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Contents
Speaker Series: Teri Flack.......1
Refreshment Volunteers .........2
Board of Directors ...................2
January Calendar ....................2
Christmas Fundraiser Sets
Record!..................................3
Returning Members &
Updates .................................4
March and April Meetings in
Limbo....................................4
Mid-Year Dues Prorated .........4
First Runnels County Pioneer
Certificate Issued .................4
“Like” Our Facebook Page!.....4
Texas First Families
Lineages ................................5
Genealogy Classes Begin in
January .................................5
New Logo for SAGHS ..............5
See You at Chili’s,
January 13!............................5
New Books at the WTC ...........6
Genealogy Workshop Slated
March 3 .................................6
Recycle Your Stalkin’ Kins ......6
Forum News ............................7
SAGHS Supports Concho
Valley Libraries ....................7
May Stalkin’ Kin Will Again
Feature Civil War Ancestors ..7
Genealogy Classes Start Jan 3 ....8
From the President .................9
Scenes from the Christmas
Party .....................................9
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SPEAKER SERIES
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Teri Flack, Professional Genealogist
“FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS IN THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS”
Researching your Republic of
Texas ancestors takes creative
thinking and ingenuity. This
presentation
uses case
s t u d i e s
employing
records from
the General
Land Office,
the State
Archives,
and local
counties to demonstrate ways to
find your ancestors in pre-1845
Texas. Even if you do not have
ancestors that came to Texas until
after it became a state, you may
be interested in her explanation
of the various Texas land grants.
A free syllabus lists many sources
for early Texas records.
A 6th generation Texan, Teri E.
Flack has been researching her
family history for over 25 years.
She’s the Austin Genealogical
Society’s Treasurer and the
chairman of the Texas State
Genealogical Society’s Records
Preservation and Access
Committee. She formerly served
on the board of the Federation of
Genealogical Societies and
presented two sessions at the 2009
FGS national conference in Little
Rock, Arkansas.
Teri completed the Advanced
Methodology Course at the
National Institute for Genealogy
and Historical Research at
Samford University and the
National Institute for
Genealogical Research at the
National Archives in Washington,
DC. She’s a member of the
Association of Professional
Genealogists.
Historians and genealogists alike
will enjoy this evening at the
Fellowship Hall of Trinity
Lutheran Church, 3536 YMCA
Drive. The public is invited to
attend; refreshments will be
served.
FMI: [email protected]
(325) 942-5741, (325) 944-8403,
or visit our website listed in the
heading above.
Copyright © 2011 by the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. No
material may be reproduced in any form without written permission.
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Refreshment Volunteers
January 3:
Coordinator: Tess Lovelace
Food:
Tess Lovelace
Sherry Stringer
Marcia Esser
Flo Knight
Christine Scott
Elizabeth Aten
Mary Ann Leman
450-4855
450-4855
944-7318
224-0290
653-2620
655-4979
655-2350
469-3366
(cell: 713-501-0992)
Angela Cambelbeek Thompson
234-5192
Cleanup: Flo Knight
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Board of Directors
President: Susan E. Ball
Vice-President: Mary Lee Lenertz
Recording Secretary: Patsy Musick
Corresponding Secretary: Pat Arnold
Treasurer: Christine Scott
Publicity Director: Joanna Jones-Sturgill
Historian: Flo Knight
Editor, Stalkin’ Kin: Lisa Mahler
Webmaster: Ron Downie
Directors: Ron Downie, Connie Fletcher, Peg
Gordon, Carolyn McGaughey & Betty Varner
SPEAKER
SERIES
2011-2012
SEP 6
“Two Feisty
Schoolmarms”
Barbara
Barton
OCT 4
January Calendar
SAGHS Meeting - 7:00 p.m., January 3
Beginning and Intermediate Genealogy Classes
begin January 3 at 6:00 p.m. in classrooms at
Trinity Lutheran Church. Please preregister by
calling Susan Ball at 942-5741 or e-mailing
[email protected] See article, page 5,
and registration form, page 8.
The Research Forum will not meet in
January. See article page 7.
