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.

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.

25 April
New Member Orientation to SAGHS Programs
The San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society is more than just a library. Attend our New Member Orientation to learn about the full extent of SAGHS programs and services, including the library and the website. Please pre-register by calling the library, emailing, or registering in person. The orientation is free. ...
6 May
Family Tree Maker Workshop
Moderator:  Scott Atkinson. To assist in the use of your Family Tree Maker computer software, attend this workshop to solve problems. Your laptop is encouraged for use during the workshop but it is not required. You may contact Scott Atkinson at for questions. Please register by calling our library at 210-342-5242. ...
10 May
Mother's Day -- Library CLOSED
In honor of Mother's Day, the SAGHS Library will be closed on Sunday, 10 May 2015.  The usually scheduled 2nd Sunday class will be held on 17 May 2015.  The library will re-open on Monday, 11 May 2015 with regular hours, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
16 May
Monthly Member Meeting
Speaker and Topic: Joe Mitchell, Robber Baron Cave. The Robber Baron Cave is believed to be the longest cave in Bexar County.  The cave, which is all but hidden in what looks like an overgrown vacant lot in a residential area of Alamo Heights, is owned by the nonprofit Texas Cave Management Association. Joe ...