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Apr
21
Sat
2018
Finding ALL the Records on FamilySearch.org @ North Village Library Branch
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Did you know that only about 30% of the records at FamilySearch are indexed?
That means that if you search the site only using the basic search, you are only looking at about 1/3 of all the available records on the site! What could you be missing?

Join us as we look at where to find these records; what is in them and how to search them.
We will also look at techniques for viewing, saving and downloading these records.

You will be amazed at the treasures you will discover and what you will learn!

Instructor:  John Marostica

This class is free.  Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 101 – Navigation and Getting Started @ Austin Computer Labs
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The April FOURTH SATURDAY CLASS (Co-sponsored by Austin Groups for the Elderly -AGE, and The Austin Genealogical Society – AGS) for AGS members only:

Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 101 – Navigation and Getting Started

Student expectations:

Basic computers skills that include: keyboard familiarity, mouse uses (both left and right-click buttons), and Windows 7 or newer navigation/software application interactions. General understanding of genealogy including understanding of terms such as “facts”, “sources”, and “media”.

In this class you’ll learn the basics of Family Tree Maker and begin to familiarize yourself with the application. You’ll learn how to navigate, understand the file structure, start a Tree, identify and understand panels and tabs and their differences.

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 sideonly),

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.

May
19
Sat
2018
Census Overview @ North Village Library Branch
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for an overview of the U.S. Censuses from 1790 to 1940. We will look at each census in general, learning which questions were asked and what extra components may be included to help us with our family history research.

Instructor:  Debbe Tipping

This class is free.  Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.

Jun
16
Sat
2018
Finding Your Confederate Ancestors @ North Village Library Branch
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tips on doing research in the 11 southern states which formed the Confederacy: South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Research in these states can differ from northern states because the southern states tended to be mainly agrarian with few large cities and the people tended to move more frequently, immigrating west and south with each generation. Research topics will include using census, probate, land, marriage bonds, church, civil, military records, etc. in areas where many records may have been destroyed. We will discuss how to find your ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and some of the myths about the south and slavery.

Millijon Crowell has been researching her own southern ancestors for over 40 years including five ancestors who fought for the Confederacy.

Instructor:  Millijon Crowell

This class is free.  Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.