Pay Online for Founders' Day and Annual Seminar

Now you may pay for Founders' Day and the Annual Seminar online.
Founders' Day is Saturday, June 17, 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, October 7, 2017, at the 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.

Vertical Files are Digitized and Searchable

An ongoing project at the SAGHS library is digitizing the vertical files of donated family research papers. So far, our volunteers have scanned 1,514 surname files and have loaded them onto our computers.
To see if your surname has been included, search the online library catalog, select “Vertical Files" as the "Media Type," then change the search term to "Surnames," and type in a name. Next, click on the magnifying glass icon for the search results.
If the name is found, the results show the files residing on the library computers. There you will find printed instructions for searching and accessing your surname files. The scanned files of typed pages are searchable, but image files of handwritten pages are not. However, the handwritten pages may be accessed when adjacent pages are identified by the search function.
Try this new research tool at your library! 

Nominating Committee Seeking Candidates

On 21 January at the first business meeting of the year, the following members were elected to the SAGHS nominating committee: James Garrett, Nancy Brennan, David Ringer, Bill Myers, and Rob Lewis. The nominating committee will identify candidates for six officer positions: President, Treasurer, Secretary, 1st Vice President (Programs), 2nd Vice President (Membership), and 3rd Vice President (Finance).
Elections will be held during the membership meeting on 15 April. New officers will assume duties on 1 July. Additional nominations may be submitted from the floor at the membership meeting on 18 February. If you would like to serve the society in one of these leadership positions, please contact a member of the nominating committee or email your intent to

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.

Black's Law Dictionary is Here!

SAGHS is pleased to announce the availability of digital versions of the 1891 and 1910 editions of A Dictionary of Law (otherwise known as Black's Law Dictionary) by Henry Campbell Black. The 1891 and 1910 editions of Black's Law Dictionary are essential tools for genealogists, as they contain many legal terms that are not present in current law dictionaries. Researchers analyzing historic legal documents such as land and probate records frequently encounter terms that require the use of this dictionary. 
The 1891 and 1910 editions of Black's Law Dictionary are accessible from the SAGHS Library computers. Please ask a librarian for assistance.

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!

25 April
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
DNA Consultation Hour
Instructor: Kurt Kneeland. This one-on-one hour consultation offers assistance with resolving your DNA questions and interpreting your results. It is limited to 3 attendees per day.  Pre-registration is required. There will be no walk-ins allowed due to the time needed for each person. This offering will be available the ...

9 May
10:00 am

10 May
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Workshop
This month's workshop is cancelled but will resume in June.  

14 May
Mother's Day - Library CLOSED
In honor of Mother's Day, the SAGHS Library is closed Sunday, May 14, 2017. The usually scheduled 2nd Sunday class, will be held on the 3rd Sunday, 21 May 2017. The Library will re-open on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.