Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society

The purpose of the organization is educational: to provide and maintain an organization for the study of historical and genealogical records, to collect and preserve these records in accordance with good archival practices, and to make them available for research in the Historical Research Center (HRC), Luling Public Library.

A Brief History of the Society

The Caldwell County, Texas Genealogical and Historical Society was formed in 1983 to meet the need of preserving the history of Caldwell County and surrounding areas before those records are destroyed and disappear forever.

At the time, Luling Public Librarian Woody Anderson observed that no one was collecting area photographs, genealogy, history, records or memorabilia and recognized the importance of maintaining those bridges to the past.

With the help of other interested person in the town and county--and sanctioned by the city council--the Society was organized as a program of the Luling Public Library.

The Historical Research Center, head-quartered in the library, is where the Society studies, collects and preserves the historical and genealogical records of the county. The aim is to use good archival practices and to make these materials available to the public.

The Society is one of the fastest-growing in Texas and has memberships and contracts in 44 states. It has received a number of Distinguished Awards from the Texas Historical Commission.

All work at the Research Center is done by volunteers. No salaries are paid. Money raised from dues and donations is budgeted to purchase books, materials and equipment. Donations of relevant materials are solicited and added to the existing holdings. Volunteers to aid researchers are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM; from Noon until 8 PM Tuesday and Thursday; and from 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. 

The Society publishes the award-winning Plum Creek Almanac twice yearly, exchanges publications with other societies, maintains family ancestral charts, maintains a web page, and regularly has research referrals from other states.

The Society meets annually in November. Date, time and location announced in area newspapers and on our website.