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Funeral programs, obituaries and death certificates provide a wealth of historical information about the lives of the deceased.  These programs are a mini-history that contains personal information including birth and death dates, maiden names, names of relatives, education, work history, church and organization affiliation, past residences and place of burial.  Obituaries offer information about large trends within a community and insight into a time period, making them important not only to genealogical research, but to local history as well. 

 

Recognizing the value of funeral programs, particularly to the African American community, the funeral program initiative was created to collect and index African American funeral programs of persons who live in or have ties to Houston and the surrounding communities, and Texas. The African American Library at the Gregory School hopes this collection provides a rich source of local history, personal history of individuals and a collective history of African Americans in Texas.

 

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