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ANCESTRY.COM COLLECTIONS – Discovering Sources to Build Your Family Tree @ Austin Computer Labs
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for ANCESTRY.COM COLLECTIONS – Discovering Sources to Build Your Family Tree at the Austin Computer Labs.

With nearly thirty-three thousand record collections, and millions of records, many of us have yet to tap the vast storehouse of information available through From vital records, to newspapers, to church records and more, these are records you won’t see from Ancestry’s front page or an “All Collections” search.

If you are an subscriber, you’ll learn how its collections can help you discover more about your family and add to your tree.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, you’ll still learn. Create a free account (here’s a link: and, before coming to class, add some people and make a tree. There are thousands of records that are searchable, even with a free account.

Join us to discover how to access Ancestry’s treasury of data. On-line registration is required and available now.

The Particulars:

CLASSTIME: 10:00 TO 12:30
LOCATION: The Computer Lab at Austin Groups for the Elderly, 3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705 (but check out the following, please!)

ACCESS: The lab is not normally open on the weekends, the Cedar Street main door will be locked. Access will be from the back parking lot on HOME LANE, then up the ramp to the back door.

HOME LANE PARKING LOT: There is a small, free parking lot behind the building along Home Lane that can be accessed from an entrance (marked on the MAP BELOW in Orange) on 35th Street (between Home Lane and Cedar Street) Handicap spaces are at the far north end of the lot facing Home Lane.

STREET PARKING: The lot will likely not be full on Saturday. If the lot is full, or If you prefer, you can park in the neighborhood along Home Lane (west side) and along 35th Street (north side only),
HOME LANE ENTRANCE: From the parking lot facing the back of the building look left. There is a ramp up to the left and then right to the back entrance for the lab. Once you enter the building through the back door, the lab is to your left and left again (marked on the map in Yellow)

SOMEONE WILL MAN THE DOOR UNTIL 10:05. If you arrive late, class will have to be interrupted to let you in, so please arrive early – have a cup of coffee or tea and visit your fellow classmates. If you do arrive late, text the Instructor at 512-922-4541 to have someone come let you in.
See you there!

Seating is limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration is required and limited to AGS members. A Wait List will be created for participants, if needed. If you cannot attend, please contact Dianne Holley to open the seat to someone on the wait list.

2018 Workshops @ Commons Learning Center
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Will help us add DNA to our genealogy toolboxes.


Friday Afternoon, May 11, 2018 Advanced Topic Workshops:

  • Advanced Third-Party Tools – Let’s explore the Phasing, Matching Segment Search, Lazarus, and Triangulation tools.
  • Visual Phasing – You’ve tested three siblings, now figure out which DNA segments belong to which grandparent.

Click here to visit the workshops and seminar web page.

2018 Seminar @ Commons Learning Center
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Will help us add DNA to our genealogy toolboxes.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 All-Day Seminar Topics:

  • Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
  • Using Third-Party Tools to Analyze Autosomal DNA – Tools available at sites other than your testing company for DNA analysis.
  • The Danger of Distant Matches – What are common pitfalls when analyzing DNA? What are the minimum requirements for genealogical proof using DNA?
  • Begging for Spit

Click here to go to our workshops and seminar web page.