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.
Thursday January 21st
Del Thomas will talk on "Connecting with Germanic Ancestors" at 10:15 am at the Harlingen Public Library. She's been a very popular speaker on issues about German ancestors. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Thursday January 28th
Frank Cortazo, President, Valley Byliners, "Writing Your Family Story"
Interested in joining the TOTGS? Go to our Contact for more information.
Beginning ResearchChart, going backwards. Write down everything. ASK family members – interview by asking open-ended questions.
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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.