Welcome to the Hopkins County, Texas Genealogical Society’s Website
HCGS welcomes you to explore our new website and consider becoming a member of our society. There are several newly added databases consisting of thousands of entries that sometimes take time loading. The site works best on Google Chrome or the most current version of Internet Explorer. HCGS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping everyone discover their family’s history.
HCGS is a proud member of the Texas State Genealogical Society. Please check out their website by clicking here for news and upcoming events.
The TSGS Family History Conference will be held November 2-4, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. HCGS will have a booth selling our society publications and duplicate books. Please stop by and check it out.
Mark Your Calendars for the Cemetery Walk
HCGS will present its fourth Cemetery Walk on Sunday – November 11, 2018 at City Cemetery. Costumed early residents of Hopkins County from the past will await at their gravestones where they will tell you about their lives. Check back for more information.
New Books for Sale
HCGS is pleased to announce the following two new books for sale. Known Only to God by Rhonda Bechhold is the story of the mystery man who died in a horrific accident on Hwy 19 North on the night of August 10, 1954. His identity and many facts about his life remained hidden. Two years ago author Rhonda Bechhold made it her mission to discover who he was and to tell his family. Her journey includes many days of genealogical perseverance and frustration as well as triumph and joy! For additional information click here.
Wandering & Wondering by Larry Harmon is the collected research of this amazing Hopkins County historian. It contains in-depth research on many Hopkins County locations along with the history and men of the CSA Ninth Texas Cavalry Cavalry. Larry loved history and especially Hopkins County history. To order click here.
HCGS will again partner with the Waco Public Library and the Genealogy Network of Texas to bring excellent speakers and information. The podcast will be in the HCGS library on Friday – October 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Check out the great list of topics and speakers by clicking here.
Our HCGS quarterly Hopkins County Heritage published by quarterly editor CarolAnn Dixon won second place in Category VI: Official Periodicals of Partner Societies/Quarterlies at the TSGS 2017 Annual Conference. And The Collection of Kenneth and Sidney Brice compiled by Shirley Patchen won third place in Category VII: Books Published by Partner Societies. Please congratulate these ladies and tell them how much we appreciate their hard work on behalf of our society.
New for Sale
We are now offering for sale ALL of the Hopkins County Heritage back issues on a single flash drive!! (Includes every issue from the beginning in 1984 to June 2017). Each flash drive contains two folders – one folder contains individual issue PDFs and one folder contains a single PDF of the complete set. It is word searchable so that you can easily locate surnames or search terms in any single issue or in the complete set! And travels with you easily to libraries or on research trips!
The cost is $50 (plus $4 for shipping and handling) and can be purchased by contacting the HCGS library.
Sulphur Springs Montage
The Society was one of four Sulphur Springs locations chosen to sell the amazing new Sulphur Springs montage. It is approximately 17 1/2 inches x 22 1/2 inches. The montage depicts businesses, events, and many historic buildings along with several early civic leaders. The artist created it in two versions. The prints sell for $10 and the signed & numbered Collector’s Edition sells for $100. Please come by the HCGS library to see this beautiful work of art!On September 7, 2017 Familysearch.org permanently suspended their microfilm circulation program. Their reason for this is that they began a digitization program and hope to have all their microfilm completely digitized by 2020. They have already digitized 1.5 million rolls of film and currently digitize 1000 rolls per day.
LDS is now allowing these restricted images to be view-able at affiliate libraries. And we are thrilled to announce that HCGS now has these images available on our computers. These images will allow researchers to travel to locations and view many records including court house records such as deeds, land, probate, etc. from the convenience of our HCGS library. The records for the most part cover every county in the United States as well as worldwide. Use their catalog to discover what records might be of interest. (FamilySearch Help Center topic 55954 helps to explain how to use their catalog)
And if your county/country of interest has not yet been digitized you can contact FamilySearch to request that they digitize specific films. You may request up to 5 rolls of films in one interaction. For specific details on how to do this by phone, chat, or email go to FamilySearch’s Help Center and view help topic 469883.
Hopkins County Texas Research Guide
Professional genealogist and former Hopkins County resident Cyndi Harlin has graciously shared her Hopkins County Texas Research Guide. This expertly created guide gives numerous tips and areas to explore to help aid your research in Hopkins County. Check out this useful and beautiful booklet by clicking here.