CLAYTON LIBRARY FRIENDS

Upcoming Events

    • Sat, January 18, 2020
    • 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, February 01, 2020
    • 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.


    • Sat, February 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Clayton Library, Holocaust Museum

    Nationally recognized lecturers Ari Wilkins and Sharon Gillins will be presenting two sessions each celebrating family history research. These presentations will be held at the Holocaust Museum Houston theater, across the street from the Clayton Library on Caroline Street.

    There will be a 9:00 am beginning genealogy session in the Clayton Library Carriage House. Seating for this session is limited and is first come, first seated.

    Registration for the sessions at the Holocaust Museum Houston is required. Register at https://hmh.org/events/paper-trails-tracing-african-american-ancestry-2020-02-08-10:00:00. Check in at the Museum begins at 10:00am.

    Sessions include: Incorporating Oral History into Your Research; The Hand and the Glove....Researching Ancestors in Wills, Land and Property Records; Using Antebellum Southern Plantation Records; and Researching African American Family History - The Same and Different. Co-sponsored by the Houston Public Library / Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The Clayton Library Friends, The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Inc | Willie Lee Gay H-Town Chapter, and the Holocaust Museum Houston.

    Reservations required for the Holocaust Museum Sessions, please register at https://hmh.org/events/paper-trails-tracing-african-american-ancestry-2020-02-08-10:00:00. Adults/Teens.

    Workshop Website | Workshop Schedule


    • Sat, February 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clayton Library, Holocaust Museum Houston

    In honor of African-American History Month, the GENERAL MEETING AND PROGRAM OF CLAYTON LIBRARY FRIENDS FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020 will NOT be held as usual in the Clayton Library Carriage House but INSTEAD we will be gathering for a FREE seminar held at 10:00 a.m. in the Holocaust Museum which is located directly across the street from Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research !!!

    HOWEVER, you should register for the FREE program IN ADVANCE as reservations are required at the Holocaust Museum. Also if you wish to park for FREE, please park in the Clayton Library parking lot at 5300 Caroline Avenue, Houston, TX 77004 as there is a charge for parking at the Holocaust Museum parking garage, located at 5401 Caroline Avenue, Houston, Texas. SO COME EARLY to insure free parking at Clayton Library as well as to go through security at the Holocaust Museum.

    To REGISTER go to https://hmh.org/events/paper-trails-tracing-african-american-ancestry-2020-02-08-10:00:00. Check in at the Holocaust Museum begins at 10:00 a.m. After you register for the FREE seminar, please go to the Clayton Library Friends table to sign in as a member or guest of the Clayton Library Friends (CLF). Friends who have yet to renew their 2020 membership or if anyone wishes to support Clayton Library Friends, can do so at the CLF table. Lunch is on your own. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

    FREE SEMINAR will be given by Nationally recognized lecturers, Ari Wilkins and Sharon Gillins who will be presenting two sessions each celebrating family history research.

    Sessions include:

    Incorporating Oral History into Your Research;

    The Hand and the Glove....Researching Ancestors in Wills, Land and Property Records;

    Using Antebellum Southern Plantation Records; and

    Researching African American Family History - The Same and Different.

    This FREE event is co-sponsored by the Houston Public Library/Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The Clayton Library Friends, The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Inc/Willie Lee Gay H-Town Chapter and the Holocaust Museum Houston. For more information about the Houston Holocaust Museum and about museum parking, go to https://hmh.org/

    Please also note that there will be a FREE program, "Beginning Your African American Research" at 9:00 a.m. in the Clayton Library Carriage House at 5300 Caroline Avenue, Houston, Texas 77004. The program will be presented by Franklin Carter Smith. Seating for this session is limited and is first come, first seated.

    Please visit the event page for for full details. 

    • Sat, February 15, 2020
    • 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, May 09, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carriage House Meeting Room, Clayton Library

    The Clayton Library Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Registration will start at 10:15 and the meeting will start at 10:30 in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library.


    • Sat, August 08, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carriage House Meeting Room, Clayton Library

    The Clayton Library Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Registration will start at 10:15 and the meeting will start at 10:30 in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library.


