Library Use by Appointment Only

Due to the recent increases in COVID-19 related hospitalizations in San Antonio, our Board this morning voted to make our library available only on an appointment basis starting today and lasting until February 15, 2021 at which time we will resume normal operating hours.  This step is being taken as a precaution to protect our Duty Librarians as well as our patrons.
To make an appointment, please contact our Head Librarian, Laura Grover, by email at  
This limited access applies to our Library only.  Classes which are scheduled for the Dwyer Center are not affected.  Those classes will continue to be held at the discretion of the individual instructors.  Also, meetings scheduled for the Dwyer Center will continue as planned.  But remember that safe spacing is always in order.
As of now, this is our schedule of classes and meetings for the remainder of January:
13 January 10am - 12pm – FamilyTree Maker/WikiTree Workshop with Scott Atkinson
16 January 10am - 12pm – SAGHS General Meeting by ‘Hybrid’ method of In-person and Virtual viewing. The program presenter is James Earl whose topic is “Historical Significance of Black Confederates in the War of the Rebellion”. The business meeting follows to include 2 items: First, the election of the 2021-2023 Nominating Committee to select 2021-2023 Officers for the April 17th election; and second, approval for honorary membership for Arnold Birdsong, Barbara Dehle, Jo Anne Horne and Helen Parker.
17, 24, and 31 January – The Beginner’s Genealogy Class by Stephanie Wells for those who paid and pre-registered. This 3-part Sunday class offering introduces the beginner family researcher to the basics of tracing the lives of their ancestors. This includes learning genealogical terms, the use of forms and charts, sources to search and citing your references.
Finally, our Tuesday library workdays will continue as usual for those volunteers who are healthy and willing to participate.

Attention New Members!

Now is your chance to become a member of SAGHS for a reduced rate of $20 ($30 for joint membership).  Our normal membership year begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June the following year.  We are now offering new individual and joint memberships to join the Society for this special pro-rated fee.  Former members are eligible for pro-rated fees only if they have not been members of the society for a full year.

You can join online or download an application to mail in today.

For more information, call the library at (210) 342-5242 or email our Membership chair at

Presenting SAGHS activity information:
Please note, all program offerings require attendees to pre-register as the number of registrants is limited to maintain Social Distancing requirements. 
Upcoming Events:
  • January 16 - SAGHS General Membership Meeting which includes selecting the Nomination Committee to nominate candidates for 2021-2023 SAGHS Officers, Treasurer and Recording Secretary
  • January 17, 24 and 31 - Beginner's Genealogy 3-Part Class

SAGHS Fiesta Medals!

We still have a limited supply of the SAGHS 2020 Medals.  If you would like to purchase your 2020 Fiesta Medal, please stop by the Library during normal business hours.  The cost is still just $10 each and we accept cash or can bring a check made out to SAGHS.  Come and get your SAGHS Fiesta Medal souvenir of this COVID-19 year, 2020!  Who knows...might even be a collectors' item someday.  Hurry, Hurry...when they are gone, they are gone!!  

New Book Now Available

First Families of Bexar County, Texas, edited by Larry W. Luckett



In four sections, covering historical eras of settlement in Central Texas:             

Spanish Colonial, 

Mexican National, 

Republic of Texas

Early Statehood 


The book offers a collection of descendant lineages, personal  histories, and family narratives from residents of Béxar, San Antonio, and Bexar County prior to 1850.   

  • The book includes lineages on 51 ancestor families of 103  First Family descendants recognized in the first 20 years of the SAGHS rogram.  
  • Ancestors include Spanish presidio soldados, Mexican  familias, Tejano pioneers, European colonizers, and Anglo-American immigrants
  • Biographical sketches, historical narratives, photographs, and maps supplement the lineages
  • Lineages are fully documented with source citations conforming to current genealogical standards. 


Soft cover, 330 pages, full color covers, illustrated throughout; indexed by full names and locations. 


Orders now being accepted by downloading the order form.




Methods and Sources articles access

Members have asked for easy access to all "Methods and Sources" articles written by Leslie Tomlinson, CG.  These articles have appeared in some of our past newsletters.  All of these articles have now been uploaded to our website and will soon be available in the library.  To access them, click on the Events & Education tab and then choose Methods and Sources.

Use this link when shopping on Amazon and Amazon donates to San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society.

Obituaries update
The obituaries list from San Antonio newspapers has been updated to include deaths in 1961.

Come and visit our library!

Library Hours:
Monday 10 am - 4 pm    
Wednesday 10 am - 7 pm    
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm  
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
We are located at:
911 Melissa Dr, San Antonio, TX 78213
Convenient location, great parking, and easy to find.  
From I-410, exit onto Blanco Rd north.  Go 3/4 mile and turn left onto Melissa Dr.
The Library is located in the second building on the north side of Melissa Dr.
Use the first driveway past the building.
Parking and entrance in the back of the building.
Phone: (210) 342-5242
Days closed: New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Founders’ Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Fall Seminar, Thanksgiving Eve and Day, Christmas Eve and Day.

1 January
COVID-19 Guidelines
Please Note -- The San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society (SAGHS) will continue to follow all State and Local COVID-19 Guidelines.  As a courtesy to all others, masks are required while in the library or the Dwyer Center, and to maintain good social distancing practices.  Any changes will be announced when ...

17 January
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Beginner's Genealogy - Part 1
Instructor: Stepanie Wells.  This will be a 3-part Sunday class to introduce the beginner family researcher to the basics of researching and documenting their ancestors. The basics of genealogy research will be presented with such topics as genealogical terms, forms, charts, census records, courthouses, plus the importance of citing your ...

24 January
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Beginner's Genealogy Class - Part 2
This is a continuation of the 3-part Beginner's Class for those who attended the January 17th class. 

31 January
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Beginner's Genealogy Class - Part 3
Today is the conclusion of the 3-day Beginner's Genealogy Classes. Please note today's class ends at 3 pm which will allow added research time in the SAGHS Library interested attendees.