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Exhibitor: Texas General Land Office

Learn how to access the Texas GLO record collections at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Learn how to access the Texas GLO record collections at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio. Visit booth 332 or attend an optional workshop on Saturday, August 30.

Booth 332

The General Land Office was established by the 1836 Constitution for the Republic of Texas. It housed its first land records in Houston, but moved the archives to Austin in 1839. Austin residents, armed with cannon, kept the Texas Rangers from moving the records back to Houston in 1843, during what came to be known as the Archives War.

Today, the main functions of the General Land Office are earning money for the state’s Permanent School Fund, overseeing state veterans benefits, maintaining historic land records and maps and acting as steward of the state’s coast.

The General Land Office conserves and protects more than 35 million historic land documents, maps and notes that are open to the public for research. Many of these records date back to 1720 and include maps, sketches and plat maps. Forming the foundation of all private land ownership in Texas, the maps and documents of the Archives are still used today by researchers, surveyors, genealogists and students of Texas history.

Highlights of the Collection:

  • Maps, sketches and plat maps contained in the GLO Archives are more than just functional – they are hand-drawn works of art. Learn More
  • Original Spanish and Mexican land grants Learn More
  • Documents dating back to 1720 establishing Mission San Jose
  • The first draft of the Texas Constitution
  • Rare copies of 1836 muster rolls and military records of Texas heroes
  • Confederate documents, including scrip certificates, letters and diaries
  • Letters and documents from Alamo and Goliad defenders, including the most well-known Alamo survivor, Susanna Dickinson
  • Original signatures of Texas patriots such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, James Bowie, and William Travis

Visit the Texas GLO at booth 332 in the Exhibit Hall on the FGS Conference or attend their Saturday workhop to learn more about researching Texas land and other records in the collection.

Saturday Workshop – Genealogical Resources at the Texas General Land Office
Speaker: James Harkins, MPA, CA
S-408, Saturday, August 30, 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
$15 fee, registration required

This workshop covers the historical and archival resources of the Texas General Land Office. Learn how to access the GLO’s variety of records, focusing on the period immediately before the Texas Revolution, the Republic era, and early Texas statehood, and including land grants, various Special Collections and the GLO’s many online resources.

Sponsored by Texas State Genealogical Society

Register online

Learn more about research at the Texas General Land Office

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Board for Certification of Genealogists Exhibits at FGS

Stop by booth 418 at FGS to learn more about becoming a Certified Genealogist.

Stop by booth 418 at FGS to learn more about becoming a Certified Genealogist.

Booth 418

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has set the standards for competence and ethics in the field of genealogy for professional researchers, writers and teachers since 1964. The credentials awarded by BCG assure others than these individuals produce quality research and writing. Certification serves as a “seal of confidence” for careful consumers seeking professional genealogical assistance.

BCG is an independent organization that is a certifying body, not a membership society, and a nationally and internationally recognized organization. To learn more about certification, visit BCG booth 418 in the Exhibit Hall at the FGS 2014 Conference. Here you will find information about certification and standards; those considering certification can review portfolios.

Tom Jones is the featured speaker at the BCG sponsored luncheon on Thursday, August 28, at 12:00 p.m. His topic is Genealogy Standards: Fine Wine in a New Bottle. If you have not signed up for a luncheon, there’s still time. Login to add luncheon, workshops or events that you had not previously selected.

If you would like to learn more during the conference, you may ask questions in F-308 BCG Certification Workshop on Friday at 9:45 a.m. There is no additional fee to attend this workshop; however, seating is limited.

The website contains skill-building articles, exercises, and a free download of The BCG Application Guide which describes the requirements for your portfolio notebook application.

Board-certified genealogists will take to the podium in large numbers during the conference. See the BCG blog “BCG at FGS” for a list of presentations by BCG associates.




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