Welcome to the Austin Genealogical Society
Making genealogy come alive.
Upcoming for February
Special Interest Groups (SIGS):
DNA North meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 5 at PoKeJo’s at 2121 W. Parmer. Bring laptops or tablets for both DNA groups, if you like.
DNA South meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 12 at LaQuerencia, 2500 Barton Creek, Austin.
THIRD SATURDAY MORNING DROP-IN (new) at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the North Branch Public Library, 2505 Steck, Austin. An experienced genealogist will be available to help with research, start-ups, brick walls, and whatever genealogical issues you’re having trouble with. Or, bring your laptop and work with your fellow genealogists.
The AGS Monthly Meeting: We meet at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, this month on February 25th, at the Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones, Austin. The Social hour is at 6:30. The presentation begins at 7:00.
At our February meeting Rob Richardson will present “Five Novel Brick Wall Strategies That Work” – He’ll show you five new ways to bust through those problematic brick walls using using little-known but very effective strategies that combine on-line genealogical data, your DNA test results, and logic.
As you may recall, Rob gave a presentation two years ago on how to apply logic and data to break through your brick walls. At our February meeting he’s taking it one step further: Now he’ll ask you to think like Sherlock, document like Watson, and exploit your DNA data like Blaine Bettinger. So come and learn from Rob on the 25th, and then you’ll want to give it try.
Visitors are always welcome. We encourage you to bring a guest.
We’re glad that you’re here for a visit!
The Austin Genealogical Society will give you the tools you need to become a better genealogist.
Here’s how we do it:
- SIGs: AGS has several special interest groups (SIGs) that you can visit, and we launch new ones as our members require them. Right now, learning to use DNA test results to support genealogy (genetic genealogy) is a leading subject for our members. We have two DNA SIGs: our North DNA SIG is generally for intermediate users, and our South DNA SIG is oriented to beginners. Both are open and free.
- Saturday Morning Drop-In: The third Saturday of each month we have an experienced genealogist on hand to assist in solving genealogical issues ranging from setting up a family tree to breaking through brick walls. Members also come to work collegially. No charge.
- Monthly Meetings: At our monthly member meeting, we bring in (or tap our membership for) an expert who showcases genealogical research methods and new technology. All presentations are designed to help our members become better genealogists. Meetings are free.
- Research Trips: Further your research with us as we visit genealogy libraries and archives across the US. Our fall trip in October was to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City!
- Our Summer Seminar: Early in the summer, we bring in a known expert for a day or day-and-a-half seminar. In 2020, our expert is Diane Southard, renowned DNA expert and creator of Your DNA Guide.
- Visitors are Welcome: Like the SIGs and classes, visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings. After a visit, we’re sure you’ll want to join us. So please come, and bring a friend!