June 2012 Programs at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

It’s June 1, 2012 and I can already tell it’s going to be a long hot summer here in H-town. But to beat this heat, I plan to attend some of the great genealogy programs that the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research has in store for genealogy patrons this month!

If you have  a Houston Public Library card (the orange power card), you can register for any of the Clayton Library programs you see below by going to:
1) Library’s online catalog at http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org/search~s1/
2) Search for the word “genealogy”
3) On the first program that is offered, just look to the right for the “Calendar of Events” icon and click on it.

Enjoy!

Cemetery Day – Billion Graves and other fun stuff
Saturday, June 2, 2012 10:30-11:30AM or 1:30-2:30PM

Learn how to use the free, online website, Billion Graves. Billion Graves has been described as the, “fastest, easiest and most efficient way to gather headstone data in the world”. Also discussed will be how you can become a volunteer and add even more data. Reservations required. Please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

Indexing: It isn’t just the census

Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:30AM-12:00PM
Saturday, June 23, 2012 2:00-3:30PM

Ever thought about volunteering, but you can’t come to the library? Maybe your time is short and you just can’t commit to a certain time each week, but you still want to help. Are you interested in old records? Are you interested in various types of records? Do you use the computer? It sounds like “indexing” might be just the right volunteering project for you. Come hear from an experienced indexer/arbitrator about the thrills of indexing. Bring a laptop if you have one and get started today or practice in the library on one of ours. Reservations required. Please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

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Clayton Library Orientation
Saturday, June 16, 2012 10:30-11:45AM

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.

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Quick Start your Genealogy!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 1:30-3:30PM

Overview of genealogical research tools:
1:30-2:00PM HPL Catalog
2:10-2:50PM Ancestry Library Edition; FamilySearch
3:00-3:30PM Ordering microprint from Salt Lake City
Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

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Lineage Help
Most Wednesday nights, 5:30-7:30PM

Looking to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, or Daughters of the Republic of Texas? Come to Clayton Library on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30. Members of the Oran M. Roberts Chapter UDC #440 are here to help you discuss your lineage application research. This is available MOST Wednesday nights, but call 832-393-2600 to confirm the team will be here. Sign up when you get to the library. Adults/Teens.

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Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: 832-393-2600

Library Hours are:
M Closed | T 10-6 | W 10-8 | Th 10-6 | F 10-5 | Sa 10-5 | Su Closed

Follow Friday: Once Removed Family History, Taneya’s Genealogy Blog, and Red River Sankofa Project

Today is Follow Friday and I’m honored to call special attention to some excellent genealogy professionals I’ve had the pleasure to connect with recently. Enjoy!

Have you ever tried to explain the “once-removed” concept to someone to only have them get that glazed look in their eyes? I’m sure you have because you know exactly what glazed LOOK I’m talking about – ROFL!!! Well, if  you have a difficult time explaining this concept, or even understanding it yourself, I invite you to visit Genealogist & Family Historian, Anna Burroughs (@Njambi2/@OnceRemoved_AB) webpage titled, “So what IS a cousin ‘once removed’???, for a quick and easy explanation! I had the pleasure of personally meeting and chatting with Anna at the Houston Family Expo 2012 in April. She’s WONDERFUL and if you’re thinking of hiring someone to assist you with your family history research, then explore her website while you’re there for more information!

If you enjoy using technology with your genealogy as much as I do, then you should really think about adding Taneya’s Genealogy Blog to your feed reader — quick fast and in a hurry! Taneya (@Taneya) is a medical librarian who really knows her stuff! But what I love most about her is the way she uses her professional experience in information management & organization to demonstrate and disseminate information about how to use various types of technology in genealogical research. Her reviews on all the tools of the trade that she samples via her blog are on point. In short, I can always count on learning something exciting and new whenever I visit her special place in cyberspace. Check her out for yourself; visit her online today!

