A Look Back
Ah, a New Year. Looking back, whew, where did the past year go? What family history research celebrations did you have in 2012? Did you break through any brick walls? Find any new ancestors? Get further back in time than you ever thought you would?
How did you gather that information? From relatives? From books, online, microform, periodicals, household documents?
One of the most exciting genealogical events was the release of the 1940 census in April 2012. That brought in an influx of new family history researchers, many wanting to find themselves, many wanting to see their parents and other family members listed. These people were driven to the library by this event, the release of a census of people that we could still talk to, people we could touch.
This was a landmark event. Not often are sources released for which we can contact a family member and ask “did this really happen then?” or “what happened to?” or “when did?” questions that are generated by looking at a source. In the 1940 census, my father is 9 years old. Listed in the household was a housekeeper. Dad, who is still alive, never mentioned that housekeeper. When I asked him about this, his answer – “oh yeah…I remember her”! But that fact changed my father's story from: Dad grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His family consisted of him, his brother and his parents. To: Dad grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His family consisted of him, his brother and his parents and a housekeeper who used to make dinner for the family while his mother and father worked late together at the office.
Finding out the family story and writing the story is an important process in our family history pursuit. As you travel this year, searching for more of those stories, remember to leave no stone unturned, to talk to family members, to look for “stuff” of importance at home, to come to the library and use a new source you never have before, but most importantly to write your story so that it is passed on!
Have a great year – we hope to see you at the library often!
Clayton Library is pleased to welcome back its CD-ROM computer for public use. Library staff are currently in the process of installing all of the software programs, and all titles should be available soon. For your convenience, here is a list of all CD-ROM titles available at Clayton Library, arranged alphabetically by geographic location:
AL Tuscaloosa Co. Appeals Book, 1822-1835
AL Tuscaloosa Co. Register of Deaths, 1893-1903
AK Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Co. Personnel Records, 1914-1944
CA San Francisco Co. Early San Francisco Newspaper Index, 1849-1927
CO Tombstone Inscriptions of El Paso and Teller Counties, CO
GA Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866
GA Georgia Salt Rolls, 1862-1864 (Civil War)
GA Jackson Co. Cemetery Database
IN Pike Co. Deaths, 1887-1907
KY Graves Co. Circuit Court Order Book G and Index
ME Cumberland Co. Cemetery Inscriptions
ME Sagadahoc Co. Cemetery Inscriptions
MD Baltimore Co. East Baltimore Station Methodist Episcopal Church, V. 1, 1801-1885
MD Baltimore Co. East Baltimore Station Methodist Episcopal Church, V. 2, 1885-1908
MD Harford Co. African-Americans in Harford Co., MD 1774-1864
MA Suffolk Co. King’s Chapel Burial Grounds (Boston, MA)
MI Biographical Album of Ionia and Montcalm Counties, MI
MI Clare Co. Cemeteries
MS 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment Records (Civil War)
MS Wilkinson Co. Slaves and Slave Holders in Wilkinson Co. MS Newspapers, 1823-1849
NH Merrimack Co. Hard Time in Concord, NH (a prison roster)
NY New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Index, 1870-1998
TN Founding of the Cumberland Settlements (supplement to a book)
TX Gone From Texas, 1901-1905
TX Harris Co. Deaths Reported in the Houston (Daily) Post, 1880-1900
TX Washington Co. Washington County History
TX Webb Co. St. Augustine Catholic Church Records (Laredo, TX), 1700s-1900s
USA Native American Collection
USA Early American Gazetteers, 1833 and 1853
USA Natl. Soc. Daughters of Founders&Patriots of America (Index V. 35-40)
USA Natl. Soc. Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Index (3rd Ed.)
USA Revolutionary War Graves Register (SAR, 2000 Ed.)
USA U.S. Army, Register of Deceased Soldiers, 1810-1836
USA Civil War Maps
USA Civil War Collection
USA Dictionary of Medical Terminology
CANADA The Tanguay Collection of French-Canadian Families
EUROPE (Eastern) Geographical Dictionary of Poland and Other Slavonic Countries
GERMANY Deutsches Geschlechterbuch Index, Vols. 1-209
GREAT BRITAIN National Burial Index for England and Wales, 1538-2000 (1st Ed.)
IRELAND Complete Catholic Directory, Alamanack, and Registry, V. 2 (1837)
IRELAND Indexes to Irish Wills (5 volumes), 1536-1858
IRELAND Irish Names and Surnames
IRELAND Registers of St. Patrick (Dublin), 1677-1800
IRELAND Townlands in Poor Law Unions (1885)
JEWISH International Jewish Cemetery Project
POLAND Dictionary of Surnames in use in Poland in the 21st Century
Some of the titles we previously had in our collection have been superseded by online editions and are therefore not included in the list above, so if you don’t see a title that you remember using in the past, look for an online version of it (most likely on Ancestry Library Edition or FamilySearch). Some of the titles above are new to Clayton's collection as they couldn't be read on the old Windows 95 machine. The updated CD-ROM computer is located behind the last row of public computers on the first floor. If you need help using any of the programs, please ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.
Good luck with your research!
Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection
Pedro de Salinas was born in 1585 in Paris, France. Very basic information, but to a researcher who has not been able to get his ancestors out of the nineteenth century, it was like finding an unknown inheritance of gold. As genealogical records for foreign countries are difficult to obtain, it is a great help when someone compiles and puts forth a collection filled with genealogical extracts. The Rodolfo Gonzalez de la Garza Collection, where the information about Pedro de Salinas was found, is one such help.
