LIBRARY'S FAMILY-HISTORY CLASSES HELP RESEARCHERS DISCOVER PAST
Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from? Are you curious about their military service or medical history? Begin your family-history research at Fort Bend County Libraries' Local History and Genealogy Department at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Library staff will present two programs in July to help the family-history researcher begin their genealogy search.
On Tuesday, July 22, learn how to use U.S. Census Records for family-history research. Library staff will demonstrate how to trace family history by using census records from 1790 to 1940, which may contain such information as family members' names, birthplace of parents, professions, military service, and other details that were significant during different periods. Learn how and where to search for these records using databases and microfilm. Special census records such as the 1890 Veteran Census, Slave, Mortality, and Indian schedules will also be discussed. This class will begin at 10:00 a.m., in the Computer Lab.
Researching African-American family histories may present special challenges for the genealogical researcher. An introductory program, "African-American Genealogy 101," will take place on Saturday, July 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Computer Lab. Those attending will receive a basic introduction to many of the resources that are available to the beginning family-history researcher, with special focus on tools to help individuals who are researching African-American family histories. Learn about online resources, such as the Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest USA databases, items that are available on microfilm, and print resources.
The programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library's website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), 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.