Welcome to Central Texas Genealogical Society!


GEDmatch.com: Taking Your DNA Results to the Next Level!

Monday June 24, 2024 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
There is much to learn from your DNA data, but you must take additional steps to make it happen. GEDmatch is a website that allows users to share their DNA information with other DNA testers, to explore genetic genealogy, perform DNA match comparisons and much more!
Patti Huff Williams will share her expertise in navigating the tools available to us through GEDmatch. Explore the latest features, including how to download and utilize raw DNA results, compare DNA with others, identify potential relatives, and investigate adoptee searches. We will discusses the free tools available, the advanced features accessible with a membership, and the platform's opt-in policy for law enforcement use in solving cold cases and violent crimes.
The public is welcome to join us for this monthly Central Texas Genealogical Society meeting.
To attend virtually via Zoom, CLICK HERE


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! 
Do you have something to share that you discovered in your research? Have you found an online tool or research method that has been working well for you? Please send them to editor@ctgs.org and next thing you know you may be a published author.
Next DEADLINE is September 1, 2024 for the Fall Issue.
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.


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Newspapers can be a great source of information for your ancestor.
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Identify all researchers by name for all contributions, including your own.
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Reread your document more than once!
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