Thursday, August 30, 2012

George Memorial Library (Richmond, TX) Genealogy Workshop


            In recognition of Family-History Month in October, Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present the First Annual Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, October 20, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

            Trevia Wooster Beverly will begin the workshop with a presentation on “Researching the Old Homestead.”  Learn how to trace the history of a house by using maps, deeds, land records, and other genealogy resources.

            Beverly is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and has served on the Harris County Historical Commission since 1995. She is past-president of the Texas State Genealogical Society and co-founded the Houston Genealogical Institute.

            At 1:00 pm, Debbie Parker Wayne will present “G-A-T-A G-A-C-C! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today.” Wayne will discuss current practices in using DNA analysis for genealogy research. Learn about different genetic markers, including autosomal, Y-DNA, and mitochondrial DNA. Those attending the program will learn how to go about having a DNA test performed, and how to analyze the results.

            A certified genealogist, Wayne is a member of the APG Board of Directors, and was a founding member of the APG Lone Star Chapter. She also serves as the DNA director for several geographic projects. Wayne enjoys complex problem-solving and using social history to add interest to family histories, and has a particular interest in using laws and DNA to advance research.

            The final presentation of the day will be “Breaking Through the Salt-Water Curtain: Tracing Your Ancestors Back to Germany,” presented by Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski. Learn about print and electronic genealogy resources that are available locally, and about others that are located in Europe.

            Von-Maszewski was born and raised in Europe, obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, and did additional course work in genealogy through Brigham Young University. He managed the Local History and Genealogy Department at George Memorial Library in Richmond until his retirement in 2008.He has produced several publications and has translated written accounts done by early German travelers in Texas. An on-going project is the translation of German-Texan records from the old German script into English, including church minutes, church registers, and private letters.

A box lunch from McAlister’s Deli will be available. Contact Daniel Sample at to reserve a lunch. A $5 donation for the meal is appreciated.

            The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Calendar,” select “George Memorial,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department at 281-341-2608, or by visiting the department at the library.

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