2023-2024 Speaker Series

First Tuesday of the month, September through May, 7:00 p.m.
Plan now to join us online for these outstanding presentations by top genealogy speakers and local historians! All in-person programs will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 Lutheran Way, San Angelo.
Speakers and programs are subject to change without notice.
September 5 - Virtual
Documenting the "Right" Family While Staying on Track presented by J. Mark Lowe.
Learn simple techniques for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments, including the basics of documentation and why it is an important family research tool.
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October 3 - In Person
Genealogy Fair
New Location! Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 Lutheran Way, San Angelo
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
November 7 - In Person and Virtual
What's New at the Old Fort presented by Cory Robinson.
Learn about the newest collections at Fort Concho from Cory. In addition to the McChristian Collection with over 2,000 pieces, the Fort has a military headgear collection, Buffalo Soldier items, Native American pieces, and much more. Along with his presentation, Cory will exhibit a selection of items from these collection.
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December 5 - In Person and Virtual
Old Homes of San Angelo by Lisa Mahler
While delving through the archives of the West Texas Collection and Fort Concho as well as her mother's collection, Lisa has amassed a trove of information about the old homes of San Angelo, those stately old mansions that graced downtown in the rectangle bordered by Harris, Twohig, Irving, and Koenigheim. Discover the inside story of the people who lived in San Angelo's Nob Hill.
January 2 - Virtual
Writing Your Family Story: Learning to Assess and Compile Your Research by Emily Coffman Richardson
Writing our story and that of our ancestors is a genealogist's key objective. Emily encourages us to get out of the habit of being "hunters 'n gatherers" of family data. She shows how to assess and then compile the information we are finding. When we discover the keys behind these components, we can become researchers and storytellers, capturing those stories and preserving them for future generations.
February 6 - Virtual
Lost in Your Genealogical Research? Would a Map Help? presented by Bernard Meisner
Discover how maps can help determine where your ancestors lived, where their records might be found, how they migrated there, and who their neighbors were. Learn about the many types of maps available that can help genealogists discover where maps can be found, and see case studies of how maps can be used in genealogical research.
March 5 - Virtual
Relatively Cheap Research and Education for the Frugal Genealogist
presented by Kim Richardson

Genealogy can be an expensive hobby, with subscriptions to paid genealogy sites, book purchases, on-site research at far-flung libraries, and more. However, there are ways to maximize results and minize costs. According to Kim Richardson, "Frugality and practicality are habits and lifestyle choices that can translate easily into genealogy research and education."
April 2 - In Person and Virtual
Veterans of Runnels County presented by Cherry Beth Luedtke
The Runnels County Historical Society recently published Veterans of Runnels County in five volumes. Included are men and women who fought in wars from the Texas Revolution to present day. Learn how they identified the veterans, located their information, and crafted a biography for each one. Cherry will share stories about some of these veterans.
May 7 - In Person and Virtual
Early Texas Records at the Texas General Land Office presented by James Harkins
James Harkins, Director of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records, discusses early Texas records available online along with recent developments in preservation and access to these valuable genealogical assets.
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