Restaurant Fundraiser held at Chili’s January
11, all day. Use the e-mailed certificate to earn
10% for SAGHS’s Book Fund and Speakers
Fund. See article page 5.
The 3rd Monday Genealogy Luncheon meets
at McGowan’s at the Rio Concho High Rise on
January 16, 11:30 a.m. See article page 7.
The Master Genealogy Class meets 6:30 p.m.,
Monday, January 16 at 6001 Melrose Avenue.
See article page 7.
The Records Abstraction Forum meets at the
West Texas Collection on Wednesday, January
18 at 2:00 p.m. See article page 7.
The Board of Directors meets Tuesday,
6:30 p.m., January 31 at 6001 Melrose Avenue.
For more information on calendared events, call
942-5741 or 944-8403, or email
[email protected]
“The Real
Lonesome Dove”
Conrad
McClure
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NOV 1
Mini-Seminar
Richard L.
Hooverson
6:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
DEC 6
Christmas Party &
Fundraising Event
Plus: Member
Speakers
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Christmas Fundraiser Sets Record!
Thanks to the hard work of the Christmas Fundraiser Committee and the generosity of SAGHS
members and area merchants, the fourth annual Christmas Fundraiser brought in $2,016! This brings
our Speakers Fund to over $4,600, providing the moneys to bring in many professional genealogy
speakers next year and celebrate the 40th anniversary of SAGHS in style!
Ross McSwain, Susan Ball, Connie Fletcher, and Mary Lee Lenertz each presented Christmas or
genealogy-related readings. Ross read an excerpt from his memoirs, “Worn Out Memories.” Susan
shared early 1880s Christmas advertisements from the San Angelo Standard. Connie Fletcher read two
entertaining Christmas tales: “The Kidnapping at Victory Church” and “The Christmas Song.” Mary
Lee Lenertz rounded out the evening with a thought-provoking presentation of her family’s armed
service in “War and Peace at Christmas Time.”
In spite of the bitter cold, almost 40 attended the festivities - many commented on how much they
enjoyed the evening. The great turn-out, wonderful facilities, and excellent speakers all combined for an
entertaining and delightful event. Thanks to the Christmas Fundraiser Committee for all their hard
work: Mary Lee Lenertz, Peg Gordon, Carolyn McGaughey, Lisa Mahler, and Susan Ball, chair.
The evening would not have been possible without our generous donors:
Cheddar's Casual Café
Susan Ball
Darlene Lupton
Cherry Creek Catfish (in Austin)
Wana Dee Box
Lisa Mahler
El Mejor
Vanora Brown
Metitia F. McCreery
Franco's Cafe
Kay Clark
Carolyn McGaughey
Gil's
Helen Cole
Ross McSwain
Henry's Diner
Bill Cushler
Jeannette Miller
Marble Slab Creamery
Marcia Esser
Patsy Musick
Mathis Field Cafe
Connie Fletcher
Christine Scott
Olive Garden
Peg Gordon
Angela Camelbeek
Steak Express
Dale Harris
Thompson
Sunset Grill
Debby Hendrix
Betty Varner
Texas Roadhouse
Ron Herring
Karen Vavricka
The Hair Designers (Eva Palacios)
Flo Knight
Lanelle Willig
Pat Arnold
Mary Lee Lenertz
Carolyn Wilson
If you brought an item and your name is missing from the donor list, please contact Susan Ball at
942-5741 or [email protected] The Christmas Fundraiser Committee would like to
acknowledge all donors with a thank you and a tax donation letter.
