Welcome to Central Texas Genealogical Society!


Exploring Roots Through Writing: A Journey Through Generations

Monday May 20, 2024 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Join author Kimberly Nixon as she shares her experience crafting a compelling narrative based on her family's history in her new book. Through her presentation, Nixon delves into the meticulous research, creative writing process, and the intricacies of publishing.
At the heart of her discussion lies her latest book, Rock Bottom Rising (book 2 in the Rock Bottom series). Set against the backdrop of rural Tennessee during the tumultuous 1930s and 1940s, the novel follows the gripping saga of Ruby, a woman burdened by a shocking felony conviction and the harsh realities of life as a single mother. Nixon weaves a rich tapestry of historical facts with her grandmother’s life story, bringing to life the challenges of the Great Depression, World War II, and life in Tennessee. 

The public is welcome to join us for this monthly Central Texas Genealogical Society meeting.

You can also attend virtually via Zoom, but registration is required: CLICK HERE.  After registering, you will receive a confimration email containing information about joining the meeting.


Have Ancestor Information You Want to Share?

Heart of Texas Records is a great quarterly publication, but do you know what would make it even better? Your submissions! 
While we love long family-history articles filled with tons of research and descriptive details, not all of our articles need to be lengthy. We also love short articles!
Do you have something interesting to share that you've discovered in your research? Have you found an online tool or research method that has been working well for you? Please share them with the Editor at editor@ctgs.org and next thing you know you may be a published author.
Next DEADLINE is June 1, 2024
Please click here to see guidlelines for writing and submitting an article for publication in Heart of Texas Records.


Members, can you help with new queries?

Members - If you haven't checked lately we have NEW QUERIES! You could be someone's genealogical angel.
Visitors- We invite you to email your queries and requests for genealogical help to the CTGS Webmaster.


Families Wanted for TV Show

Could your family survive life on the frontier?
Ever dreamed of testing yourself against the challenges of the Old West? Or living in a time before tech?
Wall to Wall is looking for fun families to journey back in time for 9 weeks this summer, to experience life on the frontier!
For more information and how to apply: https://bit.ly/BackToTheFrontier


CTGS Needs You!!!!
Volunteers are the heart of CTGS!  Would you consider several of the following ways you can help make CTGS a more effective, vibrant organization?  Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information. 
  • Enter data records into the website
  • Write an article for quarterly publication Heart of Texas Records
  • Volunteer at the annual Genealogy Lock-in
  • Submit articles for the website
  • Volunteer at the Genealogy Center
  • Lead or start a NEW Special Interest Group
  • Do research for others from home or the library
  • Monetary donations
  • Present a program on a topic you are interested in


Free Monthly Events at the West Waco Library

Programs begin at noon and last about one hour. Bring a lunch and learn skills, tips, and techniques to help your family history research.
West Waco Library & Genealogy Center 5301 Bosque Blvd.
For questions call 254-750-5945


What's Behind the "Members Only" Curtain?

The Members Only portion of this website is home to lots of interesting and helpful data.  Join CTGS at a single membership of $20 to view the following information:


Learning to "Read" a Cemetery
Would you like to learn to “read” a cemetery? It’s a genealogical adventure! On many older gravestones, there are pictures and symbols that tell stories about your loved ones and ancestors. If you can’t read “gravestone-language” you are missing part of the story. CTGS has posted this interesting trio of blog entries from the Billion Graves web site that will provide invaluable tools to unlock these symbols. You'll find it on our "Helpful Facts" Research Aids page.


Search Engine Tips
Have you tried the CTGS Search Engine? It's a great tool to get the most out of your visit to CTGS.ORG, even if you are not a member! The whole web site is searchable by any user. However if you are not a member, the search engine may point to areas that require membership for full access.
To gain full access, just purchase an inexpensive CTGS membership. A "Research Membership" (for users from outside of Texas) is only $10 per year. That averages less than a $1 per month!
Members- If you will log in BEFORE doing your search, then the search will take you straight to the document or resource you need. Once in the document, press Ctrl-F to search for occurences of your information within the document.
The CTGS Search Engine is powered by Google, so all the search techniques (like wild cards) you normally use in Google Searches will work the same way here.


Proud Member of

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Book to consider for your personal genealogy reference library: The Genealogist's Google Toolbox by Lisa Louise Cooke.

Do not laminate your documents. A laminated document can never be restored to its original state.

When doing research in probate records, request to see the entire file.
[Probate Records]

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