Laura Smith's blog

Genealogy: Researching Texan Ancestors

We celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2nd, but 21 April 1836 is the date of the Battle of San Jacinto, the final battle in the Texas Revolution.  The 2013 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment will be held on April 20th at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, and in honor of this event in history I’m going to focus on resources for researching your Texan ancestors and Texas history for this month’s post.  If you want to learn more about the battle of San Jacinto or th...

United Way Financial Opportunity Center - April Workshops

United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center wants you to know about these April programs:

South Texas College of Law Legal Clinic - Thursday, April 11th, 9 a.m.  This workshop is first come first served and aims to provide free assistance in applying for social security benefits.  It will be held at the United Way Bay Area Service Center (1300 Bay Area Blvd., Building A, Houston, TX 77058).  See the flyer or contact Alec Lawton, J.D., South Texas College of Law Legal Clinics, at (713)646-2933 or alawton@stcl.edu. 

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Upcoming Local Events: Money Management, Job & Education Fairs

United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center wants you to be aware of these upcoming events:

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Genealogy Research & the Female Line: Women's History Month

Genealogy research is often challenging, and one of the biggest stumbling blocks that researchers face is tracing female lines.  In order to research further back in a female ancestor’s line, you need to discover her maiden name and her parents’ names.  This is difficult because, especially the further back in history you get, few transactions, legal or commercial, were recorded in a woman’s name.  Vital records, often the most revealing sources of direct evidence in genealogy research, were not typically required to be recorded across the U.S.  until the early part of the 20th century, as you can see if you consult this list of links entitled “Where to Write for Vital Records” compiled ...

United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center - February Events

The United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) has a lot going on during the month of February.    Not  sure what the Financial Opportunity Center is?  Orientation sessions are required for those interested in receiving FOC services, and they are held every other week, alternating between Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings.  See the flyer for upcoming orientation dates or call the FOC at (281)282-6061.  Registration is required.  Want to read up about it ahead of time?  Check out this information

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