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.
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Membership Drive Drawing

All who pay dues on or before the May 2nd meeting are automatically entered in the drawing for the prizes shown below. Out-of-area members are included – prizes will be mailed or delivered to any winner not present.
We are offering five fabulous drawing prizes: two free Family Research Investigations; a beautiful family tree chart; a $50 gift certificate to J. C. Penney’s; and a Rootsmagic Bundle containing RootsMagic 7 Software, How to Use RootsMagic 7 eBook, Personal Historian 2 Software, and How to Use Personal Historian 2 eBook. Winners of the Family Research Investigations will receive free research on a family history query.
Join or renew today to get into the drawing!

Butterfield Overland Mail in the Concho Valley

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With world-wide news being instant today, it is hard to imagine a time when getting a message from St. Louis to San Francisco in 25 days would be considered phenomenal speed. Yet such was the case in 1858 when the Butterfield Overland Mail began operating over the nearly 2,800 miles between the two points. Historian, documentary producer, and author Glen Sample Ely tells that story in his well-researched and captivating book The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858-1861, which was awarded first place at the recent annual Family History Conference of the Texas State Genealogical Society. The author will be speaking at our May meeting, relating the trail’s passage through the Concho Valley and the research involved in his study. The book will also be available for purchase and autographing at the meeting.

The public is invited to attend this free meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 Lutheran Way. Refreshments will be served.

San Angelo Gives

Support SAGHS through “San Angelo Gives”! The San Angelo Area Foundation (SAAF) is boosting Concho Valley non-profits on May 2nd through San Angelo Gives. A 24-hour extravaganza of philanthropy, San Angelo Gives encourages supporters of area non-profits to donate on that day. SAAF has secured amplification funds so that every dollar given gets increased by 10% or more. We’re asking our supporters to give to SAGHS on May 2nd through the San Angelo Gives website www.sanangelogives.com . Just go to the website, search for “Genealogical” and our name will pop up. This is a great way to help support SAGHS just as our new year begins. Questions? See the San Angelo Gives website or email SAGHS.Inc@gmail.com.

Genealogy for Novices and Beyond

Confused about how to search on Ancestry or FamilySearch? Want to learn how to make the most of online resources? From paper work to searching online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, Heritage Quest, online newspapers, and more, Lisa guides attendees through a FREE introduction to genealogy on May 20th, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Stephens Central Library Computer Lab (2nd floor). Remember, seating is limited – please contact the Stephens Central Library   655-7321 for a class reservation.

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
April 26th
Fort Concho Speaker Series
Interesting Characters of the Fort by Amy Bishop, Education Coordinator Attendees can bring their own lunches or call to order a lunch from Mr. T's for $8.25. Deadline for lunch orders is 5 p.m. the preceding Monday of each event; call (325) 657-4441.
April 29th
700 Springs Ranch Tour
Meet in downtown Junction at the Kimble County Court House, register & join motorcade to ranch. Donations will be accepted for the Kimble County Museum Building Fund. Bring a sack lunch & and folding chair. Cameras are okay FMI: Kimble County Chamber at (325) 446-3190.
May 2nd
The Butterfield Stage in the Concho Valley
Join us for a presentation by award winning writer Glenn Ely