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We hope you’ll come join us!

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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.

Feb
12
Tue
2019
AGS Writing SIG @ La Madeleine French Bakery and Café
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ La Madeleine French Bakery and Café | Austin | Texas | United States

February meeting will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and will be on the NORTH side of Austin (we are now rotating between north and south locations each month.) Please join us whether you have something ready to read or not! We will meet in the small room in the restaurant. Op en to AGS members. Members who have something to share can bring it to the meeting and read aloud. You can have something to eat at La Madeleine while we meet but that is not required. Prepare to come and be inspired to write your own family history!

Feb
16
Sat
2019
Getting All You Need Off The Internet or Once I Find It, How Do I Keep It? @ North Village Branch Library
Feb 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

MAP

Lead by John Marostica

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

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 101 – Navigation and Getting Started @ Austin Computer Labs
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The February 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

What you should know:

  • 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”.
  • What you will learn:

  • the basics of Family Tree Maker and begin to familiarize yourself with the application.
  • how to navigate, understand the file structure, start a Tree, identify and understand panels and tabs and their differences.
  • Been here before? Even so, a reminder or a repeat is a good idea. Our attendees tell us they, “…always learn something new!”

    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.

    Feb
    26
    Tue
    2019
    Reclaiming Records Through the Texas Public Information Act @ Highland Park Baptist Church
    Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Reclaiming Records Through the Texas Public Information Act @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

    February’s presentation is an important one for you to attend, both as a genealogist and as a citizen. The topic is the Texas Public Information Act and how it can be used by the genealogist to obtain not readily accessible records from state and local governmental agencies.

    And our speaker is the right man to talk about access to records using the Act; he is Justin Gordon, the Open Records Division Chief of the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

    Justin will not only provide an overview of the strengths and limitations of the Act, Chapter 552 of the Texas Public Code, but will also discuss practical strategies and tips that you can use to obtain the records you seek without delay or ultimately, without rejection.

    And have no doubt, the Act does impact many records necessary to good genealogical research, including vital records (birth and death), property transactions and locations, legal proceedings, even the material held at the Texas State Library and Archives and General Land Office.

    Done right, the Texas Public information Act can truly be your key to obtaining records you need from state, county, and city agencies. Justin’s presentation will be a rare opportunity to have an expert in state government and access to public records show you the way to acquire tho records you need.

    Speaker: Justin Gordon

    Justin Gordon is the chief of the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General. Previously, he was an assistant general counsel in the General Counsel Division of the Office of the Governor. Before joining the governor’s office in 2011, Justin served as a senior attorney and a drafting attorney in the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General. Justin earned a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 2005.

    Mar
    16
    Sat
    2019
    How to use Probate and Deed Records in Genealogy @ North Village Branch Library
    Mar 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    MAP

    Erin Garcia will present a brief overview of how to use probate and deed records in genealogy. She will go over terms and definitions, plus she will demonstrate the use of some websites like: HistoryGeo and FamilySearch!

    Presenter Erin Garcia

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