The meeting was called to order by President Virginia (Ginny) Douglas at 10:00 a.m. at the Bayland Community Center, Houston, Texas. Sandy Scott gave the invocation. Ginny led the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Ginny called for corrections or additions to the November, 2014 General Meeting Minutes. There being no corrections or additions, the Minutes were approved as posted.
Treasurer Linda Hobbs reported a cash balance of $6,930.80 in the checking account, and $14,269.29 in the money market account, for a total of $21,200.06. She reported an operating account ending balance as of November 30, 2014 of $6930.80 and said that by year’s end HGF will have joined or renewed membership in the following organizations for 2015: Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, Texas State Genealogical Society, Clayton Library Friends and Le Comite. She also reported that the HGF Board had voted to make a donation of $100.00 to help preserve the Pension Records from the War of 1812 and that Ancestry.com would be making a matching donation. This donation will be drawn from the Gloria Russell memorial fund. She reported that HGF would be accepting credit cards on a trial basis for now.
Membership Committee Chair, Leslie Conrads, thanked those who have renewed their membership, thanked those who volunteered for the Harris County Pension Fund project, and announced there is one visitor today and one new member.
Ginny announced that the beginning genealogy classes to be taught by Marje Harris will start in January. She also asked for a show of hands of those members who had not received through Yahoo Groups an email reminder of today’s meeting. Several people raised their hands. Ginny said we are working on solving this issue.
Past President Robert de Berardinis introduced today’s speaker, Lloyd Bockstruck, retired Genealogical Librarian from Dallas, Texas. Bockstruck’s topic was “Bounty Lands of the Revolutionary War.”
Bockstruck discussed how the lands were distributed, to whom and by whom, and how the researcher can gain access to the records. He explained that all states, except Rhode Island and South Carolina, filled their quota of servicemen through the draft. There were colonial governments and state governments. Men enlisted for the duration of the war and many were enticed to join through the promise of a bounty. Sixty-million acres in the interior were given in bounty after 1796 when Congress decided it was time to fulfill its promises of lands.
Two books on the subject of bounty lands were recommended by Bockstruck: Military Bounty Land by Christine Rose; and, Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants by Lloyd Bockstruck. For online research, he suggested looking at the state archives records home page for bounty land records.
After Bockstruck’s presentation concluded, an announcement was made that Ancestry.com is launching free library access for schools, and members were encouraged to let teachers and students know about it. The site is to be known as AncestryK12.com.
Door prizes were awarded and First Vice-President Barbara Richards reminded those present of the January meeting featuring Wil McCorquodale speaking on “Religion in the Puritan Time Period.”
The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
Margaret Roberts Roberson