Welcome to Central Texas Genealogical Society!


"That Splendid Little War" : Military Records of the Spanish American War
(A Brown Bag program with Bill Buckner)
Available ONLINE August 3rd through August 10th!
Did your ancestors fight in the Spanish American War? We'll help you find out! Learn what records are available and how to use service, pension, and casualty records to seek and find your ancestors. This program will be available from noon on Monday, August 3rd, until Monday, August 10th.  
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Please send any feedback about this program to: WMCLGenealogyCenter@wacotx.gov

St Augustine, Florida Settlement and Genealogy Resources Before 1850
(with Charles Tingley- St Augustine Historical Society)
July CTGS online presentation
Available ONLINE starting July 27th!
Examine the resources available at the oldest genealogy resource center in Florida (established in 1883). Charles Tingley from the St Augustine Historical Society shares the settlement and development of the area and how to tap into the genealogical resources tracing these very early inhabitants.This program is sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society. 
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NOTE - Skip to 3:27 in the presentation timline for the actual beginning of the presentation. We had a few glitches getting it started and had to restart a couple of times.
Please send any feedback about this program to: WMCLGenealogyCenter@wacotx.gov

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.

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.

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.

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:

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 the quarterly publication
  • Volunteer at the annual 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


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A Bounty Land Warrant is a gift of “bounty land” due to a person entitled by military service.
[Land Records]

a.k.a. or aka is the abbreviation for "also known as".

Census records were generated by enumerators. Some who had very bad handwriting.

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