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The Bastrop Advertiser has been digitally reproduced and is now available online at the Portal to Texas History website. The 1854-1975 issues are currently available and later years are being added. With the paper on the web, patrons can now search remotely for their information. Searches can be done by keyword or date. Funding for this project was provided by the Tocker Foundation.





Have you always wondered about your family history? Or perhaps you have started your research but need a recharge?

Bastrop County Genealogical Society

2nd Saturday of each month

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Maynard Conference Room


There are no fees or membership requirements. We welcome anyone who wants to learn more about their family history and/or wants to improve their research skills.  Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a "seasoned" researcher, you will always learn something at our meetings.




October 14: Reel'Em in with Cousin Bait - 10 Ways to Connect

with Family

"Cousin Bait" helps connect with others who may have information about your family. Learn the best ways to share so others can find you.


November 11: What's Next When You Are Told Those Records

Were "Burnt Up"

My Dad's WWII records disappeared with the Archives fire. Many other fires have taken valuable information from us. However, bad news about records can often be overcome with persistence and flexibility. Put on your own discovery hat and create your treasure maps to lead you to the answer.


December 09: Preserving Your Ancestor's Textiles and

Handmade Treasures

Learn from an archivist the best practices to preserving your ancestor's textiles and handmade items. Everything from Grandma's quilt, that old Christening gown, your Dad's letterman jacket and military uniforms. These textiles and handmade items need special care and consideration when it comes to preservation and storage.





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The Mission of the City of Bastrop is to continuously strive to provide innovative and proactive services that enhance our authentic way of life to achieve our vision.