Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) is a community made up of adults age 50+ for whom learning has never gone out of style. We are located in the CyFair area of Houston at the Lone Star College-CyFair campus. We look forward to you joining our group.

A.L.L. classes are held in HSC 106 unless otherwise noted.
Fall 2016 Open House
Friday, August 19th from 10am to Noon
Conference Center, CENT 151-153


Monday, May 23, 2016

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We have been looking for ways to improve communications with our members. In that respect, we are going to use Remind to sent text messages (or emails) out to ALL members as the need arises. Please continue to use this blog for the list of upcoming classes, what's going on at the Library (LIFE, book clubs, etc.), plays and concerts, and bus trip information. Links have been established on the right sidebar for quick access to these and many more items of interest for our members.

To join the CyFair ALL class in the Remind system, please follow the attached directions, here.

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To learn more about Remind, click here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


We recently finished a 5 week course in  using for searching and documenting family heritage. We appreciate Amy who led the class sessions and her assistants who worked to assist individuals with their specific questions.  Following are copies of Amy's presentations. Click each presentation to review content.
Getting Started with Family Search - Click Here
Editing and Sourcing - Click Here
Research - Click Here
Memories - Click Here
Indexing and Apps - Click Here

Friday, April 8, 2016

Genealogy Workshop - April 8

Today was our last class in the 8 sessions with Michelle Christi. We certainly enjoyed learning tips and techniques about genealogical research. I believe that everyone was able to find one or more links in their personal research. Today's class was about how to research business and employment records to find family connections. Michelle also compiled a listing of "old" job descriptions that will help you understand what your ancestor did as a will be amused at the jobs listed.
PowerPoint on Business and Employment Records - click here.
List of Old Occupations - click here.
Several class members asked for a sheet gathering all of the websites that Michelle has mentioned. I created a one page Word document that you can download and click on each website. To view and download - click here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Introduction to New Orleans Architecture

New Orleans is an interesting place to visit; the food, the music, and the architecture. Sid Trest, ALL member, shared his passion for New Orleans architecture in this very informative class. He showed us various examples of homes and buildings and explained their forms in context with the city's history.

You can view Sid's presentation by clicking here.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Genealogy Workshop - April 1st

Michelle Christie was a real "trooper" for the April 1st class. She wasn't feeling well for several days prior to the class.  However she really wanted to make sure that students had the best website sources to research immigration of ancestors.  Check out the websites shown in the following PowerPoint presentation.  Immigration PowerPoint - click here

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mistakes Were Made

Sharon DuBose gave a fun class on grammar to us old timers. The presentation reminded us of being back in school and identified some of the little things we see in today's marketing that just drive us crazy.

You can see Sharon's presentation by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Valuable Treasures in the Attic

We all have various papers in our homes that have sentimental or even monetary value. Jonathan Topper shared with us how to identify any valuable documents we may have and how we go about getting them appraised and sold, if desired.

You can see Jonathan's presentation by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Austin's First Colony: The Old 300

We learned more Texas history from Monte Parks, from Jesse H. Jones Park. He told the story of Moses and Stephen F. Austin as they made deals with the Spanish and Mexican governments so that they could bring colonists to the place known today as Texas. There were many trials and tribulations as the settlers tried to carve out their place in history; now known as the Old 300.

To see Monte's presentation, click here.
To see information on the Old 300, click here.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Lou Master gave another cooking class for us. He prepared Baked Coconut Shrimp served with Orange Marmalade making a delicious combination. Sue Master, his wife, provided a dessert sample to accompany the shrimp. It was a delicious "Sock it to Me" cake. ALL members Donna Smith and Sue Pitre helped prepare the shrimp.

To get a copy of the Baked Coconut Shrimp, click here.
For a copy of the Sock it to Me cake, click here.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Genealogy Workshop - March 11

Michelle Christie was with us again giving us tips on how to search genealogical records for land deeds and warrants. You need to look for the grantor, grantee, amount paid and legal description. Be sure to really read in detail whatever you find....there may be hidden clues in the text. An example was when she showed us a deed that listed the husband, wife, and two daughters by name. However, another sentence said that the wife was with child and that gives you a clue to look in later records for a third child. A great site to look for land records is The Bureau of Land Management at
We have a two week  break - the next class will be April 1st and the final class will be April 11th.
Michelle's PowerPoint Presentation - click here
To order The Great Courses program on Discovering Your Roots, go to Look at the top of the page and make sure that the Priority Code listed is 118942 and the Course No. is 9394.....this will bring up the discounted prices we talked about in class. You must enter the Priority Code of 118942 in order to get the discount. You can order either hard discs or download to your computer as shown in the pricing chart. If you want the hard discs mailed to you, also enter Coupon Code MKEB for free shipping. These discounts are good only through March 31, 2016.