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

San Angelo Genealogial and Historical Society invites you to explore our website and consider becoming a member of our society. Founded in 1973, SAGHS supports genealogists living in and researching in the Concho Valley. It is a society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced genealogist.

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Summer Webinar Series!

Back by popular demand, SAGHS will continue through the summer with prerecorded webinars on the first Tuesday of the month: June 7, July 5, and August 2. The following webinars will be featured:
  • June 7 - “Researching Non-Hispanic Names with Hispanic Records” by Henrietta Christmas
    Henrietta shows what records are available and how to research in those records created in Texas prior to the Republic. With settlers pouring into Texas from the U.S. and across the world, these records will include names for Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike. Are you a descendant of a cross-cultural marriage? Did your ancestor marry a Hispanic? Do you have early Texas ancestry? This presentation may help uncover that clue you need to learn more about your early Texas ancestor.
  • July 5 - “Surname Distribution Maps: A Valuable Tool for Genealogical Research” by Bernard Meisner
    Learn how surname maps can enable you to determine where to look for your ancestors — both individuals and couples — explore variant spellings of their names, and perhaps identify their religion. Understand what factors to consider before using a surname map. In addition to a summary of the talk, attendees will also receive a comprehensive, annotated list of current surname maps Web sites.
  • August 2 - “Discover Genealogical Treasure Using Historic U.S. Maps” by Hannah Kubacak
    Maps provide a valuable tool for understanding the world as it was when our ancestors were living. Explore a variety of resources for finding and using historic maps. A few of the maps to be discussed during this presentation will include Fire Insurance maps, county boundaries, Public Land Survey System maps, and land grants.
Click HERE to learn more about the speakers.
UPDATED LINK! Register for the June virtual meeting here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3962422626772371725
Links for the July and August meetings will be posted prior to those dates.
Having trouble during the meeting with video or audio? For troubleshooting tips, click HERE.
If you haven't attended a virtual meeting before, click HERE for a few registration and set-up tips.

Discovering Your Family and Their Roots

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA, brings the virtual seminar "Discovering Your Family and Their Roots," to San Angelo in September! This seminar features seven presentations by Mark: five are available for viewing on demand, at your convenience, from September 10 to September 31. Another two sessions will be shown live on Saturday, September 17, followed by a Q&A session in which Mark answers questions for all seven presentations. The two live presentations will be available for on-demand viewing from September 17 through September 31.
On Demand Sessions (accessible from September 10 - September 31):
Research in the South and Everywhere Else: Review, Prepare and Plan – Major concepts to consider with your family research project include migration, settlement patterns, religion, land, and geography. Learn how to find available resources and develop a strategy to find ancestors.
Expanding & Exploring Details from Published Local Histories – Using the basic tools of family history research, discover additional family information with these records and writings. Learn the importance of analyzing the information that you find and realizing how important collateral/cluster line research is in helping to move you toward success in the genealogical process.
A Death in the Family – Discover the myriad of documents uncovered through the death of an individual. We will look at the basics and dig through more complicated estates with a hands-on approach. Uncover intestate divisions, insolvent estates, and contested wills while learning what you need to know.
Railroads & Stage Routes Throughout the South and Beyond – Although railroads began to appear in the 1830s; the transcontinental rail was not completed until 1869. Stagecoaches and commercial wagons continued to traverse this country with freight and passengers, until automobiles & trucks followed improved roads in the 20th century. Finding timetables, railroad maps, more travelers’ guides, and postal contractors’ records should make these modes of transporta on and their pathways more useful.
Spending a Day with Criminal Court Records – Prepare to Use Court Records by learning the basics, understanding the terminology and organization of the Courts, and then get your hands dirty as we work together through a criminal court case. Develop a richer understanding of court records and develop a strategy for discovering the rich information contained in these oft hidden briefs.
Live Sessions (accessible September 17 - September 31):
Is Your Family Tree Broken? – Feeling trapped with nowhere to go? Bad, weak or missing evidence all contribute to misleading research. Review your research findings, sharpen your techniques, evaluate your sources, and map a new course.
Defining Potential Migration Routes & Crucial Steps to the West – We often use maps to help us understand location & surroundings; to show geographic boundaries and elements; to show Industrial Development & Land Use; and more. See how some old trail maps and manuscripts can lead
us to understanding travel to the west and the steps more clearly.

Registration opens August 1!  Early bird registration (ending September 1) is $10 for members and $30 for non-members. September 2 through September 8, registration is $15 for members and $40 for non-members. Join SAGHS or renew your membership now and save!

Want to win a prize?

The Membership Drive Drawing is for all who are members of SAGHS as of July 1, 2022. Not a current member? Join or renew your SAGHS membership by July 1, 2022 to be entered to win!
Winners have their choice of three great prizes at each level. To check out the prizes and download a membership form, click HERE!
Not sure of your membership status? Contact membership@saghs-tx.org.
Your dues support entertaining and educational monthly meetings, classes, workshops, the Genealogy Fair, records preservation, and publications development plus much more!
Learn more about the prizes offered from "Tracing Your Ancestors Series" by Your Genealogy Today and Family Tree Magazine Cheat Sheets by clicking on the hyperlinks.

Member Benefit

Members only reminder! Recorded webinars for the 2020-21 virtual meetings have been posted behind the member wall, including those from March and April: "I Remember Mama – But Not Her Maiden Name" by Mary Kircher Roddy and "I Remember ... Sharing Your Story" by Sandra Crowley. We've got two dozen presentations with downloadable handouts, including the presentation on pre-1850 census research by J. Mark Lowe!! Did you miss a presentation or want to see it again? Here's your chance to view and review these outstanding topics. Just log-in from the left side menu by clicking "Members Only." 

Digital Stalkin' Kin

Do you have issues of our quarterly journal, Stalkin' Kin in Old West Texas, piling up? Would you like to have future editions delivered to your email box? Sign up for the Digital Edition of the Stalkin Kin and enjoyt the same great quarterly on your computer or tablet - a plus is that it will now be in color! All you have to do is email:  Click HERE  to begin your subscription. Remember, the Stalkin' Kin is free to all paid members and is one of your many member benefits. Once we meet again in person, you can return to us any Stalkin' Kin you no longer need. 


 Good news! 
SAGHS will continue to host an online presentation the first Tuesday of each month. We plan to begin "in-person" meetings, Saturday help sessions, seminars, brown-bag lunches and other special events starting in September 2022.  Watch for more information in upcoming newsletters and on this website.