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 -
in Montgomery County. For more information about the Smoorenburgs, visit our
nephew's Smoorenburg web site
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
(Special Interest Group) Leader at
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
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
of Montgomery County and
Margaret Montgomery Chapter of the DAR. In
December 2019, Jane Keppler and I received the
William Harley Gandy Distinguished
from the Montgomery County Historical Commission. Unfortunately Jane was
unable to attend but I accepted the award on her behalf. As of 2021, I am
Second Vice-President of Conroe Community
Cemetery Restoration project.
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for our progress in cleaning Conroe Community
Cemetery. Two other members of CCCRP, Jon Edens, President and John
Meredith, First Vice President received the William Harley Gandy Distinguished Service Award
in 2020 for
their work on Conroe Community Cemetery.
Hall of Fame Award 2005
L-R: Robin Montgomery, Barbara Franz, Jean Smoorenburg, & Gladys May.
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...
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.
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In 2008 I became
a volunteer for FindaGrave.
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.
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.
Receiving the William Harley Gandy Distinguished
Service award 2019
Larry L Foerster, Chairman of Montgomery County Historical
Commission, Jean Smoorenburg, and
County Judge Mark Keough
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