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: libertygenie@yahoo.com

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)

Presentation about Caddo Indians (March 28, 2010)

March 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This coming Sunday (March 28) at 2:30pm, Cecile Elkins Carter will be giving a talk about Caddo Indians at the Cleburne Conference Center (website, 1501 Henderson Street) in Cleburne, Texas, in conjunction with the Layland Museum (website). Carter is the author of Caddo Indians: Where We Come from.

Pete Kendall has a nice write-up at the Cleburne Times-Review about about Carter’s talk and Caddo Indians in this part of Texas. The Caddos were not a nomadic group, unlike some of the more well-known Indian tribes that have made their homes in Texas at one time or another, and were present in large numbers in East Texas and along the Red River before the settlers came along.

Further Reading:
Cleburne Times-Review