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Welcome to the Austin Genealogical Society

Making genealogy come alive.

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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, supporting her commitment to Texas genealogy education. Presently, you
can send donations to our mailing address (below); we are setting up a way to donate

Our Next Monthly Meeting

How’d You Find That?!? Tips for Locating Obscure or Hidden Records

Speaker: Cari Taplin

Cari Taplin has long been a popular speaker at AGS.

And there is a reason for that. Cari’s presentations always focus on helping you become a better genealogist! Read More

April 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments. Visitors are always welcome!
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Dr, Austin, 78731.

Our Next Activity

Michael Lacopo and the AGS 2019 Spring Seminar

Registration for the Spring Seminar with Michael Lacopo is now open.

Did you ever wonder why most of the people in your ancestor’s county sold their land and fled in 1833? And then your ancestor appears in Texas records? How would your life be different if your ancestor had not fled a cholera epidemic, settled in Texas and helped fight to gain Texas’ independence from Mexico?

Do you wonder what life would have been like for your great-great-grandmother who raised twelve children in a small log cabin in Kentucky while Native Americans were still sporadically appearing at the edge of the clearing? Did her resilience and fortitude get passed down to you?

How bad was the life of your ancestors, that they were compelled to brave terrifying conditions on a months-long voyage across the Atlantic to move away from family and friends and settle in the “New World?” What has their bravery meant to their descendants? To you?

That’s social history, a significant addition to genealogy. It may be more meaningful than the dates we collect, may tell us more about our ancestors and who they actually were . . . and may tell us more about our real family history.

These are the types of questions that Dr. Lacopo (a retired veterinarian) will help us ask and seek answers to, finding those empty holes in your ancestors’s stories, opening your eyes to fresh resources that help them fill in. Dr. Lacopo is also known as one of the top US genealogy speakers; his sessions are always Standing Room Only.

Join us May 17 and 18 at the modern Commons Conference Center at UT’s J.J. Pickle Research campus for Dr. Lacopo’s six sessions on filling the social gaps:

Friday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., May 17 (doors open at 12:45)

  • Incorporating Social History into Your Research
  • Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and Epidemics They Lived Through

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:30)

  • Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating Evidence
  • I Am Poor, Obscure, Plain and Little: Researching Invisible Ancestors
  • Magnificent, Magical, Mesmerizing Manuscript Collections
  • She Came from Nowhere …: A Case Study Incorporating Social History

Registration Fees:
Friday $35 AGS members/$45 nonmembers
Saturday $65 AGS members/$80 nonmembers
$15 Saturday box lunch optional
Registration for Spring Seminar.

Our Upcoming Classes DNA Results – Getting Started

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Austin Computer Labs 3710 Cedar St, Austin, TX 78705
Register here: starting on April 11

Understanding and Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:30 am to noon
North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck Ave., Austin, 78757
Please pre-register to receive a handout and reserve a seat.


Mailing Address: 3616 Far West Blvd., Suite 117-247, Austin, TX 78731-3082