Libraries Present Online Genealogy & Local-History Programs In May

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will present online genealogy and Texas-geography programs in May for local-history buffs and family-history researchers.

On Tuesday, May 11, FBCL staff member Bryan Bankston will present an “Intro to Texas Digital Sanborn Maps.” Find large-scale maps of Texas towns and cities dated from 1867-1970. Bankston will explain how to access this online resource from inside or outside the libraries. Learn about the types of information that can be gathered by studying these maps.

On Monday, May 17, FBCL’s Genealogy and Local History department manager Daniel Sample will present “Family-History Research: Develop a Research Plan for Difficult Questions.” Sample will demonstrate how creating a research plan can help get past road blocks or unsolved mysteries in one’s genealogy search. Get tips on ways to narrow the focus of one’s research and break down brick walls obstructing the past.

These online, pre-recorded videos can be viewed on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – — by clicking on the “Classes and Events” tab and selecting “Virtual Programs,” and then finding the programs on the dates listed.

Anyone interested in more local-history or genealogy resources is 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.

For more information, call the Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office (281-633-4734).