Welcome to Central Texas Genealogical Society!


Obituaries & Funeral Planning

Facts vs. Fiction
Monday April 15, 2024 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
West Waco Library
Delve into the creation of obituaries with the experts from Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. They'll walk us through the art of crafting meaningful tributes and explain their role in preserving memories and honoring loved ones.
You'll also learn the practical aspects of end-of-life planning, from funeral arrangements to estate considerations, empowering you to make informed decisions ahead of time and easing the burden on your loved ones during difficult moments.
The public is welcome to join us for this monthly Brown Bag Program. Bring your lunch - we'll provide the drinks!


Women's History Month!

Do you have a story to share?  WikiTree has a blog where they invite folks to share a story about one of their female ancestors for Women's History Month. And, if you don't have a story, there are plenty of inspiring stories to read on the blog.  Check it out!


Field Trip to the Earle Harrison House

Please join us! The CTGS is meeting at the Earle Harrison House and Pape Gardens!
Monday April 22, 2024 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Earle Harrison House & Pape Gardens 
1901 N. 5th St. Waco, Texas
Click here for Google Map

Step back in time during a guided tour at the Earle Harrison House and Pape Gardens. These families were influential in the early years of McLennan County's history.  We will learn how this two-story Greek Revival house was moved from its original location to where it sits now.

The house has been furnished with items from the time period, including some items that belonged to the Harrison family.  Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the past and uncover the stories that shaped our community! 

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

Click here for more information.


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


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.


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:


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.


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


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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