Welcome to Central Texas Genealogical Society!


Our monthly meetings will start at 6:00pm
beginning with the February meeting!

Let's celebrate Texas' birthday! 
Monday February 26, 2024 
Virtually or In Person 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
West Waco Library
Program Title:
"Packing Right for Your Travel to Texas in 1820"
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To join via Zoom, CLICK HERE    
Meeting ID: 852 0462 5245   Passcode: 391801

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 "Members Only"?
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:

Members - Don't forget to check for NEW QUERIES! You could be someone's genealogical savior. Visitors- Feel free to email your queries and requests for genealogical help to the CTGS Webmaster.

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

Calling all Members

Heart of Texas Records needs your stories!
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 editor@ctgs.org and first thing you know you may be a published author.
Please click here to see guidlelines for writing and submitting an article for publication in Heart of Texas Records.

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.


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