Boy Football Player and...Home Planner?

Read the story of Phillip L. Shoop, a gifted eighth-grade student, who, at age 14, was employed as a draftsman to design homes for a San Antonio builder. Phillip’s training began one and one-half years prior to an Express news article which claims he studied five to six hours a day; nonetheless, he still found time to play on his junior high football team. Find out more!

New Beginning Genealogy Class

Are you new to family history research? Would you like to have individualized guidance to help you as you begin exploring the lives of your ancestors? Why not spend a day at the SAGHS library learning from an experienced researcher? Learn more.

Genealogy Institutes

Are you ready for an entire week of intensive genealogical instruction? Genealogy institutes provide the opportunity for a sustained, week-long focus on a related set of topics. The institutes listed below are offered each year. Participants register for one track and attend daily classes in that track. While each institute is unique, attendees can also expect opportunities for networking, as well as education. The websites for these institutes detail the registration procedures. Tracks do fill up quickly, so advance planning is important.

  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) The 2016 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will take place January 11-15, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration for SLIG opens on June 20, 2015. A list of the 2016 tracks is located here:
  • Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) The 2015 Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research will be held June 7-12, 2015, on the campus of Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. Registration for the 2015 IGHR courses opened on January 20, 2015. Information on available seats can be accessed here:​.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) Two sessions of GRIP will be held in 2015, from June 28-July 3, and from July 19-24, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration for the June 28-July 3 courses opened on February 4, 2015, and registration for the July 19-July 24 courses opened on February 18.​
  • The National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) This institute provides in-depth, onsite instruction concerning research using federal records. This institute is intended for experienced researchers. The next NIGR will be held in July, 2016, in Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland. To obtain registration information, use the link on the NIGR website to join the mailing list.
  • British Institute The 2015 British Institute will take place September 21-25, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration information is available on the institute’s home page.

8 April
Family Tree Maker Workshop
Moderator: Scott Atkinson. A workshop to assist you with questions or problems in using your Family Tree Maker computer software. Bring your laptop to assist in learning; however, it is not required to attend the workshop. For questions, please contact Scott Atkinson at or call our library at 210-342-5242 to register. This workshop ...
11 April
Family Tree Maker Workshop
Moderator: Scott Atkinson. This is a Saturday workshop to assist you in answering questions or solving problems with your Family Tree Maker computer software. Bringing your laptop assists in learning, but it is not required. Contact Scott Atkinson with questions at or call SAGHS library at 210-342-5242 to register. This workshop ...
12 April
Cemetery Research Basics Including and
Speaker: Kurt Kneeland. A beginner to intermediate genealogy program. Please register by calling our library at 210-342-5242. We ask a $5 contribution from SAGHS members and a $10 contribution from non-members.
18 April
Monthly Member Meeting
Speaker and Topic: Amy Jo Baker, Castroville Its History and People, 1846-1886.  Author, historian, and educator Amy Jo Baker will discuss her book on the history of the Medina County town known as the Little Alsace of Texas. Other Business: Election of Officers (President, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer). ...