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 will be receiving an email in mid-August with our proposed revised by laws. The Board has worked on these by laws at several meetings and we feel that they bring the by laws up-to-date and make them more concise and clear. We welcome comments and suggestions! We’ll vote on the revisions at the September 17th meeting of the society.


Summer Schedule:  TOTGS will meet only once per month for June, July & August;  we will resume our twice-monthly meetings in September.  We have three wonderful programs scheduled for these summer meetings.  We have purchased the rights to video-streaming of the National Genealogical Society's 2015 Family History Conference;  our purchase expires in early August, which is why our August meeting will be on Aug 6th instead of later that month.  All three of these presentations are approximately one hour in length, and bring world-renowned professional genealogists to our meeting.  Hope you'll join us.

Finding Your Roots

New Program on PBS
Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm


August 6th
TOTGS is not meeting August 20 as previously announced; the meeting will be August 6th instead to take advantage of our final few days’ access to the National Genealogical Society’s streaming videos. Our program August 6th will be at the Harlingen Public Library at 10:15 am and will feature Thomas Jones, presenting “When Does New found Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?” These videos have been top-notch and very well received by our membership. Don’t miss this final one!

August 16th
The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society is meeting on Sunday, August 16th at 2:30 pm at the Harlingen Public Library. The program will be in Spanish by Clemente Rendon de la Garza, who is a historian of the Municipality of Matamoros. His presentation will be “Personajes Ilustres de Matamoros y Sus Ancestros” (“Famous People of Matamoros and Their Ancestors”).
For more information, call 956-345-4756.

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.