Welcome

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, designed to promote interest in genealogy and history. It is a society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced genealogist. 


San Angelo Gives

The San Angelo Area Foundation (SAAF) is giving a boost to Concho Valley non-profits on May 5th through "San Angelo Gives". A 24-hour extravaganza of philanthropy, "San Angelo Gives" encourages supporters of various non-profits to donate on that day. SAAF has secured amplification funds so that every dollar given gets increased by 10% or more. How does this affect SAGHS? We’re asking our supporters to give to SAGHS on May 5th at www.sanangelogives.com . Just go to the website, search for “Genealogical” and our name will pop up. This is a great way to help SAGHS just as our new year begins. See our current newsletter for more information! (on the menu to the left)

2015-16 Membership Drive

This year, SAGHS is offering five fabulous drawing prizes for the 2015-16 membership drive: three free Family Research Investigations (research on a family history query by our Family History Detctive Service); a beautiful 22”x17” Sentinel Rose five-generation family tree chart, suitable for framing; and a $50 gift certificate to J. C. Penney’s. To be eligible for the drawing, memberships must be received on or before May 12th. Out-of-area members are included – the prizes will be mailed or delivered to any winner not present at the May 12th meeting.
Send your membership in today or pay online! (look on the left menu for "Memberships")

May Meeting

Lisa mahler Join us on May 127:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. “Borden County Museum: A Place Dedicated to the Frontier Spirit” presented by Lisa Mahler. Learn about the extensive work she and other volunteers have done to make this museum a "destination" for travellers, interesting items and artifacts that have been uncovered and and the overall impact it is having on the county.
 

Beginning Genealogy Class

Howard College is now providing Adult Education courses, and one of the first they’ll offer is Beginning Genealogy, taught by Suzanne Campbell. Slated Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, April 16 through May 7, the classes will be held at the West Texas Collection at ASU. For more information call Howard College at 481-8300, extension 3224, or e-mail Larissa Elliott.

Member Opportunities

Research Assistance & More at the West Texas Collection 
Join Jana and/or Susan at the West Texas Collection, every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for general research help and writing assistance! Park in the lot west of the Houston Harte Student Center, there are several visitor parking spots but after 1 p.m. visitors can park anywhere. The WTC is on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Map  
 
The Caillouet Art Collection
Thanks to the generous donation of art by James and Rachel Caillouet, we are pleased to offer these items for sale. This is a fund raising opportunity for SAGHS as well as a chance for members to purchase some really nice art! To view to collection and prices, please click HERE for the (PDF) listing. For more information, please e-Mail SAGHS.
 
Amazon Smile Fundraiser
When customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. To shop through smile.amazon.com and raise money for SAGHS, simply select San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society as your preferred charity. Contact us for more information
 
Volunteer Opportunities for Members
Genealogy Fair
The Genealogy Fair, tentatively slated August 25th, has need of a handful of volunteers to organize the event, address questions about venue and timing, solicit donations for door prizes and enlist exhibitors. This committee needs fresh perspectives from volunteers to keep the event from becoming stale in its fourth year.
 
Research Assistance
Additional volunteers are needed to help with Research Assistance & More, our weekly genealogy research boost. Jana Jenkins and Susan Ball are currently volunteering for this event, but could use additional assistants. You don’t have to be an expert or know all the answers. If you get stumped, just ask one of the WTC archivists or one of the other volunteers.  
 
2016 Spring Workshop
The Spring Workshop is a key benefit SAGHS provides to members. Input is needed in selecting the speaker, the workshop date, the registration fee, and addressing the format. Particularly pressing is the need to increase participation in the workshop. This committee needs new ideas and outside-thebox thinking to keep the workshop relevant to AGHS membership.
 
Social Media
To increase visibility for SAGHS among a younger generation, SAGHS should embrace social media enthusiastically. Our Facebook and Pinterest presence is well established, but could always use more help. In addition, we haven’t yet tried Twitter or Instagram. Interested in social media? Want to spread the word about our wonderful programs? Please consider joining this committee!

Upcoming Events
April 29th:
Ft. Concho Speakers Series
Topic: Battle of Dove Creek, by Larry Riemenschneider. Bring your lunch or call the day before to order it
FMI 325-657-4441
May 5th:
San Angelo Gives
Don't forget to make your donation! Look for us under "Genalogical" at www.sanangelogives.com
May 12th:
Borden County Museum: A Place Dedicated to the Frontier Spirit
“Borden County Museum: A Place Dedicated to the Frontier Spirit”. Join us to learn about this ongoing project presented by Lisa Mahler. She has done extensive work at this museum and will tell about what has been found there and the impact it is having on the county.