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. 


Christmas Benefit

Please join us on Dec. 2, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, for our annual Christmas Benefit (Fund Raiser). We will have a silent auction and subscriptions bake sale - sign-ups for baked goods is in progress now. Come at 6:00 pm to view the items for auction and pick up your pre-ordered baked good. The stay for snacks and enjoy the meeting where SAGHS member, Ron Herring, will present "Publishing a Family History" where he will share lessons learned whilewriting and publishing his book, A Tale of Two Coggins Families.


SAGHS continues wining tradition with entries in TSGS annual judging!
Ron Herring's book "A Tale of Two Coggin Families" took 2nd place in Texas State Genealogy Society's judging of books written, compiled or edited by an individual who is not a professional genealogist. Ron spent five years researching and eighteen months crafting his book. Ron will be sharing insights on publishing a family history for our December meeting.
For the fourth year in a row, and five times in the past six years, The SAGHS Newsletter was awarded 1st place! Judging criteria was based on binding, design, organization, content, interest editing and index if appropriate. Editor, Susan Ball, was thrilled and is already planning improvements.
For the second time, Jana Jenkins, has been awarded 1st place for the SAGHS web page. The criteria for judging included design, navigation, content and customization. The web page is a work in progress, with new "additions" and features being added all year long. Jana was surprised and pleased to have won this award for the second time.

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.
Amazon Smile Fundraiser
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that 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 and 0.5% of all eligible purchases go to us. Amazon remembers the selected charity so you don’t have to reselect it each time you shop.
You shop, we all win – what a great idea!
Research at the WTC
Suzanne Campbell, Head of the West Texas Collection, invites Concho Valley genealogists to avail themselves of the many resources in the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the parking lot west of the Houston Harte Student Center, four visitor parking spots are near the front entrance and six visitor parking spots are in the southeast corner under the trees. After 1 p.m., visitors can park anywhere in  the parking lot. Map

Upcoming Events
December 2nd:
Christmas Benefit

Help raise money for The Speaker's Fund. Then enjoy SAGHS member, Ron Herring's topic, "Publishing a Family History,”  where he will share lessons learned while writing and publishing A Tale of Two Coggin Families.

December 5th:
Christmas at Old Fort Concho
Annual Christmas event with vendors, food, activities and special presentations. Starts Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday afternoon.Admission charged.
December 15th:
3rd Monday Genealogy 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!