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We’re having a December meeting and our speaker will be talking to us from Ireland!

Our next meeting will be by Zoom on Saturday, December 12, at 1 p.m., when we will welcome Jane Halloran Ryan from Ireland. She will be speaking with us on “The Best Strategies for Researching Irish Roots.”

If you’ve ever thought you needed help with Irish research, this is a grand opportunity to expand your Irish research knowledge (it’s estimated that 10 percent of Americans have Irish ancestors). 

Jane is an American ex-pat who lives in County Clare.  She has a powerful list of achievements that clearly demonstrate her understanding of Irish genealogy.

  • She has a B.S. in accounting, and is a qualified Solicitor and non-practicing member of the Law Society of Ireland . . . add to that an M.S in local history from University of Limerick. 
  • She’s a PhD candidate at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. 
  • She chairs the Clare Roots Society. 
  • She’s the heritage resource manager of Ireland Reaching Out, a volunteer-based, non-profit initiative which builds links between the Irish Diaspora and parishes of origin in Ireland. 
  • She also holds a certificate in History of Family & Genealogical Research Methods and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. 
  • She specializes in New England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland research, and you can hire her to consult on Irish research by phone or Skype. 

If it’s time you learned more about research in Ireland,  this is your opportunity.  Registration notice goes out Dec. 7.

We expect that meetings during the first half of the year will continue to via Zoom, and we may add some extras in.  We’ll reevaluate as the vaccination process unfolds.  Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that he doesn’t expect large gatherings to be possible until the third or fourth quarter of the year.  Fingers crossed for sooner.

You can find notifications of DNA North at their Facebook page, Capital Area DNA SIG.

Other get-togethers are currently on hiatus. Stay safe and do genealogy.

For a link to meetings, please contact

We’re glad that you dropped in.

The Austin Genealogical Society is here to 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 want them. Right now, learning to use DNA test results in genealogy (genetic genealogy) is a leading subject for our members. Our North DNA SIG is generally for intermediate users. Open and free. See Capital Cities DNA Facebook page for details.

• Saturday Morning Drop-In: The third Saturday of each month we have experienced genealogists 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. (on hiatus)

• Monthly Membership 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. (meeting virtually)

• Research Trips: Further your research by visiting 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 scheduled expert was Diahan Southard, renowned DNA expert and creator of Your DNA Guide. We hope to reschedule this as soon as open meetings are possible.

Visitors are always welcome at any of our meetings. After a visit, we’re sure you’ll want to join us. So please come, and bring a friend! Our mailing address: 3616 Far West Blvd., Suite 117-247, Austin, TX 78731-3082

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