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. 

September Monthly Meeting

The SAGHS Speakers Fund brings Dr. Tai Kreidler from Lubbock with “The Coordinated Endeavors of Public & Academic History & Genealogy.” TTai Kreidlerai’s presentation will examine the intersection of history and genealogy and also highlight the genealogy resources of the Southwest Collection. Tai Kreidler is the Deputy Director of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University and Executive Director of the West Texas Historical Association.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the TTU History Department and a Faculty Associate for the TTU Center for the Southwest. He has spent nearly 25 years as an archivist and educator and during that time he has helped locate and deposit many document collections in the SWC/SCL.  Please join us on Tuesday, September 1st at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3536 Lutheran Way (formerly YMCA Drive) at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge.  MAP

Door Prize at September Meeting

A door prize donation, the 2012 volume of Family Tree Magazine on DVD, arrived in the mail after the Genealogy Fair. We’ll have a drawing for this at the September 1st meeting. To be eligible for the drawing, you’ll have to know the door prize password - read the current newsletter to find out what it is!  Just give the password to any of the SAGHS board members at the back table (Lynda Harris, Molly Hayes, Jana Jenkins or Keith Ellwanger) and they’ll give you a ticket for the drawing entry!

Genealogy Computer Class

A class featuring Tom Green County Library genealogy resources is slated Saturday, September 26th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the second floor computer lab of the Stephens Central Library. Taught by Lisa Mahler, this free class covers Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. Please contact the Stephens Central Library at 655-7321 for a class reservation; seating is limited.

Research Day at WTC

Join us for a day of "Diggin’ in the Stacks" on Research Day at the West Texas Collection! SAGHS and the West Texas Collection are teaming up to bring Concho Valley genealogists a day of research and webinars on Saturday, October 10th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To help defray event expenses, a registration fee of $10 for members and $15 for non-members will be charged. The fee increases to $25 after October 6th.
Pre-registration is required; we only have room for 50 people.
Thomas MacEntee, owner of High Definition Genealogy will present three webinars:
  • 10:30 a.m. – 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists
  • 1:00 p.m. – After You’ve Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy
  • 3:00 p.m. – US and Canada Research Strategies
Before and after each presentation, the WTC is open  for research. A collection box will be available for donations to the WTC. Register now to take advantage of this rare opportunity to research at the WTC on a Saturday! 
Note: Bring your own lunch, or purchase lunch in the ASU snack bar.
Don't forget! Under the menu selection "About Us", choose West Texas Collection and review the latest books added to the collection then make a note of which ones to look for while "diggin' in the stacks"!

Upcoming Events
September 2nd
Chuckwagon History
Ft. Concho speaker series, with speaker: Monte Jones, Local Historian. Attendees can bring their own lunch or call to order a lunch from Mr. T's for $8.00. FMI 325-657-4441
September 9th
No Man's Land
Ft. Concho speaker series, with speaker: John Vaughn, Local Historian. Attendees can bring their own lunch or call to order a lunch from Mr. T's for $8.00. FMI 325-657-4441
September 16th
Bagpipes on the Frontier & in the Military
Ft. Concho speaker series, with speaker: Chris Morgan, Educational Director, Ft. Concho. Attendees can bring their own lunch or call to order a lunch from Mr. T's for $8.00. FMI 325-657-4441