SAGHS Fiesta Medals!

In July, 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 COVID-19 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 follow current State & Local COVID-19 Guidelines.
Please note, all program offerings require attendees to pre-register as the Dwyer Center classroom size is limited to maintain Social Distancing requirements.  
Upcoming Events: 
  • Until October 31st - J. Mark Lowe's four recorded presentations will be available on-line to those who registered and paid for the SAGHS Fall Seminar. 
  • Saturday October 24th - Virtual Annual Seminar with J. Mark Lowe
  • Saturday, October 31st - Last Day to View J. Mark Lowe's Four Pre-recorded Presentations
  • Saturdays November 7th & 14th - DNA Consultation Hour
  • Sunday, November 8th - Learning About Probate Court Documents Class
  • Wednesday, November 11th - FamilyTree/WikiTree Workshop
  • Saturday, November 14th - SAGHS Board Meeting
  • Sunday, November 15th - Last Day to Obtain Pre-ordered Duplicate Books at the SAGHS Library
  • Wednesday, November 25th - Library closed for Thanksgiving
  • Saturday, November 28th - Library re-opens from 10 am - 4 pm

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:
(face mask required)
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 first driveway past the building.
Parking and entrance in back of 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.

@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!

19 October
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 ...

24 October
SAGHS Membership Meeting
The next Membership Meeting will be January 16, 2021.

24 October
Library Closed
Library will be closed today but will reopen on Sunday October 25th from 1 - 5 pm.

24 October
8:50 am to 1:00 pm
Annual Seminar
This year's SAGHS Annual Seminar Speaker is J. Mark Lowe, CG, CGL. He is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South.