All AGS activities and events are open to visitors.

We hope you’ll come join us!

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Meetings typically include time to get acquainted with other researchers, announcements and notification of upcoming activities. Meetings also feature a speaker on a genealogical topic.

Meetings are held at Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr, Austin, 78731.

Apr
28
Fri
2017
Friday Workshop #1 – Census, Census-Substitutes, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretations, and Correlation @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

As a complement to our 2017 Seminar with Thomas W. Jones, we are offering 2 Friday workshop options.

Workshop #1 – Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

Purposes of censuses and census substitutes; differences between them; types of censuses and census-substitutes; direct and indirect evidence in censuses and census-substitutes; emphasis on pre-1850 U.S. censuses and federal nonpopulation schedules; state, religious, military and other specialized censuses and lists of names; genealogical evidence in census instructions and other census-related sources; benefiting from enumerator errors; deriving evidence from lists of names (“list analysis”); how to use evidence from censuses, census substitutes, and name lists, to reveal relationships and other genealogical data.

Workshop #1 is sold out

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.

Friday Workshop #2 – Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
Apr 28 @ 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

As a complement to our 2017 Seminar with Thomas W. Jones, we are offering 2 Friday workshop options.

Workshop #2 – Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems

Analysis and interpretation principles applicable to any kind of genealogical source; working with evidence from many sources; seeing patterns, parallels, and conflicts in evidence; working with records in a series (including censuses, tax rolls, rent rolls, city directories, communion lists, guardian and estate accounts); timelines, matrices, and other ways of graphically arranging evidence; explaining how records correlate and using correlation to build a convincing case.

Workshop #2 is sold out

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.

Apr
29
Sat
2017
2017 AGS Seminar @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
2017 AGS Seminar @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church | Austin | Texas | United States

2017 Austin Genealogical Society Annual Seminar – April 29, 2017

Registration is now open. Go to the online registration form at the bottom of the page. If you want to mail a check, print the registration form.

Online registration for the seminar is now closed. Registration will be available at the door for $55 regardless of membership status.

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences

Dr. Jones will present the following 4 lectures during this event:

  1. Using Autosomal DNA to Solve a Family Mystery: This case study shows how targeted autosomal-DNA testing helped identify the father and grandparents of siblings born in New York State in the 1820s. Besides the genealogical methods, the presentation addresses locating people to test, interpreting the results, and applying them to help answer a specific research question.
  2. Creating a Family History of Lasting Value:  Most genealogists want to prepare family histories that future generations will cherish. Not all succeed. Many genealogies contain only “harvested” information, which our descendants will be able obtain themselves (perhaps more easily than we can today). Some of that information likely is wrong. We begin to create worthwhile and accurate family histories by collecting and sharing family stories and DNA test results—information that might soon disappear. Our research progresses from that starting point toward the goal of a printed, computerized, or online family history. If we pay attention to four factors— biography, accuracy, documentation, and explanation—our history will be irreplaceable.
  3. Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors:  The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficultto-trace ancestors.
  4. Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor’s European Origin:  The session explains three major challenges in learning the origin of European ancestors. The presenter will recommend and provide examples of five kinds of searches that have led to success. Attendees will learn techniques for matching the identity of a North American ancestor with names and identities found in European records.

Price: $40 members/$55 non-membersSpace still available! Registration is available at the door for $55

Complimentary bags available to the first 100 Registrants – Light breakfast and beverages included.

Seminar attendees may pre-purchase the book, Mastering Genealogical Proof, at special seminar pricing (order by March 25)

An optional box lunch is available for pre-purchase with registration (order by April 22)

We are unable to offer refunds. Please plan accordingly.

Also new this year, 2 workshops options on Friday!

We are pleased to offer optional workshops on the Friday before the seminar.  Enrollment is limited to 30 people per workshop.  Members of the Austin Genealogical Society will receive a discounted price along with priority registration.  We expect these workshops to sell out, so don’t delay!

Price per workshop: $25 members (plus priority registration)/$40 non-members

SOLD OUT – Workshop #1 – Friday, April 28, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation Purposes of censuses and census substitutes; differences between them; types of censuses and census-substitutes; direct and indirect evidence in censuses and census-substitutes; emphasis on pre-1850 U.S. censuses and federal nonpopulation schedules; state, religious, military and other specialized censuses and lists of names; genealogical evidence in census instructions and other census-related sources; benefiting from enumerator errors; deriving evidence from lists of names (“list analysis”); how to use evidence from censuses, census substitutes, and name lists, to reveal relationships and other genealogical data.

