Houston Public Library now has an online registration system for programs offered. You will need an HPL Power Card (the card that is colored orange) to register online. If you don’t have a PowerCard or prefer to register directly, please call 832-393-2600 to sign up for the exciting programs or register in person when you are next in our library.
To register online for Clayton Library programs, please visit the HPL online catalog,
. Search for the word "genealogy." On the first program that is offered, look to the right for the “Calendar of Events” icon and click on it.
At the top of the screen and to the right, under “Limit by Location,” chose “Clayton” from the drop down box and click on the “check mark” icon. Note the month at the top of the screen. If it is not the month you want, go forward by clicking on the ">" sign (over the word "Saturday" on the calendar) or backward by clicking on the "<" sign (over the word "Sunday" on the calendar) until you reach the desired month.
Find the program you desire to attend and click on it. On the right side of the screen where you see information about the program, click on the icon with two people in it. On the next screen, put in your last name and library card number (with no spaces) and click on the submit button. You must then select the number of seats you want from the drop down box. You may add or update your e-mail address or tell the instructor something. Press the submit button when you are finished.
The next screen will tell you if your reservation has been confirmed. If you have provided your e-mail information, you will also receive an e-mail confirmation. When you have completed the registration, please exit the system by pressing the "logout" button at the top right of the screen.
If you have any questions on registering online, please call 832-393-2600.
October News and Programming
Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:30AM-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. Adult/Teens.
ILL – Interlibrary Loan? What’s That?
Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:30AM-12:00PM
Interlibrary loan allows you to obtain research materials from libraries outside the Houston Public Library system. HPL implemented a new interlibrary loan system about a year ago. Learn about this free service offered to increase your research sources. Reservations required. Please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Genealogy Basics Boot Camp
Saturday, October 6, 2012 1:30PM-3:00PM
Interested in your family history, but not quite sure where to start? Found some information, but need to know what else is available? Join the boot camp for an exercise in genealogical research resources! This session focuses on starting genealogical research by examining basic tools, such as the pedigree chart, and basic research strategies. Learn about the different genealogical materials available to researchers and how they lead to other sources. Reservations required. Please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Crossing the Wide Blue Seas: Passenger Lists of Our Ancestors
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 2:00PM-3:30PM
Since the discovery of the New World, ships have been bringing passengers to our shores to start new lives. Some of these voyages were well documented and some not. In this talk we will be discussing how to find evidence of your ancestors on passenger lists. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Beginning German Research
Friday, October 12, 2012 10:30AM-12:00PM
Do you have German roots but are unsure about how to get started researching records outside the United States? Are you trying to find the town of origin from which your ancestors came, and what records are available for that town? This session deals with basic-level German research, with a focus on church and civil records and how to find them and use them. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
1st Louisiana Guard: Free Men of Color in the Civil War
Co-sponsored by the Afro American Historical Genealogical Society – Willie Lee Gay Chapter (Houston)
Saturday, October 13, 2012 10:30AM-12:00PM
This presentation will feature case studies involving the Civil War pension files of two free men of color, Casimir SAM and his cousin Martin WHITE, who served in the 1st Louisiana Guard, later the 73rd Louisiana Colored Troops. Learn how valuable Civil War pension files can be in researching the lives and family history of your ancestors. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
South Carolina History, Formation of Counties, Sources, Special Research Problems, Hints!
Saturday, October 13, 2012 2:00PM-4:00PM
Learn about several helpful research sources (online resources, South Carolina Archives, and collections in other repositories) and hints on organizing your research. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6:00PM-7:30PM
Have you ever wondered why people use city directories in genealogy? Learn how they can be useful in your research, how to use them effectively and where they may be found today. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
1st Annual Genealogy Lock-In – Discover History for Yourself
Friday, October 19, 2012 2:00PM-5:15PM - three pre-event virtual presentations
Friday, October 19, 2012 6:00PM-12:00AM - Lock-in and optional presentations. Two are virtual; the last one is an in-house speaker.
