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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.
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).
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.
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.
When you first start searching for your ancestors, you face enormous masses of information. Which ones work? Which will be the most useful to you? Come and learn how to pick your own path and first steps through the bounty that is available.
Instructor: Debbe Tipping
This class is free. Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.
Do you want to know the migration routes taken by your ancestors as they moved across the continent? Our January speaker, Steven Mabie, can help you. He will show you the key migration routes used by our pioneer ancestors in their moves east and west and north and south. Steve will provide a timeline for these great routes; the major river routes, the Erie Canal, the National Road, the great wagon trails and many others. Where did the people who took each of these routes originate and where did they end up? Steve will tell you.
Speaker: Steve Mabie. Steve is a frequent speaker, and the current treasurer of the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. In addition to being an experienced speaker, Steven teaches a 2-hour class on 19th century migration at SAGHS.
Join us for Genealogy Best Computer Practices at the Austin Computer Labs.
Each participant will use one of the computers at the lab and work with an instructor through the lesson. To learn more about the computer lab, click Austin Computer Labs above.
Seating is limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration is required and limited to AGS members. A Wait List will be created for participants, if needed. If you cannot attend, please contact Dianne Holley to open the seat to someone on the wait list.
The AGS Activity Committee
invites you to join fellow members
in a tour
of the Austin History Center
Learn about the resources the AHC has for research and how to access them.
Just take a long lunch for this tour.
Pre-registration for this free event is required.
=Regular bus route Guadalupe/8th stop 5950
=Metro Rapid Routes 801 & 803 Austin History Center Stop 2611 southbound/2606 northbound
=Parking on south side of lot or on street, rate $1.20/hour