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.

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.

Sep
5
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Continue to discuss chapter 5, atDNA

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.

Sep
14
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Sep 14 @ 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.

Sep
16
Sat
2017
Land Workshop Pt. 1 – Metes and Bounds @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Land Workshop Pt. 1  - Metes and Bounds @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Land Workshop Pt. 1  – Metes and Bounds

Have you ever wondered how to draw those land descriptions from the Metes & Bounds survey system? This system was used primarily in the original thirteen colonies and so is mostly found when dealing with land in the east. This workshop will describe the system and then take the students through some real examples teaching them how to draw the land shapes as described in old deeds. Students need to bring a ruler and pencil to class.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

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

Sep
23
Sat
2017
Land Workshop Pt. 2 – Rectangular System @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Land Workshop Pt. 2 - Rectangular System @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Land Workshop Pt. 2 – Rectangular System

Have you ever wondered how to draw those land descriptions from the rectangular survey system? This system was used in the Federal Land states to survey and sell the land to private citizens. This workshop will describe the system and then take the students through some real examples teaching them how to draw the land shapes as described in old deeds.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

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

 

Sep
26
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – September 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - September 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

More than Daughters: Using the DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS)

The DAR has made more than a century’s worth of genealogical records accessible to all researchers. A variety of records have been digitized and made available through many databases and resources using the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS). This presentation will help researchers understand how to access and search the GRS and how to evaluate the different types of records found within.

Speaker: Teresa Devine

Teresa began dabbling in family history research more than ten years ago, but didn’t get serious about genealogy until 2011 when her oldest living paternal relative passed away taking her memories of the family with her. Teresa realized that family stories can easily disappear unless someone purposely works to save them. She specializes in southern U.S. research, serves on the Lineage Research committee for the Andrews Carruthers DAR chapter, and her daughters were recently accepted into the Mayflower Society based on Teresa’s research. She is a member of the Williamson County Genealogical Society and a board member for the Austin Genealogical Society.

Oct
3
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 6 will be covered

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

This book is our study guide this year. You do not need to have the book to join the group. 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.

Oct
12
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ La Madeleine French Restaurant
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @  La Madeleine French Restaurant | 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.

Oct
24
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – October 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - October 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

I’ve Got My DNA Results. But How Do I Use Them?

DNA is a powerful genealogical tool – keyword being tool! Just like any other genealogy resource, we have to learn how to best use it. DNA has to be used in conjunction with our paper genealogical research. After taking a DNA test, the next moves can be overwhelming. This talk will break down the steps.

Speaker: Sara Gredler

Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist, architectural historian, and historian with nearly 20 years of genealogical research experience. She is currently the President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chair of its DNA Special Interest Group. She currently works at an architecture/engineering firm as an architectural historian, historic bridge surveyor, Microsoft Access database guru, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst. She holds a MS in Historic Preservation, and BAs in History and Classical Studies, as well as a Certificate in Irish Studies. She has attended GRIP for two years, has spoken at the Texas State Genealogical Society Conference numerous times, at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, and in 2017 will be speaking at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Raleigh, NC. Her research focuses are in western New York, New England, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.