Come learn about the wonderful resources and learning opportunities available at the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS)! SAGHS is an organization with a mission to teach and promote genealogical and historical research, publish and preserve records, and increase awareness of genealogy and history. We maintain an outstanding library of over 15,000 books, publish an award-winning semiannual journal and society books, and conduct educational seminars, classes, and workshops. In addition, through our First Families of Bexar County Program, we recognize descendants of people who were in Bexar County in 1850 or before.
Are you interested in investigating your DNA or that of other family members but are uncertain about which test to choose? This presentation is intended to help you make an educated choice and will include not only information about a variety of DNA tests and testing companies but also so of the caveats to be considered.
Brityn Willis Bennett
Learn from a historical society librarian to search archives with confidence! Archives are treasure troves for the historical detective, but can be intimidating. You’re not the only one who doesn’t know where to start! We’ll begin with the basics of archival research—both online and in person. Then learn what to know and do in preparation for and during your visit to the National Archives (NARA) and other Texas archives.
This session will help those of all tribes to trace their ancestry in this area, and will give you tips on where to look for information. There are a lot more documents about the Native Americans than what people think. You will want to be a part of the Native American tribes when you hear what Nancy has to say!
Andrew D. Crews
Since 1995, the Texana/Genealogy Department has been located on the sixth floor of the Central Library at 600 Soledad Street downtown. The department occupies approximately 10,000 square feet. Within the Department are approximately 60,000 microforms, 75,000 books, 110 drawers of archival files, 11 map cabinets, and 300 cubic feet of archival collections. This session will introduce you to books, databases, web sites, and information on microfilm held by the Texana/Genealogy Department.
Do you look beyond the first few columns in a census record? Both national and state census reports can provide a lot of information beyond where someone lived and with whom they were living. This presentation will provide information about using the census to identify groups who moved together, status in the community, as well as variations in the information from one census to another.
Connecting to sources and researching your family and others are easier than ever with the Internet. However, protecting yourself and your family's private information is more important than ever. In this class, you will learn ways to protect your information on the Internet and to connect with others to share information.
Learn about the wealth of online records available for your research with trained consultants who can assist in your search for family members. We have recently upgraded technical equipment, minimal costs of printing records, and ongoing classes with hands-on experience, proficient and skilled instructors.