Intern News

Christina Montero, SAGHS Library intern during the summer of 2016, recently graduated from New Mexico State University with a master’s degree in Public History. She plans to work in San Antonio this year and begin her PhD studies in 2018. Congratulations, Christina!
      Christina Montero

Pay Your 2017-2018 Dues Online

It's that time of year! Renew your membership online by first clicking on the Members Only link and logging into the site. Then use the Renew Membership button at the top right to complete the process. You can pay using your credit card or PayPal. Alternatively you may download a membership form and mail in your check.
NOTE: Your membership dues amount is prefilled, so you won't have to enter a dollar amount. However, the line after that is for Optional Donations. Please don't confuse the two!
If you are renewing a joint membership, please remember to add your joint person's name and email address. Thanks for your support!

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 the Annual Seminar

Now you may pay for the Annual Seminar online.
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.  The Annual Seminar is 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.  Annual 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!

25 July
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
DNA Consultation Hour
This class has been moved to 1 August 2017, same time, same place.

1 August
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 ...

8 August
10:00 am

13 August
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
WorldCat & GenWeb
Instructors: Beverly Rakowitz and Barbara Froebel. WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. Beverly will explain how to use this library tool, so that you can locate books, videos, articles and audiobooks that will help you with your research. Barbara will explain the use of GenWeb.   Please ...