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“Finding Your
Ancestors in the
Republic of Texas”
Teri Flack
FEB 7
“Old Homes of
San Angelo”
Suzanne
Campbell
MARCH 13
“The Bonnie Blue
Flag”
Kenneth
Phipps
APR 3
Mini-Seminar
John & Barbara
Wyley
6:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
MAY 1
Topic to be
Announced
Jason
Pierce, PhD
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Returning Members & Updates
Ball, Susan ..........................262-3269 (cell)
Earnest, Tom & JoAn ..................651-9506
P. O. Box 62032, 76902
[email protected]
Current SAGHS Paid Membership: 139
SAGHS Unpaid Members from 2010-11: 16
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First Runnels County Pioneer
Certificate Issued
Last month we reported that the March meeting
would be moved to Tuesday, March 13, because
the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church is
reserved as a polling place for the primary
election. However, the date of the primary
election has been moved to April 3 which
coincides with our April meeting featuring John
and Barbara Wyley in a mini-seminar. Mary Lee
Lenertz and Susan Ball are currently working to
straighten out the March meeting and explore
possibilities for the April Meeting.
Along with many other factors, Mary Lee, Susan,
and the Board of Directors would like to include
the preferences of the membership in finding an
optimum solution. Would you rather meet on
April 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church or on April
3 at some other site such as the Community
Room at the new downtown library? Please
contact [email protected] or Mary Lee at
944-8403 with your preference.
Watch for more news - we’ll let you know as soon
as we have the meeting dates and places set.
The first person to receive a Runnels County
Pioneer Certificate is Mary Lee Lenertz, who
submitted an application for her ancestor,
Andrew Berry Van Dyke. Mary Lee’s Runnels
County Pioneer Certificate will be presented at
the January meeting. For Tom Green County,
Tina Delong’s application for ancestor, Sylvania
Paralee Williams, has also been approved and will
be presented at the January meeting. This is
Tina’s third pioneer application to be approved.
Certificates are now available for all counties in
the Concho Valley. Applicants do not have to be
members of SAGHS or residents of Texas.
The eligibility date for settlement by your
ancestor varies by county. For Crockett, Kimble,
Menard, Runnels, or Tom Green County, your
ancestor must have become a resident by 31 Dec
1910. For Coke, Concho, Glasscock, Irion,
Schleicher, Sterling, or Sutton County, residency
must be established by 31 Dec 1920. For Reagan
County, your ancestor must have become a
resident by 31 Dec 1930.
Upon approval of your Pioneer Certificate
Application, you will receive a handsome
certificate, suitable for framing. The cost is $20
per application and fees are non-refundable.
FMI: [email protected]
Shirley Dobson has resigned as Pioneer
Certificate Chair and the Board of Directors is
searching for a replacement. Interested? Please
contact Susan Ball at 942-5741 or
[email protected]
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Mid-Year Dues Prorated
“Like” our Facebook Page!
Starting with the January meeting, membership
dues are reduced to $10.00 for the remainder of
the 2011-2012 year. These mid-year memberships
include the May issue of the Stalkin’ Kin and
membership in SAGHS January through May.
For those joining mid-year, the November Stalkin’
Kin can be purchased for an additional $5.00.
SAGHS has five “likes” for our Facebook page!
The latest Facebook update provided information
on the January 3rd meeting. Check out our
updates and “like” us to spread the word about
SAGHS and what we have to offer. Just search for
“San Angelo Genealogical and Historical
Society.”
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March and April Meetings in
Limbo
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Texas First Families Lineages
Do you have deep Texas roots, an ancestor who
was in Texas during the days of the Republic? If
so, your family’s lineage should be included in the
next volume of the Texas First Families Lineages,
published by the Texas State Genealogical Society.
The deadline for submitting an application
to be included in Vol. 3 is June 30, 2012. The
certificate program will remain open and
applications can be approved after this date but the
lineages will not be included in Vol. 3 if not
received by June 30, 2012.
Applicants must prove direct or collateral descent
from an ancestor who settled in Texas before
February 19, 1846, the day of the ceremony on
which the Republic of Texas turned the
government over to the State of Texas. The
applicant must prove descent from the ancestor by
an official record for each generation and each date
and event that is listed on the application such as
births, deaths and marriages. Proof that the
ancestor was in Texas by this date should also be
provided by an official document. A nonrefundable fee of $30 must accompany each
application.
New Logo for SAGHS
Thanks to member Angela Camelbeck Thompson
and her husband, Daniel, SAGHS now sports a
logo! The design features a tree with a lacy
mesquite leaf design plus silhouettes representative
of the Concho Valley: a sheep for ranching and
San Angelo as the “Wool Capital of the World,” an
oil derrick for the role that oil played in Concho
Valley history, and a cotton boll for the promise of
farm land that brought our ancestors west.
