SAGHS Fiesta Medals!

On Friday, July 9, it was announced Fiesta for 2020, has been canceled.  It's been over 100 years since Fiesta was canceled in 1918 and then again in 1919 due to WW I and the Spanish Flu epidemic.  Come and get your SAGHS Fiesta Medal souvenir of this epic year, 2020!  Who knows...might even be a collectors' item someday.
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  Hurry, Hurry...when they are gone, they are gone!!  

Presenting SAGHS activity information:
The SAGHS Library and Dwyer Center are open and continue to follow the Covid-19 Guidelines.
All program offerings require attendees to pre-register as the Dwyer Center classroom size is limited to maintain Social Distancing requirements. 
Save the date:  Our Annual Seminar is Saturday, October 24th.  Our speaker will be J. Mark Lowe.  This will be a virtual meeting; details to be announced.
Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, August 8 - SAGHS Board Meeting
  • Saturday, August 8 - DNA Consultation Hour for pre-registered attendees
  • Sunday, August 9 - Civil War Military Records class is canceled at this time
  • Wednesday, August 12 - FamilyTree Maker/WikiTree Workshop for pre-registered attendees
  • Sunday, August 30 - Researching Tennessee Ancestors is canceled at this time
  • Monday, August 31 - Last day to submit your picture for the annual yearbook!
  • Monday, August 31 - Last day to renew SAGHS dues before being automatically removal from the website!

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, which have appeared in the newsletters. All have now been uploaded to our website and will also soon be available in the library. Access them here under Events & Education: Methods and Sources.

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

Come and visit our library!

Library Hours:
(face mask required)
Monday 10 am - 4 pm    
Wednesday 10 am - 7 pm    
Thursday 10 am - 4 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 on the corner of Melissa and Blanco.
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.

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

@txsaghs is on Instagram

Those of you with an Instagram account have another way to keep up with SAGHS happenings.

Follow @txsaghs on Instagram!

Those of you without Instagram may have questions...

  • What is Instagram? Instagram is a social networking app for sharing photos and videos from a mobile device.
  • Why Instagram? When users post photos/videos they use #hashtags to help other users discover the photos/videos and each other. These #hashtags attract like-minded Instagram users. Many genealogists, historical societies, libraries, and archives use Instagram. Posts are brief as it's more about the media than the text.
  • How do I get an Instagram account? Step-by-Step Instructions for creating an Instagram account can be found at
  •  How do I follow SAGHS? From the app on your phone or tablet, use the Search function (looks like a magnifying glass) and type @txsaghs to find us and click “follow” for us to appear in your feed. These steps are not available on a computer.

You can “like” a post on Instagram by clicking the heart. You can comment by typing below the picture. Follow us!

8 August
Beginner's Genealogy Class - Part 2

8 August
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
SAGHS Board Meeting

8 August
10:00 am
DNA Consultation Hour
Moderator: Annette Graham.  DNA has become another avenue for researching our Ancestors.  Getting the results of your DNA testing has sometimes caused confusion and created many questions. This one-on-one program with Annette is designed to help you interpret your results and how to use your DNA results with your ...

9 August
Civil War Military Records