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Learn How to Seach Probate Records for Family History Research

(RICHMOND) - Fort Bend County Libraries’ Genealogy and Local History Department at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, will present two programs in November for family-history researchers – one on probated records and one on organization tips.

The class, “Family-History Research: Probate Records,” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Computer Lab.

Before many other records were kept by the states, probate records existed. Library staff member Carol Beauchamp will review the information that can be obtained in probate records, such as family members and relationships, dates of death, descriptions of the estate, and more. Learn how to search for and obtain these records online as well as offline.

The class, “Family-History Research: Organizing Your Genealogy Using Spreadsheets” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Computer Lab.

Daniel Sample will show researchers how to use MS Excel to create a spreadsheet to label and organize photographs, letters, and documents in order to keep track of them and make storage and retrieval easier. Those attending the class will also learn how to use Google Docs to store and share spreadsheets. Some knowledge of using spreadsheets is recommended for this class.

The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Classes & Events,” select “George Memorial,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department at 281-341-2608, or by visiting the department at the library.

Those who are interested in more local-history or genealogy resources, are encouraged to join the Family-History Research FBCL Facebook group page. Managed by the Genealogy & Local History department at George Memorial Library in Richmond, the group page is an interactive, online forum for sharing genealogy tips and resources, as well as local-history stories.


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