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Educational Events

    • Tue, September 17, 2019
    • Sat, November 09, 2019
    • 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 and remember the spirits of the deceased. The Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston has created ofrendas that can be viewed from September 17th through November 9th. Adults/Teens.
    • Fri, October 11, 2019
    • Sun, October 13, 2019
    • Omni Hotel Westside, Houston, TX

    The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) announces that its Annual Family History Conference, Blazing Family Trails, will be held October 11-13, 2019.

    The Omni Houston Hotel Westside at 13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, has been selected as the venue. Reservations may be made online through our website or by contacting the hotel via telephone at 281-558-8338.

    When making reservations by phone, the following information should be provided to insure the TxSGS rate:

    Group name/code: Texas State Genealogical Society Group

    This year’s conference will feature more than 55 unique lectures and 4 workshops on topics such as DNA as tool to research your family history; records and repositories; ethnic research including African American, Hispanic, and German-Texan; methodology and problem-solving, storytelling, and much more.

    The three-day TxSGS 2019 Family History Conference promises to be a great opportunity for family historians to advance their research, hone their skills, and network with fellow genealogists.

    The Omni extends special room rates three days prior to and three days following the conference. Attendees may want to consider coming early or staying late to take advantage of research opportunities at the Clayton Library or other repositories. Room reservations will be opening soon.

    For more information and to keep up to date visit the Texas State Genealogical Society website http://www.txsgs.org/2019-conference/

    • Tue, October 15, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    • Clayton Library
    Spend the day researching and take a break to learn about the microprint resources available at Clayton Library. No reservations required. Adults/Teens.


    • Thu, October 17, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Clayton Library
    Many organizations were created in the war efforts of World Wars I & II; however, many, such as the U.S. Boys Working Reserve, were forgotten as the wars faded into memory. Learn to research the documents and articles created by these organizations.

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

    • Fri, October 18, 2019
    • 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 shown in the Clayton Library Carriage House. No reservations required. Adults/Teens.

    10:00 AM - 10:50 AM | Technology Enabled Collaborations for Genealogists

    Tony Hanson, Family Historian

    This presentation will examine three relatively new capabilities that are enabling collaborative family research: Family Search Family Tree, Ancestry.com's ThruLines DNA tool, and self-publishing family history using a blog or a website. Attendees will learn the benefits provided by each and will learn how to effectively incorporate them into their own personal research methodology.

    11:00 AM - 11:50 AM | Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org

    John Huff, FamilySearch Experience Manager

    Learn the search skills and features of FamilySearch.org to take you to a new level of access of this 2 billion image database. This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of how to utilize the FamilySearch catalog, unindexed image collections, and more.

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

    Carl Smith, Genealogy Librarian, Montgomery County Memorial Library System

    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.

    1:40 PM - 2:40 PM | Probate: More Than a Will

    Kelvin Meyers, Ancestry ProGenealogists, Researcher

    Most persons in America who lived to adulthood left some type of an estate to be administered. Some left wills, some did not; either way, if there was land or large amounts of personal property, their estate had to be disposed of. The records of probate can be some of the most fruitful for the genealogist.

    2:50 PM - 3:50 PM | Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for Military Records and Research

    Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF Manager, The Genealogy Center Senior Manager, Special Collections, Allen County Public Library

    This presentation explores the growing number of consequential websites for the researcher interested in military history and military ancestors. From bibliographic databases to sites that provide copies of first-hand accounts and images of actual records, this talk provides one with key sites and strategies for locating increasing amounts of meaningful military data on the Internet.

    4:00 PM - 5:15 PM | Introduction to GEDmatch

    Sara Allen, Librarian, Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library

    Once you have taken a DNA test, you may be urged to upload your results to GEDmatch. What is GEDmatch and why should you use it? GEDmatch is a free third party website that you can use to compare your DNA results with people who have taken the autosomal DNA test from all the major testing companies. You can also use a variety of tools and utilities (some free, and some subscription only), that help analyze your DNA results.

    5:15 PM - 6:15 PM | Dinner Break

    6:15 PM - 7:15 PM | Finding Your Ancestors in Mexico

    Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist, AncestorPuzzles.com

    Nick Cimino will provide case studies demonstrating the types of records used to trace ancestors from the United States into Mexico. There is a breadth of information available for researchers, including census, border crossing records, immigration, civil records, and church records.

    7:25 PM - 8:30 PM | Dating Family Photos by Photo Process, Apparel, Hair Styles and More

    David Coleman, Director, the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University

    Do you possess photos that you wish you could at least date? Learn what to evaluate and the resources available to help you. Follow David’s process as he takes us through samples and learn how to apply his technique to your own photos.


    • Fri, October 18, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 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 19, 2019
    • 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 19, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Join Clayton Library staff member Franklin Smith for this fifth discussion session on autosomal DNA research. Previous sessions covered the basics of DNA testing, now we continue discussing 3rd party DNA tools. In this session learn to use these tools to determine how matches connect to you and each other through organizing, clustering, and networking your matches. While open to all experience levels, this discussion group is best for beginners who have completed a DNA test and are unsure what to do with their test results. 

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

    • Wed, October 23, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Clayton Library
    Spend the day researching and take a break to learn about the periodicals available at Clayton Library. No reservations required.  Adults/Teens.


    • Thu, October 24, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Clayton Library
    Having trouble getting the family information you’ve found out of the databases like Ancestry and FamilySearch and into your family history files? In this talk you will learn various strategies for working with electronic records and getting those "tricky" computer files home.

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

    • Fri, October 25, 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Clayton Library

    Spend the day researching and take a break to learn about the vertical files and funeral records available at Clayton Library. No reservations required. Adults/Teens.

    Note - rescheduled from Oct 11th.

    • Fri, October 25, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, Houston, TX 77059

    Bay Area Genealogical Society General Meeting

    Speaker: Doryn Glenn, Director of Governmental Affairs for District Clerk of Galveston County, will present “Searching Court Records and What Types Of Information Can Be Found.”

    Meet in the Chapel on the 1st Floor in UBC, 6:30 pm for socializing and the meeting begins at 7 pm

    More information available on the Bay Area Genealogy Society website.

    • Sat, October 26, 2019
    • 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, November 16, 2019
    • 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.

    • Fri, November 22, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, Houston, TX 77059

    Bay Area Genealogical Society General Meeting

    Speaker: Gale French discusses the DNA Painter tool.

    Meet in the Chapel on the 1st Floor in UBC, 6:30 pm for socializing and the meeting begins at 7 pm

    More information available on the Bay Area Genealogy Society website.

    • Sat, December 21, 2019
    • 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 12, 2019 Secrets in the Genes
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
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 03, 2019 DAR Day
Fri, August 02, 2019 Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend
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, 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 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
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 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
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 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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