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 to promote interest in genealogy and history. It is a society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced genealogist . Subscribe to our newsletter HERE.

Genealogy Class

Do you need to brush up on the basics of genealogy research?  Are you totally new to genealogy and don’t know where to start? Then the class at the Tom Green County Library, downtown, is for you….and it’s FREE!
Learn the basic resources available at the library including Ancestry, Family Search, Heritage Quest and others. The class is Saturday, October 8 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the 2nd floor computer lab, with Lisa Mahler. You must make reservations since the class is limited to 12 participants and fills up quicklyBring what is known about parents, grandparents and any other relatives in the family tree, such as birthdates, place of birth, marriage date and location, date of death, etc. Also bring paper and pen to take notes. Call 325-655-7321, ext 1131 to make a reservation.  Tell the person answering the phone that you wish to reserve a spot for the Genealogy class on October 8.

Collaborative Workshop

Lisa Mahler, VP of Education, is launching a Collaborative Genealogy Workshop to be held every 3rd Monday. The first one will be September 19th following the 3rd Monday lunch.  Attendees will gather in the second-floor computer lab at the Stephens Central Library to research online and collaborate with others on research ideas. The computer lab has 12 computers available for individual searches on a first-come basis; no sign-ups are required. Bring your laptop to ensure computer access! The workshop opens at 12:00 p.m. on a come-and-go basis and ends at 2:00 p.m. This is a perfect opportunity to try out some of the many genealogy websites online with help from Lisa and others.

Find Relatives

As you look through the various sections of our website, don't forget to check the Surname Registry. There you will find over 300 names listed, which represent the family lines members of this society are actively researching. You may just find a surname that you are also researching.  If you wish to communicate with the person researching a particular surname,  click on the envelope next to the name and an email form will open; just fill in the information you are seeking and send it on. You may find new information or even a relative!

Family Legends Needed!

Do you have a family myth, a celebrity connection, or odd family story you’d like proved or disproved? Susan Ball, author of the "Family Myth Busters" series in the Stalkin’ Kin, would like to research your story for the next issue. She’s willing to tackle most any submission that involves research in the 1800s or 1900s. Contact her with your family legend by EMAIL 

Upcoming Events
October 17th
3rd Monday Genealogy Luncheon
Meet us at 11:30 a.m. at the Stephens Central Library for lunch at Western Ronin and a lively genealogical discussion!
October 17th
Collaborative Genealogy Workshop
Join Lisa Mahler every 3rd Monday for free online research and discussion about researching ancestors. It's come and go so no need to sign up.
October 27th
An Insider's Look at the Library
A tour of the Porter Henderson Library for members and those thinking about becoming members of the Friends of PHL. The tour will include a discussion about the benefits of being a Friend of the library.