I had the pleasure of virtually meeting Genealogist & Family Historian, George Allen, when a branch of my family tree linked to his wife’s family tree on Ancestry.com! I sent him a message through Ancestry, we exchanged phone numbers and family information, and my connection with him as I grow my family tree online has been AWESOME! George’s excellent and informative website is the Red River Sankofa Project. This project and historical society functions as a non-profit historical data repository committed to researching, documenting, and preserving underreported African American burial grounds in NW Louisiana and NE Texas. Why these areas? The area along the upper Red River of Louisiana and along the Texas Louisiana border has long been forgotten in historical text. Therefore, this project’s goal is to honor the African American ancestors who settled in this area by telling their stories, sharing their contributions and rich legacy with future generations!

African American Research at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Black History Month

Black History Month 2012

It’s Black History Month 2012 and one place you will certainly find me doing African American Research is at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research to learn more about the groundbreaking  African American Heritage database they have devoted to African American family history research . . . woo-hoo! To learn more about this event and another program of interest this month, check out the information below. And if you live in H-town, or you have travel plans that bring you this way,  be sure to stop by the Clayton Library this month!

African American Heritage Database

Saturday, February 18, 2012 2:00-3:00PM
Please join Sue Kaufman, Clayton manager, for a presentation of the African American Heritage database. This groundbreaking digital resource is exclusively devoted to African American family history research. The collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

Researching Free Persons of Color in Louisiana
Saturday, February 25, 2012 10:30-11:30PM
Learn how to do genealogical research on free persons of color in Louisiana from the early French period to the years before the Civil War. The presentation will include case studies and discuss valuable resources. Learn the definition of “free person of color,” along with a brief discussion on the culture of pre-American Louisiana and some of the other labels used to describe free persons of color. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: 832-393-2600

Library Hours are:
M Closed | T 10-6 | W 10-8 | Th 10-6 | F 10-5 | Sa 10-5 | Su Closed

Sunday’s Obituary: Daisy Routt (1883-1963)

Daisy (Newsome) Routt married my 2nd Great Grand Uncle Jefferson Routt on 27 January 1917, and lived with him in Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas. Even though there were no children born of this union, her children from a previous marriage were listed under his surname in the 1920 US Federal Census.

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I’m not sure when Daisy moved to the Galveston, Texas area to be near her children and their families, but she was living in Galveston at the time of her death 14 March 1963.  Her body was returned to Chappell Hill, Texas where she was laid to rest in the Chappell Hill Cemetery on 20 March 1963.

Below is a copy of Daisy’s obituary that I was very fortunate to find posted by someone in her family on Ancestry.com. I’ve tried contacting that family member via the site, but have not made a connection yet. So, I patiently wait for someone from her family to return to Ancestry to pick up where they left off with their research. When they do, I hope a connection with them is possible!

Daisy-Routt-Obituary

Daisy Routt

Funeral services for Mrs. Daisy Routt, 80, who died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in the home of her daughter, 3515 avenue M. are pending at Fields funeral home.

Mrs. Routt is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lenora Fells and Mrs. Senora Wilder, both of Galveston and Mrs. Opera Henderson of New York City; five grand-children and seven great-grand-children.

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Source Citation:

Year: 1920; Census Place: Chapel Hill, Washington, Texas; Roll: T625_1855; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 131; Image: 667.

“Obituary of Daisy Routt,” The Galveston Newspaper, Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, March 16, 1963, Obituary section,  accessed 2 October 2011.

It’s Family History Month at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Family-History-Month

It’s Family History Month at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research and below are events, news, and programs going on the month of October 2011

October 2011 news and programming

Clayton Library Orientation
Saturday, October 15, 2011 10:30-11:45AM
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.

Funeral records: the final event
Saturday, October 22, 2011 3:00–4:00PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:00-4:00PM
The final event of a life generates final records of a person’s life. Various records will be discussed including digital collections, printed, and microfilmed sources as well as alternatives to traditional burials. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

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