In celebration of Family History Month in October, the Houston Public Library's Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research will be sponsoring its 1st Annual Genealogy Lock-in at the library. This event is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy.
This event will showcase the library’s genealogy collection. It's a great opportunity for both the novice and the experienced researcher to learn more about genealogy and to pursue their individual family’s history. The Lock-in will include genealogical advice, instruction, and light snacks.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Lock-in will be held in conjunction with the same type of event being held at four other libraries across Texas. These libraries include: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission; Special Collection Department of the Denton Public Library; Genealogy, Local History, Texana, and Archives of the Plano Public Library; and the West Waco Library and Genealogy Center.
ALL PRESENTATIONS WILL BE HELD IN THE CARRIAGE HOUSE.
Registration for the pre-event sessions and for the lock-in MUST be made in advance.
The pre-event programming during the day is open to everyone, even those not planning on attending the extended hours Lock-in. All three sessions will be virtual. You may sign up for any or all of these sessions. Registration is limited to 50.
Resources of the Southwest Regional Archives (NARA)
Aaron Holt, Archives Technician
He will discuss the resources of this great national institution. Learn about Indian records, national records, business and other records of genealogical value.
Using the Treasures in FamilySearch
Lynell Moss of the Plano Family History Center
Learn about all the tools currently available on FamilySearch.org and seven tips for getting better results when searching the more than 1250 collections in Historical Records.
Ancestry Library Edition: What’s New
Edward Loera, ProQuest Database trainer
Listen to Mr. Loera highlight what’s new in content and features and provide us his insight on how to best use this premier resource for genealogical research.
There will be three optional presentations during the Lock-in. These sessions will be virtual, except for “Unusual Resources”. You may sign up for any or all of the sessions
be signed up for the Lock-in to attend any of these three classes. Registration is limited to 100.
Genealogy 101: How to Get Started in Genealogy
Cheryl Smith, Genealogy Librarian (Plano)
She will speak on filling out a pedigree chart, where to find information, software suggestions, Internet sites, and more.
Resources of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Sara Hayes, Reference Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Learn about genealogy resources available on-site and online from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin.
Unusual Genealogy Resources
Susan Kaufman, Manager, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library
Susan will provide an overview of unusual resources and not often used sources that can give a deep insight into your family history.
Lock-in attendees do not have to stay until midnight. You can come to the lock-in (if you are registered) any time between 6:00PM and 10:30PM.
This event is for adults/teens.
Security will be provided, and reservations will be checked.
For more information, contact Sue Kaufman, Clayton Manager, at 832-393-2602 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use LOCK-IN for the subject line.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:30AM-4:00PM
Visit with representatives from many genealogical and historical lineage societies to discuss their organizations. Get some hints that can help you identify those ancestors for entry into those societies. Representatives include, but are not limited to, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the Republic of Texas, and Cherokee Nation. No reservations needed. Adult/Teens.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:00PM-7:30PM
Learn about some very unusual record groups for genealogical research, sources not often thought of. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Beginning English Research
Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:30AM-12:00PM
An overview of some of the records you might find most useful when looking for your ancestor from England, such as census and civil registration records, parish registers and much more. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Quick Start your Genealogy! Overview of Genealogical Research Tools
Wednesday, October 31, 1:00PM-3:30PM
1:30PM-2:00PM HPL Catalog
Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Family History Book Sale
October 1-30 2012
The Clayton Library will be holding its Family History Book Sale in October. All Clayton's duplicate family history books will be available for sale. These are donated books that we already own; the copies offered for sale have never been part of our collection.
Lineage Help –
Most Wednesday nights, 5:30-7:30PM
Need help with your genealogical lineage society application to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), or At-Large Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)? Visit the experts on lineage research each Wednesday night in the Clayton Library for a FREE consultation or for help in filling out your lineage application papers. 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.
2:10PM-2:50PM Ancestry Library Edition; FamilySearch
3:00PM-3:30PM Ordering microprint from Salt Lake City