2015 Officers

- Ann Talbot Roberts
- Mary Torres
Corresponding Secretary
- Yvonne Swanson
Recording Secretary
- Rosemarie Herrmann
- Barbara Krafka

Genealogical Tips Vol. LIV, No. 1
January - March 2016

2015 Committee Chairpersons

Book Selection
- Position not filled as of 02-14-2013
- Coralie Somers
Editor, Genealogical Tips
- Marlene Pegg
- Susan Francis

Member Notice

Tip O' Texas Genealogical Society is a local non-profit organization. We welcome individuals interested in learning to trace their family roots and improve their skills. The society works closely with the Harlingen Public Library which maintains a large collection of genealogical resources.

Programs and workshops provide members with interesting speakers designed to help in genealogical research and a way to network with others. Our quarterly newsletter showcases research techniques and successes.

We offer members the opportunity to learn new strategies, research and present new topics, serve on the Board of Directors, and expand their personal genealogical knowledge including using new technology and social media. Like us on Facebook!

The annual dues are $20. For more information call 956-345-4756 or visit totgs.org.

 Programs and workshops provide members with interesting speakers designed to help in genealogical research and a way to network with others.

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday July 21
The Tip O' Texas Genealogical Society will meet at 10:15 AM on Thursday, July 21 at the Harlingen Public Library. A video, "Private Land Claims," by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, from the National Genealogical Society's annual conference in Fort Lauderdale will be presented. In this session you will learn about land that was granted to individuals by the governments of France, Spain and Mexico prior to U.S. acquisition of an area (such as the Louisiana Purchase territories), the process of proving legal ownership, and how to find resulting records in which owners received title to the land under the U.S. government.

Find My Past

Find My Past is launching it's marriage record collection, which will eventually have over 100 million records.   To get people started, they're giving FREE access to 33 million records, from now through Feb 15th.

Finding Your Roots

New Program on PBS
Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm

African American History Month

Black History Collection - FREE for the month of February
American Ancestors
Free Databases for February

Become a Member

Interested in joining the TOTGS? Go to our Contact for more information.


Beginning Research
Chart, going backwards. Write down everything. ASK family members – interview by asking open-ended questions.
Roots Web
Find A Grave
Heritage Quest
Family Search
Library of Congress

Paid Websites
Godfrey Library

An excellent resource is the printed Virginia Slave Index (compiled 1853-1865), later transcribed in microfilm format during the WPA in the 1930s and now available thanks to the Alexandria Library and put out by Heritage Books; also available on Amazon. Arranged alphabetically by slaveowner names, the 6th volume is a Geographic Supplement, arranged by county names. Pricey but worth it, or maybe you can order interlibrary loan.