Monday, October 1, 2012

Genealogy Lock-In at the Clayton Genealogy Library, October 19

[Thought some of my local Houston-area readers and genealogy pals might be interested in this first ever genealogy lock-in event at the Clayton Library. Learn about all the Clayton events by signing up for the Clayton Extra here: Houston Public Library NextReads (check Genealogy: Clayton Extra) --A]

1st Annual Genealogy Lock-In – Discover History for Yourself
Friday, October 19, 2012 2:00PM-5:15PM  - three pre-event  virtual presentations
Friday, October 19, 2012 6:00PM-12:00AM - Lock-in and optional presentations.  Two are virtual; the last one is an in-house speaker.

In celebration of Family History Month in October, the Houston Public Library's Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research will be sponsoring its 1st Annual Genealogy Lock-in at the library.  This event is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy.

This event will showcase the library’s genealogy collection.  It's a great opportunity for both the novice and the experienced researcher to learn more about genealogy and to pursue their individual family’s history.  The Lock-in will include genealogical advice, instruction, and light snacks.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Lock-in will be held in conjunction with the same type of event being held at four other libraries across Texas. These libraries include: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission; Special Collection Department of the Denton Public Library; Genealogy, Local History, Texana, and Archives of the Plano Public Library; and the West Waco Library and Genealogy Center.

Registration for the pre-event sessions and for the lock-in MUST be made in advance.
The pre-event programming during the day is open to everyone, even those not planning on attending the extended hours Lock-in.  All three sessions will be virtual.  You may sign up for any or all of these sessions.  Registration is limited to 50.
Resources of the Southwest Regional Archives (NARA)
Aaron Holt, Archives Technician
He will discuss the resources of this great national institution. Learn about Indian records, national records, business and other records of genealogical value.
Using the Treasures in FamilySearch 
Lynell Moss of the Plano Family History Center
Learn about all the tools currently available on and seven tips for getting better results when searching the more than 1250 collections in Historical Records.
Ancestry Library Edition: What’s New 
Edward Loera, ProQuest Database trainer
Listen to Mr. Loera highlight what’s new in content and features and provide us his insight on how to best use this premier resource for genealogical research.

There will be three optional presentations during the Lock-in.  These sessions will be virtual, except for “Unusual Resources”.  You may sign up for any or all of the sessions .   You must be signed up for the Lock-in to attend any of these three classes.   Registration is limited to 100. 
Genealogy 101: How to Get Started in Genealogy
Cheryl Smith, Genealogy Librarian (Plano)
She will speak on filling out a pedigree chart, where to find information, software suggestions, Internet sites, and more.

Resources of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Sara Hayes, Reference Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Learn about genealogy resources available on-site and online from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin.

Unusual Genealogy Resources
Susan Kaufman, Manager, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library
Susan will provide an overview of unusual resources and not often used sources that can give a deep insight into your family history.

Lock-in attendees do not have to stay until midnight.  You can come to the lock-in (if you are registered) any time between 6:00PM and 10:30PM.

This event is for adults/teens.

Security will be provided, and reservations will be checked.
For more information, contact Sue Kaufman, Clayton Manager, at 832-393-2602 or  Please use LOCK-IN for the subject line. 

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