64th Annual Seminar

Saturday, October 14
8:30 am - 4 pm
Dwyer Center's Roosevelt Auditorium
The immensely popular Michael Lacopo will present four topics that will interest genealogists and family historians of every level.
Michael is a life-long resident of northern Indiana. He began his genealogical research in 1980. His first published work appeared in 1985 with several books, journal articles and published contributions following. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 and has lectured locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Lacopo has a varied and interesting ancestry and is a self-described “all-American mutt.” He has research experience in numerous fields with particular strengths in research involving Mennonite families, Pennsylvania Germans and Midwest/Middle Atlantic research (IN, OH, IL, MI and PA), and genetic genealogy. He is proficient in reading German script and has a particular interest in immigrant ancestry.
The all day seminar includes four sessions:
•    She Came from No Where
•    Estate Files, Are You Getting the Most out of them?
•    Incorporating Social History into Your Research
•    The Genealogist’s Quadfecta: The Four Pronged Approach to Research Onsite
Pre-registration is due by October 4, 2023
$45 SAGHS Members - $50 Non-members
Price at the door -  $50 Members - $55 Non-members.
A box lunch meal is included with your registration.
Checks may be sent or left at SAGHS, 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213  Library Hours
Registration and  payment may be made in our online store. (Members MUST log in as a member to get the discounted price.)
In the online store, please choose the registration item to order your preferred box lunch.
If you will be attending virtually, please choose that option in the online store.

September Members Meeting Video Replay

Video replay of David Katerndahl's presentation is now available for members only.

After you login, click on the link to the replay at the bottom of the "Important Notice" page

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SAGHS Activities: A quick look for upcoming events

  • Sunday, September 24 from 2 - 4 pm Early German Research - Using Church Records to Find Your Ancestors by Lloyd Shenburger.
  • Sunday, October 1 from 2 - 4 pm - U. S. Military Widows and Pension Records Class by Larry Luckett
  • Wednesday, October 4 is the last day to register for SAGHS Annual Seminar on Saturday, October 14 with Michael Lacopo. Donations for door prizes are welcomed.
  • Saturday, October 7 from 10 am - 12 pm - GED Match DNA Subscription Class by Annette Graham
  • Saturday, October 7 from 10 am - 12 pm - The SAGHS Board Meeting. SAGHS members are welcome to attend.
  • Wednesday, October 11 from 10 am - 12 pm - FamilyTree Maker/WikiTree Workshop with Scott Atkinson
  • Saturday, October 14 from 08:30 am - 4 pm (Second Saturday!) - The SAGHS Annual Seminar with Micael Lacopo in-person presentation
  • Saturday, October 14th the SAGHS Library is closed for Seminar. It re-opens Sunday, October 15th from 1 - 5 pm.
  • Advance notice: November 5th US Land Records & the History Geo Online Landad Ownership Tools class is cancelled this year.

2023 Quilt Tickets

2023 Quilt Tickets 
This beautiful queen size quilt, Stars and Stripes Forever, is our annual fund raiser for 2023.
It was made by Helen Parker, one of our longtime quilters.
The quilt has been donated back to us this year in honor of Helen's many years of work in our Society.

Tickets are still only $1.00 each and the drawing will be at our Fall Seminar - October 21st.
Or you may purchase tickets at the Library during regular library hours.

Newspapers.com & African American Heritage

Now Available on our Computers
Two new subscription services for our members:
  • Newspapers.com Library Edition
  • ProQuest's African American Heritage
These new subscriptions are available on all our computers in both our Library and the Dwyer Center, and are in addition to our existing subscriptions, including
  • Ancestry.com Library Edition
  • Fold3
  • Find My Past
  • American Ancestors
  • History GEO
  • Family Search Library Affiliate
Newspapers.com Library Edition provides online access to nearly 20,000 historical newspapers.  It offers full-page images with searchable full text for millions of pages of newspapers dating from the early 1700s into the early 2000s.  It contains full runs and portions of runs of large metro, regional and state titles as well as small local newspapers in the USA and other countries.
ProQuest's African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.  This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

New Book! Breaking Through Walls

If you have read the “Methods & Sources” articles by Leslie W. Tomlinson, Certified Genealogist and SAGHS member, in our Newsletters, you might want to add our newest book to your personal library. 
Breaking Through Walls expands upon the articles and includes new material. It contains great instructions on researching one’s genealogy. Plus it just might be your ‘go-to’ book for tips on how to break through those brick walls. 

It is on sale now for $20.00. 

You can purchase this book through our online store or you can save on shipping by purchasing the book in person at the library during regular library hours.

Teddy Roosevelt at SAGHS

Did you know that Teddy Roosevelt has visitied SAGHS twice?
See the videos

Book Now Available

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

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.   


More details and how to order


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

Visit our Library!

 Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
Monday 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 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 Dwyer Center is the first building on the north side of Melissa Dr, and the Library is the second building on the north side of Melissa Dr.  Please use the first driveway and park in any of the 28 marked parking spaces.
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.


24 September
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
German Migration Class is changed to Early German Research - Using Church Records to Find Ancestors
Instructor: Lloyd Shenberger. Germany, as a country, did not come into existence until the unification in 1871. The early church, both Catholic or Protestant, was given the responsibility to record all baptisms, marriages, and burials. These records are your vital records in Germanic speaking areas in 19th century and before. ...

1 October
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
U. S. Military Widows and Orphans Pension Records Class
Instructor: Larry Luckett.  “…to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan…,” Abraham Lincoln pledged in his second inaugural address. And pensions for U.S. veterans have produced a treasure trove of records rich in genealogical details. Led by genealogist and military history ...

7 October
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
GED Match DNA Subscription Class
Instructor: Annette Graham. Have you gotten your results back and not sure what all the features are with the website? Do you have unknown GED Match DNA matches in your match list? Do you need to know how to "sort your socks" (sort your matches)? Are you struggling to identify ...

11 October
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
FamilyTree Maker/WikiTree Workshop
Instructor: Scott Atkinson. This workshop with Scott Atkinson assists members and guests in documenting their family trees thru the use of various genealogy programs and their computers. Programs generally include Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, Ancestry Family Search and WikiTree. -This regular monthly workshop continues to assist in answering questions ...