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July

Really nice new things

We have a couple of absolutely crackerjack speakers coming up for July and August.

Thanks to board member Pat Murphree for getting a commitment from Dr. Leah Larkin — The DNA Geek — to speak to us at our regular July meeting time,  7 p.m., Tuesday, July 28.   This is one you won’t want to miss.

Dr. Larkin will talk on “The Hicks Babies:  Research Strategies for Adoptees.”  She was deeply involved in identifying the birth families of the 200-plus children who were sold in the mid-1940’s from the Hicks Community Clinic in McCaysville, GA.   Their stories were told in a three-night series on TLC last October. 

Leah Larkin got her Ph.D in biology from UT in Austin (yay!), where she studied the use of DNA in relationships among different species;  in addition to her ongoing research, she now applies her hard-earned skills to solving genealogical problems with DNA.  You can find more of her work at The DNA Geek, mixing science and genealogy. 

Folks who have heard Leah Larkin speak call her “amazing.”

We have 100 spaces available with Zoom for this presentation,  and also for the upcoming August presentation.   You will have to register for both presentations — directions will be coming — and priority will be given to current members.  

We’re saving information on our August speaker until the end of July. You’ll be excited (and thanks,  Rob Richardson, for making it happen).  A tantalizing surprise.

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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 for July 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 communications@austintxgensoc.org


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