    • Sat, November 14, 2020
    • 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carriage House Meeting Room, Clayton Library

    The Clayton Library Friends Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Registration will start at 10:15 and the meeting will start at 10:30 in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library.

    • Sat, February 13, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carriage House Meeting Room, Clayton Library

    The Clayton Library Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Registration will start at 10:15 and the meeting will start at 10:30 in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library.


    • Sat, May 08, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carriage House Meeting Room, Clayton Library

    The Clayton Library Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Registration will start at 10:15 and the meeting will start at 10:30 in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library.


    • Sat, August 14, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carriage House Meeting Room, Clayton Library

    The Clayton Library Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Registration will start at 10:15 and the meeting will start at 10:30 in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library.


    • Sat, November 13, 2021
    • 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carriage House Meeting Room, Clayton Library

    The Clayton Library Friends Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Registration will start at 10:15 and the meeting will start at 10:30 in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library.

Past events

Sat, January 11, 2020 Where's the Book on my House? How to Research Historic Properties
Sat, January 11, 2020 CLF Board Meeting
Thu, January 09, 2020 Clayton Library Orientation
Mon, January 06, 2020 HistoryGeo.com: Unlocking the Past with Original and Early Landowner Maps
Sat, December 21, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, December 07, 2019 HGF - Using Y-DNA to Explore Paternal Ancestry with Janine Cloud
Fri, November 22, 2019 BAGS General Meeting: DNA Painter Tool
Sat, November 16, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, November 09, 2019 CLF Annual Meeting November 2019
Sat, October 26, 2019 CLF Board Meeting
Sat, October 26, 2019 DAR Day
Fri, October 25, 2019 BAGS General Meeting: Galveston Co. Court Records
Fri, October 25, 2019 Research Break: Vertical Files & Funeral Records
Thu, October 24, 2019 Genealogy Tips & Tricks, part 2: Get the most from our computers
Wed, October 23, 2019 Research Break: Periodicals
Sat, October 19, 2019 Let’s talk Autosomal DNA: Session Five
Sat, October 19, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Fri, October 18, 2019 Genealogy After Dark: Extended Hours
Fri, October 18, 2019 Genealogy After Dark: Webinars
Thu, October 17, 2019 The World Wars: Organized on the Home Front
Tue, October 15, 2019 Research Break: Microprint
Sat, October 12, 2019 Secrets in the Genes
Fri, October 11, 2019 TxSGS 2019 - Blazing Family Trails
Thu, October 10, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Thu, October 10, 2019 Clayton Library Community Event - Family Tree Maker
Wed, October 09, 2019 Research Break: USA Books
Wed, October 09, 2019 Research Break: Clayton House
Sat, October 05, 2019 Genealogy Online: MyHeritage.com
Fri, October 04, 2019 Research Break: Over-sized Books
Thu, October 03, 2019 Thinking like a Genealogist: Using Your Five Senses
Tue, October 01, 2019 Research Break: Scanners
Sat, September 28, 2019 BAGS Special Workshop: DNA Match Clustering
Fri, September 27, 2019 BAGS General Meeting: DNA Basics
Sat, September 21, 2019 Mind the dust: brick walls coming down!
Sat, September 21, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Tue, September 17, 2019 Exhibit: Day of the Dead Ofrendas
Sat, September 14, 2019 Researching Hispanic Ancestry
Sat, August 31, 2019 DNA Basics
Mon, August 26, 2019 Training Class for Volunteer Book Shelvers
Fri, August 23, 2019 BAGS General Meeting: Annual Show & Tell
Sat, August 17, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, August 10, 2019 CLF General Meeting August 2019
Sat, August 03, 2019 DAR Day
Fri, August 02, 2019 Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend
Sat, July 27, 2019 CLF Board Meeting
Fri, July 26, 2019 BAGS General Meeting
Sat, July 20, 2019 Let’s Talk Autosomal DNA: Session Four
Sat, July 20, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Thu, July 11, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, June 29, 2019 The Wide World of Periodicals
