I Got Here As Fast As I Could

Jean Huot Smoorenburg

I am Jean Huot Smoorenburg and moved to Houston, Texas  in 1973  from Massachusetts and to Conroe, Texas in 1977 when I married Anthony Smoorenburg. I've lived in Montgomery County ever since. Our two children were born in Montgomery County Texas and all of our grandchildren have been born in Texas - seven in Montgomery County. For more information about the Smoorenburgs, visit our nephew's Smoorenburg web site www.smoorenburg.com. So over the past years, I've developed strong ties to Montgomery County and cannot imagine living anywhere else.

Jean & Anthony Smoorenburg

I research primarily in Ontario and Quebec, Canada, The Netherlands, and New England. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and former teacher, I was the past genealogy HAL-PC SIG (Special Interest Group) Leader at Houston Area League of PC Users in Houston Texas and have been Deputy Editor of  HAL-PC Magazine from 1991 2008. HAL-PC closed in 2014. I have been a member of Clayton Library Friends and the Montgomery County Genealogical and Historical Society (MCG&HS) former editor of their publication, The Herald and served as VP of membership and publicity. I received MCG&HS' Hall of Fame Award in 2005 as did Jane Keppler in 2004. I am a member of the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County and Margaret Montgomery Chapter of the DAR.

Hall of Fame Award 2005
L-R: Robin Montgomery, Barbara Franz, Jean Smoorenburg, & Gladys May.

To learn more about Texas and Montgomery County History, I did the genealogy research for my stepdaughter to obtain an Early Settlers Certificate from MCG&HS and to become a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) for her ancestor, Hugh Davlin. As you can see, I'm truly addicted...

I taught genealogy classes at Lone Star College - Montgomery for
ALL (Academy for Lifelong Learning): Beginning Genealogy, Genealogy in the 21st Century, Intro to Researching Across the Pond after 1850, and Genealogy Software along with Phyllis Stehm.  After ten years of volunteering as Instructors for the ALL program, Phyllis and I were named ALL Instructors for the year 2010 at their open house held August 20, 2010. After 15 years in the ALL Program, Phyllis and I decided to retire from teaching in the ALL Program at the end of 2015.

ALL Instructors of the Year - 2010

Because of the need we saw while teaching our ALL classes, in October 2007 Phyllis and I  began MCG-IRG (Montgomery County Genealogists'-Internet Research Group) to  help others learn to effectively search on the Internet.  "IRG", by the way, is the exclamation you make when you can't find something on the Internet! MCG-IRG meets the first Friday of the months from 9:15 am - Noon and the first Wednesday following the first Friday in the evening from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the George & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library in The Woodlands. Like Us On Facebook!

In 2013, I began teaching a class in DNA in the ALL Program and as an outgrowth have begun a DNA Discussion Group that meets at the Main Library in the Genealogy and History Room on the 3rd Thursday of the month (except July). Our first meeting was April 17, 2014.

I joined TXGenWeb on October 2, 2004. It's been a great pleasure to be Jane Keppler's Assistant Coordinator on the Montgomery County website since then and help others with their genealogy research. Jane has allowed me free reign to do the maintenance and updates on the Montgomery County site. So I've learned so much about Montgomery County Texas forefathers and records along the way.

If you have any records or articles of interest for the Montgomery County web site or wish to volunteer, please email us with the details. We're always looking for new information and volunteers to help!

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