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Black History Month 2016 at the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

It’s Black History Month 2016 and the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research will host some excellent programs that I plan to attend this month. So check out the information below, and if you live in H-town, or you plan to travel this way soon, be sure to add the Clayton Library on your list of “places to visit” this month!

Guest Speaker Sharon Gillins

Sharon GillinsSaturday, February 6, 2016 | 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Clayton Library is proud to offer a series of classes presented by professional genealogist Sharon Gillins in honor of African American History Month. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

Sessions include:

  • Harvesting Ancestors – Lessons from the Garden
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Practices learned from the garden are compared to genealogical practices and illustrated with examples from genealogical research. The content is suitable and accessible to beginners who are building good research habits and will be equally entertaining and informative to more advanced researchers.
  • Louisiana Conveyance Records – A Rich Resource for Researching Enslaved Ancestry
    11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
    This presentation uses Louisiana conveyance records to illustrate the record types and methods for analysis that researchers can use to locate details about their once-enslaved family members before 1870. Although the case studies are based on Louisiana records, the methodology is transferable to any state.

From Post to Pre-Civil War: The African American Experience in Records

Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM
In celebration of African American History Month Clayton Library is proud to offer a series of classes presented by Clayton Library staff members Rodney Sam and Franklin Smith. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.

Sessions include:

  • First Louisiana Guard: The Life of a Free Man of Color in a Southern Union Regiment
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    This program will show how the life of Casimir Sam, a Louisiana Creole and a free man of color who served in the Civil War, can be reconstructed through the use of military records. This session will be presented by Clayton Library staff member Rodney Sam.
  • Researching Pre-Civil War Slave Ancestors – Identifying the Slaveholder
    11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
    Learn tips and strategies for identifying the slaveholder using post-Civil War records and information. Use the surname and location approach with the 1870 community to narrow down the potential slaveholder candidates. This session will be presented by Clayton Library staff member Franklin Smith.

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: 832-393-2600

Library Hours are:
M Closed | T 10-6 | W 10-8 | Th 10-6 | F 10-5 | Sa 10-5 | Su Closed

To search the Houston Public Library catalog for Clayton’s materials, choose the “Advanced Search” option here: https://halan.sdp.sirsi.net/client/hou, then limit your search by libraries to Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.

For more information, visit the Clayton Library web page at http://www.houstonlibrary.org/clayton.

  • LindaRe

    All the sessions look interesting. If I lived in the area, I would attend the session about the 1st Louisiana Guard.

    • Hey LindaRe! Yesterday’s session with Sharon Gillins was very good and quite informative. Her session regarding Louisiana Conveyance Records was perfect timing and just what I needed. A great deal of my research has mainly been in Texas. However, my research will be expanding to include Louisiana very soon because all records regarding my 2nd g-grandmother on my mother’s side (Alice Bailey) point to Louisiana around 1845. So Louisiana records . . . here I come!

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