Officers for 2013

- Ann Talbot Roberts
- Mary Torres
Recording/Corresponding Secretary
- Rosemarie Herrmann
- Barbara Krafka
- Coralie Somers
TIPS Editor
- Marlene Pegg
- Susan Francis

Recent Posts


Thursday, August 7th
The last of our National Genealogical Society conference videos will be shown at the Harlingen Public Library at 10:00 am this Thursday, August 7th. "Of Sound Mind and Healthy Body: Using Probate Records in Your Research" (Michael Hait), and "Using NARA's (National Archives & Records Administration) Finding Aids and Website" (Pamela Boyer Sayre) are the two videos. These are "nuts & bolts" tools for every family history researcher! Hope you can make it. You don't have to be a member to come, and it's free.

Wednesday, August 6th
Don't forget to tune into TLC at 8:00 pm for the latest episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?", featuring Rachel McAdams

August 27 - 30
The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, co-hosted by Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, will be in San Antonio August 27 - 30 -- visit their website for registration and program information.


The Tip O' Texas Genealogical Society will meet the 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month except for December.


Thursday, July 17th
10:00 am at the Harlingen Public Library; the public is invited to attend at no cost.  There will be two presentations: "A Treasure Trove of Rarely Used Records", by Barbara Vines LIttle, and "Disputes and Unhappy Differendes: Surprises in Land Records", by Sharon Tate Moody.  Both presentations will be videos from the rent National Genealogical Society Conference, and both presenters are experienced and highly trained genealogists.  These will be wonderful sources of information and ideas for any family history researcher.  For more information, call 956-345-4756

Sunday, July 20th
The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society will meet at the Harlingen Public Library at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 20th.  Moises Garza will present a program entitled "Major Resources for Northeastern Mexico Genealogical Research".   For more information, call 956-412-1269 or 956-345-4756.

Tuesday, July 15th
The Texas Tropical Trail Region will meet for it's regular meeting, which will include a tour of The Boot Company Restaurant, Grace Heritage Ranch, and Bethel Lutheran Church; a program will feature "The RGV Civil War Trail" and a review of David Vassberg's book "Stockholm on the Rio Grande 1912-1985".  For more information, visit the Texas Tropical Trail's Facebook page; please note that there is a $15 charge for lunch (payable in cash), and that RSVPs are necessary by Friday July 11th to

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We are proud to have purchased temporary rights to a series of video-taped workshops recently presented at the National Genealogical Society’s annual meeting.  The last of these presentations will be available for the public on August 7th, at 10:00 am at the Harlingen Public Library.  The program will be “Using NARA’s (National Archives and Records Administration) Finding Aids and Website”, presented by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, and “Of Sound Mind and Healthy Body:  Using Probate Records in Your Research”, presented by Michael Hait, CG.  The Program is free and open to the public.

Who Do You Think You Are? will begin its new broadcast season on July 23rd, and will be broadcast every Wednesday evening through the 27th of August.  Look for it on TLC.