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September Meeting Will be Online Only

During the summer, we had planned and prepared to hold hybrid monthly meetings starting in Sepetember with some folks at Bayland Community Center and others attending via Zoom.  We know that many of you would like to visit again with your fellow genealogists and we wanted to provide that opportunity.  Unfortunately, once again, the Covid virus has foiled our plans. Given the rapid increase of the virus in Harris County, the HGF board has decided that the September meeting will be online-only via Zoom. No in-person HGF meetings will be held in September.  The board will review the Covid situation again in September and determine the status of the October meetings.  The good news is that HGF has held many very well-received online meetings over the past year and a half.  Our Program committee has arranged for great national and regional speakers for this year so you can anticipate that, no matter whether you attend in-person or online, you'll enjoy the meeting while enhancing your genealogical knowledge.

HGF has changed its webinar system provider from GoToWebinar to Zoom Webinar. While both systems are very similar, Zoom offers a few more options for attendees to ask questions and interact with each other.  Many of you probably have experience with Zoom Webinar from other online events so you should find our new system quite familiar and eay to use.  
We'd also like to remind HGF members that you can find speaker handouts for meetings you might have missed by logging into the website, going to Member Resources and then Speaker Handouts.  


We’re very interested in how you think HGF could better serve you during this time so let us know at webmaster@hgftx.org

While we hope not, HGF recognizes that this virus or other medical problems may affect some of our members.  Please let our Corresponding Secretary, Margaret Schoener know if you or members you know have become ill so that we can offer our wishes for a speedy recovery. You can contact Margaret at schoener@sbcglobal.net with this information.


The Genealogical Record

Call for Submissions
The next issue of The Genealogical Record will be published this Fall. The theme will be “Finding and Honoring Women of the Past”. Articles for consideration must be submitted by September 30, 2021. Instructions for submitting articles for The Record may be found at Gudelines_for_Genealogical_Record_articles .   If you have any questions, please contact Susan Ruske at recordeditor@hgftx.org.

Spring, 2021 Issue of The Genealogical Record
The Spring issue of HGF's The Genaelogical Record includes some great articles on the World Wars by HGF members Doris Richardson, Carolyn Shimek, and Jean Huot Smooreburg. HGF members may review this and previous issues of The Record by logging in, going to Member Resources, and then to The Genealogical Record.


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.


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Upcoming Events
October 2
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection for your Research with Lisa Louise Cooke
  Online Webinar   Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection for Your Research   Come to this session and you’ll walk out with potentially ...

November 6
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fall Seminar: A Grave Interest in Cemeteries with Joy Neighbors
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Three Sessions on Cemetery Research   Session 1: A Grave Interest: Searching ...

December 4
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Intro. to U.S. Church Records with Sunny Morton
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Introduction to U.S. Church Records: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to ...