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See You at Chili’s, January 11!
Genealogy Classes Begin in
January
Surpassing original estimates, the November Chili’s
fundraiser brought in $50! Fast on the heels of this
success, another restaurant fundraiser is scheduled
for Wednesday, January 11. Attendees at the
November Chili’s fundraiser had a grand time; they
all proclaimed that it’s nice to see your genealogy
friends when you go out to eat. Afterwards, Carolyn
McGaughey exclaimed “It looked like SAGHS took
over Chili’s!” Let’s take over Chili’s again on
January 11.
Fundraiser certificates will be available at the
January meeting and by e-mail. Expect the
certificate to arrive in your inbox by January 8.
Give the certificate to your server when you pay for
your meal, and SAGHS will receive 10%! Forward
the certificate to all your friends, print them out
and distribute them, get them into as many hands
as possible. SAGHS is encouraged to distribute
certificates anywhere except Chili’s parking lot.
SAGHS is hosting five session genealogy classes for
beginning and intermediate genealogists starting
January 3, 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. A
description of the classes and their contents is
provided on the registration form, page 8. The fees
are $25.00 for members and $30.00 for nonmembers if registered on or before January 1. After
January 1, fees are $45.00 for all.
Susan Ball prints and assembles the binders that are
distributed to class members. She encourages
everyone interested in these classes to register early
so she will have enough binders printed for all class
members. Payment is not required until January 3.
To r e g i s t e r, c o n t a c t S u s a n B a l l a t
[email protected] or 9492-5741.
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New Books at the WTC
The following books have been purchased by the Book Fund for the genealogy library of the West Texas
Collection:
Caldwell Newspapers, Burleson County, Texas, 1897-1929: Birth & Death Notices, by Linda Faust Houck
Confederate Soldiers Buried at Vicksburg, February 15, 1862 - July 4, 1863, by Carolyn Reeves Ericson &
Frances Terry Ingmire
Czechs in Uniform, by Texas Czech Genealogical Society (donated by Lisa Mahler). 3 vols.
DeKalb County, Alabama: Wills and Estates, 1836-1929, transcribed & compiled by Dorothy Smith Duff. 2 vols.
A Genealogical Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors, by Franklin Carter Smith & Emily Anne Croom
Marriages of Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1838-1850, & Campbell County, Tennessee, 1838-1853, compiled by
Edythe Rucker Whitley
Marriages of Campbell County, Virginia, 1782 - 1810, compiled by Lucy Harrison Miller Baber and Hazel
Letts Williamson, honoring Joanna Jones-Sturgill for her work as Publicity Director.
Personalities on the East Texas Frontier, by Joe E. & Carolyn R. Ericson. 2nd edition.
Red River County, Texas, in the Civil War, compiled by Joe E. & Carolyn Ericson.
Rest in Peace: Nacogdoches Obituaries, 1905-1909, transcribed & indexed by Carolyn Reeves Ericson. Vol. 2.
Scots in the Mid-Atlantic States, 1783-1883, by David Dobson.
The Surnames of Wales, by John & Sheila Rowlands.
Texas Confederate Home Roster, with added data from Confederate Home Ledgers, compiled by Kathryn Hooper
Davis, Linda Ericson Devereaux & Carolyn Reeves Ericson
Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas, by Paul & Tommie Smith
Thank you Karen Vavricka, Book Committee Chairperson, and the Book Committee for managing our
Book fund and purchasing quality books for the WTC! These new books are available for review at the
January meeting and for research at the West Texas Collection after January 3. The WTC has books,
periodicals, and microfilm covering much of the United States along with some international records
including Mexican vital records. Your research isn’t complete until you check the holdings at the WTC.
