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Welcome to the Austin Genealogical Society

Because there’s always more to learn about Family History.

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Genealogists have always been detectives, right?

Our skills are being used today to solve more than our family histories . . . they’re being used to find and identify the lost and put serious criminals — even murderers — away.

Forensic genealogy,  including Investigative genetic genealogy, is the new science of using genetic and genealogical methods to find leads for law enforcement to chase down criminals and identify human remains.

Our August speaker is Kevin Lord of Saber Investigations, who will show us how he and his team do their work as DNA detectives and forensic genealogists, principles for research we can use as we track down our ancestors

Kevin will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.   We have 100 slots available; members will get priority registration.  If you are not a member and would like a slot, send your name and email to and we will put you on the waiting list and will notify you the Monday before the meeting with the link if you have a space.

At our July meeting not all registrants claimed their spot, so we should have slots available.

Kevin has a broad knowledge of genealogy and DNA testing, and has worked as a systems engineer and software developer.

He has worked as an official with the DNA Doe Project and was team lead for the group which who identified “Lavender Doe” of Kilgore, TX, found in 2006 without identification, as a Florida woman. Kevin will talk about his cases and processes.

Members will receive the link a week before the meeting.

We anticipate that our sessions through the summer will be virtual, and that we’ll be emailing notifications and Zoom sign-ons. That could change. 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