I'll admit it: I get attached to my clients' ancestors.
Miriam is one of those ancestors. I've been working on a particular client project for several years. She is part of that project and the extensive family tree I've studied for so long.
Miriam was a genealogist back in the day. I'm not sure when she started researching her family's history, but I've seen notes and charts in her handwriting that date back to the 1930s.
Flash forward so many decades later and those papers are now in my hands. They are being scanned and uploaded for availability online. Each ancestor she mentioned is carefully labeled and tagged, so they can be searched online as well.
Miriam took so much care in documenting her family's history that I want to ensure that her research lives on.
Sometimes the tagging and labeling is tedious, but it's part of the job. Miriam's notes remind me of my commitment to assist clients in keeping their ancestors memories alive for future generations. Miriam died before I was born, but through her stacks and stacks of notes she's become like a friend to me. I'm honored to finish what she started.
(Names/approximate dates changed for confidentiality.)
Spring is in the air, and upcoming Houston genealogy events are sprouting up all over the place. Should you be fortunate enough to be in the Bayou City in the coming weeks, check out these great learning opportunities:
April 15, 2017 - Clayton Library Orientation 2-4pm
This is a monthly event that is part library tour/part resource tour/part getting started in genealogy. It's the best way to hit the ground running when you begin to climb your family tree. And, it's free!
April 22, 2017 - DAR Day at the Clayton Library 10:30am-4:30pm
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.
April 22, 2017 - Clayton Library Lecture Series 10:30am-12:00pm
Using Historical Online Map Sites to Enhance Your Family History Research
Maps are an excellent resource for researching our ancestors’ movements. In addition to tracking movements, maps can add context to the economic, geographic, and political environment in which they lived. Staff member Franklin Smith will discuss the best free online map sites, those available at Clayton, and how maps can enhance your research experience. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600.
April 29, 2017 - George Memorial Library Using FamilySearch and Self Publishing 9:00am-12:00pm
Using FamilySearch.org More Effectively FamilySearch.org has billions of names in the family tree and millions of records for genealogical research. This class discusses how to use this collaborative tree more effectively using indexed and unindexed records and leaving a trail of your research decisions along the way.
Self Publishing Your Family History The best way to preserve family history is to publish a book. Once you have your manuscript finished, how do you prepare it for publication and what services should you use? This class walks you through the process so you can have your family history in your hands efficiently and affordably.
May 6, 2017 - Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston Day 12:00pm-2:00pm
Need help finding your Hispanic family roots? Members of the Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston will be available for consultation and research help to guide you on the path to finding those roots. No reservations required.
Amy Lenertz, MLIS is the founder of Raincross Information Services.