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.

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.

Jun
27
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – June 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - June 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Forensic Genealogy, Finding the Living

Speaker: Kelvin L. Meyers

A fifth-generation Texan and professional forensic genealogist since 1990, Kelvin is a frequent speaker to genealogical societies and family associations throughout the United States.
As a graduate of Texas Tech University with a history major, Kelvin is an avid research-historian. After being employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library, Kelvin now has a solo practice as a forensic genealogist serving clients that include probate attorneys, trust department of banks, the US Immigration Service and energy companies. Kelvin is a 1989 and 1990 alumni of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and has returned to IGHR as lecturer. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG, and a founding member for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Kelvin currently serves as the chairman of the history and archives committee for First United Methodist Church in Dallas.

Jul
1
Sat
2017
Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement

The acquisition and control of land has played a major role in American history not only on a national level but for states and individuals as well. One of the earliest problems faced by Georgia was the inability to attract men who were willing to settle on the land, create homes, and produce crops. Georgia passed its first headright law in 1777, which was intended to facilitate the transfer of land ownership to individuals to “strengthen the state.” However, the headright grant process was fraught with problems and after years of scandal, fraud, speculation, and political embarrassment, Georgia passed the Land Lottery Act in 1803. Seven lotteries were held to distribute land from the Creek and Cherokee, leaving behind a genealogically rich record.

Instructor: Teresa Devine

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

Jul
13
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ IHOP
Jul 13 @ 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.

Jul
25
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – July 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topic Tables – Help with Geographical Research by AGS Members

Aug
1
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 5 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.

Aug
10
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express | 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.

Aug
22
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – August 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - August 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

The Importance of Mapping Cemeteries, Not Just Recording the Names

In the 16 years I have been documenting Travis County Cemeteries, I have seen development and re purposing of cemetery land, head stones disappear and without good documentation, photos and maps some grave sites are lost to time. learn the basics of documentation and where to archive your findings.

Speaker: Dale Flatt

Born in 1958 in port Angles Washington, I grew up in San Bernardino California and after High school and a 4 year hitch in the United States Navy as a cook and baker onboard a Nuclear Submarine, I moved to Austin in 1983. I joined the Austin Fire Department in 1986. I retired in 2014 after 28.5 years of service and spend most of my free time documenting and helping preserve historic cemeteries.