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Austin Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Katherine Strickland


Mapping personal histories.

Katherine Strickland of the UT Libraries will talk about how the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) Map Collection can help you create a more complete picture of your past. You will learn how to navigate the Libraries’ website to find and access materials campus wide. Katherine will also point to helpful genealogical reference materials.

Katherine Strickland has worked for the University of Texas Libraries since 2000, and has provided general reference since 2005.  She became the PCL Map Collection Library Specialist in April of 2010 and has been providing genealogical reference since.  She is a member of the Western Association of Map Libraries and the North American Cartographic Information Society.  Originally from San Antonio she has lived in Austin since 1994 and can’t imagine ever leaving Texas.

Austin Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

NOTE: park in Lot 3 (immediately south of the SFA Building, on Congress Ave. between 16th and 17th Street — Please enter the building through the Congress Ave. entrance, and there will be a staffer there to greet you.

James Harkins is the Director Texas-General-Land-Officeof Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program. James graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2005, with a double minor in history and business. James received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, also from Texas State, in December of 2010. James is the 2010-2011 James W. McGrew Research Award winner for his graduate thesis from the American Society for Professional Administrators (ASPA). James has worked for the Texas General Land Office since May of 2005. James became a Certified Archivist in 2012 through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA). James is currently enrolled at the University of Texas School of Information, pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science.

About presentation:

This presentation covers the historical resources of the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records.

With items dating back to 1720, when Texas was part of the Kingdom of Spain, through the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, during early statehood, and everything in between, this presentation focuses on almost 300 years of archival records that can be found at the Texas General Land Office.

Pre-dominantly, this lecture will focus on the time period immediately before the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas era, and early statehood for Texas. Additionally, this presentation will features information about the various Special Collections found at the GLO and the many online resources found at the GLO, including the Clerk Returns, which the TSGS has donated $45,000 over the last 3 years to conserve, scan, and provide access to. We will also examine land grant records and how they can be used for genealogy.

Records from the GLO have been used for generations to secure entry into several lineage societies, like the DRT, SRT, and more.