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.
 
Google Earth SIG
Introducing Google Earth Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings for those interested in expanding their use of this software. An overview class on 12 January 2019 presented the many features of this world mapping program. Instructor, Rob Lewis, has used this program for many years to locate his ancestor's residences and hidden cemeteries. He even reviewed overlaying early maps with current land views to enhance ancestral locations.
Hearing his audience response, Rob Lewis, agreed to have monthly SIG. They will be held from 10 am - 12 pm on the 4th Saturday of the month and begin 23 February 2019.  The main goal of this SIG is to help you with your research using Google Earth Pro and its mapping features.  Please bring your ideas and questions to the session to help yourself and others in the group find out how Google Earth Pro can be your mapping solution.  Due to Rob's varied schedule, pre-registration with contact information is needed in case of last minute cancellation. Laptops are welcome, but not required to attend the group meetings.  Held in the SAGHS Annex, the SIG is a free benefit of SAGHS membership but a $5.00 contribution is asked from non-members.  Download the Google Earth Pro software to your computer.
 
Family Tree Maker/Wikitree Workshop
Since its beginnings in 2014, the Family Tree Maker Workshops offered a chance to share tips and tricks in the use of this computer software. To add more interest to this monthly study group, Moderator, Scott Atkinson, has added Wikitree.com to the meetings. Wikitree is a free online genealogy tool that may assist attendees to expand their ancestral  research. The monthly workshops are designed to further one's understanding and use of both Family Tree Maker software and Wikitree.com. One is able to ask questions or add information during this two hour program. The Workshops are free to SAGHS members but a $5.00 contribution is asked from non-members.
To enhance further understanding of Wikitree.com, a formal class will be held March 2, 2019 from 10 am - 12:30 pm at the SAGHS Annex. Please pre-register by calling SAGHS at 210-342-5242 or emailing education@txsaghs.org.  Since this is a dedicated class, we ask a $5.00 contribution from members and $10.00 contribution from non-members.
 
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 Education@txsaghs.org as there is no walk-ins allowed. The requested donation for this program is $10 for SAGHS members or $20 for non-members.
 

Beginners Genealogy

Are you new to family history research? Would you like to have individualized instruction as you begin the great adventure of tracing the lives of your ancestors? Why not spend two Saturday mornings (9-1) at the SAGHS library learning from an experienced researcher.

The two-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. Understanding courthouse records pertaining to your ancestors
  4. Making the most of resources in the SAGHS library

The class will be given 0n two Saturdays from 9 to 1 at the SAGHS Library, 911 Melissa Drive. Then the participants may continue researching (with the instructor available for questions) until closing at 4:00 p.m. The course is offered either February 2 and 9 or April 6 and 13. The total cost for the two day sessions, including materials, is $40 for SAGHS members, $55 for non-members. Call the library at (210) 342–5242 to reserve your spot. The enrollment deadline is January 26. Once confirmed, please remit payment. You will be contacted by the instructor with further information and to answer your questions.

Class size: Maximum 3 participants

 
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.