National Hispanic Cultural Center – Texas Records

April 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Durango (Colorado) Herald is running a story that Sue Major Holmes, a writer for the Associated Press, wrote about Pat Vigil’s genealogy research. Vigil is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and wrote a book about his family’s history and genealogy. The book is a part of the genealogy library at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (website).

The article mentions something that might be of interest to Hispanics in Texans doing genealogy research:

The library, housed in a historic elementary school building Vigil once attended, offers resources ranging from New Mexico land grant documents and 200 years of records of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe to censuses and church and government records from El Paso, Texas, and Chihuahua and Durango in Mexico.

The El Paso and Mexico documents are important because “nearly everybody who came this far north went through those areas, so if people work back far enough, they’re going to need to look at that information,” said senior librarian Greta Pullen.

The article mentions the center has thousands of volumes covering the history and culture of the Southwest (including Texas) and other areas that were covered by Spain.

Further Reading:
The Durango Herald (Durango, Colorado)

Hardin County Historian to Speak at Liberty County Genealogical Society

April 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Renee Hart Wells, a local historian from Hardin County, will be the guest speaker next week at the Liberty County Genealogical Society, on April 20th.

She is descended from pioneering Texan families, is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is involved with the Hardin County Genealogical Society. She has helped contribute to to the Hardin County, Texas Cemeteries book. She is helping to coordinate an upcoming book, Hardin County: A Pictorial History.

She will be discussing the upcoming Hardin County: A Pictorial History book and how it started and her involvement with it, as well as other projects carried out by the Hardin County Genealogical Society.

– 10am, April 20th, 2010
– Upstairs meeting room of Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, Texas (website)
– Contact information:

Source: The Liberty Vindicator

Texas State Genealogical Society – Annual 2010 Meeting

April 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Lufkin Daily News has a reminder out that the Texas State Genealogical Society will be holding its annual meeting in Waco, from November 4 through November 6. That’s Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

It’s being called “Bridging Generations” and it will also mark the 50th Anniversary of the Texas State Genealogical Society. It’s being hosted by the Central Texas Genealogical Society and in addition to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the TSGS, it’s kind of a celebration of the new West Waco Library and Genealogy Center. The genealogy collection will have twice as much space as it currently has in the main library, among other resources.

The article mentions it as an opportunity for genealogists from outside of Waco to visit the new (and hopefully open) West Waco Library and Genealogy Center, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, and the Texas Collection at Baylor University, along with other area attractions. The Texas Collection at Baylor University features quite a few things of interest to genealogists in the state, including collections involving Central Texas history, African American and Hispanic history and culture in Texas, and Texans in the military.

November 4-6, 2010
Waco Hilton (website)
113 South University Parks Drive
Waco, Texas, 76701

Feature Speakers and Topics:
– Teri Flack of Austin – “Finding Your Ancestors in the Republic of Texas” and “Keeping the Homes Fires Burning: The Texas Homefront During the Civil War”
– (Nov 6) Barbara Vines Little of Orange, Virginia
– Various round tables, sessions, vendors, and door prizes

Follow up:
Central Texas Genealogy Society
Texas State Genealogical Society Website

Source: Lufkin Daily News

Upcoming April Genealogy Events in Plano

April 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are in the Plano and/or Collin County part of Texas this month, you might be interested in a couple of upcoming genealogy-related events.

One is the next Saturday Seminar of the Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. It’s this Saturday, April 17, 2010, and it’s entitled “Fighting Hate Through Film” and features Dan Spigel discussing his mother’s family from the Russian Revolution of the 1910s up through the Nazi Germany invasion of the Soviet Union in the 1940s. It’s at the W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library (website) on 2501 Coit Road, in the Program Room. The doors open at 10:15 am, and it will be over by 12:30 pm.

On Thursday of the following week, there will be a dining event on April 22, 2010 at “On The Border”, 1505 Central Expressway, Plano. It’ll be $20 which includes a meal, tax, and gratuity/tip. There are door prizes as well and the proceeds from the event will go towards resources for the genealogy section of the local library.

More Information:
Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc.
On the Border Dining Event flyer in PDF format
Saturday Seminar Event flyer in PDF Format
April 2010 Newsletter for Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries (PDF)

All 254 Counties Surveyed for Their Records

April 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Yesterday, the Houston Chronicle ran a very welcome story about documenting some of our most irreplaceable documents in the state of Texas. Soon, county clerks from all 254 counties in Texas will be receiving a survey asking them to document the records they have in their possession, along with the condition of the documents and any preservation plans they have for the documents.

This is due in part to an order last November by the Texas Supreme Court to create the Court Records Preservation Task Force, which is a volunteer group dedicated to documenting and preserving court documents. Some of these may not have even been seen before now, at least by the public:

Old court documents contain valuable information, much of it never seen by historians, said Kroger. Topics include slavery, the Texas Republic, immigration, genealogy and many others.
Many such records, some dating from 1836, have been stolen, lost, destroyed or left to decay. The task force plans to identify where the most valuable records are located and develop procedures for preserving them.

Part of those plans include digitizing/scanning every document and making them accessible to the public, and looking into the possibility of creating a permanent group dedicated to guiding the preservation and documentation efforts.

While it covers court-related documents, from what I’ve been reading and people I’ve been talking to, the plan is to hopefully extend it further to other county documents (and city) of interest to the public and the state.

Very welcome news!

Source: Houston Chronicle

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