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Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.

Willie Lee Gay - H-Town Chapter

C/O George A. Allen
3323 Candleway Drive
Spring, TX 77388
htown@aahgs.org

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Calendar of Events and Activity For AAHGS H-TOWN CHAPTER

Chapter Meetings:

Place: Clayton Library - 5300 Caroline - Houston, Texas 77004 .  For location, click here.

Time: Every 2nd Saturday of the month @ 10:30 A.M. (January-June; September-December)

(Note: Meetings are subject to change. If you're not on our email distribution list, it is advisable that you contact H-Town first: htown@aahgs.org  or (281) 350-5038

Scheduled Events:

December, 2014

What: "It was a Dark and Stormy Night"- Weather and How It Affected Your Family
Date: 17 Dec 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: Clayton Library Presents “Home for the Holidays”- former staff member Charlene Wilson returns to present the following class: Weather events would have affected your ancestors' lives in some way. Accounts may not mention your ancestor by name but it is the accounts of the events that you are looking for. How did weather change their lives?

January, 2015

What: Using newspapers to flesh our your genealogy
Date: 10 Jan 2015
Time: 11:15am - 12:30pm
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: You've got your relative's skeleton consisting of dates and places. This talk will show you how to go about creating a newspaper clipping file on a relative to put flesh on that skeleton? We will explore newspapers in their original paper form, on microfilm and electronic versions. Presenter: Irene B. Walters from the Clayton Library Center

What: "Help after the Holidays"
Date: 10 Jan 2015
Time: After Meeting
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: AAHGS offers research help for members in Clayton Library (bring laptops) - Volunteer members also wear shirts to offer help to beginners and recruit new members.

February, 2015

What: AAHGS Celebrates Black History Month - Fundraiser (Guest speakers/presentations)
Description: Partner with HPL Clayton; Member recruitment through support of other Black History Events and with exhibit of family artifacts(i.e. Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Gregory School or AA Museum)

Presentation: Native American History (More details TBA)

March, 2015

What: Freedmen's Bureau Records Presentation
Date: 14 Mar 2015
Time: 11:15am - 12:30pm
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: An overview of the agency's history, purpose, records, and type documents found in each record group. Provides an explanation and guidance on how to use the records and achieve the most productive results. Presenter: Frank Smith, Clayton Library Center

April, 2015

What: "Help Others"
Date: 11 Apr 2015
Time: After Meeting
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: AAHGS offers research help for members in Clayton Library (bring laptops) - Volunteer members also wear shirts to offer help to beginners and recruit new members.

May, 2015

What: Researching Pre-Civil War Slave Ancestors-Identifying the Slaveholder
Date: 9 May 2015
Time: 11:15am - 12:30pm
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: Learn tips and strategies for identifying the Slaveholder using Post- Civil War records and information. From 1870 community use the surname and location approach to narrow the potential slaveholder candidates. Presenter: Frank Smith, Clayton Library Center

June, 2015

What: "Help Others"
Date: 13 Jun 2015
Time: After Meeting
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: AAHGS offers research help for members in Clayton Library (bring laptops) - Volunteer members also wear shirts to offer help to beginners and recruit new members.

AAHGS H-Town Chapter participates in Texas Black Expo with exhibit - Saturday, June 11-14, 2015 at the GRB Convention Center, Houston, TX

October, 2015

October – 2015 AAHGS 36th National Conference (Richmond Marriott Hotel, 500 East Broad Street., Richmond, Virginia)
                                               
What: 36th National Genealogy Conference, Where African-American Roots Run Deep: Family History and the National Narrative
Date: October 15-18, 2015
Time: All Day
Where: The 36th national AAHGS conference will celebrate Virginia's unique place in African-American family history while recognizing that the year 2015 also marks the anniversaries of various national events in the history  of the Civil War, Emancipation, and the Civil Rights Movement. The conference will explore Virginia family history, local and national episodes in the American history narrative, and connections between Virginia and the rest of the nation.

