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Mar
17
Sat
2018
Genealogy: From Organization to Research Plan Class @ North Village Library Branch
Mar 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

So much data,  so little time.  To make the best use of your research, you need good organization and record-keeping so that you can retrieve and use what you find.  Most genealogists struggle with this!  Come learn four ways you need to be organized to keep your research moving.

Instructor:  Nancy Stevens

This class is free.  Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.

Mar
24
Sat
2018
ANCESTRY.COM COLLECTIONS – Discovering Sources to Build Your Family Tree @ Austin Computer Labs
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for ANCESTRY.COM COLLECTIONS – Discovering Sources to Build Your Family Tree at the Austin Computer Labs.

With nearly thirty-three thousand record collections, and millions of records, many of us have yet to tap the vast storehouse of information available through Ancestry.com. From vital records, to newspapers, to church records and more, these are records you won’t see from Ancestry’s front page or an “All Collections” search.

If you are an Ancestry.com subscriber, you’ll learn how its collections can help you discover more about your family and add to your tree.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, you’ll still learn. Create a free account (here’s a link: https://www.ancestry.com/secure/register/index/) and, before coming to class, add some people and make a tree. There are thousands of records that are searchable, even with a free account.

Join us to discover how to access Ancestry’s treasury of data. On-line registration is required and available now.

The Particulars:

CLASSTIME: 10:00 TO 12:30
LOCATION: The Computer Lab at Austin Groups for the Elderly, 3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705 (but check out the following, please!)

ACCESS: The lab is not normally open on the weekends, the Cedar Street main door will be locked. Access will be from the back parking lot on HOME LANE, then up the ramp to the back door.

HOME LANE PARKING LOT: There is a small, free parking lot behind the building along Home Lane that can be accessed from an entrance (marked on the MAP BELOW in Orange) on 35th Street (between Home Lane and Cedar Street) Handicap spaces are at the far north end of the lot facing Home Lane.

STREET PARKING: The lot will likely not be full on Saturday. If the lot is full, or If you prefer, you can park in the neighborhood along Home Lane (west side) and along 35th Street (north side only),
HOME LANE ENTRANCE: From the parking lot facing the back of the building look left. There is a ramp up to the left and then right to the back entrance for the lab. Once you enter the building through the back door, the lab is to your left and left again (marked on the map in Yellow)

SOMEONE WILL MAN THE DOOR UNTIL 10:05. If you arrive late, class will have to be interrupted to let you in, so please arrive early – have a cup of coffee or tea and visit your fellow classmates. If you do arrive late, text the Instructor at 512-922-4541 to have someone come let you in.
See you there!

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.

Mar
27
Tue
2018
Save Your Family History Part II: Publishing Your Family History @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Save Your Family History Part II:  Publishing Your Family History @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Publishing your family history is important in two ways: (1) Your family’s legacy can be shared with your immediate family as well aunts, uncles, and cousins, and (2) In contributing your published history to genealogical libraries, your work will be available to researchers for generations to come, not lost to the mists of time.  In her presentation, Debbe Tipping will survey the tools and resources available for publishing your family history; including simple photocopying and binding at a local copy store, printing e-books, printing photo books, on-demand printing, posting on web sites, and paid book publishers.

Speaker:  Debbe Tipping.  Debbe is the current Vice President of the Austin Genealogical Society.  She has previously taught classes for AGS and others on the “why’s and how-to’s” of genealogical publishing.  Digital publishing is fast changing. Debbe will bring her insights on the costs and impact of latest approaches to publishing your family’s history.

Apr
4
Wed
2018
AGS DNA Special Interest Group – April 4 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will review “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” by Blaine T. Bettinger.  It is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle editions.

Please register below if you plan on attending.

 

Apr
10
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Apr 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.

We meet in the small room nearest to the kitchen with glass doors, reservation under “Austin Gen Society”. Come on in and join us!

Apr
21
Sat
2018
Finding ALL the Records on FamilySearch.org @ North Village Library Branch
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Did you know that only about 30% of the records at FamilySearch are indexed?
That means that if you search the site only using the basic search, you are only looking at about 1/3 of all the available records on the site! What could you be missing?

Join us as we look at where to find these records; what is in them and how to search them.
We will also look at techniques for viewing, saving and downloading these records.

You will be amazed at the treasures you will discover and what you will learn!

Instructor:  John Marostica

This class is free.  Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.

Apr
24
Tue
2018
Finding Treasure Buried in Twentieth Century Census Records @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Finding Treasure Buried in Twentieth Century Census Records @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Today with online databases offering easy access to U.S. census records, opportunities for discovery have never been easier. So, take advantage of our April presentation to hone your skills in researching the data-laden census records of the Twentieth Century.

Teresa’s presentation will focus ways to mine the trove of genealogical information embedded in Twentieth Century census records. She will cover much more than just names, ages, and residences. The records are chock full of other information for the genealogist. With the right approach, these censuses, both alone and collectively, can provide a wonderfully detailed snapshot of family life across the decades. Plus, if you know where and how to look, the records can point to additional data hidden in municipal, state, and church records. This will be a fact-filled presentation designed for all genealogists, no matter their skill level. Don’t miss it.

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 Andrew Carruthers DAR chapter, and her daughters were recently accepted into the Mayflower Society based on Teresa’s research. She is a board member of our Austin Genealogical Society and a member of the Williamson County Genealogical Society.

 

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 101 – Navigation and Getting Started @ Austin Computer Labs
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The April FOURTH SATURDAY CLASS (Co-sponsored by Austin Groups for the Elderly -AGE, and The Austin Genealogical Society – AGS) for AGS members only:

Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 101 – Navigation and Getting Started

Student expectations:

Basic computers skills that include: keyboard familiarity, mouse uses (both left and right-click buttons), and Windows 7 or newer navigation/software application interactions. General understanding of genealogy including understanding of terms such as “facts”, “sources”, and “media”.

In this class you’ll learn the basics of Family Tree Maker and begin to familiarize yourself with the application. You’ll learn how to navigate, understand the file structure, start a Tree, identify and understand panels and tabs and their differences.

The Particulars:CLASSTIME:

10:00 TO 12:30
LOCATION: The Computer Lab at Austin Groups for the Elderly, 3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705 (but check out the following, please!)

ACCESS: The lab is not normally open on the weekends, the Cedar Street main door will be locked. Access will be from the back parking lot on HOME LANE, then up the ramp to the back door.

HOME LANE PARKING LOT: There is a small, free parking lot behind the building along Home Lane that can be accessed from an entrance (marked on the MAP BELOW in Orange) on 35th Street (between Home Lane and Cedar Street) Handicap spaces are at the far north end of the lot facing Home Lane.

STREET PARKING: The lot will likely not be full on Saturday. If the lot is full, or If you prefer, you can park in the neighborhood along Home Lane (west side) and along 35th Street (north sideonly),

HOME LANE ENTRANCE: From the parking lot facing the back of the building look left. There is a ramp up to the left and then right to the back entrance for the lab. Once you enter the building through the back door, the lab is to your left and left again (marked on the map in Yellow)

SOMEONE WILL MAN THE DOOR UNTIL 10:05. If you arrive late, class will have to be interrupted to let you in, so please arrive early – have a cup of coffee or tea and visit your fellow classmates. If you do arrive late, text the Instructor at 512-922-4541 to have someone come let you in.
See you there!

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.

May
2
Wed
2018
AGS DNA Special Interest Group – May 2 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will review “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” by Blaine T. Bettinger.  It is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle editions.

Please register below if you plan on attending.

May
8
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
May 8 @ 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.