Calendar of Events
September 6 (Saturday) 11:00 - 12:30: General Meeting
The September General Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 6 at the J. Erik Jonnson Central Library in the Auditorium on the 1st floor (Directions). Coffee, snacks and conversation start at 10:30. The business meeting begins at 11:00 ( Review minutes from last months's meeting here ), followed by this months presentation, "Researching in the Texas Land Record" by Don Raney...
This lecture describes some of the early Texas history while tracing the routes of some of the early settlers into Texas and describes experiences of the settlers in obtaining the various types of land grants for Texas land. Examples of the Texas land grant documents are presented such as: Mexican land grants in Austin’s Colony, Republic of Texas Battle Donation Certificates, Bounty Land Grants, First, Second, Third and Fourth Class Certificates and various Texas Scrip awarded for land. The qualifications and the procedures for obtaining the land grants are presented along with how to research the Texas General Land Office land records to determine if your ancestor received a Texas land grant.
About our Speaker:
Donald Raney is a sixth generation Texan who has been an active genealogist for over 30 years. He has been a frequent speaker at many genealogical society meetings in East Texas, Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. On the national level, Mr. Raney has presented sessions at GENTECH, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Angelina College Genealogy Conference and The Genealogical Institute of Texas. He is a life member of the San Jacinto Descendants and past director of GENTECH and the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Computer Interest Group.
A registered professional engineer, Mr. Raney graduated from SMU with a BS in Civil Engineering and completed a long professional career with Lone Star Gas Company before retiring in 1997 as Chief Engineer.
He is currently teaching Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Genealogy courses in at Richland College.
He published a book, “Martin Varner, Texas Pioneer; 1785-1844,” in September 2009. This book describes the life and adventures of his GGG Grandfather, Martin Varner, in Colonial Texas.