The Tip O’ Texas Genealogical Society [TOTGS] came into being in February 1962 when eight ladies met to form a group with the goal of exploring their roots back to pre-revolutionary times. At first they assessed themselves $1 in dues and were able to purchase a Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Index that became the nucleus of the genealogical collection in the Harlingen Public Library. From that modest beginning, resources available to present-day genealogists have grown to include several thousand volumes of varying sizes and topics, including guides, local histories, “how-to” books, documents from all states, several hundred state and national quarterlies as well as resources from many nations representing all ethnic groups. In 2008 a Hispanic Genealogy Group was formed that became a separate society in 2010. TOTGS members present programs and workshops to sister societies, schools, scout groups, civic clubs, RV parks and senior citizen organizations. Workshops (hands-on) are presented as well as special programs on using the Internet and other sources for genealogy research.

To gather and preserve genealogical information; to encourage genealogical research; to publish such information in a bulletin [Genealogical TIPS, published since 1962 and now available in digital format]; to gather genealogical books for placement in the genealogical section of the Harlingen Public Library; to accept gifts of money, material, research papers, books, pictures and all other material of genealogical value; to issue tax exempt receipts for such gifts; to promote interest through schools and other means in genealogical research in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and its citizens. to promote and enlarge the membership of this society; and to collect dues from such members; such dues to be used altogether in carrying out the above mission.