The Library of Congress has made available 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. These historical maps are valuable to genealogists, as they provide details on the structure and use of city buildings.
These maps will be rolled out gradually state by state, with all states becoming available (1860-1960s) by 2020. Read more about the gradual unveiling in the LOC blog here.
Details about the Sanborn Map Collection can be found here. Pay attention to the keys and colors used in the maps. They describe the buildings in detail.
Spring is in the air! Now we're rounding the corner and heading for summer. What sorts of genealogy adventures can you find. Here's a list of events happening in Houston in the coming weeks:
May 20, 10-11am
Computer Class: Genealogy Online
George Memorial Library in Richmond: an introduction to some of the free online resources that are available to the genealogical researcher.
May 20, 2-4pm
Clayton Library Orientation
This monthly orientation covers research basics and how to get started with your family tree using the library's vast resources.
Texas Institute of Genealogical Research
Not in Houston, but a good opportunity for in-depth genealogy education.
May 27, 10:30am-12pm
Fáilte (Welcome) – to your Irish ancestry!
Part of the Clayton Library Lecture Series
June 3, 12-2pm
Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston Day
Members of the Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston will be on hand at the Clayton Library to assist you with your research.
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