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.

Christmas Book Sale until the end of the year! The following books on SALE would make great Christmas gifts. For more information contact the library!!!!!!

 A Place Called Hopkins County Vol. I by Bobby McDonald. This 272 page paperback book contains many interesting historical stories and information about Hopkins County and its people. Previously $30.00 but on sale for $15.00

Plowin Deep Vol. II by Bobby McDonald. This 331 page paperback book explores the argricultural beginnings of early Hopkins County and forward on its path to modern times. Previously $30.00 but on sale for $15.00

Out of the Darkness – The Black Face of Hopkins County Vol. III  by Bobby McDonald. This 331 page paperback book is a celebration of the African American history in Hopkins County. Lots of family history. Previously $30.00 but on sale for $15.00

Pioneers of Hopkins County, Texas Vol II by Sylvia M. Kibart and Rita M. Adams. This 365 page hardback book is a continuation of their research on early pioneer families of Hopkins County, Texas. Previously $40.00 but on sale for $30.00

Civil War Shadows in Hopkins County, Texas by June England Tuck. This 405 page hardback book is a must owned for research concerning Hopkins County, Texas soldiers and records, pictures, contains both union and confederate. Previously $50.00 but on sale for $40.00

New for Sale – Please check out these other great ideas for Christmas gifts:

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!

HCGS is a proud member of the Texas State Genealogical Society. Please check out their website by clicking  here for news and upcoming events.

 

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.