SOLD OUT – Workshop #2 – Friday, April 28, 2:45-4:00 p.m.:  Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems Analysis and interpretation principles applicable to any kind of genealogical source; working with evidence from many sources; seeing patterns, parallels, and conflicts in evidence; working with records in a series (including censuses, tax rolls, rent rolls, city directories, communion lists, guardian and estate accounts); timelines, matrices, and other ways of graphically arranging evidence; explaining how records correlate and using correlation to build a convincing case.

The workshops will be held at the same location as the seminar, Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759


May
2
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 3 will be covered

Meetings will be based on the book:
Genetic Genealogy in Practice
by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne

You need to obtain this book, as it will be our study guide this year. We will discuss each chapter of the book and will begin with the first chapter on March 7th. Randy Whited will lead the discussion and answer questions.

The book is available from Amazon for $36 paperback or $9.99 for the Kindle edition.

If you are a member of NGS, it is available for $30.06, or $36.06 for non-members.

May
11
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ IHOP
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @  IHOP | Austin | Texas | United States

Purpose of the SIG: Provide a support structure to those attending for recording family histories – including family interviews, memoirs or stories based on research.

May
20
Sat
2017
Using Google’s MyMaps @ Little Walnut Creek Branch of the Austin Public Library
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Using Google's MyMaps @ Little Walnut Creek Branch of the Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Using Google’s MyMaps

Did you know you can create your own maps using Google’s My Maps? Many of us use Google Maps for travel or locating a place. My Maps allows users to create custom maps which makes it a fantastic and easy-to-use research and analysis tool. Maps can be shared with others making it a great way to present your research to family and friends. This webinar will give an overview of My Maps, examples for why and how it can be useful for genealogy, and will go in-depth to demonstrate to the audience exactly how to create custom maps, including inserting lines, shapes, images, text, and more.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

May
23
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – May 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - May 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Have You Found the “Schatz” in Your Family Tree?

The process of seeking and finding a “schatz” in your genealogy research can be both very rewarding and frustrating at the same time. This presentation will provide two different paths on how to narrow your research and focus on what you can find versus what you cannot find doing remote research.

Speakers: Cindy Foreman & Beverly Herring

Cindy Foreman Bio
Cindy grew up in Michigan but moved to St. Paul, MN in 1974 where she attained her B.S. degree from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, in History Education. She moved to Texas and in 2003, she was approved to be a D.A.R. member. She was President of the Austin Genealogy Society, 2008-2010 and VP of the WVGS 2011-15. She has been actively researching her ancestors for the last 20 years and in 2014 she spoke at the FGS Conference in San Antonio. Currently she is involved with leading the IGG group (Interactive Genealogy Group), along with Beverly Herring, which is a special interest group for genealogy.

Beverly Herring Bio
Born in Baytown, Texas, Beverly has lived in Texas her entire life and couldn’t think of any other place to live other than Maui, Hawaii. She has spent over 32 years in the real estate industry as both a realtor and loan officer. Her interest in genealogy began 10 years ago when she joined the Wimberley genealogy group. She served as Treasurer of that group 2013 – 2015 as well as teaching beginner classes for 3 years. In July, 2015, she and Cindy Foreman began the Interactive Genealogy Group (IGG) which meets in various libraries and/or facilities in the central Texas area doing interactive presentations and beginner genealogy classes.

Jun
6
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 4 will be covered

Meetings will be based on the book:
Genetic Genealogy in Practice
by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne

You need to obtain this book, as it will be our study guide this year. We will discuss each chapter of the book and will begin with the first chapter on March 7th. Randy Whited will lead the discussion and answer questions.

The book is available from Amazon for $36 paperback or $9.99 for the Kindle edition.

If you are a member of NGS, it is available for $30.06, or $36.06 for non-members.

 

Jun
8
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ Mimi's Cafe
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ Mimi's Cafe | Austin | Texas | United States

Purpose of the SIG: Provide a support structure to those attending for recording family histories – including family interviews, memoirs or stories based on research.

Jun
12
Mon
2017
Using FamilySearch.org @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Jun 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Using FamilySearch.org @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Using FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org – it’s all about the records and this genealogy site is FREE – the world’s largest free genealogy website is as close as your internet-connected computer. In this class you will learn how to begin to use this site to support your research.   From family trees to census records to church and tax records, and much, much more, learn how and why this source is a genealogy researcher’s best friend.

Instructor: Dianne Holley

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.