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Nov
13
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ IHOP
Nov 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.

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Basic Genealogy Records @ North Village Library Branch
Nov 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come explore the following basic genealogy records with us: Vital Records, Censuses, Land Records, and Religious Records. We will also touch on writing citations and transcribing, abstracting, and extracting.

Lead by Debbe Tipping

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

Nov
27
Tue
2018
AGS Fall Festival – November 2018 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AGS Fall Festival - November 2018 @ 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.

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:
Austin American Statesman columnist, Michael Barnes

We are very pleased to announce that our speaker for the November Fall Festival will be the Austin American Statesman columnist, Michael Barnes. Michael’s columns in the Statesman have long explored the hidden connections between old Austin and today’s Austin. In his columns on Austin history, Michael doesn’t treat the city as a subject for nostalgia but rather brings its very human stories from the past into our present.

“When I read a Michael Barnes article, it’s like listening to a great story told by an old friend. It always leaves you informed, entertained and feeling somewhat closer to the Austin community. He is our collective memory.” — Bob Ward, Chairman, Travis County Historical Commission

In his presentation at our Fall Festival, Michael will select several stories from his book on Austin history, Indelible Austin, to reveal things about Austin that you likely didn’t know, telling you who we were before we were Austin and how this shaped us into who we are today.

Michael Barnes is an award-winning columnist for the Austin American Statesman and as noted above, the author of Indelible Austin. He is a native Texan who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Michael has been a resident of Austin for more than 30 years as both a reporter and columnist observing and writing about Austin’s social life, its politics, and its history. So, what did Austin once look like? Who were our stalwart citizens and who were our sinners? And how did their lives influence us today? Find out in November at our Fall Festival. Michael has some great stories to tell.

Speaker:   Michael Barnes

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 104 – Clean Up and Maintenance @ Austin Computer Labs
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Fourth Saturday Class is for AGS members only. It is co-sponsored by The Austin Genealogical Society (AGS) and Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE). The November FOURTH SATURDAY class will be held December 1.

Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 104 – Clean Up and MaintenanceS

You’ll learn more about Family Tree Maker!

These two and ½ hours can change your genealogical life for the better.

Student Expectations:

Basic computers skills that include: keyboard familiarity, mouse use (both left and right-click buttons), and Windows 7 or newer navigation/software application interactions. A general understanding of genealogy including an understanding of terms such as “facts”, “sources”, and “media”. “Navigation and Getting Started with Family Tree Maker 2017“ class or equivalent understanding of navigating within FTM 2017

This class will build on our previous classes. Now that we have a tree, there are times we need to clean up our data and perform maintenance on our data file. This class will walk you thru the most common clean-up activities for Names, Places, and Media, as well as common maintenance activities like running the Data Errors Report, Compacting your file, and Repairing missing media links.

This is a computer lab for AGS members only. Class fee is $10.00. Seating capacity is 10. Pre-register below and click submit pay the class fee with PayPal

CLASSTIME: 10:00 TO 12:30
LOCATION: The Computer Lab at Austin Groups for the Elderly, 3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705 (See map below and please read and understand the following.)

ONLY Lidded cups are allowed in the lab. Coffee and tea are provided.

There are at least two seats with keyboards for those who are visually impaired. Please defer from sitting at one until you have determined it is not needed by someone else.

ACCESS: The building occupies the entire block between Cedar and Home Streets. The lab is only open on the weekends for us by special arrangement. There will be no access through the Cedar Street main door. 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.

HOME LANE ENTRANCE: SEE the Map 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)

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),

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!

If the class is full and you want to attend contact Dianne Holley to be put on a Wait List, if needed. If you cannot attend, please contact Dianne Holley to open the seat to someone on the wait list.

Dec
5
Wed
2018
AGS DNA Special Interest Group – December 5 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Dec 5 @ 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.

Jan
10
Thu
2019
AGS Writing SIG @ La Madeleine French Bakery and Café
Jan 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ La Madeleine French Bakery and Café | 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.

