Welcome

SAGHS welcomes all who share an interest in family history in West Texas!
San Angelo, Texas circa 1880s
 
San Angelo, Texas circa 1880s

We invite you to explore our website, and consider becoming a member of our society. SAGHS is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973, designed to promote interest in genealogy and history. It is a society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced genealogist. 


Mystery?

This little statue was spotted by SAGHS member, Flo Knight,  while driving down Foster Road in San Angelo. She said it is a little off the road and kind of hard to see, but she was intrigued enough to stop and take a picture. Does anyone knows anything about this, why it is there or where it is from?
Email us with your answer and we will publish it!
 

Member Opportunities

Research Assistance & More at the West Texas Collection 
Join Jana and/or Susan at the West Texas Collection, (closed until June 21) every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for general research help and writing assistance! Park in the lot west of the Houston Harte Student Center, there are several visitor parking spots but after 1 p.m. visitors can park anywhere. The WTC is on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Map  
 
The Caillouet Art Collection
Thanks to the generous donation of art by James and Rachel Caillouet, we are pleased to offer these items for sale. This is a fund raising opportunity for SAGHS as well as a chance for members to purchase some really nice art! To view to collection and prices, please click HERE for the (PDF) listing. For more information, please e-Mail SAGHS.
 
Amazon Smile Fundraiser
When customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. To shop through smile.amazon.com and raise money for SAGHS, simply select San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society as your preferred charity. Contact us for more information
 
Volunteer Opportunities for Members:
EMAIL us for info on any of these opportunities!
 
Family Story Board
During the month of August, SAGHS has again been invited to display "boards" depicting a family story, local history or events. If you would like to create a board (we supply the board) for display, please sign up now. We will be working on these boards in June and July to prepare for hanging August 1.
 
Genealogy Fair
The Genealogy Fair, tentatively slated August 25th, has need of a handful of volunteers to organize the event, address questions about venue and timing, solicit donations for door prizes and enlist exhibitors. This committee needs fresh perspectives from volunteers to keep the event from becoming stale in its fourth year.
 
Research Assistance
Additional volunteers are needed to help with Research Assistance & More, our weekly genealogy research boost. Jana Jenkins and Susan Ball are currently volunteering for this event, but could use additional assistants. You don’t have to be an expert or know all the answers. If you get stumped, just ask one of the WTC archivists or one of the other volunteers.  
 
2016 Spring Workshop
The Spring Workshop is a key benefit SAGHS provides to members. Input is needed in selecting the speaker, the workshop date, the registration fee, and addressing the format. Particularly pressing is the need to increase participation in the workshop. This committee needs new ideas and outside-thebox thinking to keep the workshop relevant to AGHS membership.
 
Social Media
To increase visibility for SAGHS among a younger generation, SAGHS should embrace social media enthusiastically. Our Facebook and Pinterest presence is well established, but could always use more help. In addition, we haven’t yet tried Twitter or Instagram. Interested in social media? Want to spread the word about our wonderful programs? Please consider joining this committee!
 
Records Abstraction
One of our top priorities is creating a full name index for the Stalkin' Kin and volunteers are needed! You'll work from a few pages at a time, with a prepared Excel spreadsheet. This is an easy project that can be done at home.

Upcoming Events
May 30th:
Austin Genealogical Society Workshop
The Austin Genealogical Society Workshop features The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM, CGLSM. Judy writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.
Registration opens on March 20, 2015  FMI: http://www.austintxgensoc.org/
July 4th:
Independence Day at Fort Concho
Following an old army tradition, Fort Concho will fire artillery salutes on our nation's birthday. The artillery salutes (10:00 am - 3:00 pm - usually on the hour) will take place on the fort's Parade Ground near the Visitor Center at Barracks 1. There is no charge for the demonstrations, but regular site admissions will be in effect.
July 25th:
National Cowboy Day
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and some entertainment by Dorothy Douthit and Fiddle Fire with the Concho Cowboy Company. Fort Concho will mark National Cowboy Day with breakfast from 8 am to 9 am, followed by the entertainment, all in the Barracks 5-6 Courtyard off Henry O. Flipper Street. Breakfast is $8 for Fort members; $9 in advance; and $10 at the gate—if available. Tickets will also be on sale at our Barracks 1 Visitor Center and at Dorothy Douthit’s wagon at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.