Houston Genealogical Forum Calendar of Events

I am a member of the Houston Genealogical Forum and our 2012-2013 season will be starting up soon. I really like this year’s line-up of presenters and speakers and look forward to seeing as many of them as possible. I joined the Houston Genealogical Forum for the first time in 2011, but did not get to attend often because of other commitments and scheduling conflicts. But that won’t be the case for me this season!

The Houston Genealogical Forum is a non-profit Texas corporation founded in 1958. All meetings are held on the first Saturday of every month (unless otherwise noted) at the:

Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas 77074

Meetings begins at 10 AM, doors open at 9 AM. Come early and enjoy the refreshments. Visitors are always welcome!


Saturday, September 8, 2012 General Meeting extended meeting time

An award winning authority on Virginia Colonial records, Barbara Vines Little, CG will get our season started off. Barbara’s topics include “Researching in Virginia’s Records and Repositories”, “Digging Deeper: What We Can Learn from Land Patents” and “Virginia Tax Records: A Gold Mine of Information”

Saturday, October 6, 2012 General Meeting extended meeting time

Author of Eastman’s Online Daily Genealogy Blog, Dick Eastman will be here to bring us up-to-date on various technologies that can assist us in our search. Topics include “Mocavo: The best? search engine that many have never heard of”, “Blogging for Genealogists: Using blogs for coordinating your efforts” and “Cloudy, with a Chance of Genealogy: A simple, down-to-earth explanation of what the cloud is and how genealogist can use it to simplify their computer usage”

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Clayton Library 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Back by popular demand, we will be having a “Members Helping Members Day” at Clayton Library. This is an opportunity to receive hands on assistance of navigating the records at Clayton Library from our knowledgeable members.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 General Meeting Free Seminar 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

All Things German! Former German Collection manager of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and nationally recognized lecturer, Warren Bittner, CG will be joining us for this special free seminar. Warren will be here to guide you in making that jump across the Atlantic to assist you in your German research. His topics include: “German Maps and Territories: You Can’t Do Research Without Them” – learn about the historical boundary changes in Germany and how to find the records for various regions. “Marriage Laws and Customs” – learn how German marriage laws changed 1500-1900, tight marriage restrictions and marriage customs. “Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms: Reading for Historical Content” – read to understand your ancestors in their own world on their own terms, how to find books about the cultural, political, social and occupational lives of your ancestor. “On-site Research in German Archives” – an amazing number of untapped records survive in Germany and how to find the records for various regions.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 General Meeting extended meeting time

The ultimate authority on Revolutionary War ancestry, Lloyd Bockstruck will present “Successfully Searching Revolutionary War Records”. This nationally recognized author and lecturer will give you all the tools to research both your male and female lines.

Saturday, January 5, 2013 General Meeting

Our own, Marje Harris, retired manager of The Clayton Library will present “Gone to Texas: How to Get From There to Here” on early migration routes from the southeast Atlantic coast to Texas.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 General Meeting

Taking off his HGF President’s hat for this meeting only, Robert de Berardinis will be our guest lecturer on the topic “A Complete Guide to Records of the French in North America: Acadia, Canada, Louisiana and the Caribbean 1509-1811”. Robert is a national expert of all things “French” and you are sure to learn a lot from his presentation.

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