CLAYTON LIBRARY FRIENDS

Upcoming Events

    • Thu, January 21, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Video Conference


    Genealogy Face to Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends

    This is a weekly roundtable discussion for Clayton Library Friends members and the general public related to genealogy research. 

    Topic: "Using Masonic Grand Lodge Proceedings for Genealogical Research" with Jessica Horne Collins
    Discussion Topic: Have you discovered a Freemason ancestor? How?

    Registration in advance of the meeting will be required. Pre-register now by following this link.

    • Sat, January 23, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Quarterly meeting of the Clayton Library Friends Executive Board.

    The Board meets via Zoom Video Conference.

    • Fri, February 05, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Clayton Library Presents -  

    The 1870 Community-Cluster: Gateway to Your Ancestor’s Enslavement

    Researching enslaved African American ancestry is an extremely challenging and daunting task. Descendants of enslaved ancestors encounter the proverbial brick wall of 1870, which may seem impenetrable. Author and genealogist Franklin Smith will demonstrate how the 1870 community-cluster is the gateway to not only identifying the slaveholder but to providing information about their history of enslavement. For intermediate to advanced researchers.

    For registration, please click here.

    This event is offered by Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Please direct questions to cla.reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-2600.

    • Fri, February 12, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Clayton Library Presents -  

    Using Manuscript Collections in Genealogy Research

    Manuscripts are original records and are often overlooked sources. They serve as primary sources that provide first-hand documentation and evidence of events that shape the development of a society, community and/or family. They are usually not indexed in the manner that we are accustomed; therefore, it takes time and patience to sift through the various pieces of papers that you might find. Manuscripts can be found in a variety of repositories from archives, public/private libraries, historical societies, and universities. Knowing exactly where and what will be found in manuscript collections can be tricky, but when found, these records can create a gold mine of information pertaining to your ancestor’s life. Presented by guest speaker Deborah A. Abbott, PhD.

    For reservations, please click here.

    This event is offered by Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Please direct questions to cla.reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-2600.

    • Sat, February 13, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    The Clayton Library Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

    In Honor of Black History Month

    You are invited to a Joint Meeting of the Clayton Library Friends and Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. Willie Lee Gay H-Town Chapter.

    Presenter: Debra Blacklock-Sloan

    Topic: The Answer Was Right in Front of Me: A Case Study Using Clayton Genealogical Library Resources to Help Determine the Last Slaveholder of Your Ancestor

    The presentation will offer:

    • Tips and strategies for researching African American ancestry
    • Library and online resources

    Register: tinyurl.com/clf-aahgs

    Questions? htown@aahgs.org | info@claytonlibraryfriends.org



    • Fri, February 19, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Clayton Library Presents -  

    Some Great & Seldom-Used African American Resources: A Genealogical Potpourri

    Seasoned researchers are constantly in search of resources with the potential to resolve issues in one or more of their troublesome research areas.  Many of these great treasures are hiding in plain sight online, while some may require a journey to seldom-used spaces in a college campus library.  Either way there is an adventure in store, and you can be pretty sure it will make your day!  Presented by guest speaker Tim Pinnick.

    For registration, please click here

    This event is offered by Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Please direct questions to cla.reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-2600.

    • Fri, March 26, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Clayton Library Presents -  

    Naturalization: An Unnatural Process

    Guest speaker and genealogy blogger Michael John Neill discusses naturalization from the colonial era until World War II, with an emphasis on how history has impacted the amount of records that were created.

    For registration, please click here.

    This event is offered by Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Please direct questions to cla.reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-2600.

    • Sat, April 17, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Quarterly meeting of the Clayton Library Friends Executive Board.

    The Board meets via Zoom Video Conference.

    • Sat, May 08, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • To Be Announced

    The Clayton Library Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021. The details of this meeting are still being determined.


    • Sat, July 24, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Quarterly meeting of the Clayton Library Friends Executive Board.

    The Board meets via Zoom Video Conference.

    • Sat, August 14, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • To Be Announced

    The Clayton Library Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021. The details of this meeting are still being determined.


    • Sat, October 23, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Quarterly meeting of the Clayton Library Friends Executive Board.

    The Board meets via Zoom Video Conference.

    • Sat, November 13, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • To Be Announced

    The Clayton Library Friends Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021. The details of this meeting are still being determined.