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Genealogy Workshop
Slated March 3
The Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and
West Texas Collection announces Billie Fogarty,
nationally recognized lecturer, as the speaker for
their 11th annual genealogy workshop. Topics are:
Salute to Veterans: Researching Our Ancestors'
Military Service;
Courthouse Research: Finding the Mother
Lode;
Unlocking the Treasures in the National
Archives
A professional genealogist and former history
teacher with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees,
Billie now devotes her time to infecting others with
her love for history up close and personal – family
history! She lectures regularly and teaches
genealogy each semester in adult continuing
education courses. She is author of Guidebook to
Researching My Family Tree.The workshop will be
held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 YMCA
Drive, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Information
about fees and lunch will be provided later.
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Recycle Your Stalkin’ Kins
The award-winning Stalkin’ Kin overflows with local
records and wonderful articles. However, having
read the Stalkin’ Kin, you may not wish to keep it. If
not, please recycle your old Stalkin’ Kins by
returning them for resale. We’ll have a box for you
to drop off your old Stalkin’ Kins.
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Forum News
Guests and visitors are welcome at all
forums! For more information on any of the
forums, call Susan Ball at 942-5741 or e-mail
[email protected]
3rd Monday Genealogy Luncheon
The roads around Rio Concho Manor, site of the
3rd Monday Genealogy Luncheon, are still torn up
but passable. While the roads are torn up, Rio
Concho Manor has opened their back gate on
Allen Street (turn off Oakes, one block south of
Rio Concho Drive) for easier access. The staff
cautions “be careful - folks are exiting through that
gate and it’s not wide enough for two-way traffic.”
The 3rd Monday Genealogy Luncheon is open to
anyone interested in genealogy. We meet January
16th, 11:30 a.m. at McGowan’s at Rio Concho
Manor, 401 Rio Concho Drive for a delicious buffet
with a selection of main dishes, side dishes, and
desserts for only $7.00.
Research Forum
The Research Forum will not meet in January as
ASU is not fully in session until after the meeting
date of January 12. Plan to join us in February on
the 9th for a time of fun and collaborative research
at the West Texas Collection.
Records Abstraction Forum
The Records Abstraction Forum will kick the Tom
Green County Divorce project into high gear at our
next meeting on January 18. Join us at 2:00 p.m. to
learn how you can help out! The project is easy to
do with flexible hours, and many volunteers are
needed. Kay Clark has already gotten started, but
more help is needed to meet our deadline.
Questions? Contact Susan Ball at 942-5741 or
[email protected]
Master Genealogy Class
For those who wish to expand their genealogical
expertise, this class is free to anyone who has an email address and agrees to teach a genealogy class
upon completion. The Master Genealogy Class
meets at 6001 Melrose Avenue on the 3rd Monday
of each month. Participants will have homework!
FMI: 942-5741 or [email protected]
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SAGHS Supports Concho
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The Board of Directors is donating complete sets of
Stalkin’ Kins to four Concho Valley libraries. The
Crockett County Library, member of SAGHS, is
the first library selected to receive a set. When
contacted about the donation, librarian Louise
LeDoux exclaimed “This is a wonderful Christmas
present for our genealogy library.” Louise has
worked to expand the genealogical section of the
Crockett County Library and is delighted with the
additional research opportunities that the Stalkin’
Kin will provide to Crockett County patrons. Susan
hopes to have the set ready for delivery by the end
of January.
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May Stalkin’ Kin will Again
Feature Civil War Ancestors
The Civil War focus of the Stalkin’ Kin proved so
popular that editor Lisa Mahler has extended the
emphasis to the May issue. Submission deadline
for the May issue of the Stalkin’ Kin is
March 10. Lisa has ample pages available, but they
are assigned on a first-come basis. Lisa reserves the
right to print your article in the November issue if
necessary to balance pages and create a quality
publication. Get your article in early!
Records abstractions and transcriptions are limited
to the 13 counties represented by SAGHS.
However, family articles are not area limited.
Suggestions for suitable family articles include old
family bible records, articles about a person in your
family tree, a pedigree chart, or a historical event in
which your ancestor played a part. Articles about
genealogical problems or brick walls that you solved
are also encouraged. Submissions should be in
digital format. However, if you don’t have access to
a computer, Lisa will be glad to type it for you
provided the article is submitted well before the
deadline.
