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
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:
The DNA - SIG meets after the monthly meetings, as announced. African American Group meets the fourth Monday of each month at the FamilySearch Center, 1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler. The Computer Group meets after the general membership meeting to discover various genealogy websites and software, as announced. All meetings are free and open to the public.
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, The Potpourri House, 3320 Troup Hwy Ste. 300, Tyler, TX 75701.
ANNUAL FAMILY HISTORY FAIR : ETGS and the FamilySearch Centers organize an annual day of workshops designed for the beginning and experienced genealogists and family historians. Various speakers cover many topics of genealogical interest. Be watching our companion event website WeLoveFamilyHistory.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 2024 date.
ANNUAL GENEALOGY MARATHON (the 3rd Friday in October): Live Presentations are broadcast on the big screen in the Auditorium of the Tyler Public Library and sponsored by the East Texas Genealogical Society, from nationally known genealogists and our own Texas experts, across Texas in conjunction with the Genealogy Network of Texas and the Waco Library Genealogy Lock-In.