2015 Officers

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

2015 Committee Chairpersons

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

Member Notice

All TOTGS members have received an email with our proposed bylaws revision. The revisions bring the bylaws up-to-date and make them more concise and clear. They were discussed at the September membership meeting and will be voted on at the October 15th membership meeting.

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday October 15th
10:15 am at the Harlingen Public Library -- George Gause will speak on preserving photos

Thursday October 22nd
10:15 am -- Bob Fuller will provide a program entitled “Genealogy 101” 

Thursday November 19th
10:15 am -- a speaker (To be Announced) will help us with Native American research

Finding Your Roots

New Program on PBS
Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm

Other Meetings

On Sept 14th, President Obama issued a proclamation designating the period Sept 15 - Oct 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the achievements of Hispanics in America. The RGV Hispanic Genealogical Society, formed in 2007, works year-round to promote interest in Hispanic Genealogy. It meets at 2:00 pm at the Harlingen Public Library on the 3rd Sunday of each month (except December). Its programs on Hispanic genealogy are presented by area historians, genealogists and authors. For more information, visit www.rgvhispanicgenealogicalsociety.com or Facebook.com/RGVHGS

The Texas State Genealogical Society's 2015 Family History Conference will be Oct 30-Nov 1, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Austin, 6121 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin, Texas, and everyone is invited! There will be two nationally known keynote speakers this year, J. Mark Lowe and Lisa Louise Cooke. This three day event will also include wonderful research opportunities, insightful family history sessions for all skill levels each afternoon, and a full exhibit hall. For more information visit: www.txsgs.org/conference.

The Center for Latino-Jewish Relations presents the 2nd Annual Conference for Latino-Jewish Culture and History,  October 17-18, in Brownsville.  For more information visit www.latinojewishrelations.org or call 956-542-2064.

Become a Member

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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.