Past events

Fri, January 15, 2021 Why You Need a Library Card and Maybe More Than One
Fri, January 08, 2021 Beginning Genealogy
Thu, January 07, 2021 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Secrets of the 2nd Floor: Interesting Resources at Clayton Library
Thu, December 17, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Holiday Party
Fri, December 04, 2020 Medical Genealogy: Defining Obscure Medical Terms Used by Our Ancestors
Sat, November 21, 2020 CLF Annual Meeting - Photo Detective Roadshow
Fri, November 20, 2020 BAGS General Meeting: Genealogy from a Private Investigator’s Perspective
Fri, November 20, 2020 Vivid-Pix RESTORE: Photo and Document Restoration Software
Fri, November 13, 2020 TxSGS 2020 Family History Conference
Thu, November 12, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Last Meeting of 2020!
Sat, November 07, 2020 HGF - Genealogical Research Methods & Organization
Thu, November 05, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Sat, October 31, 2020 CLF Board Meeting
Fri, October 30, 2020 Medical Genealogy - Canceled
Thu, October 29, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, October 23, 2020 BAGS General Meeting: Navigating the Freedmen’s Bureau Records
Fri, October 23, 2020 Sources and Methods for Researching Native American Ancestors
Thu, October 22, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, October 16, 2020 Using DNA to Identify Enslaved Ancestors
Thu, October 15, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, October 09, 2020 Researching Court Records
Thu, October 08, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, October 02, 2020 The Leeds Method: Identifying Common Ancestors with DNA Match Clustering
Thu, October 01, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, September 25, 2020 BAGS General Meeting: Digital Scrapbooking Your Pictures and Data
Fri, September 25, 2020 Thinking like a Genealogist: Using Your Five Senses – via Zoom
Thu, September 24, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Thu, September 17, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Sat, September 12, 2020 HGF - World War I Genealogy-Where Do I Start?
Thu, September 10, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Thu, September 10, 2020 DNA Results!? Now What?!
Thu, September 03, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, August 28, 2020 BAGS General Meeting
Fri, August 28, 2020 Clayton Library Presents - Mobile Device Genealogy
Thu, August 27, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Thu, August 20, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Sat, August 15, 2020 CLF General Meeting (Rescheduled): State of Clayton Library
Thu, August 13, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, August 07, 2020 TSGS 2020 Virtual Conference
Thu, August 06, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, July 31, 2020 BAGS General Meeting: Quaker ancestry research
Thu, July 30, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Sat, July 25, 2020 CLF Board Meeting
Fri, July 24, 2020 Clayton Library Presents - Unusual resources for Family History Research
Thu, July 23, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Thu, July 16, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Thu, July 09, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Thu, July 02, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, June 26, 2020 BAGS General Meeting: Orphans, Infants, and Minors: Genealogy Nuggets, and Pitfalls in Guardianship Records
Thu, June 25, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Thu, June 18, 2020 Genealogy Face 2 Face - Presented by Clayton Library Friends
Fri, May 29, 2020 BAGS General Meeting: Exploring Ancestry DNA Thru Lines
Sat, May 09, 2020 CLF General Meeting May 2020 - Online Meeting
Sat, April 25, 2020 CLF Board Meeting - Online Meeting
Sat, April 25, 2020 DAR Day - Cancelled
Sat, April 18, 2020 Clayton Library Orientation - Cancelled
Thu, April 09, 2020 Clayton Library Orientation - Cancelled
Sat, April 04, 2020 Genealogy Online: Findmypast.com - Cancelled
Sat, March 28, 2020 Genealogy Online: FamilySearch.org
Sat, March 21, 2020 Clayton Library Orientation - Cancelled
Sat, February 15, 2020 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, February 08, 2020 Paper Trails: Tracing African American Ancestry
Sat, February 08, 2020 CLF General Meeting Feb 2020 - *Special Joint Event*
Sat, February 01, 2020 DAR Day
Sat, January 18, 2020 Clayton Library Orientation
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 Let’s talk Autosomal DNA – DNA Discussion Series
Sat, October 27, 2018 DAR Day
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
Sat, September 08, 2018 Grandparents Day Celebration - Clayton Library
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 DNA & the African-American Experience: Creating networks to identify family connections
Sat, February 10, 2018 CLF General Meeting Feb 2018
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 Clayton Library Orientation
Sat, June 17, 2017 World War I Centennial Commemoration
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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