In April 1917 the United States entered the Great War later known as World War I. To commemorate that momentous world-wide struggle, SAGHS will publish a special issue of its journal Our Heritage in January 2017. The issue will be devoted to articles about the valor and sacrifice of the individuals in the war zone, and about those who supported the war effort from the home front.
For this special issue we need the stories and reports of your research on your ancestors during this period. Identify the individuals, and reflect on how they spent the war years. Soldiers and nurses deployed overseas, but those men and women on the home front also contributed. Write it down, and share their stories with our readers. It does not need to be elaborate — a portrait, a short biographical sketch, an album of memorabilia, or any combination thereof. Submit your creation to honor your ancestors and their service to support the war effort. Contribute to a lasting memorial to the great sacrifices by your ancestors during these tumultuous times.
Newspapers can be a valuable research tool for family historians. Many historic newspapers are now available online. The challenge, however, is knowing where to look. The SAGHS library has recently received a new book that can help: Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers by Claudia C. Breland.
This book provides tips for online genealogical research in historic newspapers, as well as over 200 pages of links for accessing online historic newspapers from both the United States and other countries. Be sure to visit the SAGHS library soon to see how Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers may help you to further your family history research.
Check out the latest Our Heritage
The Fall-Winter issue of the SAGHS journal Our Heritage has been published. The cover image is of Jeanie Valliant Brahan Brown (1855–1912), profiled with her uncle, Robert Weakley Brahan, in an article by Nancy Wright Brennan. If you're not a SAGHS member, join today to receive your personal copy of future issues of this award-winning genealogy journal.
NGS Research in the States Series
The SAGHS library now has a complete set of the available volumes in the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States series. Each volume in the series is a valuable, state-specific resource that directs family historians to the location and availability of sources such as maps, newspapers, cemetery records, censuses, and census substitutes. Also included is information concerning records at the city and county level, as well as court, land, military, naturalization, religious, and vital records, and voter registration.
Instructor: Barbara Holmes. This is designed to be a 3-class course in learning how to use Microsoft Word (scheduled for the first Saturday in April, May and June). It is best if you plan to attend all sessions, especially if you are a beginner user. However, each class will have ...
In honor of Mother's Day, the SAGHS Library will be closed Sunday, May 8, 2016. The usually scheduled 2nd Sunday class will be held on Sunday, 15 May 2016. The Library will re-open on Monday, May 9, 2016 with regular hours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Speaker: Cindy Kennedy. In this session, Cindy will demonstrate the value of using tax records for genealogical research. The focus will be on personal and property tax records generated at the county level, with examples from several states, including Texas. Tax records can serve to fill in the years between censuses ...