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.
2019 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. Come join us!
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: Our Computer Interest Group often meets after our general membership meeting. There are presentations on various Websites and genealogy software.
GET ACQUAINTED LUNCHEONS: Starting again on October 24, 2019 we'll be meeting at Traditions on South Broadway in Tyler. Grab your tray of yummy food and look for one of our friendly members. We'll try to have an ETGS sign on the table.
ANNUAL FAMILY HISTORY FAIR (usually in March or April): 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. The Fair is held at the Tyler Stake, 1617 Shiloh Rd, Tyler, TX 75703.
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. We had a great program on August 10, 2019. Be looking for more information next summer 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. ETGS sponsors simulcasts in two locations. Click these links for information on the October 18, 2019 event: