[February is African-American History Month, and the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research has some great events planned. Please note the different locations. Also, check out their other programming below the Tony Burroughs' seminar. --A]
Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research Presents:
Following Your African American Roots with Tony Burroughs
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline, Houston, Texas, 77004
Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, Houston, Texas, 77002
As part of African American History Month, Clayton Library is proud to offer a weekend of seminars presented by Tony Burroughs and local author Franklin Smith. Mr. Burroughs is an internationally known genealogist, author and lecturer. He is frequently interviewed by local, national and international media for his genealogy expertise. Mr. Smith has published several articles in genealogical periodicals and co-authored the book entitled Discovering Your African-American Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage.
The events will begin with a presentation on the research of Buffalo Soldier ancestry by Mr. Burroughs, which will take place on at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline, Houston, TX, 77004. While reservations are not required, space is limited.
On Saturday, Burroughs and Smith will discuss a variety of subjects in the field of African American genealogical research. This event will take place on m. in the Auditorium at the Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002. This event is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are requested. You may reserve your space by calling the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research at 832-393-2600. Self-Pay Parking will be available beneath the library or on the surrounding streets.
The day's class schedule is as follows;
Black Roots: Tracing the Family Tree
This is a fun, inspirational talk for beginners and people with no knowledge of genealogy research. It contains humorous stories of research and how an important 100 year old riddle was solved, mending bad family feelings. It contains easy, practical methods and sources that anyone can use the next day to begin researching their family history.
From Census to Slavery
Most African American researchers try to leap from census records to slave research, bypassing a multitude of records in between. A broad foundation after the Civil War will increase the probabilities of success during the slavery period.
Follow Your African American Roots to Clayton Library
This is a Lunch and Learn presentation by Franklin Smith. Learn about the many resources at Clayton that will help you find the information you need when researching African-American Ancestors.
Methods and Sources of Identifying Slave Owners
Everyone is not fortunate enough to have had the name of the last slave owner passed down from generation to generation through oral history. Therefore, if this name is unknown, research must be conducted to identify the former slave owner - essential to researching slave genealogy. Many texts and many researchers overlook this crucial question. Identifying the slave owner is based on evidence, not assumption. There are many records that indicate the name of the former slave owner. Learn how to prove who the last slave owner was. This presentation will also cover some of the unique problems associated with African American surnames, which sometimes lead our research astray.
The Six Phases of African American Genealogy
This is an overview of the methods and sources in the six distinct phases that are the building blocks of African American genealogy. It progresses from beginning to more advanced research, highlighting some of the problems and complexities of African American genealogy along the way. It is designed for beginners, intermediates and advanced researchers
Other Library events include:
Quick Start your Genealogy!
Overview of genealogical research tools:
Ancestry Library Edition; FamilySearch
Ordering microprint from Salt Lake City
Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Clayton Library Friends General Meeting
Speaker, David P. Bridges
Registration begins at at the Clayton Carriage House, with the meeting beginning at .
Mr. David P. Bridges, author of the historical Civil War novel about Mr. Bridges's great-great uncle, "The Broken Circle" will be speaking about "Major James Breathed, Southern Confederate Hero: What Makes a Hero, Then and Now." Adults/Teens.
Clayton Library Orientation
Learn about the vast resources and how to efficiently utilize genealogical research materials housed at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. No reservations needed, meet at the Information Desk in the library. Adults/Teens.