Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Houston Area Genealogy Events for October 2013

October is Family History Month! Many genealogy organizations and libraries have great activities planned. Here are some of the activities and events going on in the Houston region this month:

**Special update: after weeks of renovation closure, George Memorial Library in Richmond is open again! Renovations will continue until 2014, but the NEW genealogy department is open and ready.

Mondays in October (7, 14, 21, 28)

Katy Branch Library

Genealogy Lunchbox
5414 Franz Road
Katy, TX 77493
Join in for an informal genealogy get-together. There are computers, Ancestry.com and others to help each other with our genealogy work.

Special FamilySearch Series, October 1, 8, 15

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
16616 Diana Lane
Houston, Texas 77062
Learn from FamilySearch representatives how to use their free genealogy research, education and tree building site. This class will run for 6 weeks. Registration is required due to the limited number of computers. Click here for flyer.

FamilySearch Genealogy Primer, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

Kingwood Branch Library
4400 Bens View Lane
Kingwood, Texas 77339
This 6-week mini-course will cover a different record type each week. In October, learn about census records, vital records (birth, marriage, death) and probate records. These classes are geared toward beginning genealogy students. Self-register online or call 281-360-6804.

September 3

Galveston County Genealogical Society

General Meeting
Moody Mansion Museum
2618 Broadway
Galveston, TX
**Note: The website says meetings are the first Thursday of the month. Their event calendar hasn't been updated in months, but the officer information appears to be current. Please confirm date and time with the group so you don't make a wasted trip. Also gently hint that a website update is due.

October 5

Houston Genealogical Forum

General Meeting featuring Dr. Thomas W. Jones
Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet
Houston, TX
This is a special extended meeting with renowned genealogy lecturer Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA. He will lecture on four topics. This event is free!

October 12

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Willie Lee Gay H-Town Chapter
Chapter Meeting
10:30 am at Clayton Library
5300 Caroline, Houston
More details at the chapter website.

Bay Area Genealogical Society Fall Seminar
Featuring John Philip Coletta, PhD
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Drive
Houston, Texas 77059
See website for details and registration information.

FamilySearch Genealogy Program
Kingwood Branch Library
4400 Bens View Lane
Kingwood, Texas, 77339
Celebrate Family History Month! Ways to use FamilySearch will be discussed. Presented by Karen Rasmussen. Self register online or call 281-360-2804.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks: Finding Ancestors by Not Searching Known Information
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
(Carriage House)
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas 77004
Having trouble finding ancestors even though you know their names, dates and places they lived? Learn various tips and tricks for searching around the known family information to find those "tricky" ancestors. Reservations required. Call 832-393-3600.

October 13

Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society
"Celebrating Family History Month"
Sue Kaufman will be here. She is the manager of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.
2:45 PM
Rosemont Assisted Living
6450 Kings Park Way
Second floor community room
Kingwood, TX

October 14

Humble Area Genealogical Society

General Meeting
7:00 PM
Humble Senior Activity Center
1401 South Houston Ave, Humble

October 19

Clayton Library Orientation
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas 77004
Learn about the vast family history research resources at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.

Researching Republic of Texas Genealogy
Kingwood Branch Library
4400 Bens View Lane
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Presented by Lynna Kay Shuffield. Self register online or call 281-360-6804.

October 22

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
(Carriage House Meeting Room)
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas 77004
This talk will focus on ghosts, community stories, and the importance they have in genealogy. Reservations required. Call 832-393-2600.

October 25

Bay Area Genealogical Society

7:00PM (6:30 socializing)
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Drive
Houston, TX (Clear Lake City)

October 26

Chaparral Genealogical Society

General Meeting
10:00 am
Amegy Bank (2nd floor meeting room)
28201 Business 249
Tomball, TX
Meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

*** Please confirm all information, dates and times with the libraries or groups hosting the events. If you have a genealogy event of interest to Houstonians that you'd like mentioned here, email me with the details.

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