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Did you know that 77 percent of the free historical records on FamilySearch cannot be found through a basic search? It's important to know how to use resources ...like unindexed image collections, the FamilySearch catalog, as well as some advanced search features. Robert Kehrer, Senior Product Manager for FamilySearch’s search and hinting technologies, offers step-by-step help in video tutorials to help you through the process of locating elusive records in your family history research. Be sure to check them out! 👇

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If a basic search on FamilySearch.org is the only approach you use to find your ancestors, you might be missing out on a lot of potential discoveries. The records you can find by performing basic s…
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Hot Topic! Learn more about Using DNA for Genealogical Research from local author and Clayton Library Sr Services Specialist, Franklin Smith at the Dec 2 HGF me...eting, 10 am - noon. FREE. Come early to network and snack on delicious goodies. Reminder: 2018 Membership Dues are due. Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet at Hillcroft.

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Do any of your Ancestors photos have a story behind it like this one does? #FamilySearch #FamilyPhoto #Sharestories

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As you scroll through your news feed online, you might feel somewhat discouraged at times when you see images that portray an idealized reality of those you fol...low on social media. This may lead to debilitating comparisons. During this past general conference in October, I discussed how we should avoid comparing ourselves to others on social media.

I used this video as part of my BYU Women’s Conference address to share one of our humorous family secrets, as it describes our family photo taken some years ago, before the advent of social media. If this photo would have been taken in 2017, it likely would have been posted on social media—presenting a family of four lovely, well-behaved boys, color coordinated, enjoying a harmonious family photo opportunity together. The real story is quite different.

As you can see, we need to be mindful of the hazards and risks of our online communications. The world usually is just not as bright or perfect as it appears on social media. I invite all of us to avoid comparing ourselves to others around us as we use these new communication platforms for good in the world.

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Anyone up for trying to solve this #FamilyHistoryMystery ?

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Update: The owner has been located and items returned. Thanks to everyone for their ideas and support.

I'm posting this box once again. It floated to our house... in the hurricane. I am at a loss. This box contains a beautiful set of Swarovski Crystal figurines. There is a card in the box to a girl named Katy from her daddy. The card is dated 8/9/2000. Katy was born in 2000...not sure of date. That would make her 17 now. Beautiful card handwritten by dad saying the crystal collection was for her and they would add to each each year. I have salvaged the firguines...the original boxes they were in were totally ruined by Harvey. I have no idea if Katy has even seen these as they were in original packaging. If anyone has any idea of who Katy is or the owner of this box please let me know. We got alot of items that floated in from the Tropic Island RV Park. I have this on the Lost and Found Website as well.

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The Smithsonian Institute has partnered with FEMA to show those affected by recent hurricanes how to preserve some of their storm-damaged treasures. Learn about everyday household items that can be used to help save family heirlooms threatened by water damage.

Today, the Smithsonian Institute had two preservation specialist on hand at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Rockport to show residents how to preserve these memories.
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Madeleine Felsted shared a link to the group: Latter-Day Saints & Friends- Brazosport Area.
Galveston Historical Foundation's Manager of Historic Collections, Renee Tallent, guides you through the proper procedure for recovering books damaged by
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Does anyone do photo restoration? repair? Looking for a professional service in the Houston Area. And/or any suggestions recommendations for handling family documents and photos that were impacted by #HurricaneHarvey

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#HoustonMormons please share with your friends and neighbors:
#HurricaneHarveyRelief #HurricaneHarvey has created much destruction and chaos. There are many in need of #assistance. Anyone in the area who needs Non-Emergency/Non-911

#HurricaneHarveyRecovery help can call these phone numbers and register the need with the agents, those requesting help may have to wait on hold a long time and there is no guarantee when assistance will come.

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These help lines are open to ANYONE: 800-451-1954 & 844-965-1386

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#HoustonMormons please share with your friends and neighbors:

#HurricaneHarveyRelief #HurricaneHarvey has created much destruction and chaos. There are many in ...need of #assistance. Anyone in the area who needs Non-Emergency/Non-911 #HurricaneHarveyRecovery help can call these phone numbers and register the need with the agents, those requesting help may have to wait on hold a long time and there is no guarantee when assistance will come.

These help lines are open to ANYONE: 800-451-1954 & 844-965-1386

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There don't seem to be many conferences in the Houston Area this year - but there's a great free annual conference on Saturday October 14th 2017 called Great Family Search up in the Dallas area that's well worth the drive. See the link for more info.

The Great Family Search Conference brings together expert presenters and genealogy researchers of all levels for sharing of information and gaining knowledge.
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Are you related to the person sitting next to you? A new feature of the #FamilySearch FamilyTree app lets you find out!

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Check out this new mobile app feature that shows the relation between you and the people immediately around you, whether it be on the park bench, in your office, in class—wherever you may be! Learn more about how fun and easy it is to do: http://bit.ly/2vapXSP.

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How does your family celebrate significant milestones? Use #52Stories to help record your personal history: http://bit.ly/2uWLXCv
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Klein RootsTech Family History Fair, May 6th 2017 see link below for more info

20 Separate Classes beginning at 8 AM, both Live and Video Plus On-on_one Help from Volunteers. The first 100 attendees Saturday will win a free RootsTech Drawstring Bag. There will also be a drawing fro Free Microfilm Order from the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. Register at :http://klein...
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HoustonFamilySearch.com has just been updated with information about 2017 RootsTech events here in HOUSTON - so far there is only the Klein Stake event on May 6th. If you hear of any more #FamilySearch or #FamilyHistory events in Houston please send a message with the information to share and invite everyone!

RootsTech is a family history event where people of all ages and skill levels can learn to discover, share and celebrate their family across generations by using technology. More than 20 live and broadcast sessions from Salt Lake City’s annual RootsTech event.
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What was your childhood home like?
Use #52Stories to help record your personal history: http://bit.ly/2nIRkhg
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FamilySearch is a gold mine of great records—but how do you unlock this treasure chest? Learn why sometimes putting less information brings more results, how to... search by location, and why special collections may be what you need to sift through in order to get the information you need. With a little extra background knowledge and a few insider tips, you’ll be able to map out your next move and unearth the secrets to any beginner's success!

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FamilySearch is bursting at the seams with great records—some of which almost certainly have new information about your family. Their digitized collections from across the world include church, vit…
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