President Notes

September 3, 2017



Here are a few finds from around the genealogy world.




So far, a few THAGS members have registered for the eConference that airs live 23 September 2017 and is available on replay until 23 October. Please register today and show your support as the purpose of this event has changed. Now, 50% of each registration will go directly to support our flood affected society members.


With six homes being damaged or destroyed, we need all of our members to register and then share this event with their friends and families to make a difference in our friend's lives.


Register today at

Then, share this post ( with everyone you know through email, Facebook, twitter, etc. The more participants, the more of an impact we can have in their lives.


Tips for Salvaging Flood Damaged Items


Galveston Historical Foundation’s Manager of Historic Collections, Renee Tallent, guides you through the proper procedure for recovering books damaged by natural disasters. This process addresses damage from flooding, hurricane and other water based issues


To learn more, visit this link:


Frugal Genealogy Research Group


Looking for ideas for free/frugal/economical genealogy research ideas? Join the Frugal Genealogist Facebook page. Thank these folks for supporting our eConference Fundraiser.


Genetic Genealogy Workshop.


Jeremy Balkin from FamilyTreeDNA, “New Avenues in Genetic Genealogy”

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2:45 PM (meet and greet 2:30)
Where: Rosemont Assisted Living, Community Room, 2nd Floor, 6450 Kings Park Way, Atascocita

Sponsored by: Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society


Clayton Library Resources Workshop


Sue Kaufman, from Clayton Library, “Manuscripts and Special Collections”


When: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1-3:00 PM

Where: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Drive, Houston, TX 77084


Sponsored by: Bear Creek Genealogical Society & Library



New Book on Texas Railroads Released


This book brings to life the engaging saga of “The Texas Railroad,” and recounts the hopes and dreams of its founders, the treachery and greed of its usurpers, the heart-wrenching emotions of its immigrant patrons, the long-suffering grit of its employees, and the heroism of its defenders. Started by Texans who hoped to build the longest railroad in the world, the International and Great Northern Railroad fell under the sway of a group of Wall Street bankers who drove the company into bankruptcy and expropriated the road’s five million acre land grant.


Author: Wayne Cline
Order your copy at



Update on Member Charles Tu:


Charles is still at MD Anderson.  He is doing okay, finishing up the transplant process.  His house was not damaged in the flood and he expresses his sympathies for those affected.  Charles has a gofundme site at  for those who are interested.


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