Welcome to the

Hopkins County Genealogical Society
Sulphur Springs, Texas
Where history and heritage meet.

We invite you to browse our extensive collection of Hopkins County records and consider becoming a member of our society. Our latest additions feature newspapers, maps, and a searchable probate index.

Exclusive member access unlocks a wealth of records, enriching your Hopkins County genealogy research.

HCGS is proud to be a Partner Society of the Texas State Genealogical Society.

From Hopkins County History

Sunday, May 25, 1924, page 1
E.L. Ashcroft and Engineer R.R. Causey of the local light plant are home from St. Louis, where Mr. Ashcroft purchased a new 700 horse power engine, a 400 kw. generator, and new boiler for the light plant in Sulphur Springs. This is the very best and most up to date machinery to be found in the market and when installed will give Sulphur Springs the best light plant of any town of its size in Texas.The service by the light plant during the past has been very good, indeed, but at times there has been a little trouble in furnishing continued service, when some part of the machinery happened to get out of order. With the installation of this new machinery, continued service at all hours, both day and night, is assured. This advanced step by Ashcroft and Sons calling for the outlay of thousands of dollars, is in keeping with the progressive spirit of the most progressive cities of Texas and is to be commended by all our people.  

One-of-A-Kind Book For Sale

Compiled by Rhonda Bechhold and Carole Ann Smith, the cover is an accumulation of photos of some markers found at Mel Haven Cemetery, including veteran markers and some ornate hand-tooled markers. The book is bound using the Unibind system with clear covers allowing the front and back of the book to be seen.

The table of contents shows the progression of the work done regarding Mel Haven Cemetery. Within the 93 pages of this book is a history of the cemetery, tracing it back to the deeds of land both purchased and gifted to the cemetery. While weaving together the history of the cemetery, it was discovered that the first person buried in what became the “Colored Cemetery” was a personal servant of a local Civil War veteran. Also included are color photographs documenting “Operation Restore,” involving a clean-up of the cemetery. All the graves in Mel Haven Cemetery have been indexed, sorting the ones with markers and the ones without markers.

The price of the book is $30.00.  You may purchase it in person at at the library, by emailing hcgstx@suddenlinkmail.com or by calling HCGS at (903)885-8523. Please include an additional $5 for shipping, if applicable. Cash, Check, or PayPal payments are accepted.

Back Issues of Hopkins County Heritage

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!

About The HCGS Research Library

Over 8,000 Titles

The HCGS Research Library houses original county records, maps, family collections, scrapbooks, 1000’s of photographs, and numerous original materials. Note, current Saturday hoursopen 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

Click here for more details about the HCGS Research Library.


FamilySearch.org Affiliate Library

The HCGS Research Library is an affiliate library of the LDS in Salt Lake City, Utah, which houses millions of digitized restricted records covering most counties in the US as well as worldwide. These restricted images, viewable from our computers, allow our patrons to travel to locations and view many records including court house records such as deeds, wills, probate cases, etc. from the convenience of our HCGS library. 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.

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