East Texas Genealogical Society Photo: Smith Co Family

Mission / Purpose

We can help you search for your ancestors with great local resources and programs.
The goal of ETGS is to educate people by creating, fostering and maintaining an interest in genealogy and to collect, preserve, publish and archive genealogical and historical information relating to the East Texas area.  Established in 1977 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, our volunteer members have been very active in these endeavors.
Awards from the Texas State Genealogical Society
Look at the Awards our Society has won over the years.
2023 Officers and Support Staff
These are listed on the Contact Us page.

Meetings / Luncheons / Seminars

MONTHLY MEETINGS:  Regular general membership monthly meetings, which are free and open to the public, are normally held at 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. We meet in the auditorium of the Tyler Public Library, 201 S College Ave, Tyler, TX 75702.  Meetings are held in-person and via Zoom. 
Come join us! 
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS:  All meetings are free and open to the public.
African American Group meets the fourth Monday of each month at The FamilySearch Center, 1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler.
Computer Group meets after the general membership meeting to discover various genealogy websites and software. 
GET ACQUAINTED LUNCHEONS: All are invited to learn more about the East Texas Genealogical Society.
Fourth Wednesday of each month at 11:30 AM, Tavi's Italian Restaurant, 701 E Cedar Creek Pkwy, Seven Points, TX 75143.
Fourth Thursday of each month at 11:30 AM, Potpourri House, 3320 Troup Hwy Ste. 300, Tyler, TX 75701.
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ANNUAL FAMILY HISTORY FAIR : ETGS and the Tyler Stake of the LDS organize an annual day of workshops designed for the beginning and experienced family historians.  Various speakers cover many topics of genealogical interest. Be watching our companion website DiscoveringYourRootsandBranches.com for more information.
ANNUAL FALL WORKSHOP (usually in August or September):   This is a great time to do some in-depth study on methods and resources, all for a small fee.  Be looking for more information regarding the 2020 date.
ANNUAL GENEALOGY LOCK-IN PROGRAM (usually 3rd Friday in October):  Audio and computer presentations from nationally known genealogists and our own Texas experts are simulcast all across Texas in conjunction with the Genealogy Network of Texas and the Waco Library. 
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