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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.

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.

Oct
28
Sat
2017
DNA for Beginners @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
DNA for Beginners @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

DNA for Beginners

This class will go over some of the basics needed to get started with DNA testing for genealogical purposes.

Instructor: Randy Whited

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

Nov
7
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 7 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.

Nov
9
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Nov 9 @ 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.

Nov
28
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – November 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - November 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

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.  In order to determine the amount of food to order, please R.S.V.P. with the number of people in your party (members may bring 1 guest) on the form below.

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.

Presentation:
The Archives Wars

Austin has always been a little weird. Austin’s early history has defined Austin as the capital city of Texas. This presentation is a good example of how the saying, “Actions have consequences.” In Austin, the Archives War has been romanticized in Austin folk-lore as an early example of strong, local pride, and archivists have latched on to this event to show the power of archives. However, the incident had far-reaching consequences. Positive consequences for the citizens of Austin, and negative consequences for the rest of the Republic of Texas.

Speaker:   James Harkins

James Harkins is the Manager of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program. James graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2005, with a double minor in history and business. In 2010, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, also from Texas State, and is the 2010-2011 James W. McGrew Research Award winner for his graduate thesis from the American Society for Professional Administrators (ASPA). He has worked for the Texas General Land Office since May of 2005, and manages the Save Texas History program of the Texas General Land Office. He is a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).

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

Chapter 8 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.

Dec
9
Sat
2017
How to Teach a Genealogy Class – Panel and Workshop @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
How to Teach a Genealogy Class - Panel and Workshop @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

How to Teach a Genealogy Class – Panel and Workshop

This will be a panel discussion and workshop for anyone interested in learning how to teach their own genealogy class. There will be a short lecture, a panel discussion with local genealogical speakers, and then a workshop period to help attendees develop their ideas for teaching a class or get tips on public speaking.

Panel includes Cari Taplin, Teri Flack, Sara Gredler, and Randy Whited.

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

Jan
11
Thu
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Jan 11 @ 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.