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Bear Creek Genealogical Society 

P. O. Box 842661, Houston, TX 77284

Website: www.bearcreekgenealogy.org

Welcome

Welcome to the Bear Creek Genealogical Society.  Our society meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, TX 77084.  We have approximately 40 members and hold our meeting from 1 to 2:30 PM.  All genealogical researchers, whether novice or expert, are welcome to attend.  Attire is casual.  We look forward to seeing you.  For further information, contact Gary Tober, President, 832-260-3635 or Tom Woltz, Vice-President, 832-754-2875.  Click here for a membership application.  Annual dues are $15.

Society Announcements


On Thursday February 12 our speaker will be Phyllis C. Stehm presenting "Busting Through Brick Walls When You Revisit Your Research."  She specializes in research techniques and teaches beginning genealogy research at Lone Star College-Montgomery.


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                                         Phyllis C. Stehm                                                                                         Marjorie Lowe                

On Thursday March 10 Marjorie Lowe will present "Captain James Foster-Cherokee Militia at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend-War of 1812."  Marjorie is president of the Houston Genealogical Forum and an expert on Cherokee genealogy.
   
           

Other Announcements


Family Tree Maker lives on!  Ancestry.com has announced that its software Family Tree Maker has been sold to Software MacKiev.  Software MacKiev will support the program and release future versions  for both Macs and PC's.  Both versions will still have access to the ancestry.com online trees and hints.  Also, ancestry.com has made an agreement with RootsMagic so that the RootsMagic software for PC's and Macs will have access to the ancestry.com online trees and hints.  

On Saturday March 5 from 10  A.M. to 3 P.M.  Michael Lacopo will discuss "The Forgotten Immigrants: The Swiss to America" and "Hoosier Daddy: Tales of a Reluctant Blogger" at the Houston Genealogical Forum, Bayland Community Center.  While the meeting is free, please visit the website for lunch orders.
 

Clayton Library has celebrations of Black History Month on both February 6 and February 20.  On the 6th, Sharon Gillins will present "Harvesting Ancestors--Lessons from the Garden" and "Louisiana Conveyance Records--A Rich Resource for Researching Enslaved Ancestry."  On the 20th, Rodney Sam and Franklin Smith will present "From Post to Pre-Civil War:  The African American Experience in Records.  This will involve two talks: "First Lousiana Guard--The Life of a Free Man of Color in a Southern Union Regiment" and "Researching Pre-Civil War Slave Ancestors--Identifying the Slaveholder."  These presentations are free but require advance registration.  Please call the library at 832-393-2600.  

On Saturday February 13, Sue Kaufman will present "The State of Clayton Library" at the meeting of Clayton Library Friends.  Her talk is at Clayton Library at 10:30 A.M.

On Saturday February 6 at 10 AM, , Wil McCorquodale  will be the speaker at  the
Houston Genealogical Forum at Bayland Community Center.  His topic is "The Impact of the Revolutions of 1830 and 1848 on Immigration to the United States."  There is no charge.

Hotel registration is open for the Federation of Genealogical Society conference in Springfield IL, August 31-September 3, 2016.  See https://www.fgsconference.org/ .

The program for the 2016 National Genealogical Society Conference is available at http://goo.gl/w40zSO .  Registration opened on December 1.  Early bird registration will expire on March 31.

 The Summerwood Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a Family History Conference on Saturday February 27, 2016 near the northeast corner of Beltway 8. Information is available at
http://houstonfamilysearch.com/summerwood/ .

The third season of PBS's Finding Your Roots  started on January 5, 2016.

Marje Harris is giving a series of Saturday genealogy classes in January and February 2016.  You may sign up for individual classes.  See the Houston Genealogical Forum website for details and costs.  

There are several major genealogical conferences in 2016.  The National Genealogical Society will meet May 4-7 in Fort Lauderdale FL, while the Federation of Genealogical Societies  conference will be held August 31-September 3 in Springfield IL. The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies will meet August 7-12 in Seattle WA.







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Our books are stored at the Bear Creek Community Center.  For a list, click here.


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Last revised by Alan Leeds, February 4, 2016