Land Records in the SAGHS Vertical Files

Burkhead platLand records are valuable resources for family historians. An ancestor’s land purchase can indicate a family’s arrival in a county, while the sale of that same property may signal a family’s departure or the land’s transfer to other family members. Grantors and grantees may be relatives—parents, children, uncles, aunts, cousins, and in-laws. The description of the property might include the names of neighbors, who could be relatives or close associates. Genealogists often recreate an entire neighborhood by using the land descriptions to plat the local acreage.
The SAGHS vertical files contain many examples of land records, and in some cases, plats. In 1880, A. J. Burkhead, a farmer, lived in Cooke County, Texas, with his wife and children.[1] Prior to 1880, A. J. Burkhead purchased property in Cooke County. Records of his land purchases, as well as a plat of his property, showing the names of some of his neighbors, are included in the Burkhead files.
If you would like to view the images from the Burkhead files in the digitized SAGHS vertical files, please visit the SAGHS library and ask a librarian for assistance.
Cynthia Kennedy and Charles B. Brussells
Vertical Files Chairmen
[1]  1880 U.S. census, Cooke Co., Texas, Precinct 6, enumeration district (ED) 117, p. 347 (stamped), dwelling 29, family 29, A.J. Burkhead, digital image, ( : accessed 27 July 2015); citing NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1298.

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Cemetery Books

Cemetery books are a wonderful resource for family historians. In these books, researchers can discover dates of deaths which occurred long before vital records were kept. Dates of birth and places of origin may also be found, as recorded from cemetery markers. Other information that can be gleaned from studying cemetery books includes religious affiliation, family groupings, occupation, social affiliation, and a family’s area of residence within a county. An individual’s date of death can also lead to courthouse records.
The SAGHS Library has a vast collection of cemetery books from Texas and many other states. Here are just a few examples from our extensive collection:
  • Cemeteries of Bexar County, Texas, Volumes 1-8
  • Cemetery Inscriptions of Harris County, Texas, Volumes 1-2
  • Cemeteries of Comal County, Texas, and Surrounding Areas
  • Cemeteries of Sabinal Canyon Area (Northeastern Uvalde County and Western Bandera County)
  • Medina County, Texas, Cemeteries Volumes 1 and 2
  • Atascosa County, Texas, Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Early Records of Request for Burial in Old New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas
  • Ancient Burying-Grounds of the Town Of Waterbury Connecticut
  • Cemetery Directory of Polk County, Missouri
  • Cast in Stone: Selected Burials in Albany, Rensselaer & Saratoga Counties, New York
  • Pioneer Cemeteries of Southeastern Ohio, 1801-1980
Come visit us to see what you can discover in the many cemetery books at the SAGHS Library!

Annual SAGHS Seminar

It’s not too early to put the annual SAGHS genealogy seminar on your calendar! Join us on 17 October 2015 for a full day of learning with our speaker Patti Hobbs, CG. Patti will present two morning sessions on Autosomal DNA: "Testing for All Genealogical Lines" and "Analyzing Your Results. Afternoon sessions include "Evaluating Conflicting Evidence" and "Essential Research: Collateral Lines." Learn more about this event. Download the registration form.

9 August
So You Think You have an Indian Princess in Your Family!
Speaker: Nancy McLarry. A beginners – intermediate genealogy program. Of Native American descent herself, Nancy will explain how and where to research your Native American heritage. She will also include an explanation of the Dawes Rolls. Please register by calling our library at 210-342-5242. We ask for a $5 contribution from our SAGHS members and a $10 contibution ...
12 August
Family Tree Maker SIG
Moderator: Scott Atkinson. This Family Tree Maker computer Speical Interest Group (SIG) assists in resolving questions or problems with the software program. Contact Scott Atkinson for questions at Please register by calling our library at 210-342-5242. This is a free program for SAGHS members, but we ask a $5 contribution from non-members. ...
3 September
Intermediate Genealogy
Instructors: Barbara Froebel and Ann Roberts. An intermediate learner program. This is a 4-week program provided on September 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th to enhance your knowledge in researching your family history. Barbara and Ann will include  researching military records, migration, and census records. Please register and pay for this offering by 17 August at ...
7 September
Library Closed
The Library is closed Monday, 7 September for Labor Day.