Monday, November 21, 2011

A Visit with Emily Croom at the Chaparral Genealogical Society

This past Saturday, I attended the Chaparral Genealogical Society meeting for November, 2011.

Emily Croom was the guest speaker. She's a bit of a local legend around here. She is also the author of Unpuzzling Your PastThe Genealogist's Companion and SourcebookThe Sleuth Book for Genealogists, and more (all are affiliate links).

The subject of Croom's talk was maternal lines. She offered suggestions for searching for females and gave us the encouragement to do so. She made her session even more entertaining by weaving her own maternal ancestor research challenges into the discussion.

During the break, I met a new member named Linda. We got to talking and it turns out she's big in the local DAR scene. She shared with me about the different DAR chapters around here and their different personalities. She was a treasure trove of information. I'm so glad I talked to her.

I also sat next to Barbara, the recently retired librarian who ran the big genealogy library in Conroe. She had lots of nice things to say about the new librarian there. Barbara is also the first speaker for Chaparral in 2012.

After the meeting, I went out to lunch with some of the members. This is a standing invitation, but this was the first time I was actually free, so I went. I am so glad I did. The conversation and food were great.

Chaparral Genealogical Society is having a party in December instead of their traditional meeting. Everyone is welcome, but if you're going to eat lunch, you need to RSVP by November 22. If you just want to socialize, come on down. They're having a small gift exchange (less than $10), too. Contact the society for details and directions.

The first meeting of the year will be January 28, 2012 at Amegy Bank in Tomball. Barbara Franz will be talking about the disposition of your research, heirlooms and genealogical records.


  1. Must be a great feeling to be with so many others that share your love for Genealogy. Thank you for sharing.

  2. At the Southern Genealogists Exchange Society in Jacksonville, Florida, we used Emily's Unpuzzling Your Past as the text for our beginners' series. It's a fine textbook, and even seasoned genealogists can learn something from it. So nice that you got to meet her.

  3. Barbara is wonderful and one of my favorite people! So glad she is enjoying retirement. Thanks for letting us know about her presentation.....I may have to show up.

  4. Geneabrarian, during our chat she spent a lot of time telling me how wonderful the new librarian is. She thinks you're great. I think you're both great. :)