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Saving Your Family History: Creating a Family Web Site @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saving Your Family History:  Creating a Family Web Site @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Building a Family Web Site — Examine the tools available to help you share your research, photos, and more online. Learn how to create a site that preserves your research for the entire family while allowing members to contribute their stories and pictures. In the process, you may even discover a long-lost relative or two. Family research is an ongoing journey; use a family web site to help you on your way.

Speaker: Sandra Crowley

Sandra Crowley is a genealogist, author, and lecturer who grew up attending family reunions and developed a natural curiosity about her family that left her wanting to know more. With a business degree from the University of Memphis, she served as a product manager and then Vice President of Marketing for several technology companies while researching her family whenever she could. Later, this experience helped her combine her passion for family history with her interest in technology.

Sandra has spoken at national and regional conferences, including RootsTech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual event. She is a member of several genealogical society and non-profit boards where she has been an active volunteer. Currently she serves as Director of Development for the Texas State Genealogical Society, Immediate Past President of the Dallas Genealogical Society, and Seminar Coordinator for the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society. She is Managing Editor of Dallas’ Pegasus journal and is co-editor of the TxSGS journal, Stirpes. She has been the video editor for the North Carolina Genealogical Society Webinar series since 2012.

Guided Tour of the Neill-Cochran House @ Neill-Cochran House
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Guided Tour of the Neill-Cochran House @ Neill-Cochran House | Austin | Texas | United States

​​Our guided tour of the Neill-Cochran is June 30

​AGS lifetime member Mary Bohls — who grew up in the Neill-Cochran House — will take charge of a guided tour of the house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

The architecturally and historically rich house is now the Neill Cochran House Museum, owned and managed since 1958 by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. The house was opened as a museum in 1962. The NSCDA owns another 40 historically important homes across the U.S.

Commissioned in 1855, the house offers a 100-year intimate view of the styles and arts of growing Austin. It is located at 2310 San Gabriel St. Austin, TX 78705.

There is a small charge of $5 per person at the door, which goes to maintaining the house. Registration is limited to 15; you must be registered to attend.

1890 Census Substitutes: Bridging the Gap @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
1890 Census Substitutes: Bridging the Gap @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

The story behind the 1890 Census starts out like so many of those burned courthouse tales of gloom and doom. Yes, there was a fire and yes it is true that the 1890 Census was destroyed. Its destruction left a 20-year gap in the decennial chain of census records for researchers.

So how are we to cross this abyss back through time from 1900 to 1880 and connect to our ancestors with any degree of certainty? One strategy is to look for census substitutes or alternative sources of data lost in the 1890 Census. Remember the goal should be to identify an ancestor in a geographic place and time and define family relationships.

In Bill’s presentation a variety of substitutes from reconstructed 1890 Census to other types of enumerations will be discussed. Additionally, clues that can be found in a score of familiar records that can help researchers gain knowledge about their ancestors and bridge the gap will be highlighted.

Bill’s presentation is one that everyone interested in becoming a more effective genealogist should hear. We hope to see you at the meeting.

Speaker: William D. Buckner

Bill Buckner has been the Genealogy Supervisor of the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library for the past nineteen years. In addition to teaching a quarterly “Genealogy Beginners Class”, Bill has had numerous speaking engagements with various organizations. Some of his recent presentations include: Retro Genealogy Resources Still Viable in Today’s Online World; The Digital Public Library of America: Another Tool for Family Historians; and Extra! Extra! Extra! From the Headlines to the Classifieds, Newspapers Deliver Genealogical Gems

Bill initiated and co-hosts, with the Central Texas Genealogical Society, the very popular annual Genealogy Lock-in. This event has helped bring together the organizations and individuals that use, support, and have an interest in the Genealogy Center collection. Twenty-eight Texas libraries participated in the 17h annual Lock-in October 2017.

Bill is District “H” Representative for the Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS), and serves as the TxSGS Chair of the Book Awards and serves as the overall TxSGS Awards Chair. In 2011, Bill received the President’s Award from TxSGS for his contributions

Bill is a fourth-generation Texan and lives in Temple, Texas with his family.

Genealogy Tech: The Power of FamilySearch and Recent Changes to it @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Aug 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Genealogy Tech: The Power of FamilySearch and Recent Changes to it @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

FamilySearch is the largest genealogical organization in the world and its database, available free on-line, has been a vital resource for genealogists for almost 125 years.

In this presentation Alan Rabe will provide an overview of the records, resources and services that FamilySearch offers genealogists, as well as how to access them.

But he will also address another issue that has been a hot topic of discussion throughout the genealogy community. Family Search has converted trees in its database from individual, or stand-alone trees, into trees embedded in a collaborative data base, or Wiki.

In this environment any registered user can make changes to a tree that you have submitted. However, source changes to your tree can tracked and reversed by you. FamilySearch’s intent is to provide for an independent consensus review of your tree by a panel of your relatives as well as a collaborative means of correcting obsolete or incorrect data in family trees.

Alan is well suited to address the topic as he is the Director of the Family History Center for Georgetown, a branch of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Understanding all that FamilySearch has to offer as well as its philosophy for managing its huge database, including Family Tree, is important for all our members to know. So, don’t miss this opportunity to hear Alan’s presentation on FamilySearch.

Speaker: Alan Rabe

Alan has been an active genealogist for the past 50 years. He is currently the Director of the Family History Center in Georgetown, Texas. In that role he was responsible for volunteer indexing efforts of records from Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor and Georgetown which resulted in almost a million names being indexed for FamilySearch. Similarly, he was also responsible for indexing efforts in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania where 10 million names were indexed over a three-year period. Alan is also trained in graveyard restoration.

Alan is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Masters of Mechanical Engineering. He worked at nuclear power plants and was responsible for document control and procedure processes at the 4th largest utility in US. [Ask Alan about why you should save files as PDF/A instead of just PDF or Word.]