Victoria Genealogical Society hosts meeting

April 21, 2011 at midnight
Updated April 20, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

Bill Farnsworth, Victoria County Genealogical Society member for 30 years and an active genealogist for more than 40 years, was the guest speaker at the club's meeting. His topic was "Death at the Courthouse," using probate records for getting family information. He introduced the "death" vocabulary, as well as the process used to settle an estate. He provided excellent examples of just what data could be found in an estate packet located in the county courthouse, usually with the records clerk.

The next meeting will be May 9. Emily Croom will present the program, "Picking The Lock, Opening Up Genealogy Possibles." Croom, a fifth-generation Texan, has been active in genealogy research since 1969. She is a frequent lecturer for society meetings and seminars. Besides numerous published articles and several family histories, she is the author of five genealogy books.

Members and guests were informed of two upcoming events. May 21 is the Hallettsville symposium, "Civil War Diary of Charles A Leuschner," and and other topics on Texas General Land Office Records and Digitization of Records at the Friench Simpson Memorial Library in Hallettsville.

June 4, the Clayton Library in Houston will host a seminar on DNA. The speaker will be Debbie Wayne.

All meetings start at 7 p.m and are held at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 2105 N Ben Jordan St., All members and guests are urged to attend and visitors are always welcome.

For more information, contact Kenneth Booth, 361-575-7584, or Janice Fait, 361-782-6109.



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