research can be time consuming and difficult, but can result in a broader and more detailed story of your family. Presented by staff member Sue Kaufman.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Sat, October 27, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Join staff member Franklin Smith for the inaugural meeting of a quarterly DNA discussion series. Each session will begin with a brief presentation on DNA topics after which the session is open for group discussion and comment. Sample topics range from reasons to test, types of test, test providers, analyzing results, basic terminology, and using 3rd party tools. This group is oriented towards those just beginning their DNA journey, but is open to all experience levels.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Sat, October 27, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Ever wonder how to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)?  Representatives from local DAR chapters will be at Clayton Library for consultation and research help in preparing lineage papers for submission to the DAR.

    No reservations required.  Adults/Teens.

    • Wed, October 31, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Discover resources to help you find a missing cemetery, including strategies to find out where the grave was moved and what you can do to document your findings. Presented by staff member Melissa Hayes.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Fri, November 02, 2018
    • Sun, November 04, 2018
    • Omni San Antonio, 9281 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio, TX


    Hosted by the Texas State Genealogical Society, the 2018 Family History Conference, Journey through Generations, brings you sessions with a wide variety of topics from many of the nation’s top family history experts. Workshops and sessions are aimed at strengthening your research skills no matter what your level or area of expertise might be.

    Learn from leading family history speakers and educators. Visit companies and organizations providing products and services that will benefit your research. Connect with old friends and make new ones Leave TxSGS 2018 with a renewed enthusiasm for family history and ready to tackle those challenging research projects.

    Whether you are just starting to research your family tree or have been an avid genealogist for years, the 2018 TxSGS Conference is an event you won’t want to miss

    Visit TxSGS for more information

    • Sat, November 03, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Jump Start Your Holiday Family History Project

    Holiday times are the best times to discover family history stories. A number of genealogy societies have meetings at the Clayton Library either monthly or quarterly. Why not visit one of these groups in November to learn more about them and get ideas that will help discover your family history during this holiday season? No reservations required.


    • Sat, November 10, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Jump Start Your Holiday Family History Project

    Holiday times are the best times to discover family history stories. A number of genealogy societies have meetings at the Clayton Library either monthly or quarterly. Why not visit one of these groups in November to learn more about them and get ideas that will help discover your family history during this holiday season? No reservations required.


    • Sat, November 17, 2018
    • 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Clayton Library

    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.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Sat, November 17, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Jump Start Your Holiday Family History Project

    Holiday times are the best times to discover family history stories. A number of genealogy societies have meetings at the Clayton Library either monthly or quarterly. Why not visit one of these groups in November to learn more about them and get ideas that will help discover your family history during this holiday season? No reservations required.


    • Sat, December 01, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Clayton Library
    Join us for an introduction to the website with the world’s largest and free collection of family trees, genealogy records, and learning resources - FamilySearch.org. Bring a laptop if you wish to follow along during the class. Class size is limited. Presented by staff member Sue Kaufman.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

    • Sat, December 15, 2018
    • 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Clayton Library

    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.

    Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

Past events

Sat, October 13, 2018 Mind the dust: brick walls coming down!
Thu, October 11, 2018 Going Mobile: apps, tips and tricks for the mobile genealogist
Wed, October 10, 2018 Photo Scanner Demonstration
Sat, October 06, 2018 Hispanic Genealogy with Guest Speaker Mary Torres
Thu, October 04, 2018 Genealogy Tips and Tricks: finding ancestors by not searching the known information
Wed, October 03, 2018 Webinar: Mine the Gold! Freedmen’s Bureau Records
Sat, September 22, 2018 Discover Your Ancestry
Sat, September 15, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, September 08, 2018 Grandparents Day Celebration - Clayton Library
Sat, September 08, 2018 Grandparents Day Celebration
Sat, August 18, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, August 04, 2018 Genealogy Online: Ancestry.com Library Edition
Fri, August 03, 2018 FGS Memorial Genealogy Weekend
Sat, June 30, 2018 Swedish-Norwegian Genealogy
Sat, June 16, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, June 02, 2018 Welcome to America (Finding Immigrant Ancestors)
Sat, May 26, 2018 Webinar: United States Probate Records
Sat, May 19, 2018 Houston Asian American Archive
Sat, May 05, 2018 The Origins of Mother’s Day
Thu, April 26, 2018 Food and Family – Memories on our Taste Buds
Sat, April 21, 2018 DAR Day
Sat, April 21, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, March 31, 2018 Using DNA to Topple Brick Walls
Sat, March 17, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, March 10, 2018 Fáilte (Welcome) – to your Irish ancestry!
Sat, February 24, 2018 Lectures: African-American History Month with guest lecturer Tim Pinnick
Fri, February 23, 2018 Reception: African-American History Month with guest lecturer Tim Pinnick
Sat, February 17, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, February 10, 2018 DNA & the African-American Experience: Creating networks to identify family connections
Fri, February 09, 2018 2018 TSGS Virtual Conference
Sat, January 27, 2018 Swabbed and Found by Frank Billingsley
Sat, January 27, 2018 Keeping Alive and Cheating Death
Sat, December 16, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, December 09, 2017 Genealogy Online: FamilySearch.org
Sat, November 18, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, November 18, 2017 Webinar: Cherokee Genealogy
Sat, November 04, 2017 Colonial Day
Sat, October 28, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, October 28, 2017 Finding Your Female Ancestors
Thu, October 26, 2017 Genealogy Tips and Tricks: finding ancestors by not searching the known information
Sat, October 21, 2017 A Beginner's Guide to GEDmatch.com
Fri, October 20, 2017 Genealogy After Dark: Clayton Library’s Annual Full Day of Programming and Extended Hours
Wed, October 18, 2017 Photo Scanner Demonstration
Wed, October 18, 2017 Photo Scanner Demonstration
Sat, October 14, 2017 DAR Day
Sat, October 14, 2017 Hispanic Genealogy with Guest Speaker Moises Garza
Thu, October 12, 2017 ¡Lotería!
Wed, October 11, 2017 Webinar: Choosing a DNA Test for Family History Research
Tue, October 10, 2017 Exhibit: Ofrendas del Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Altars
Sat, October 07, 2017 Genealogy Online: Ancestry.com
Sat, September 23, 2017 CANCELLED - Researching Our Hispanic Ancestors
Sat, September 23, 2017 THAGS eConference
Sat, September 16, 2017 CANCELLED - Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, September 16, 2017 CANCELLED - A Beginner’s Guide to GEDmatch.com
Sun, September 10, 2017 New Avenues in Genetic Genealogy
Sat, August 19, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, August 05, 2017 Using Newspapers to Flesh Out Your Genealogy
Sat, July 22, 2017 A Family History Writing Workshop with Devon Noel Lee (Part 3)
Sat, July 15, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, July 15, 2017 DAR Day
Sat, July 15, 2017 A Family History Writing Workshop with Devon Noel Lee (Part 2)
Sat, July 08, 2017 A Family History Writing Workshop with Devon Noel Lee (Part 1)
Sat, June 17, 2017 World War I Centennial Commemoration
Sat, June 17, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, June 03, 2017 Hispanic Genealogy Research Help
Sat, June 03, 2017 Our Rural Ancestors
Sat, June 03, 2017 Midwestern Ancestors? You Betcha!
Sat, June 03, 2017 Midwestern Research: The Great Lakes States are Really Great
Sat, May 27, 2017 Fáilte (welcome) – to your Irish ancestry!
Sat, May 20, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Mon, May 08, 2017 THAGS - Publishing Your Family Histories
Sat, April 22, 2017 DAR Day
Sat, April 22, 2017 Using Historical Online Map Sites to Enhance Your Family History Research
Sat, April 15, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, April 01, 2017 Hispanic Genealogy Research Help
Sat, March 18, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, March 18, 2017 HGF March 2017 Special Seminar
Sat, March 18, 2017 NEHGS IN HOUSTON MARCH 18

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