Nick Kotz to Speak at SAGHS

American Family Histories: Lost, Forgotten, Found
Native San Antonian Nick Kotz, journalist, author, and family historian will speak at the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society Library on Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 1:00 p.m. During this talk, Kotz discusses how he uncovered secrets in his family's past and why there has never been a better time to research your own roots. 
His most recent book, The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas, tells the story of his UkrainiaJewish immigrant grandparents, Nathan and Anna Kallison. Nathan Kallison came to San Antonio in 1899 by way of Chicago. He opened a small saddle store on South Flores Street that grew into the largest farm and ranch supply store in the Southwest. The Harness Maker’s Dream is a history of immigration in the 1890s, and an early history of San Antonio — the Depression, the World Wars, the booms, and the busts.
Kotz is best known for his 2005 book Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws that Changed America chronicling the roles of President Johnson and Dr. King in the passage of the 1964, 1965, and 1968 civil rights laws. He won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1968 for his reporting of unsanitary conditions in many meat packing plants, which helped to ensure the passage of the Wholesome Meat Act that regulates federal meat inspections.
Admission to this lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited; call the library (210-342-5242) to reserve a seat.

SAGHS Quilt Nearing Completion!

The 2015 quilt "Birds in Flight" is in the frame and ready to be quilted. Tickets for a chance to win this beautiful work of art are now available from the library. The quilt will be raffled off at our fall seminar.
Genie bird quilt

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14 December
Understanding and Using DNA Research
Speaker: Kurt Kneeland. This is a program for beginner and intermediate family researchers. This presentation will begin with a brief review of the DNA basics of  y-DNA, mt-DNA (mitrochondrial) and at-DNA (autosomal). Then Kurt will discuss y-DNA and mt-DNA haplo trees as well as their places of origin. Finally, he will review ...
11 January
What Can You Find in the Courthouse?
Speaker: Janet Shapiro.  This is a beginner - intermediate genealogy program. Janet will provide general information of what records are available in the courthouse. She will further describe her personal experiences at various counties including the Bexar County Courthouse. Please register by calling our library at 210-342-5242 to attend the class. A $5.00 contribution is ...
14 January
Family Tree Maker Workshop
Moderator:  Scott Atkinson. This is an opportunity to ask questions or review problems with using your Family Tree Maker computer software. For more information please contact Scott Atkinson at You may register by calling the library at 210-342-5242. Laptops are encouraged, but not required. This workshop is free to SAGHS members, but we ask for ...
22 January
Genealogy 101
Instructor: Julia George When:  Thursday evenings - January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 2015 Cost:  $20.00 members or $40.00 non-members - advance registration and payment are required by Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Held on Thursday evenings, this is a four session course for those who wish to get started or ...