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Membership Renewal

As the year ends so do HGF memberships.  Membership entitles you to the handouts from the speakers at our monthly meetings, the Genealogical Record, and other benefits.  It also helps cover speaker fees, website hosting, and other costs.
You may renew your membership for 2022 by loging into the HGF website, clicking on the Renew Membership button or clicking on Member Resources and then Profile, and following the directions on the screens to renew your membership.  You may pay online through PayPal using either a credit card or your PayPal account.  
Thank you.

All HGF January 2022 Meetings Are Online Only

Throughout the pandemic, the HGF board has monitored virus conditions in the Houston area and the gudiance of local health departments.  It had been determined that with proper precautions (e.g. only two people per table, spacing tables, all HGF members conducting the meetings vacinated and boosted), a limited number of people could attend the November and December meetings in person at Bayland.   However, the rapid spread of the omicron variant has caused virus conditions to deteriorate over the past month.  As a result, the board has decided that all HGF January 2022 meetings including the General and DIG meetings scheduled for January 8 will be online only.  There will be no HGF meetings at Bayland in January.  
The HGF board will continue to monitor the status of the virus in the Houston area and will make determinations about in-person attendance at the upcoming Spring meetings a week or two prior to each of those meetings.


HGF Returns to Bayland

After a year and a half absence, HGF meetings returned to the Bayland auditorium for November and December.  While our speakers and most of the attendees participated in the meeting remotely, about twenty-five people attended at Bayland.  Following county public health guidance, seating was limited to 2 people per table with the tables spread four or five feet apart.  So while socially distanced and mostly masked, the folks at Bayland enjoyed meeting with friends and sharing their stories of family history research.
We've learned during this time that many HGF members prefer to attend our meetings over the internet rather than drive to Bayland.  It seems that most genealogy speakers have also learned about the convenience of virtual presentations from their home rather taking several days to visit Houston.  Going forward, as virus conditions allowour meetings will be hybrid giving members the option of attending online or in person.  Most speakers will be virtual and will respond to questions asked both by online and in person meeting attendees.  

The Genealogical Record

Fall 2021 Genealogical Record 
The Fall 2021 Genealogical Record is now available to HGF members.  This issue contains five great articles by HGF members showing how they solved family history puzzles with careful genealogical research.  Those of you who know long-time HGF member Carolyn Shimek may find her article on her great aunt Martha of special interest as it includes the story of how Carolyn began what is now over four decades of investigating her family history.  The article also shows how Carolyn used the results of HGF-sponsored research, the Houston Suffragists Project, a project she contributed to, to discover that her great aunt had been one of the first women in Houston to vote in a federal election following the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. constitution. 
HGF members can access this and all previous issues of the Record by logging into the HGF website, going to Member Resources, and then to The Genealogical Record
Spring 2022 Genealogical Record - Writing Contest
Write an article between 1,500 – 5,000 words in Microsoft Word. Share your memories of historic events like 9/11, surviving hurricanes, covid and floods. Stories of your ancestors with photos and memorabilia, historical topics with charts/maps and exciting family discoveries. Setting can be anywhere in the United States or immigrating to the USA.  The best article as judged by the Record editorial committee submitted on or before March 15, 2022 will win $150.  Please direct questions or articles to Susan Ruske at recordeditor@hgftx.org 

Subscribe to HGF Meeting Notices

Email notices of upcoming HGF monthly meetings, seminars, and SIG meetings are sent out twice monthly.  If you're not receving these notices and would like to, please click on subscribe HGF notices and complete the short form.   You don't have to be an HGF member to receive the meeting notices.

Houston Suffragists Project

Last fall, five HGF members, Rae Bryant, Monica Andersen, Mary Hollis, Ginny Douglas, and Barbara Richards,  inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment,  teamed-up to look for Houston suffragists from 1920. After scouring Houston’s archival closets looking for suffragists and with additional research help from HGF members Lynda Collins, Randy Pace, and Carolyn Shimek, they uncovered the story of the first women to vote in federal elections in Texas and data on several thousand 1920 suffragists. With the help of Walter Steets, they developed the Houston Suffragists Project website to tell the story of this election and allow you to search for women who were part of this history.


Upcoming Events
February 5
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Finding Your English Ancestors with Paul Milner
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   All Day Seminar on English Genealogy   1. Effective Use of England's ...

March 5
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census with Thomas MacEntee
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census   Thomas MacEntee will get ...

March 26
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Irish Genealogy with Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Four Sessions on Irish Genealogy   1. Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish ...

May 7
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories with Ari Wilkins
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories   Recreating ...