2016—2017 Dues are Due!

It is time to submit your dues payment for our next fiscal year, 1 July 2016 –  30 June 2017. Download the flyer here, and mail it back with your payment before 1 July 2016 to maintain your full member benefits.
 
2017 Classes Preference Survey
This survey is printed on the back of the Dues are Due flyer. The Education Committee has worked diligently to develop a survey to capture the preferences of our members for classes and workshops to be presented in 2017. Be sure to mark the survey when you send in your dues.
 
Use the two free response areas of the survey to help us plan next year’s schedule:
  • Suggestions for future Fall Seminar speakers — For our Fall Seminar held in October we bring a nationally-recognized speaker on genealogical topics of interest. If you have seen a speaker who was particularly effective, perhaps at a TSGS, NGS, or FGS conference last year, please provide the name.
  • Program(s) you would like to teach — Our membership is chock full of individuals like you who have skills and knowledge gained from years of research. Please volunteer to teach a class or workshop.
Please return your survey with your dues payment.

Our Heritage to Have WWI Special Issue

Buy war savings stamps posterIn April 1917 the United States entered the Great War later known as World War I. To commemorate that momentous world-wide struggle, SAGHS will publish a special issue of its journal Our Heritage in January 2017. The issue will be devoted to articles about the valor and sacrifice of the individuals in the war zone, and about those who supported the war effort from the home front. 
 
For this special issue we need the stories and reports of your research on your ancestors during this period. Identify the individuals, and reflect on how they spent the war years. Soldiers and nurses deployed overseas, but those men and women on the home front also contributed. Write it down, and share their stories with our readers. It does not need to be elaborate — a portrait, a short biographical sketch, an album of memorabilia, or any combination thereof. Submit your creation to honor your ancestors and their service to support the war effort. Contribute to a lasting memorial to the great sacrifices by your ancestors during these tumultuous times.
 
Submit your article by 15 October 2016 to be included in the issue. Contact the editor at: publications@txsaghs.org.
 
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Newspaper Research

SAGHS has the resources you need!
 
Newspapers can be a valuable research tool for family historians. Many historic newspapers are now available online. The challenge, however, is knowing where to look. The SAGHS library has recently received a new book that can help: Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers by Claudia C. Breland.
 
This book provides tips for online genealogical research in historic newspapers, as well as over 200 pages of links for accessing online historic newspapers from both the United States and other countries. Be sure to visit the SAGHS library soon to see how Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers may help you to further your family history research.

Upcoming
10 August
Family Tree Maker Workshop
This Workshop is cancelled until 5 October 2016 (1st Wednesday).
14 August
Migration Trails
Instructor: Steve Mabie. This class will address the western migration of settlers as they depart from their East Coast residences to proceed across the continent throughout the 19th century. We will discuss the routes used, the conveyances, the impediments and the transit times as technological improvements lead to the eventual settlement ...
20 August
Microsoft Excel
Instructor: Barbara Holmes   This is a repeat session of the classes given in the summer of 2015. It will consist of 3 classes (scheduled for 8/20, 9/24 & 10/22).  Attendance at each class, while recommended, is not necessary, but dependent upon the progress of each class some of the planned topics ...
5 September
Labor Day - Library closed
The SAGHS library is closed Monday, September 5, 2016 for Labor Day. It will re-open on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 with regular hours from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm.