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The Genealogical Record

Writing Contest
October 1 - 30, 2021
Grand Prize $150 plus your article is the first to appear in our 2021 Fall ‘The Genealogical Record'
The theme for our Fall issue of The Genealogical Record will be “Finding and Honoring Women of the Past”.  We need stories of women throughout history!  Share your family accounts of life in your ancestral homeland,  emigrating to this country and settling in new places, serving in wars, and surviving hurricanes, plagues, and other natural disasters. Enhance these stories of your great-grandmothers with images and memorabilia, historical topics with charts/maps, and exciting family discoveries.  The best article submitted by October 30th as chosen by the HGF Genealogical Record Editorial Committee will receive a prize of $ 150. 
Guidelines for articles:
  • 300 dpi photo resolution photos emailed not embedded.
  • Articles written in Word, 1” margins and in 12 pt. type New Times Roman.
  • Cite sources as Endnotes.
  • Cover page with your name, address, email, phone and a little about yourself.
  • If use living people, change their names or get written consent to tell their story.
  • HGF Board of Directors and Editorial Committee are not eligible for grand prize.
  • Judges are the HGF Editorial Committee.
  • Stories will be edited and sent for your approval.
  • Entries will be printed in either the Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer issue as space allows.
  • All decisions are final
Further instructions for submitting articles for The Record may be found at Gudelines_for_Genealogical_Record_articles .
To submit articles or if you have any questions, please contact Susan Ruske at recordeditor@hgftx.org.

Spring, 2021 Issue of The Genealogical Record
The Spring issue of HGF's The Genealogical Record includes some great articles on the World Wars by HGF members Doris Richardson, Carolyn Shimek, and Jean Huot Smooreburg. HGF members may review this and previous issues of The Record by logging in, going to Member Resources, and then to The Genealogical Record.


November Meeting Format to be Determined

The HGF board will review the Covid situation in Harris County again at it's next board meeting in mid October and determine whether the November Seminar will include an in-person meeting at Bayland or be online only.  The good news is that HGF has held many very well-received online meetings over the past year and a half.  Our Program committee has arranged for great national and regional speakers for this year so you can anticipate that, no matter whether you attend in-person or online, you'll enjoy the meeting while enhancing your genealogical knowledge.

As many of you know by now, HGF has changed its webinar system provider from GoToWebinar to Zoom Webinar. While both systems are very similar, Zoom offers a few more options for attendees to ask questions and interact with each other.  Many of you probably have experience with Zoom Webinar from other online events so you should find our new system quite familiar and eay to use.  
We'd also like to remind HGF members that you can find speaker handouts for meetings you might have missed by logging into the website, going to Member Resources and then Speaker Handouts.  


We’re very interested in how you think HGF could better serve you during this time so let us know at webmaster@hgftx.org

While we hope not, HGF recognizes that this virus or other medical problems may affect some of our members.  Please let our Corresponding Secretary, Margaret Schoener know if you or members you know have become ill so that we can offer our wishes for a speedy recovery. You can contact Margaret at schoener@sbcglobal.net with this information.


Houston Suffragists Project

Last fall, five HGF members, Rae Bryant, Monica Andersen, Mary Hollis, Ginny Douglas, and Barbara Richards,  inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment,  teamed-up to look for Houston suffragists from 1920. After scouring Houston’s archival closets looking for suffragists and with additional research help from HGF members Lynda Collins, Randy Pace, and Carolyn Shimek, they uncovered the story of the first women to vote in federal elections in Texas and data on several thousand 1920 suffragists. With the help of Walter Steets, they developed the Houston Suffragists Project website to tell the story of this election and allow you to search for women who were part of this history.


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Email notices of upcoming HGF monthly meetings, seminars, and SIG meetings are sent out twice monthly.  If you're not receving these notices and would like to, please click on subscribe HGF notices and complete the short form.   You don't have to be an HGF member to receive the meeting notices.

Upcoming Events
November 6
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fall Seminar: A Grave Interest in Cemeteries with Joy Neighbors
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar (In-person status to be determined in mid October)   Three Sessions on Cemetery ...

December 4
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Intro. to U.S. Church Records with Sunny Morton
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Introduction to U.S. Church Records: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to ...

January 8
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Digital Organization For Everyone with Michael Cassara
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Digital Organization For Everyone As genealogists, we are constantly seeking better ways ...

February 5
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Finding Your English Ancestors with Paul Milner
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Check back in several weeks for more information.  

March 5
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census with Thomas MacEntee
Auditorium Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 and  Online Webinar   Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census   Thomas MacEntee will get ...