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 afterward, 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. 


SAGHS Membership Drive

Now is a great time to join SAGHS or renew your membership! Pay your dues on or before the May 1st meeting and get automatically entered in the Membership Drive Drawing!

SAGHS is offering three fabulous drawing prizes for the 2014-15 membership drive: My Family History Kit, an archive kit from Gaylord; a beautiful family tree chart, suitable for framing; and a $50 gift certificate to Sears. 

The Family History Kit includes all the materials needed to start collecting and recording family history and genealogy. Use the 12-generation pedigree chart to plot your family tree. A helpful brochure provides a starting place for genealogical research and questions to ask in oral history interviews. File folders, envelopes and
polyester sleeves provide safe storage and organization for photographs and important documents, such as letters  and certificates. Valued at over $50, this archive kit can be viewed at www.gaylord.com - search for “Family History Kit.” A gorgeous 22”x17” Sentinel Rose fivegeneration family tree chart will also be given away plus the Sears Gift Card.

To be eligible for the drawing, memberships must be received on or before May 1st. Out-of-area members are included - the prizes will be mailed or delivered to any winner not present. The drawing prizes will be on display at the SAGHS meeting on April 1st.

Attention Rio Conch West Residents!

Lisa Mahler will teach a one-hour beginner’s quick start genealogy class for residents of Rio Concho West on Wednesday, April 23, from 2:30 to 3:30  p.m. Samples of family charts and worksheets plus how to start searching using online sources are included in the class. A follow up class on April 30, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. concludes the instruction. Rio Concho residents may contact the RCW activity director for more information and to sign up.

Genealogy Computer Lab

A class featuring Tom Green County Library genealogy resources is slated May 15th at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the  second floor computer lab of the Stephens Central Library. Taught by Lisa Mahler, this free class covers AncestryHeritage Quest, Fold3 and more.
Please contact the Stephens Central Library at 655-7321 for a class reservation; seating is limited. Must be comfortable using a computer and navigating programs.

Member Opportunities

Lawnhaven Cemetery Project
Lisa Mahler and the committee have already completed many sections and are ready to start up again after the winter cold weather. Lisa has the abstraction effort well organized and she’ll train you in the procedure of taking photographs of the graves and recording the neccessary information on the form. Susan Ball abstracts the information on the forms and the photos into a database. It’s fast and easy work, but the more workers Lisa has, the faster we’ll be able to publish the book on Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.  If you are interested in helping with this on-going project, please contact Lisa Mahler.

Genealogy Fair
The  Genealogy Fair is August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Community Room in the Stephens Central Library. Would you like to help with this fun event? The Genealogy Fair Committee will be meeting soon to formulate plans. Call Susan Ball or send email to SAGHS to volunteer.

Family History Displays
Would you like to have a family history display of your own family? Members of SAGHS will again put family history posters on display in September 2014. Volunteers are needed to create displays of their family history, a historic event affecting their family, historic events in the Concho Valley, histories of local towns, buildings, businesses ... anything that will make a visually appealing, historically interesting display. If you are interested, call Susan Ball or send an email to SAGHS.

Upcoming Events
April 21st:
3rd Monday Luncheon
The 3rd Monday Genealogy Luncheon is a focal point for genealogy, good food, and good discussion. We meet 11:30 a.m. at McGowan’s for a delicious buffet with a selection of main dishes, side dishes, and desserts for only $7.50!  Entrance is off the back parking lot. Please join us!
April 22nd:
Civil War 150th Year Lecture Series
Speaker: Robert Hicks - Measey Chair for the History of Medicine and director of the Mutter Museum and Historical Medical Library at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
April 23rd:
Fort Concho Speaker Series
Enjoy a lunchtime talk by area speakers covering different topics of our community heritage. The program is held in the Fort Concho Commissary Building, located at Burgess Street near Henry O. Flipper Street. Take Flipper Street from South Oakes Street, just a half mile south of downtown San Angelo. Each day's session begins shortly after noon. Free Admission.