Calling All Bexar County First Families! 
Each year SAGHS honors families who prove their descent from an ancestor who was in Bexar County no later than the enumeration of the 1850 Bexar County census. If one or more of your ancestors lived in the county when the 1850 U.S. census was taken or prior to that date, you can qualify.
Download an application or visit us at 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, Texas. Also reach us by telephone at (210) 342-5242 or email us.
SAGHS will be recognizing all newly proven First Families of Bexar County and the applying descendent at our annual SAGHS Founders Day luncheon in June of this year. In order to be recognized at our Founders Day Luncheon, applications must be received no later than 29 February 2020.
More information is available in the First Families section of our website.

SAGHS Fiesta Medals now on sale
The SAGHS Fiesta Medals are now on sale for $10 each.  We will have a total of 150 medals for 2020 and we now have orders for 20.  These have always been very popular items so make sure to order yours today.
When the 150 medals are sold, they are gone!
Medals will arrive sometime in March
Stop by the library during library hours to order from any of our Librarians or mail a check along with a note with your order information.
Mail to: 
2020 Fiesta Medal
911 Melissa Drive
San Antonio, TX 78213

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.




Presenting SAGHS activity information:
 - Save the dates - This year's Founder's Day will be the second Saturday, June 13th, with speaker, Paula Allen and our Annual Seminar the fourth Saturday, October 24th, with speaker J. Mark Lowe.
 - New to SAGHS in 2020 -  all meetings, classes/workshops will be held in the Dwyer Center beginning 1 January 2020. The only exceptions to this are the DNA Consultation Hour and Beginning Genealogy classes which will continue to meet in the SAGHS Library. The only other exception is when a specific meeting decides to meet in the SAGHS Library.
 - To learn more about the specific programs listed below, please view the listings in the Events Section.‚Äč
 - Please remember that SAGHS General Membership Meetings are held January - May and September as referenced in The Membership Yearbook! Also, as a reminder, the Library is closed for research until after the meetings.
  • Saturday, February 29 - Final day to forward Your First Families of Bexar County Applications
  • Saturday, March 7 - DNA Consultation Hour for those registered
  • Sunday, March 8 - Finding Your Ancestors in Virginia by Using 18th Century Records Class - 2 - 4pm
  • Wednesday, March 11 - FamilyTree Maker/WikiTree Workshop - 10am - Noon
  • Saturday, March 14 - DNA Consultation Hour for those registered
  • Saturday, March 14 - SAGHS Board Meeting
  • Saturday, March 21 - SAGHS General Membershop Meeting 10am - Noon with James Earl presenting his research about Blacks who supported the South during the Civil War.
  • Saturday, March 21 - Root's Magic Workshop from 1:30 - 3:30pm
  • Saturday, April 4 & 11 - DNA Consultation Hour for those registered
  • Wednesday, April 8 - FamilyTree/WikiTree Workshop
  • Saturday, April 11 - DNA Constultation Hour for those registered
  • Saturday, April 11 - SAGHS Board Meeting
  • Sunday, April 12 - The Library is closed for Easter & re-opens Monday April 13 from 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday, April 18 - The SAGHS General Meeting
  • Sunday, April 19 - Pre- and Post- Civil War Migrations
  • Saturday, April 25 - Google Earth SIG
  • Saturday, April 25 & May 2 - Beginner's Genealogy Class for those pre-registered.

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

Library Hours

Library Hours
   Monday         10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday      10 am - 7 pm
Saturday        10 am – 4 pm 
Sunday           1 pm – 5 pm
Location: 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213
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.

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7 March
10:00 am
DNA Consultation Hour
Moderator: Annette Graham. When DNA became another avenue to research our Ancestors, its newness created many questions. This one-on-one program is designed for individuals with question(s) on how to interpret or to use one's DNA results.   These one-hour sessions are offered on the 1st and 2nd Saturday of ...

8 March
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Finding Your Ancestors in Virginia Research by Using 18th Century Records
Speaker: Nancy Brennan. Today's class focuses on Virginia's 18th Century records during 1700-1799. The class provides information on sources, books, websites, etc. for Virginia county development, westward migration, etc. It further identifies what records are available as many records are lost or diffucult to find. The program does not ...

11 March
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
FamilyTree Maker/WikiTree Workshop
Moderator:  Scott Atkinson. Since developing the Family Tree Maker Workshop in 2014, the 2019 program added an additional genealogy documentation tool - the Thus the regular monthly Workshop continues to assist in answering questions or solving problems in their use. Laptops are encouraged but not required to attend. Contact Scott ...

14 March
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
SAGHS Board Meeting