Jan
19
Sat
2019
Review Book “After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research” @ Little Walnut Creek Library Branch
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

John will be doing a review the book “After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research” by Thomas MacEntee.
The book is full of valuable information about what it takes to make sure your genealogical materials and artifacts find a great home after you are gone.
It also discusses things that can be done before you are gone – like donating your collection before you die – don’t leave it up to your estate…
It’s an interesting and thought provoking book that will generate a lot of discussion.

Lead by John Marostica

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

Jan
22
Tue
2019
At Our January Meeting Discover Austin’s Genealogical Treasure – The University of Texas’ Briscoe Center for American History @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
At Our January Meeting Discover Austin’s Genealogical Treasure – The University of Texas' Briscoe Center for American History @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Kick off 2019 with a bang and discover that genealogical treasure on the UT campus, the Briscoe Center for American History. Telling you all about what the center offers will be Benjamin Wright, the center’s Assistant Director for Communication.

The Briscoe Center is located on the UT campus right beside the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. We are extremely fortunate to have it in Austin and open to genealogists. It is a research center with few peers. And being near the LBJ Library makes parking especially convenient for visitors, especially on weekends.

As a genealogist, it should be one of your frequent stops. The center is a very user-friendly resource. Its staff welcomes anyone who wants to access and research their collections, which for the genealogist includes a newspaper archive on microfilm that is second to none, old USGS maps going back to the start of the 20th century (great for tracing old roads and communities in Texas that no longer exist), a huge collection of books and journals covering every aspect of Texas and U.S. history that you might be interested in. And that’s just a short overview. There is much, much more to explore at the Briscoe Center for the genealogist and for the historian. Ben Wright will explain the center’s history, give an overview of its resources and share some of his favorite stories from his own historical research at the center, which has included work in the Hope Family Plantation Records, the Natchez Trace Collection and the University Archives.

Speaker: Ben Wright

Ben Wright, our speaker, is originally from England. He has a BA and MA in History from Kings College in London has been in Texas since 2003, working mostly at the state capitol and the university. (He would have made it to Texas sooner but his ancestors moved from Scotland, Ireland and Wales to the English midlands rather than crossing the Atlantic.) By day Ben’s a curator, researcher, and media relations specialist at the Briscoe Center. He’s also a PhD student at UT’s history department and writes about politics, travel and faith in his spare time. When not writing, he enjoys traveling, arguing about things, being jumped on by his children, and getting injured playing soccer.

Jan
26
Sat
2019
“Radical Research – How to Maximize YOUR Time on Location” @ Austin Computer Labs
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm


AGS/AGE FOURTH SATURDAY, 26 January 2019

Radical Research – How to Maximize YOUR Time on Location –
(a different approach to recording and processing research)

On-location:
Find it. Source it. Record it,
Back at your home computer:
Process it. Analyze it. Report it.

With a smart phone or camera and a free PC application, you’ll learn a fast and efficient way to work through multiple sources, manage your findings, and create a useable reference for your project.

This is a computer lab for AGS members only. Class fee is $10.00. Seating capacity is 10. Pre-register below and click submit pay the class fee with PayPal.

CLASSTIME: 10:00 TO 12:30
LOCATION: The Computer Lab at Austin Groups for the Elderly, 3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705 – See map below and please read and understand the following.

ONLY Lidded cups are allowed in the lab. Coffee and tea are provided.

There are at least two seats with keyboards for those who are visually impaired. Please defer from sitting at one until you have determined it is not needed by someone else.

ACCESS:

The building occupies the entire block between Cedar and Home Streets. The lab is only open on the weekends for us by special arrangement. There will be no access through the Cedar Street main door. 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),

Entrance on HOME LANE: SEE THE MAP 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.


Feb
6
Wed
2019
AGS DNA Special Interest Group – February 6 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Clustering tools and how to use them!
Please register below if you plan on attending.