SAGHS Publishes New Book

Remembering World War I, edited by Larry W. Luckett.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Thoughts of World War I bring visions of trench warfare, no man’s land, and deadly machine gun fire causing almost countless casualties. On the home front the war had other realities to those who served in support of American troops overseas. Individual articles provide glimpses of personal participation, injury, and death. The stories help us keep memories alive before the remembrance fades. 


This new book is an anthology of family memories and events from 100 years ago, with thirty articles by members of SAGHS in three sections—Home Front, Western Front, and Post-War. Includes a genealogy research bibliography to guide further individual research. Soft cover, 112 pages, four pages color illustrations; fully indexed by names, military units, battles, and locations. $10, plus $4 shipping and handling. Purchase online or download a form to mail in with your check.

Pay Online for Founders' Day and Annual Seminar

Now you may pay for Founders' Day and the Annual Seminar online.
Founders' Day is Saturday, 17 June 2017, at Oak Hills Country Club, 5403 Fredericksburg Rd. Our speaker is award-winning writer and editor Larry Luckett. Learn more about this event. There are two menu choices—Chicken Picatta and Vegetarian Medley. Select the item that you prefer.
The Annual Seminar is Saturday, 7 October 2017, at Cross Roads Church (formerly known as John Calvin Presbyterian Church), 8102 Midcrown Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78239. Our speaker is Cari Taplin, CG. Find out more information.
It's simple to pay online: First, if you are a member, log in to Members Only. That way your contact information is prefilled and you will receive any member discount, if available. Next go to the Store. Founders' Day and the Annual Seminar are the first items on the list. Select the number of people attending (Quantity), and click the Add to Cart button. Then fill out the Order Form and place your order using PayPal or your credit card. You are done! 
If you prefer, you can download forms to mail in with your payment. Founders' Day brochureAnnual Seminar brochure.

Solve Your Brick Wall

Need new ideas to solve that pesky "Brick Wall?" Our Brick Wall Panel scheduled for 10 September 2017 needs your help by submitting your brick wall dilemma for our discussion.
For your American 18th, 19th, or 20th century ancestor please provide as much information as possible. Include the person's full name, parents and/or spouse(s), place(s) lived, where you have already searched, and any other tidbit that you feel would help the panel to suggest solutions. Your brick wall problem may be combined with other similar ones and used to formulate questions benefiting attendees with comparable research obstacles. While an answer to your specific dilemma cannot be guaranteed, others who may have a similar difficulty may be able to offer a solution. Send your question to or write the Education Committee, c/o SAGHS, 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213. Submit by 1 May 2017.

New DNA Books at the SAGHS Library

SAGHS is excited to announce the arrival of two new guides to using DNA in genealogical research. Both books are authored by authorities in the field, and they reflect up-to-date theory and practice.
  • Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne
  • The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger
Be sure to stop by and consult these new resources!

29 May
Memorial Day — Library CLOSED
In honor of Memorial Day, the Library is closed Monday, May 29, 2017. The Library will re-open on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at its regular hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.  The SAGHS website is always open!

11 June
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Is An Archive On Your Itinerary?
Instructor: Susan Stieler. This class shall review the needed preparations to visit an archive followed by a thorough explanation of available resources found at the Texas State Library and Archives in Austin, Texas.   Please pre-register by calling SAGHS at (210) 342-5242 or emailing We ask a $5.00 contribution ...

13 June
10:00 am

14 June
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Workshop
Moderator: Scott Atkinson. This monthly workshop assists in answering questions or solving problems in the use of Family Tree Maker's computer software. Laptops are encouraged but not required to attend. Contact Scott Atkinson for questions at Please pre-register by calling SAGHS at (210) 342-5242 or emailing   ...