CLF General Meeting May 2020 - Online Meeting

  • Sat, May 09, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Carriage House Meeting Room, Clayton Library

Due to the social distancing health requirement, the GENERAL MEETING AND PROGRAM OF CLAYTON LIBRARY FRIENDS (CLF) THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020 will NOT be held as usual in the Clayton Library Carriage House. Instead, you are invited to participate in a FREE WEBINAR to be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

The business at hand will be the CLF Nominating Committee, Chaired by CLF Board Member, Jessica Collins, who will be seeking four volunteers from the CLF membership to serve on the committee. Please support CLF by volunteering. Thank you.

The program/webinar will be: "Filling in the Family Stories – Social History" presented by Susan Kaufman, Senior Manager, Clayton Library. 

 Download webinar handout

Please register for Clayton Library Friends Meeting and Program on May 9, 2020 10:00 AM CDT at:

PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, as participation is limited.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Below you will find more info about the program and other details about registration :

The program presentation will help you to find sources to help you to understand the context in which your family lived, celebrated, cooked, listened to music, and other daily activities that help provide the stories that make our families come alive. Family history research put in context goes beyond just a name, date and place on a pedigree chart. Social history helps us to better understand lives, provides a background to our research, adds interest to the pedigree chart and can also lead to additional records

Susan Kaufman is the Senior Manager of the Houston (TX) Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston. An Illinois native, Susan has more than 30 years of experience as a genealogy librarian, having started her career in Peoria, IL, then moving to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, then moving to Texas in 2004. A presenter at local, state and national genealogy conferences and meetings, she also has held numerous genealogical society board positions in Illinois, Indiana, and Texas and at the national level.In 2019, Susan was awarded the National Genealogical Society / ProQuest P. William Filby, became a Fellow of the Texas State Genealogical Society, both for outstanding service as a genealogy librarian and for service to family history researchers, and was awarded the Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award. She is past President of the Texas State Genealogical Society, and currently serves as its Director of Education. She is a member of the Texas Library Association and the American Library Association.

CLF is grateful to the Texas State Genealogical Society who will be facilitating our webinar.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You will also receive reminder messages with the connection information one day and one hour before the meeting.

The GoToWebinar meeting will be available by 9:00 am CST on Saturday May 9 to assist with any problems you might have. Please connect early to allow time to resolve any connection issues. We will not be able to assist you with connection problems after 9:50 pm.

The CLF website will have a link to download the program handout prior to the meeting. Also during the webinar, there will be an opportunity for you to enter your questions to be answered by the speaker.

Before May 9 we strongly encourage you to take advantage of GoToWebinar’s “Get Ready” page at:

This will allow you to download any required software and provide you with an opportunity to make sure your speakers/headphones are working properly. Note you have two audio options: Using your Computer or Using a Telephone. In either case using a headset/earbuds produces the best results.

  • Use the Computer option if your device has speakers or headphones
  • Alternatively, use the Telephone option with your cell phone using one of the telephone numbers provided in the confirmation email
  • It is important that you mute your cell phone during the meeting as background sounds will interfere with the presentation.

Clayton Library Friends encourages you to join us in both the business meeting as well as the FREE program.

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