Fri, June 28, 2019 BAGS General Meeting
Thu, June 20, 2019 Introduction to Oral History
Sat, June 15, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, June 15, 2019 International German Genealogical Partnership (IGGP) Conference
Fri, May 31, 2019 BAGS General Meeting: DNA Solves Murder Case
Sat, May 25, 2019 Genealogy Online: Ancestry.com Library Edition
Sat, May 18, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, May 11, 2019 Canceled - CLF General Meeting May 2019
Sat, April 27, 2019 CLF Board Meeting
Sat, April 27, 2019 DAR Day
Sat, April 27, 2019 Let’s Talk Autosomal DNA: 3rd Party DNA Tools
Thu, April 25, 2019 Preservation Workshop: The Care and Keeping of your Family History
Sat, April 20, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Thu, April 11, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Thu, April 04, 2019 The Preservation of the American Storyteller
Sat, March 30, 2019 Genealogy Online: Fold3.com
Sat, March 16, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Thu, March 07, 2019 Galveston Co. Genealogical Society Meeting
Sat, February 16, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Mon, February 11, 2019 BGS - The United States Constitution and some Texas Twists!
Sat, February 09, 2019 CLF General Meeting February 2019
Sat, February 02, 2019 African American History Month Celebration
Sat, January 26, 2019 From Shoeboxes to Clouds: Preserving Your Own Digital Archives
Sat, January 26, 2019 DAR Day
Fri, January 25, 2019 CLF Board Meeting
Sat, January 19, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Mon, January 14, 2019 Discovering Ancestors through DNA
Thu, January 10, 2019 Clayton Library Orientation
Thu, January 10, 2019 FAQ’s on DNA Research
Sat, January 05, 2019 DNA Discussion Series
Sat, December 15, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, December 01, 2018 Genealogy Online: FamilySearch.org
Sat, November 17, 2018 Cherokee Citizens League of Southeast Texas
Sat, November 17, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, November 10, 2018 Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Willie Lee Gay H-Town Chapter
Sat, November 10, 2018 CLF Annual Meeting November 2018
Sat, November 03, 2018 Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston
Fri, November 02, 2018 TxSGS 2018 Family History Conference
Wed, October 31, 2018 Cemetery Removal: Where did it go?
Sat, October 27, 2018 DAR Day
Sat, October 27, 2018 Let’s talk Autosomal DNA – DNA Discussion Series
Fri, October 26, 2018 CLF Board Meeting
Thu, October 25, 2018 Manuscripts and Special Collections
Sat, October 20, 2018 Genealogy Online: FamilySearch.org
Sat, October 20, 2018 Clayton Library Orientation
Fri, October 19, 2018 Genealogy After Dark: Extended Hours
Fri, October 19, 2018 Genealogy After Dark: Webinars
Thu, October 18, 2018 Keeping Your Digital Genealogy Files Organized and Accessible
Wed, October 17, 2018 A Beginner's Guide to GEDmatch.com
Wed, October 17, 2018 Using DNA to Topple Brick Walls
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
Tue, September 18, 2018 Exhibit: Ofrendas del Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Altars
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 11, 2018 CLF General Meeting August 2018 (Note Early Start Time)
Sat, August 04, 2018 Genealogy Online: Ancestry.com Library Edition
Fri, August 03, 2018 FGS Memorial Genealogy Weekend
Fri, July 27, 2018 CLF Board Meeting
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 12, 2018 CLF General Meeting May 2018
Sat, May 05, 2018 The Origins of Mother’s Day
Fri, April 27, 2018 CLF Board Meeting
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, April 14, 2018 Relative Race (Premier Episode Season 3)
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 CLF General Meeting Feb 2018
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
Fri, January 26, 2018 CLF Board Meeting
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 11, 2017 CLF Annual Meeting November 2017
Sat, November 04, 2017 Colonial Day
Sat, October 28, 2017 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, October 28, 2017 Finding Your Female Ancestors
Fri, October 27, 2017 CLF Board Meeting
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 12, 2017 CLF General Meeting August 2017
Sat, August 05, 2017 Using Newspapers to Flesh Out Your Genealogy
Fri, July 28, 2017 CLF Board Meeting
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
Sat, May 13, 2017 CLF General Meeting May 2017
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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