Meeting Highlights

U.S. Federal Census

Our January 22nd meeting featured Bob Fuller, an experienced genealogy researcher, who talked about use of the U.S. Federal Census from its inception through 1940. Bob also reminded the audience of the value of public mailing lists, available for sign-up on for family names, places, historical events, etc. He has found them a very useful tool in finding otherwise inaccessible information about towns which may have been combined with other local small towns, etc.

The Czech Heritage Society of Texas

The Czech Heritage Society of Texas, La Grange, TX, a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation of Texas Czech heritage, presented a program on January 23, 2014. Guest speakers, shown here with TOTGS Board member Barbara Krafka, were Retta Slavik Chandler, President and Chairman of the Board, who talked about the history of the society, and Janis Hrncir, Membership Chair, who talked about methods and resources for doing Czech genealogical research.

2013 FGS Conference


ABOVE: Ann Roberts, President, TOTGS, Mary Torres, Vice-President, TOTGS and D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies at the 2013 FGS Conference, “Journey Through Generations,” Fort Wayne, IN.


Preserving the Registro of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred

Thursday August 15, 2013

In 1828, Empresario Stephen F. Austin, began to compile a Registro (Spanish for register) of Texas land grants, which recorded the land grants given to the mostly Anglo colonizers of Spanish Texas, the “Old 300.” In 1836, Texas became an independent nation and was admitted to statehood in 1846. After Austin’s death in 1836, the Registro, along with associated land records, became the core archive of the General Land Office of Texas. In 2009, DAR State Regent Joy Hagg, chose as her State Regent’s Project, the conservation of the 184-year old Registro and selected documents. This project won first place for the 2012-13 contest year. Through the generosity of the Texas Society, DAR, Stephen F. Austin’s Registro and other historical documents will be available for future generations. For more information call 956-345-4756.