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Yes, it’s a Genealogy Tech Review!

You asked for it. And Rob Richardson is delivering a Genealogy Tech Review at our monthly meeting to meet the demand. He’ll be focusing on recent developments in genealogical software, online database tools, and DNA data analysis that can make your work more effective and more fun.

That’s Tuesday, May 28 with social hour at 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones in Austin.

Rob became interested in genealogy more than 30 years ago when he received a hand-drawn family tree indicating a relationship to a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Sadly, that was wrong, but it triggered his ongoing love of genealogy.

Here’s what he plans to include:

1. New survey tools in Ancestry, MyHeritage, Geni and Family Search
2. A review of what the DNA companies are doing to link DNA to family trees
3. What new DNA matching and analysis software is available online, and what it will do for you.
4. Easy hacks to genealogical research to make your work more effective.

Rob has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics from UT, and a graduate degree in environmental chemistry from Texas A&M. He is serving his third year on the AGS board.

Michael Lacopo was outstanding!


Dr. Michael Lacopo — the veterinarian who gave up medicine for a genealogy career — gave seminar attendees a plethora of new ways to track ancestors and build their stories,
with six lectures tying social history records to genealogical hunts. Researchers left the annual seminar anxious to return to computers to try out new systems
and refine research.

Our annual seminar was held for the second year at the Commons Conference Center at UT’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus. Both Dr. Lacopo and the Conference Center got rave reviews.

Karen Liston organized the seminar, with backing from Beverly Pritchett and assistance from Elizabeth Price and Carol Darst.

The Jean Marostica Scholarship Fund

We unexpectedly lost Jean Marostica, our long-time colleague and friend,
on March 30. In her memory, we are establishing the Jean Marostica Scholarship
Fund, which will fund tuition annually at TIGR, the Texas Institute of Genealogical
Research. You can send donations to our mailing address (below) or donate online by clicking here.
Please note checks with “Jean Marostica Scholarship.”


Our mailing address: 3616 Far West Blvd., Suite 117-247, Austin, TX 78731-3082