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


February 19, 2015
The TOTGS meeting will feature "Show and Tell" -- this is your opportunity to share your family heirlooms, research finds, etc.  Bring an item and tell your fellow genealogists about its history and importance to you and your family.  This meeting is also the 53rd Anniversary of TOTGS. The meeting will begin at 10:15 am at the Harlingen Public Library.

February 26, 2015
We will have Cheryl LaBerge as our presenter.  Cheryl is the Manager of the Downtown Improvement District for the City of Harlingen, and will provide a pictorial history of Harlingen and an update on current downtown development. All TOTGS meetings are free and open to the public.

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.