Enjoy more than tirty conference sessions and take advantage of the many opportunities to do family research in the Richmond region. Conference registration materials will be available in Spring 2015. For further information, email aahgs2015@gmail.com.

 

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Past Events:

January, 2014

What: H-Town Chapter Meeting – Research Tips and Buffalo Soldier National Museum Tour
Date: January 11, 2014
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004, and Buffalo Soldier National Museum Tour, 3816 Caroline St. Houston TX77004.
Description: These research tips will expand the search after possible slave owners are found. Presenter: Debra Blacklock-Sloan, Program Committee.  Buffalo Soldier National Museum Tour coordinator, Debra Blacklock-Sloan, Program Committee

February, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014
What: H-Town Chapter Meeting – What's In Your Cemetery Tool Kit – Part 1
Date: February 8, 2014
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: Part 1 of a two part presentation, with handouts, on Tombstone Symbolism and Cemetery Search Do's and Don'ts. Presenter: Jesse Williams, Program Committee.

Friday, February 21, 2014
What: Presentation on the Research of Buffalo Soldier Ancestry
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline, Houston TX
Description: No reservations are required, but space is limited. For more information contact the Program Committee.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
What: Black History Month – Membership Drive and Tony Burroughs Presentation
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: In the Auditorium at the Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, Houston TX 770022. Parking: On Street, and the library's garage.
Description: AAHGS H-Town and The Clayton Library in mutual support for a meet and greet with Tony Burroughs. Tony will present several 1 ½ hr. presentations. The Membership Committee will conduct a membership drive. Call Clayton Library Center for reservations at: 832-393-2600. For more information contact the Program Committee.

March, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2013
What: H-Town Chapter Meeting – What's In Your Cemetery Tool Kit - Part 2; Mrs. Gay presentation on Houston's Cemeteries
Date: March 8, 2014
Time: 10:30 am
Where:  Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: What's In Your Cemetery Tool Kit – Part 2; Mrs. Gay will present a slide display on Houston's cemeteries. For more information contact the Program Committee.

April, 2014

Topic: Obtaining Vital Records
Date: April 12, 2014
Time: Immediately following our 10:30 a.m. monthly meeting.
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004.
Description: Obtaining vital records; using and understanding court house records and use of court records in identifying the last slave owner, and that the information in these records will help to write an ancestor's life story.
Presenter: Debra Blacklock-Sloan, genealogist, and Chapter Vice-President

May, 2014

Topic: Identifying the last slave owner
Date: May 10, 2014
Time:  Immediately following our 10:30 a.m. monthly meeting.
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: Identifying the last slave owner using intermediate sources including records of wills, probates, estates, real estate, taxes, voter registration, schools, churches, places of employment, military service, and civil and criminal courts.
Presenter: Frank Smith, genealogist, author, librarian, and attorney.

June, 2014

Topic: Researching the Family to 1870
Date: June 14, 2014
Time: Immediately following our 10:30 a.m. monthly meeting.
Where:  Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Description: Researching the family to 1870 using court house records, and recognizing how U.S. History, African American history, local history, and military history can impact your research.
Presenter: Frank Smith, genealogist, author, librarian, and attorney.

September, 2014

What: H-Town Chapter Meeting
Date: September 13, 2014
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004

September, 2014

What: 1867 Settlement 4th Annual Celegration
Date: September 27, 2014
Time: 1pm - 6pm
Where: 106 Bell Drive - Rexas City, TX 77591 - See Flyer

October, 2014

What: H-Town Chapter Meeting
Date: October 11, 2014
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004

What: -American Family Research Workshop - Beginners - Free
Date: October 11, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004 - Register Now

What: -American Family Research Workshop - Advanced - Free
Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004 - Register Now

Clayton Library Fall Lineup:

What: - Authenticity in Genealogical Research
Date: October 24, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004

What: - Cemetery Symbolism
Date: October 31, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004

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