Katy Texas Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


The Katy Texas Family History Center is an extension of the Family

History Library in Salt Lake City—the world’s largest genealogical library.

The Katy Texas Family History Center and its friendly volunteers are dedicated to

providing education and support—free of charge—to individuals, groups, and families.

Come and let us help you find your ancestors and discover your story!

Center Contacts and Hours

Address: 1603 Norwalk Drive, Katy, TX 77450  Location on Map

Phone: 281-578-8338

E-mail: TX_Katy@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2016 Schedule (FHC Closure Dates):

  • Easter, March 26
  • General Conference, April  2
  • Memorial Day, May 30
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • General Conference, October 1
  • Thanksgiving, November 21 - 27
  • Remodeling, November 28 - December 2
  • Christmas, December 19 - January 2

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events:

  • May 26, 7 p.m. - Dr. William Rothwell: "Determining Your Family Ancestry Through DNA"
  • June 13, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Jennifer McClain: "Making History Through Photo Books"
  • August 24, 7:00 p.m. - Family History Staff Training: "Teaching the One"
  • September 9, 6:00 p.m. - Katy 2nd Ward Family Discovery Day
  • September 28, 7:00 p.m. - Family History Staff Training- "Discovering Buried Treasure in Microfilm"
  • October 26, 7:00 p.m. - Family History Staff Training - "Helping Others Find Buried Treasure"
  • November 8, 7:00 p.m. - Katy 2nd Ward Young Women: "Preserving Stories with Cathy Turner"
  • November 15, 7:00 p.m. - Nottingham Country Young Women: "Preserving Stories with Kelley Partridge"
  • November 16, 7:00 p.m. - Family History Worker Training: "Teaching Tips" and "The Genealogical Proof Standard"
  • December 14, 7:00 p.m. - Family History Worker Training: "Helping Others Love Family History" and our traditional "Bring a Family History Food to Share."
  • January 25, 7:00 p.m. - Family History Worker Training: "How to Find a Family Name" by Collins Steward
  • February 22, 7:00 p.m. - Family History Worker Training: "Rootstech Review"
  • School Year Youth Days - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Every first Saturday: December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3.
  • Copperfield Estates Assisted Living Family History Classes, 2:30 - 4:00: November 15; December 6; January 3, 17, 31; February 7, 21.

School Year-- Class Schedule:

  • Tuesdays:
    • How to Write Your Personal History - 10:00 a.m.
    • How to Get Started in Family History - 12:00 p.m.
    • How to Index Records From the Granite Vault - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays:
    • How to Index Records From the Granite Vault - 10:30 a.m.
    • How to Write Your Personal History - 12:00 p.m.
    • How to Dig Deep for Your Roots: Research Helps (Allen Peterson, Board Certified Genealogist) - 7:00 p.m.
  • First Saturday of Every Month: Youth Family History Days - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Center Resources

Collections

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions these include:
  • 19th Century British Newspapers
  • Access Newspaper Archives
  • Alexander Street Press (American Civil War Collections)
  • Ancestry.com (Family History Library Edition)
  • ArkivDigital Online
  • findmypast
  • Fold3.com
  • The Genealogist
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • Historic Map Works (Library Edition)
  • Origins.net
  • Paper Trail
  • WorldVitalRecords.com

Hardware and Equipment

  • 9 internet computers dedicated to family history research
  • 3 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • 1 microfilm/microfiche printer
  • 1 printer, photo and document scanner

Staff Resources and Specialties

A friendly staff willing to help with your family history and genealogical interests.

If the consultants do not have a solution to your questions they will help you find someone who does.


Resources in the Local Area

Libraries

Clayton Library
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX
Phone: (832) 393-2600

  • Clayton Library is a department of the Houston Public Library devoted entirely to genealogical research
  • Online databases at Houston Public Library
  • Clayton Library Friends

Genealogical Societies

Bear Creek Genealogy Society
E-mail: twolz@comcast.net

  • Meeting place: Bear Creek Park Community Center; 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084
  • Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, September - May from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/KatyTexasFamilyHistoryCenter