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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Roots, Trees and Land

Finding Your Ancestors using the Texas General Land Office
Researching your roots and building your family tree can be a challenge, but the Texas General Land Office (TxGLO) may be able to help. After the Texians and Tejanos won Texas independence in 1836 the Republic created the General Land Office to determine who owned what and where. On annexation in 1845 the GLO became a state agency, adapting to the needs of Texans, as it continues today. It is a great tool for genealogists whose ancestors helped build the republic and state.
James Harkins, Manager of Public Services for the TxGLO Archives and Records Program, will present at our March meeting.  The public is invited to attend this free meeting on Tuesday, March 7th, 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 Lutheran Way. Refreshments will be served.

Spring Workshop

Join us for our upcoming Spring Workshop featuring Teri E. Flack!
  • Mining a Goldmine: Research in Courthouse Records
  • Seeing the Patterns: Organizing and Visualizing the Data Your Research Reveals
  • Dead Men Talking: Using Probate and Estate Records to Find Answers
  • No Vital Records? Locating Birth and Death Substitutes
This workshop will be held April 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowshop Hall, 3536 Lutheran Dr. A map and workshop topic descriptions are on the Registration form (click here). Please bring your own lunch we will provide snacks and drinks.The cost is $35 for members, $40 for non-members and $50 for all registrations after March 25. You may pay online using the PayPal button shown below or download and mail the Workshop Registration form.
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Collaborative Workshop

The Collaborative Workshop is back! This will be held the 3rd Monday each month and begins in March. Bring your questions and brickwalls and join Lisa Mahler and others in the Tom Green County Library computer lab (2nd floor, in the back) from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for hands on genealogy discovery and discussion.

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
March 7th
DNA Test - Is it for me?
Join us one hour before our regularly scheduled monthly meeting to discuss the reasons for testing DNA, the types of tests, who to test with and what to expect.
March 7th
Roots, Trees,& Land
Finding your Ancestors at the Texas GLO - presented by James Harkins
March 8th
DNA, Now What?
Join the Advanced DNA disussion group to delve more into your DNA and how to interpret and use your results. You must have already tested and have results plus the ability to log-in and navigate the testing website.