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 afterward, 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. 

 

Genealogy Fair

Who’s your (Great-grand) Daddy?

Start your discovery at the Genealogy Fair, August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Community Room in the Stephens  Central Library in San Angelo. With dozens of exhibits, the Genealogy Fair promises exciting opportunities for interacting with a wide variety of  historical and genealogical organizations and enthusiasts. Plus, SAGHS will be giving away door prizes! The Genealogy Fair is free and open to all who are interested in learning more about local history and family history. Plan now to attend and bring a friend – it will be great fun and a great way to introduce someone to genealogy! Would you like to help with this fun event? The Genealogy Fair Committee will be meeting soon to formulate plans. Contact Susan Ball at SAGHS Email  to volunteer.

 

Genealogy Fair Exhibitors (to date)

Genealogical Exhibits:
Authors:
DNA for Genealogy
Barbara Barton
Getting Started in Genealogy
Jerry Lackey
Tom Green County Library
Russell Smith
Ancestry.com
San Angelo Writer's Club
West Texas Collection Genealogy Library
 
Texas State Genealogical Society
Heritage and Lineage:
Lest We Forget – Genealogical Services
Czech Heritage Society
Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Charlemagne: 742 c.a. –814
Daughters of the American Revolution
Ancient European Genealogy
TXDAR District X
 
Gen. Tom Green Camp 1613
Historical
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Fort Concho National Historic Landmark
Mamie Yeary Chapter 55 Order of Confederate Rose
Fort McKavett State Historic Site
 
Lone Star Ghost Towns
Museums:
Southern Trails Chapter of the Oregon/California Trails Association
Mertzon Museum
Concho Valley Archeology Society
Miles Opera House and Museum
Tom Green County Historical Commission
San Angelo Railroad Museum
Tom Green County Historical Society
Don Freeman Memorial Museum in Eden
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Borden County Museum
 
 
Website Demonstrations:
SAGHS Exhibits and Events:
The 1940 Census Online
SAGHS Speakers Series
FindAGrave.com
Spring Genealogy Workshop
FamilySearch.org
Discoveries in Genealogy
Fold3
Books of Cemeteries and County Records
MyHeritage.com
Pioneer Certificates of the Concho Valley
Genealogy Bank
SAGHS Info table
 
 
Cemeteries:
 
Friends of Fairmount Cemetery
 
Ft. McKavett Cemetery
 
Lawnhaven Cemetery Project
 
 

Summer Research at the WTC

Summer months are ideal for genealogy research, especially at the West Texas Collection. Suzanne Campbell, Head of the WTC, invites Concho Valley genealogists to avail themselves of the many resources from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. With the relaxed atmosphere of the ASU campus during summer sessions, parking is easier to find. In the parking lot west of the Houston Harte Student Center, four visitor parking spots are near the front entrance and six visitor parking spots are in the southeast corner under the trees. After 1 p.m., visitors can park anywhere in  the parking lot. Map

 

Member Opportunities

Summer is the Season for Writing
We’ve all got a family story (or two or three ...) in us and what better time to put that story to paper than the long hot days of summer? We know  it’s going to be blistering hot – we live in West Texas! In those hours between 5 a.m. and midnight when it’s too hot to work outside, spend some  time putting your family stories to paper. We’d love to publish them in the Stalkin’ Kin – it’s a great way to preserve your unique heritage for future generations. Send what you “cook up” at your keyboard to SAGHS Editor.

Family History Displays - Get Visual!
Nothing brings your genealogy to life like a visual display. With help from SAGHS, you can create a lasting heritage memento that will intrigue your family and perhaps plant the genealogy bug in a younger generation of your family. Volunteers are needed to create displays of their family history, a historic event affecting their family, historic events in the Concho Valley, histories of local towns, buildings, businesses ... anything that will make a visually appealing, historically interesting display. The Family History Displays will be exhibited at the Stephens Central Library in September. Interested? Contact Susan Ball or send an email to SAGHS.

Lawnhaven Cemetery Project
Lisa Mahler and the committee have already completed many sections and are ready to start up again after the winter cold weather. Lisa has the abstraction effort well organized and she’ll train you in the procedure of taking photographs of the graves and recording the neccessary information on the form. Susan Ball abstracts the information on the forms and the photos into a database. It’s fast and easy work, but the more workers Lisa has, the faster we’ll be able to publish the book on Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.  If you are interested in helping with this on-going project, please contact Lisa Mahler.
 
Amazon Smile Fundraiser
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that 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 and 0.5% of all eligible purchases go to us. Amazon remembers the selected charity so you don’t have to reselect it each time you shop.
You shop, we all win – what a great idea!
 

Upcoming Events
August 18th:
3rd Monday Luncheon
The 3rd Monday Genealogy Luncheon is a focal point for genealogy, good food, and good discussion. We meet 11:30 a.m. at McGowan’s for a delicious buffet with a selection of main dishes, side dishes, and desserts for only $7.50!  Entrance is off the back parking lot. Please join us! 
August 19th:
Genealogy Fair
The Genealogy Fair promises exciting opportunities for interacting with a wide variety of historical and genealogical organizations and
enthusiasts. Plus, SAGHS will be giving away door prizes! The Genealogy Fair is free and open to all who are interested in learning more about local history and family history.
August 27th:
Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2014
Join us, as together we experience four days of genealogical learning, networking, and discovery, deep in the heart of Texas. Our local co-hosts for 2014 are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Together we will continue our tradition of providing exceptional educational opportunities for genealogists from across the nation and beyond.