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 Genalogial and Historical Society invites 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.
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February Meeting

Pleasant View: the Forgotten 415
African-Americans have played an important role in the history of San Angelo. Social equality, however, was not readily offered, even in death and burial. In former times, Fairmount Cemetery was for “whites only”, but in 1903 a separate area was provided for blacks. Designated “Pleasant View” it is the final resting place for “The Forgotten 415”—those interred before the cemetery was desegregated.
Brittany Wollman, expressing her love for social history and belief that every person has a story and should have a voice, will share some of those stories at our upcoming meeting. Brittany, a native of Brownfield, Texas, is a library assistant for Special Collections at the Porter Henderson Library’s West Texas Collection. The public is invited to attend this free meeting on Tuesday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 Lutheran Way Refreshments provided.

Genealogy Research Classes

Starting February 6th, a four-part series on genealogy research will be taught by Susan Ball. Topics are:
  • What do I do when I run out of hints? – Addresses advanced researching in Ancestry and records available beyond Ancestry.
  • Finding the Ladies – Tips for finding elusive ancestors (especially the female half of your family tree!).
  • The Missing Census – 1890 Census substitutes can help find your ancestor!
  • Family Search – Tips for finding family, clues and more in the records and non-digitized records of FamilySearch.org.
Handouts are provided for each session. Classes will be held in a classroom at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, February through May (that is one hour before the regular SAGHS meeting). Morning classes will be held at Susan’s house, 10 a.m. on the Thursday after the SAGHS meeting. The morning class requires advance registration so Susan can prepare. Class fees are $25.00 for SAGHS members, $35.00 for non-members. Payment may be made at the February 6th class - just e-mail in advance to register - please register as soon as possible!

Wanted: Concho Valley Pioneers

SAGHS is building a file of Concho Valley pioneers, and we want to include your pioneer ancestor! Jan Thomas, our new Pioneer Certificate Manager, will help with cetificate applications; Contact Jan (e-mail). Pioneer Certificate assistance is always available at our weekly "Research Assistance & More", Wednesdays at the WTC, 2 to 4 p.m. Certificates make a great gift!

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 upcoming issues. Susan is willing to tackle most any submission that involves research in the 1800s or 1900s. Wouldn't you like to know the real story? Contact Susan with your family legend (e-mail)

Upcoming Events
March 6th
Genealogy Research Class
Finding the Ladies – A class chock full of tips for finding elusive ancestors (especially the female half of your family tree!)
March 6th
Monthy Meeting
This meeting features author, educator, and grandmother Becky Villarreal, presenting “Getting Your Descendants Interested in Their Ancestors”. Becky’s books feature Gianna’s adventures as she searches for her ancestors. The public is welcome and refreshments are provided.
April 3rd
Genealogy Research Class
The Missing Census – How the 1890 Census substitutes can help find your ancestor!