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United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center Workshops

Two new workshops from the United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center (FOC):

Immigration Information Workshop
presented by Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Thursday, June 6th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
United Way Bay Area Service Center, Conference Room A

Adult Programs in June @ your library

The Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library invites you to join us for our Adult Programs this June*.  We look forward to TGIF Programs, various book clubs (mystery, great books, two science fiction/fantasy clubs, and YA Book Club for Adults, Freeman Needlecrafters, Girl Scout Express, Adult Crafts to Go, Clear Lake Area Writers (CLAW), and SCORE Counseling. Summer Reading Program (SRP) starts on Friday, 6/7, but you can start registering as early as Monday, 6/3.  Sign up for your chance to win a bookstore gift card or an eReader!

Researching Asian-Pacific American History & Genealogy

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, so this month I’m going to share some resources for researching Asian-Pacific American history & genealogy.  Some of the most well known events tied to the Asian experience in the United States are negative:  the Chinese Exclusion Acts and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. 

Social Media Marketing & Business Marketing/Branding Seminars

Join us in the Community Room at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th and Saturday, May 25th for two different business seminars.  On Saturday, May 11th, SCORE will be sponsoring a presentation entitled, "Social Media Marketing Made Simple", presented by Celina Enamorado.  She will discuss how Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be  used as powerful business marketing tools.  

Genealogy: Researching Texan Ancestors

We celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2nd, but 21 April 1836 is the date of the Battle of San Jacinto, the final battle in the Texas Revolution.  The 2013 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment will be held on April 20th at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, and in honor of this event in history I’m going to focus on resources for researching your Texan ancestors and Texas history for this month’s post.  If you want to learn more about the battle of San Jacinto or th

United Way Financial Opportunity Center - April Workshops

United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center wants you to know about these April programs:

South Texas College of Law Legal Clinic - Thursday, April 11th, 9 a.m.  This workshop is first come first served and aims to provide free assistance in applying for social security benefits.  It will be held at the United Way Bay Area Service Center (1300 Bay Area Blvd., Building A, Houston, TX 77058).  See the flyer or contact Alec Lawton, J.D., South Texas College of Law Legal Clinics, at (713)646-2933 or alawton@stcl.edu. 

Upcoming Local Events: Money Management, Job & Education Fairs

United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center wants you to be aware of these upcoming events:

Genealogy Research & the Female Line: Women's History Month

Genealogy research is often challenging, and one of the biggest stumbling blocks that researchers face is tracing female lines.  In order to research further back in a female ancestor’s line, you need to discover her maiden name and her parents’ names.  This is difficult because, especially the further back in history you get, few transactions, legal or commercial, were recorded in a woman’s name.  Vital records, often the most revealing sources of direct evidence in genealogy research, were not typically required to be recorded across the U.S.  until the early part of the 20th century, as you can see if you consult this list of links entitled “Where to Write for Vital Records” compiled

United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center - February Events

The United Way Bay Area Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) has a lot going on during the month of February.    Not  sure what the Financial Opportunity Center is?  Orientation sessions are required for those interested in receiving FOC services, and they are held every other week, alternating between Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings.  See the flyer for upcoming orientation dates or call the FOC at (281)282-6061.  Registration is required.  Want to read up about it ahead of time?  Check out this information

African American Genealogy Research

In celebration of African American History Month we’re taking a look at African American genealogy research this month.  Researching your African American family history is conducted using the steps and resources outlined in this post from January until you work your way beyond the 1870 Federal Census.  Once you reach the years prior to 1870 it becomes more challenging.  Tony Burroughs, internationally known genealogist, author, former genealogy instructor at Chicago State University and featured expert on

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