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Building a different kind of genealogical tree

You know that you need to build a DNA tree when you’re working with DNA,  a tree that is different from all the work you’ve put into your historical ancestral tree . . .  but what’s a DNA tree and how do you create it?

Find out at our September meeting (by Zoom) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 when Andrew Lee — one of the Family History Fanatics — will lead us through what it takes to create that DNA Family Tree.

Andy has been called the “Gordon Ramsey of genealogy” (no swearing, though) for his entertaining lecture style and his ability to simplify the complex that simplifies the complex. He’ll take you step-by-step along the path to successfully building your own DNA Trees.

Andy believes that his presentations, streamed or live, should deliver actionable information coupled with a few laughs.      

Building a DNA tree is the process of using shared DNA from a cluster of related individuals to infer “most likely” relationships.  Even if your matches aren’t responding to emails you send, a DNA tree is an very important tool for discovering relationships.

Andy has given presentations to numerous genealogy societies throughout the US and Canada as well as to  national family history Conferences such as RootsTech. He is also well known for his large catalog of “How To” videos on YouTube, which are required watching for any genealogist interested in learning about the latest developments in genealogy tech and genealogical research.

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