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Welcome to the Austin Genealogical Society

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It’s May. Hunker down and do genealogy.

Does anyone know when COVID-19 is going away? Until we know that our members will be safe gathering (large groups), we’ll restrain getting together, except virtually.

That means no physical May meetings. Virtual meetings will be established by email. If you’d like to be notified about upcoming events, email us at

Tuesday, May 26, 7 p.m. – AGS Membership Meeting

Join Karen Liston on Zoom as she shows us how how to use Thrulines and the group tool function in Ancestry,  which will help you organize your matches by MRCA (most recent common ancestor) so that you can locate and sort them later.   Karen reports that Thrulines relate to DNA matches the same way those little green leaves relate to building family trees in Ancestry.  Thrulines can help you break through brick walls!

Karen has been interested in genealogy since she was 10 years old doing a family tree and inherited traits assignment for school.  She eagerly listened to old family stories (unfortunately, she didn’t record them!).  Then, nearly 30 years ago, the genealogy bug bit her hard when she was leading an educational tour to Scotland, the land of some of her ancestors, and visited the National Register Office in Edinburgh.  And the rest, as they say, is history.  Nowadays, her husband frequently asks her (as he is headed off to bed) which genealogy rabbit hole she is going down that night . . .

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DNA expert Diahan Southard was to present the latest on genetic genealogy for one and one-half days.  We are hopeful that this can be rescheduled this fall. In the meantime, stay safe, until we can be together again!

Diahan’s new book, Your DNA Guide, has just been released and is available on her website. It was launched at RootsTech, where her good friend Blaine Bettinger gave it a thumbs-up review. You can get it here. 


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 require 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 we are able.

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