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Flesh Out Your Genealogy Using Digital Newspapers with Irene Walters
Saturday, September 11
Flesh Out Your Genealogy Using Digital Newspapers with Irene Walters  (HGF Monthly Meeting)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
(Munchies and mingling start at 9:00 AM)
Auditorium
Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77074
and 
Online Webinar
 
Flesh Out Your Genealogy Using Digital Newspapers
 
You've got the bones of a family history from census, land, tax, probate, and other records.  Now, it's time to add some flesh to the narrative using the newspaper.  Use this talk to find out about digital newspapers; how to find them, what to search for in them, and how to search for your relatives in them.
 
For more information and to register for the webinar, please go to Learn More.
 
 



Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection for your Research with Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, October 2
Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection for your Research with Lisa Louise Cooke  (HGF Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
(Munchies and mingling start at 9:00 AM)
Auditorium
Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77074
and 
Online Webinar
 
Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection for Your Research
 
Come to this session and you’ll walk out with potentially thousands of free historic maps organized for your family history research. And the good news is, you don’t need a lot of tech know-how to do it! You’ll learn how to find free digital maps for your ancestral locations, add them as permanent map overlays to Google Earth, and then organize them into your personal map reference collection. We will also cover best practices for keeping them organized so that they continually enrich your research.
 
For more information and to register for the webinar, please go to Learn More.
 
 



Fall Seminar: A Grave Interest in Cemeteries with Joy Neighbors
Saturday, November 6
Fall Seminar: A Grave Interest in Cemeteries with Joy Neighbors  (All-day Seminars)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
(Munchies and mingling start at 9:00 AM)
Auditorium
Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77074
and 
Online Webinar
 
Three Sessions on Cemetery Research
 

Session 1:

A Grave Interest: Searching for Clues in the Cemetery

Cemeteries are treasure troves of genealogy records and can hold a wealth of information - if you know where to look. During this session, we’ll focus on several cemetery records to explore including cemetery deeds, plat books, plot maps, and Sexton's files. We’ll also learn the different types of graveyards that exist, whom to contact for help, and how to put it all together. Plus, we'll explore "21 Crypt Clues" to help bring an ancestor’s story to life. Get ready as we discover what clues may be hiding in the cemetery. 

 

Session 2:

The Silent Language of the Stones: How to Read Gravestone Symbols

Symbols have appeared on tombstones for centuries, but it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that this cryptic language flourished. The Victorians loved a good secret, so they decorated their graves with carvings, symbols, and statues that told a story - about family relationships, military service, occupations, economic status, and social standing. We'll discover what some of these symbols mean, what certain abbreviations stand for, and how to read this "silent language of the stones." 

 

Session 3:

Forgotten Records of Death

The mention of death records brings to mind burial records, death certificates, and cemetery deeds. But there are additional records that can shed light on our ancestors' demise and lead to future research. In this session, we will explore ten forgotten death records for detailed information about the deceased, and we may gain a fascinating perspective about the lives of our ancestors.

 
For more information and to register for the webinar, please go to Learn More.
 
 



Intro. to U.S. Church Records with Sunny Morton
Saturday, December 4
Intro. to U.S. Church Records with Sunny Morton  (HGF Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
(Munchies and mingling start at 9:00 AM)
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 Church
 
U.S. church records of many denominations can reveal ancestors’ vital events, family relationships, overseas birthplaces and other residences and religious lives. From the co-author of the acclaimed book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what these records may look like, how to identify an ancestral church, locate extant records and access them. 
 
For more information and to register for the webinar, please go to Learn More.