This collection, available in the “Records” section of FamilySearch.org, is made up of digital images of a handwritten card file numbering over 270,000 entries, which Mr. Gonzalez extracted from various locations in Northern Mexico and Texas. The majority of the information contained in these cards dates from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but data in some records date back to the sixteenth century. Laredo Public Library is the owner of the original card file.
Mr. Gonzalez has compiled and published four titles using his extractions. Clayton Library has in its collection two of Mr. Gonzalez’ titles;
Mil familias de Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila y Texas - Rodolfo González de la Garza
Publisher: H. González de la Garza
Pub Date: 1982-1998
Call Number: G643 MEXICO
Apellidos de Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila y Texas - Rodolfo González de la Garza
Publisher: H. González de la Garza
Pub Date: 1980
Call Number: G643 MEXICO
The two titles by Mr. Gonzalez that Clayton Library does not have in its collection are Hispanic roots = Raices hispanas : genealogy, history, and Los Laredos.
To access the images
1. Go to: http://www.FamilySearch.org/
2. Log in (upper right corner) if you don't have an account you can create one free on the site under sign in or click on “just getting started”
3. Scroll down and click on "United States" in the list of places on the left (under browse by location)
4. On the page that comes up scroll down and click on "Texas" in the list of places on the left again (it is in alphabetical order)
5. In the list on the next page click on “Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection”
6. Select the “browse through 270,253 images” link
7. A name range list will be on the next page, choose the link to where the surname you are looking for would be found. (Note: the surnames are not in true alphabetical order, since Mr. Gonzalez has abbreviated many of the surnames. For example: Martinez is Mtz., Salinas is Sal., Gonzalez is Gonzz. You will need to make your best guess and search through the images for the surname you are looking for.)
8. An image of the first card will appear, because the cards are not true alphabetical order, after selecting a surname, you will have to browse through the collection using the arrows found on the upper right-hand side of the screen. If you know an image number, you can key it in and go directly there.
The cards are in Spanish and most have abbreviations for the town names, surnames and the Spanish words for birth, death and marriage. Some of the definitions to the abbreviations can be found in Mr. Gonzalez’ books. The data found on the cards varies. The cards may contain: marriage dates, places, names of bride and groom, names of parents, year or date of birth, year or date of death, children’s names, etc.
How reliable are these extracts, you might ask? As with any compiled source you will have to go back to the original records in order to answer that question. In this case Mr. Gonzalez has provided extracted information, but seldom does he give the sources to these extracts. In searching through the records many appear to be from church and civil registration records for various towns in Mexico. Cadereyta, Camargo, Cerralvo, Guerrero, Matamoros, and Mier are some of the towns whose records are extracted in this collection and Clayton Library has books in its collection that extract and transcribe some of the church records for these towns. These sources may provide missing pieces to assist the researcher in filling in the blanks. For even further assistance in locating the sources to Mr. Gonzalez’ extractions, you will want to search the FamilySearch.org website for the digitized Civil Registration Records for most states in Mexico. Like the Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection the civil registrations for Mexico have been digitized and made available for browsing on FamilySearch.org, but do not yet have a searchable index.
So put on your Sherlock Holmes hat (or in this case a big sombrero) and start your hunt. Rodolfo Gonzalez de la Garza has given you a good beginning.
Classes are approximately 1 hour, unless otherwise noted.
Because the Clayton Town Crier is published quarterly, please remember to consult Clayton’s Events webpage (http://www.houstonlibrary.org/clayton) or the Clayton Extra for items not submitted in time to be published in the current Crier.
Please note Clayton Library along with all HPL locations will be closed on the following days:
Tuesday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. birthday (observed)
Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:30AM-11:45AM
Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:30AM-11:45AM
Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:30AM-11:45AM
Learn about the vast resources and how to efficiently utilize genealogical research materials housed at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. No reservations needed, meet at the Information Desk in the library. Adult/Teens.
Daughters of the American Revolution Day
Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:30AM-4:00PM
Ever wonder how to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)? Representatives from local DAR chapters will be at Clayton Library for consultation and research help in preparing lineage papers for submission to the DAR. No reservations required. Adults/Teens.
Researching War of 1812 Ancestors: An Overview of Sources Available
Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:30AM-12:00PM
The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 began in 2012. Continuing for 3 years, the War of 1812 was fought beyond the signing of the Treaty of Ghent at the Battle of New Orleans. An overview of the resources found in books, microform, periodicals and online for researching your War of 1812 ancestor will be presented. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adult/Teens.
Clayton Library Friends General Meeting
Saturday, February 9, 2013 10:15AM-12:00PM
Susan Kaufman, manager of Clayton Library will present “The State of Clayton Library”, an annual report to CLF members and friends. Registration starts at 10:15AM in the Carriage House meeting room at Clayton Library and the meeting will begin at 10:30AM.
A Nation of Immigrants: US Naturalization and Genealogy
Tuesday, March 12, 2:00PM-3:30PM
Saturday, March 30 2012, 10:30AM-12:00PM
In this talk we will discuss the history of naturalization laws and requirements in the United States and how this affected your ancestors and their naturalizations. We will also discuss using naturalization records for genealogical research, what you may find, and how to find it. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
Quick Start your Genealogy! Overview of Genealogical Research Tools
Saturday, March 9, 1:30PM-3:30PM
1:30PM-2:00PM HPL Catalog
2:10PM-3:20PM Ancestry Library Edition; FamilySearch
Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600. Adults/Teens.
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