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If you are like me, nothing is more frustrating than having an unresolved gap in your family tree. More often than not, that gap is caused by a lost female surname. And in not knowing who these women were and where they came from, we lose part of our heritage. We lose their history. We lose their stories. And we lose a chain of other surnames and stories tied to the wife’s family.
Solving surname puzzles isn’t easy. It takes focus, organization, and all the resources one can muster. In our October presentation Rob Richardson will show you how to organize your research and where to locate resources that can lead to a successful surname discovery. Rob will provide you with a “Find-That-Surname” checklist that will carry you through a series of steps to (1) logically organize your search, (2) develop theories concerning the surname based upon available evidence, and then (3) provide steps to take to prove the surname is correct, including use of DNA test results.
So, retrieve that bit of Sherlock Holmes buried within you and follow the clues that lead to your third great grandmother’s missing name. With diligence and organization, you can find that name and fill that gap. Rob will show you how.
Speaker: Rob Richardson
Rob Richardson is now completing his second year on the AGS Board where he is currently the Chair for AGS Monthly Presentations. He became interested in genealogy in 1987 after receiving a hand- drawn family tree from a relative – later determined to be full or errors. It turned out that sadly, Rob was not related to a signer of the Declaration of Independence. But it was the work Rob did validating that tree that triggered his love of genealogy. Rob is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in chemistry and Texas A&M with a graduate degree in environmental chemistry. Rob worked as a consultant at an Austin-based environmental services company during his 40-year career, working principally with the EPA, DOD, and semiconductor industry.
AGS Annual Fall Festival
Please note the earlier start time for this special event!
This is a tradition that was started a number of years ago and has become a wonderful way to share the bounty and the warmth of the holiday season with many AGS friends. AGS will provide meat from Rudy’s BBQ and members will contribute a side dish or dessert.
6:00 p.m. Bring your dish along with any necessary serving utensils.
6:15 p.m. Dinner and social time
7:00 p.m. Presentation begins. See below for details.
Austin American Statesman columnist, Michael Barnes
We are very pleased to announce that our speaker for the November Fall Festival will be the Austin American Statesman columnist, Michael Barnes. Michael’s columns in the Statesman have long explored the hidden connections between old Austin and today’s Austin. In his columns on Austin history, Michael doesn’t treat the city as a subject for nostalgia but rather brings its very human stories from the past into our present.
“When I read a Michael Barnes article, it’s like listening to a great story told by an old friend. It always leaves you informed, entertained and feeling somewhat closer to the Austin community. He is our collective memory.” — Bob Ward, Chairman, Travis County Historical Commission
In his presentation at our Fall Festival, Michael will select several stories from his book on Austin history, Indelible Austin, to reveal things about Austin that you likely didn’t know, telling you who we were before we were Austin and how this shaped us into who we are today.
Michael Barnes is an award-winning columnist for the Austin American Statesman and as noted above, the author of Indelible Austin. He is a native Texan who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Michael has been a resident of Austin for more than 30 years as both a reporter and columnist observing and writing about Austin’s social life, its politics, and its history. So, what did Austin once look like? Who were our stalwart citizens and who were our sinners? And how did their lives influence us today? Find out in November at our Fall Festival. Michael has some great stories to tell.