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San Antonio Public Library Texana / Genealogy Find Texana/Genealogy online by visiting texana. Here you will find the On this Day in San Antonio History blog, past issues of the South Texas Researcher, information about upcoming classes and guides to help you in your genealogy research.

The Texana/Genealogy Department is located on the sixth floor of the Central Library, 600 Soledad 78205. The department is currently closed due to the COVID crisis but staff is in the department working limited hours. You may submit online research requests through our Ask-A-Librarian service and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Library Guides from Texana / Genealogy The Library Guides are subject bibliographies with a current twist: databases, websites, event schedule, blogs, as well as books. The department now has the following guides on the library's website under Services -> Guides:

British and Irish Genealogy Cemeteries

Civil War in Texas Death

Genealogy: Getting Started HeritageQuest Online

Hispanic Genealogical Research King James Bible La Meri Local History

Memory Preservation Lab Military Records Texas History The Wild West

Special Collections World War I

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From the Archives

The Kallison Archives

Librarian/Archivist Matt de Waelsche has recently completed the finding aid for the Kallison archival collection, which will soon be available on the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) website.

The Texana/Genealogy Department has an archival collection of 17 cubic feet of records from Perry and Frances Kallison. Perry Kallison (1903-1999) was a prominent local cattle rancher who owned and operated Kallison's Western Store on S. Flores St. near the Bexar County Courthouse. He was a founder and long-time board member of the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. He may be best remembered for his folksy early morning radio show "The Trading Post," which aired daily for 45 years from 1936-1981; it was

the longest continuously running farm and ranch program in the country. It originated from the store into 1970s and then from the Kallison home in Olmos Park. The program provided a forum for listeners to buy and sell merchandise and livestock, gave daily weather, crop and cattle market reports, and obituaries on area farmers and ranchers. Perry also presented "sermons" voicing his opinions on current events. The archives include handwritten transcripts, log books of buyers and sellers and audio recordings of Trading Post broadcasts. His wife, Frances Rosenthal Kallison (19082004), was a respected local historian whose 1977 master's thesis "100 Years of Jewry in San Antonio" is considered the seminal work on Jewish history in San Antonio. She was one of the founding members of The Texas Jewish Historical Association in 1980 and served as its president from 19821984 and was also a member of the Bexar County Historical Commission from 1978-1995. She was posthumously inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth in 2016.

Perry Kallison raised prize-winning polled Hereford cattle on his ranch in northwestern Bexar County. In 2002 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department purchased over 1200 acres of the ranch property and added it to the Government Canyon State Natural Area. The Department conducts public tours of the area.

Events & Classes

All on-site classes conducted by the San Antonio Public Library have been cancelled until further notice due to the threat of the COVID19 virus.


SAPL on YouTube

In this time of distance-learning and quarantine, the San Antonio Public Library has been creating useful YouTube videos with crafts, storytime, instructional videos and book reviews. Please take a minute to look at our

online video collection here.

Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Click HERE to register for FREE - via Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This lecture is FREE, but seating is limited to the first 1,000 attendees and promises to fill up fast! Make sure you log in at least 15 minutes before start


Free Family Search Webinars

The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has webinars scheduled for November. Webinars are currently being broadcast via Zoom. If you are not familiar with the program, this short video will teach you how

to use Zoom to join a meeting..

Free Georgia Genealogical Society Webinars

For November: Georgia Virtual Vault


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