Second Genealogy After Dark draws family historians to TSLAC for special learning and research session

Participants listen to research techniques presented at the Feb. 25, 2011 Genealogy After Dark program

Participants listen to research techniques presented at the Feb. 25, 2011 Genealogy After Dark program at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission at its second Genealogy After Dark program hosted nearly 30 participants who joined Senior Research Assistant Donaly Brice and Appraisal Archivist Tony Black for a Genealogy After Dark program, "Researching Republic-era Records," the night of Feb. 25, 2011.

The program held at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building started in the new learning center with a lecture on genealogical information to be found in the Republic-era records held in the Texas State Archives. It was followed by an open research session using the resources in the Texas Family Heritage Research Center, Information and Reference Center, and the archives. TSLAC reference librarians and archivists were available for one-on-one guidance and consulting during the four-hour session.

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Genealogy After Dark - Feb. 25, 2011

Tony Black, appraisal archivist, assist a Genealogy After Dark program participant in the archives of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Tony Black, appraisal archivist, assist a Genealogy After Dark program participant in the archives of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Tony Estrada, reference and Texas documents librarian, works one-on-one with a program participant in the Texas Family Heritage Research Center.

Tony Estrada, reference and Texas documents librarian, works one-on-one with a program participant in the Texas Family Heritage Research Center.

Program participants listen attentively in the new learning center at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building.

Program participants listen attentively in the new learning center at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building.


Genealogy After Dark - Dec. 3, 2010

Texas State Archivist Jelain Chubb

Jelain Chubb, Texas state archivist, shows off a family genealogy project at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Genealogy After Dark program, held on Dec. 3. The four-hour session allowed guests to receiver one-on-one guidance from staff librarians and archivists.

Nearly 30 genealogy buffs got to explore the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building after hours and pick up research tips from the pros during the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s first Genealogy After Dark event, held the night of Dec. 3.

After dining on soup and sandwiches and collecting a few door prizes, they received a computer session in TSLAC’s new learning center, followed by introductions to new research and reproduction facilities in the building’s reference area and techniques for using resources in the Texas Family Heritage Research Center. During the four-hour session, guests were able to consult reference librarians and archivists for one-on-one guidance.

“This is so cool,” whispered one patron as she observed a new microfilm reading device. Others traded tidbits about TSLAC resources and holdings at other institutions, many available through TSLAC’s interlibrary loan system.

Even technophobes learned to conquer their fears once reference librarian Sara Hayes told them, “The days of the card catalog are not coming back. Tonight, I welcome you to embrace the online catalog.” After a few minutes in the learning center, she had everyone pointing and clicking with ease.

Among the attendees were Austin Genealogical Society board member Janis Templeton Trayler and her mother, Wynnette Harris. Sherryl Wiseman sprawled on the floor between shelves in the heritage center, searching for information about a late American Indian relative.

TSLAC reference librarian talks to Genealogy After Dark group

Sara Hayes, reference librarian, offers research tips to Genealogy After Dark patrons in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building’s new laptop-equipped learning center.

TSLAC assistant director points out resources

Diana Houston, assistant director of information services, explains how to use resources in TSLAC’s Texas Family Heritage Research Center.

After Dark Program paraticipant

A program participant studies her computer screen during TSLAC’s Genealogy After Dark program.