SAGHS Adds New Research Service

We are excited to announce the addition of the award-winning subscription service here at the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society library. caters to historians, genealogists, and land-researchers. Its First Landowners project displays a map with over 12.3 million original U.S. landowners in a single, searchable presentation. That project focuses on the public lands and Texas. Another project on presents "Antique Maps" displaying land-owners drawn from a variety of sources.
HistoryGeo is a service of Arphax Publishing Co., the established leader in mapping U.S. land-ownership in the western two-thirds of the country. It may be accessed from the SAGHS computers. Just ask a librarian! Tens of thousands of researchers have found their ancestors in HistoryGeo's maps. What discoveries await you in this exciting new view of frontier settlement?

Prepublication Notice!

SAGHS is pleased to announce its latest publication Bexar County, Texas, Divorces. Abstracted from court records and newspapers from 1901— 1903, this book was compiled by Nancy Wright Brennan. The 37th, 45th, and 57th Bexar County District Courts heard divorce cases in addition to others during the early 1900s. Entries include litigants, courts in which tried, case numbers, dates and many details of settlements and children and, when identifiable, the maiden names, dates, and places of marriage. The 72-page soft cover book comes with a full name index with both married and maiden names of the women, if known. View sample entry.
Purchase yours before 1 January 2016 for $20; after that date the price goes to $22. Buy online through the SAGHS store or download the mail-in publication form

Periodicals Added to Library Catalog

In a continuing effort to present the vast collection of research materials held at SAGHS, we are proud to announce that we have recently added periodicals to our online library catalog. Take a few minutes to browse them at Choose "Periodicals" from the Media Type dropdown and then you can filter by "Subject" and "Location."

Get connected to Find My Past!

Calling all members! Come to SAGHS by 24 December and get free access to Find My Past. Just ask a librarian for help accessing the site on the SAGHS computers. Here are a few of the many records you'll find:
  • PERiodical Source Index (PERSI): providing digital publications from the original content created by Allen County Public Library and new indexing since 2009  
  • Irish Records:  Life Events, Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850–1885, Griffith’s Valuation, Irish Newspapers, Directories and Social History Records, Petty Sessions Order Books
  • British Records:  Census, Parish Records and BMDs (birth, marriages and deaths), British Newspapers, British Army Service Records 1760–1915, Passenger Lists Leaving the UK 1890–1960

9 December
Family Tree Maker SIG
This workshop is cancelled, as leader is unavailable.   Moderator:  Scott Atkinson. This Family Tree Maker special interest group assists in answering questions or solving problems in the use of this computer software. Laptops are encouraged but not required to attend. Contact Scott Atkinson for questions at Please register by calling SAGHS at 210-342-5242. ...
13 December
What Can You Find in the Courthouse?
Speaker: Janet Shapiro. A beginner to intermediate genealogy skill class. Janet will review what you may find in the courthouse and provide her personal experiences when doing courthouse research. To register, please call our library at 210-342-5242 or email us at We ask a $5 contribution from members and $10 from non-members. Please note that the ...
27 December
RootsMagic SIG
Moderator:  Anthony Barbieri. Owners of RootsMagic computer software will meet to ask questions or resolve problems with Anthony's assistance. A laptop is helpful but not required to attend this event. Please register by calling our SAGHS library at 210-342-5242 or emailing This is a free program for SAGHS members but we ask a ...
10 January
Breaking Through Brick Walls
Speaker: Barbara Froebel