Classes & Workshops

Each year SAGHS presents a wide variety of classes and workshops on topics of interest to family historians. Whether you are a beginner just starting out or a more advanced learner, we have a class for you. Visit the Events main page for more information.
Preregistration will ensure your place in a class, so don’t forget to call or stop by the library. All classes and workshops are open to the public. For classes we ask for a $5 donation from members and a $10 donation for non-members. Some workshops are presented as a member benefit to SAGHS Member, but we ask for a $5 donation for non-members; others require a fee. Please check on the events page for details.
Family Tree Maker® (FTM)
FTM is one of the leading genealogy software packages. This is your chance to meet with other users/members to share tips, tricks, and other resources. With the news of the new FTM provider (see, this workshop will aid FTM users and, if desired, help them transition to other genealogical software. We will also include discussions of the other programs available. Contact: Scott Atkinson at 210-410-0382 or
DNA Consultation Hour
DNA has become a popular program in Genealogy research. Yet it seems there are many questions on how to interpret or to use one's results. To assist in resolving these queries, a one-on-one hour consultation program was created.
 It is limited to 3 one-hour sessions on the fourth Tuesdays of the month. The hours are 1-2 pm, 2-3 pm and 3-4 pm. This requires pre-registration by calling SAGHS at 210-342-5242 or emailing as there is no walk-ins allowed. The requested donation for this program is $10 for SAGHS members or $20 for non-members.
Beginning Genealogy 
Are you new to family history research? Would you like to have individualized guidance to help you as you begin the great adventure of tracing the lives of your ancestors? Why not spend a day at the SAGHS library, learning from an experienced researcher?
The one-day series of lessons includes the following:
  1. Using forms and charts to organize and compile family data you previously collected
  2. Searching for your family in census records using the online resources available at the SAGHS library
  3. Locating and obtaining courthouse records pertaining to your ancestors
  4. Making the most of resources in the SAGHS library
All lessons are furnished in printed form for further study and all forms are included in the price. Participants will need to bring a three-ring binder to hold the lesson plans. 
The lessons are given by appointment only, on Thursdays, at the SAGHS library, 911 Melissa Drive, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with 30 minutes for lunch. A microwave and refrigerator are available for your convenience. The total cost for the all-day session, including lesson plans, is $25, $30 for non-members. You do not have to be a SAGHS member to enroll in the lessons. For more information, please call the library at (210) 342-5242 and ask to be put on the beginners list. You will be contacted to schedule the lessons.
Intermediate Genealogy 
The classes are usually held on four consecutive nights.  The four sessions cover major records; the Family History Library catalog; census records; a survey of previous research; vital records; Federal, state, county, and city records; newspapers; large collections; military records; and migration (immigration/emigration). Timelines, sources, internet searching, and brick walls will also be covered. Please bring your brick wall to the last session for review.