|October is Family History Month and the Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is celebrating by providing several fun and diverse workshops throughout the month that will help customers learn how to discover their family’s history. This is the time of year when families should begin the tradition of celebrating their family heritage. They can start the tradition by sharing information about their ancestors as well as commemorating their lives and accomplishments. Clayton Library is part of the Houston Public Library, and is considered one of the top five genealogy libraries in the country and is located in the Museum District at 5300 Caroline, 77004, 832-393-2600. All services and programs are free and open to the public. For more details, please visit www.houstonlibrary.org.|
Customers also are invited to visit the Clayton Library to learn the tools and techniques necessary to find stories about them. There they will discover more than just the usual birth dates, death certificates or marriage licenses. Their search will actually lead them to some stories about their ancestors that they might never have known. If customers don’t know how to begin their search, the Library has a very experienced and knowledgeable staff ready to help.
Upcoming Workshops at Clayton Library:
October 8 - Lineage Day – visit with members of genealogical lineage societies to discuss research and membership in those organizations.
October 12 – Presentation – Funeral Records – The Last Event
October 15 - Monthly Clayton Library Orientation
October 19 – Masonic Records
October 20 - FamilySearch.org Online Learning – United State Courthouse Research
October 22 – Presentation – Funeral Records – The Last Event
October 29 - Naturalization Records
November 3 - FamilySearch.org day – Getting the Most out of FamilySearch.org (free)
About the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research was founded in 1921 as a special collection for genealogical research at Houston Public Library. The collection was originally housed in the Julia Ideson Building in downtown Houston. In 1968, the genealogical collection was renamed the Clayton Library and relocated to the Clayton home at 5300 Caroline Street in Houston’s historic Museum District. The Clayton Home is a three-story brick Georgian-style house built in 1917 and designed by renowned Houston architect Birdsall P. Briscoe. The house was the home of Houston businessman and statesman William Lockhart Clayton and his wife Susan Vaughan Clayton until 1958, when it was deeded to the City of Houston to be used in the future for Library purposes. Mr. Clayton remained in the home until his death in 1966. The Clayton Home was recorded as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1989.
The Clayton Library houses a national and international collection of family history research materials in print, microprint and on-line. The collection includes published and unpublished family histories, vital records, state and county histories, and information and materials from all over the United States, as well as foreign countries such as Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The Library houses U.S., states and foreign collections, ready reference material, finding aids, map collection, electronic catalog terminals, census records, passenger and military records, databases, and much more. The Library also has a microprint collection located on the second floor of the building. The Clayton Library has been named one of the top genealogical libraries in the nation and continues to be a destination for family history researchers from across the country.
About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.