Classes & Workshops

Each year SAGHS presents a wide variety of classes and workshops on topics of interest to genealogists of all levels and 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.
Pre-registration 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. Costs for classes will be added with each class listing.  Some workshops are presented as a member benefit to SAGHS Member, but we ask for a donation for non-members; others require a fee. Please check on the events page for details.
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 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 One is able to ask questions or add information during this two hour program. The Workshops are free to SAGHS members but a $10.00 contribution is asked 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 second Saturday of the month. The hours are 10-11 am, 11 am - 12 pm and 12-1 pm. This requires pre-registration by calling SAGHS at 210-342-5242 or emailing as there are no walk-ins allowed. The requested donation for this program is $20 for SAGHS members or $40 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
Classes will be posted when available.
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.