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Bear Creek Genealogical Society 

P. O. Box 842661, Houston, TX 77284



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 Drive.  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

Our March 9 speaker will be Marjorie Lowe, president of the Houston Genealogical Forum.  She will present "Beloved Rebel," the story of a southern Cherokee woman who harbored a Confederate soldier, was arrested, pardoned, and then solicited Abraham Lincoln for a pass to go home.

On Thursday  February 9 we will hold a member discussion of issues, brick walls, and other roadblocks in our research.  Members are encouraged to bring materials and laptops.  Wi-fi is available at the meeting place.  Please note that we are once more meeting at the Bear Creek Community Center.


                                           Marjorie Lowe

Other Announcements

The Texas State Genealogical Society has announced their first Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR) to be held in Austin May 22-25, 2017.  This institute will concentrate on Texas records.  This year's annual meeting of TxSGS will be at the Westide Omni in Houston, October 20-22.  See the TxSGS website for more information.

The February 11 talk at Clayton Library will be
 "DNA and the African-American Experience" at 10:30 AM.  The presentation is free but requires registration at 832-393-2600.  Februray 4 is  Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston Day.

Marjorie Harris is presenting a series of genealogy classes at Clayton Library Guest House.  While the classes started onJanuary 14, you may sign up for individual classes through February.  Classes run from 10 AM to noon.   Please see for information.  Note that the Guest House is the building past the Carriage House.

On Saturday February 4, Michelle Verret Johnson will present "The Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive: A Tool for Researching 19th Century Texas Ancestor by Occupation."  The Houston Genealogical Forum meets at Bayland Community Center at 10 AM.  

Future conferences of the Federation of Genealogical Societies will be held August 30-September 2, 2017 in Pittsburgh PA, August 22-25, 2018 in Fort Wayne IN, August 21-24, 2019 in Washington DC, and September 2-5, 2020 in Kansas City, MO.

The 2016 National Genealogical Society meet May 10-13, 2017 in Raleigh NC and May 2-5, 2018 in Grand Rapids MI.   See for more information.  Note that the NGS has issued a statement of concern about North Carolina HB 2.

Kimberly Powell at has provided a list of Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews.

ABC's 20/20 has released a youtube video of the use of DNA for a rather complex genealogy question.

Dick Eastman has written "A Genealogy Intro."  This article is full of advice on how to get started in genealogy.




 For a list of books, click here.


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Last revised by Alan Leeds, January 27, 2017