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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
(In-person status to be determined in mid October)
 
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.
 
 



Digital Organization For Everyone with Michael Cassara
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Digital Organization For Everyone with Michael Cassara  (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
 
Digital Organization For Everyone

As genealogists, we are constantly seeking better ways to organize our treasures. Digital photos, scans, documents, family histories, and countless other items accumulate on our phones, computers, tablets, and other devices - how can we be expected to know what to do with it all!?
In this session, we will explore best practices towards digital organization, with a specific focus on the needs of today's family historian. With something for everyone (from the beginner to the advanced professional genealogist) this session will help you conquer your fears and get organized for once and for all.
 
For more information and to register for the webinar, please go to Learn More.



Finding Your English Ancestors with Paul Milner
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Finding Your English Ancestors with Paul Milner  (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
 
Check back in several weeks for more information.
 



Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census with Thomas MacEntee
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census with Thomas MacEntee  (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
 
Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census
 
Thomas MacEntee will get us up to speed on the history of the 1950 US Census, why the 1950 US Census form is radically different than previous forms, and how the data will be accessed. In addition he’ll cover what you can do NOW to prepare for the release of the 1950 US Census as well as volunteer projects related to indexing and finding aids. Finally, he’ll explain how you can always get the latest information related to the release of the 1950 US Census data!
 
For more information and to register for the webinar, please go to Learn More.
 

 


Saturday, March 26, 2022
Irish Genealogy with Fintan Mullan  (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
 
Check back in several weeks for more information.
 



Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories with Ari Wilkins
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories with Ari Wilkins  (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
 
Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories
 
Recreating neighborhoods can provide rich and insightful details about an ancestor’s life and surroundings. This lecture will demonstrate ways to build a map using Sanborn Fire insurance maps, census records, and city directories in Google Maps.
 
For more information and to register for the webinar, please go to Learn More.