For more information and format requirements,
contact
Lisa
Mahler
at
[email protected] . Send submissions to
Lisa at the same e-mail address.
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G e n e a l o g y C l a s s e s S t a r t i n Ja n u a r y
SAGHS is offering two genealogy classes starting
January 3, 6:00 p.m. The Beginning Genealogy
Class, taught by Lisa Mahler, includes:
Getting Started - Covering the Basics
Organization and Sources
Correspondence and Interviews
Creating a Research Plan plus Census and
Internet Research
Researching on Location: Courthouses,
Cemeteries, and Libraries
The Intermediate Genealogy Class II will be
taught by Susan Ball and includes:
Family Search.Org: Finding and Renting
Microfilm Records
FamilySearch.Org: Searching Online Records
Using Google Earth to Map Your Family’s
Location
Searching on Ancestry: Overview and Family
Trees
Searching on Ancestry: Records Collections
Both classes include a binder, handouts for each
class, and a tour of the Tom Green County
Clerk’s Office and the West Texas Collection.
Classes will be held in classrooms at Trinity
Lutheran Church, 6:00 p.m., first Tuesday of
January through May, unless otherwise informed.
Morning classes for the Intermediate Genealogy
Class II will be held at 6001 Melrose Ave, 10 a.m.
on the Thursday after the SAGHS meeting
(Jan. 5, Feb. 9, Mar. 15, Apr. 5, May 3).
Class fees are $25.00 for members, $30.00
for non-members if registered on or
before January 1, $45 if registered after
January 1. Payment may be made on January 3.
Class registration forms will be available at the
December Meeting and again in the January
newsletter. Please register as soon as possible so
we can adequately prepare and have enough
binders and handouts available to class attendees.
Note: It is the student’s responsibility to
attend the class and obtain class material.
A makeup class for the Intermediate Genealogy
Class II is available at 10:00 a.m. on the
Thursday morning after the SAGHS meeting.
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Class Fee if registered on or before January 1:
SAGHS Use
$30.00 ($25.00 for SAGHS Members)
❏ Cash
$45.00 after January 1
❏ Check
❏ Beginning Class
No.: _________
❏ Intermediate Class II (Evening)
❏ Intermediate Class II (Morning)
Name: __________________________________________ Phone: _________________
Street Address: ____________________________ City: ________________ Zip: ____________
e-mail address: ___________________________________________________________
Make check out to SAGHS.
FMI: phone (325) 942- 5741, e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]
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From the President
January 1st is a magical day, in some respects even better than Christmas. On the first day of the year,
dreams fly and the imagination runs wild with what might be accomplished in the coming twelve months.
As president, I am the chief dreamer for the society. In 2012, I’d like to see SAGHS gain 160 members,
continue to bring quality speakers to San Angelo, and publish three books. One of my biggest wishes is for a
Cemetery Committee that would update the inventory of rural cemeteries in San Angelo to publish a book
on “Rural Cemeteries of Tom Green County.” None of this can be achieved without the help of society
members.
Can you imagine yourself involved in SAGHS? We elect new board members in April and there will be
several openings. There’s a continuing need for help on the Book Committee. We need a chair for the
Pioneer Certificate committee and a manager for the San Angelo Standard-Times obituary project. We
need genealogy class instructors and forum managers. In addition, we always need lots of help with our
abstraction projects. We could probably print a half dozen books a year if we had enough help with the
abstraction.
If you would like to help, contact me at 942-5741 or [email protected] . You can volunteer as many
hours a week as you want. We have tasks both large and small; I can find one that will fit you!
Susan E. Ball
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Scenes from the SAGHS Christmas Party
Left: Susan Ball presents Ron Downie with a certificate of
appreciation for five years of service as Editor of the
Stalkin’ Kin.
Right: Christmas Party speakers
Susan Ball, Mary Lee Lenertz, Ross
McSwain, and Connie Fletcher.
Left: SAGHS members and
visitors enjoy refreshments
and fellowship at the
Christmas party.
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