Time: 12:00PM - 11:00PM
Age Group: adults, teens ages 13-18 years
Genealogy after Dark: Clayton Library's Annual Full Day of Programming and Extended Hours
Join your fellow researchers for Family History Month and a full day of programming and extended hours for research. Throughout the day computer webinars will be broadcast from libraries across Texas and projected on the Clayton Library Carriage House screen. The last two presentations of the evening will be presented LIVE at Clayton Library by Clayton Library Senior Manager Sue Kaufman: Paying It Forward, Recording OUR Stories for Future Ancestors 8:40 PM - 9:30 PM and Genealogy Mecca - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research 9:40 PM - 10:40 PM. The library will close at 5 PM and then re-open at 6 PM. Reservations required, you MUST register for "Genealogy After Dark" to attend the extended hours. Call 832-393-2600 with any questions.
Genealogy 101: How to Get Started in Locating Your Ancestors | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Beginning with how to fill out your Family Tree Chart, you will get the basic skills and strategies for locating your family. We will walk through the first steps in the adventure of finding your family. You will be given options on how to organize your information and where to go besides your family and friends to locate more information. Presented by Cheryl Smith, Genealogy Librarian, Genealogy Center of the Plano Public Library System.
Preservation Tips for Family Historians | 1:40 PM - 2:40 PM
Learn best practices and tips for storage and handling of family documents and photos. Presented by Jennifer Sessa, Archivist, Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center.
Genealogical Resources of the Texas General Land Office | 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM
The Texas General Land Office Archives contain numerous resources for family history research dating from the Spanish Crown or Mexican Republic to the Republic and State of Texas. This program will cover the Spanish Collection; various land grants - bounty and donation, headright, scrip certificates and more; and a look at the Archive Map Collection. Presented by Kevin Klaus, Information Specialist, Texas General Land Office Archives and Records.
Introduction to Hispanic Genealogy Research | 4:00 PM - 5:10 PM
This presentation will cover the basic research process and how to use it to start finding ancestors in Hispanic records. A case study will show how records (church and civil) can help build a family pedigree. Presented by Michael Provard, Events Coordinator, FamilySearch.
Dinner break | 5:15 PM - 6:10 PM
DNA Testing: What is it, what do the results mean, and how do I understand it all? | 6:10 PM - 7:20 PM
Confused about DNA and genetic genealogy or do not know where to begin? This session will provide an easy to follow guide to help to demystify DNA. Presented by Randy W. Whited, President, Texas State Genealogical Society.
Finding Your Slave Ancestors | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
This class will teach participants three strategies to locate their enslaved ancestors. Participants will learn how to do a survey, find various documents to help determine where their ancestors were enslaved and who their owners were, and help them learn how to use the newly indexed Freedmen's Bureau Records. Presented by Sherri Camp, Genealogy Librarian, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library; President, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS).
Paying It Forward, Recording OUR Stories for Future Ancestors | 8:40 PM - 9:30 PM
Family stories are the best part of family history, and are most often the information gathered that leads us to documentary evidence. But, how many of us are recording OUR stories so OUR descendants have a history of us? This presentation offers tools to help us record our stories, apps, story ideas, and more. Presented by Susan D. Kaufman, Senior Manager, Houston Public Library, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.
Genealogy Mecca - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research | 9:40 PM - 10:40 PM
Did you know that one of the top genealogical research libraries is located in your backyard in Houston, Texas? Join Sue Kaufman as she give us an overview of resources, services, and the opportunities available from this nationally recognized collection.