Officers for 2013

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


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

Finding Your Roots

New Program on PBS
Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm


March 19, 2015
The Tip O' Texas Genealogical Society meets Thursday, March 19, at 10:15 AM at the Harlingen Public Library. The guest speaker will be Dr. Russell Skowronek, Professor, Anthropology and History, UTPA, who will present an overview of the recently launched Rio Grande Civil War Trail that traverses a five-county region along the Rio Grande River between Brownsville and Laredo and its history. Dr. Skowronek is the Principal Investigator of the The Community Historical Archaeology Program with Schools (CHAPS) that was established in 2009 to create archaeologically and historically literate citizens who are aware of their local cultural and natural history and of its importance to the future of the Rio Grande Valley.

All TOTGS meetings are free and open to the public.

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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.