Most AGS activities and events are open to visitors.

We hope you’ll come join us!

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

    We will review the features available in DNA Painter.
    Please register below if you plan on attending.

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

    The purpose of the Writing SIG is to support members in writing family histories and genealogical articles. We meet once a month and have dinner together while we discuss genealogical topics. Those of us that are ready read aloud our latest work. Come and get inspired with the rest of us! Open to members of AGS. You are welcome to purchase dinner (at your expense) but that is not required. We will meet in the small room at La Madeleine, rotating between the north and south side of town.

    Mar
    23
    Sat
    2019
    Taming the Digital Tiger @ Austin Computer Labs
    Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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

    Taming the Digital Tiger

    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”.
  • In Taming the Digital Tiger – You will learn how:

  • To capture a document and what to do with it once you’ve got it.
  • To analyze a document and understand what it is and is not telling you.
  • To create a filing system to manage all your documents
  • • To SAVE the document source information (there is an easy way!)
  • Genealogy research could be fun, except for those Documents! Find them… Copy or download them… And then what?

    Whether you are a seasoned family history researcher or a first timer, you know, or soon will, that those precious documents you’ve found to tell your family’s stories will accumulate to the point of overwhelm! It is akin to holding a tiger by the tale (yes, pun intended 😊).

    The AGS Fourth Saturday Class with Genealogist Dianne Holley will show you how to wrap your arms around that Tiger and learn to process, use, and manage those documents from download to disposition.

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

    AGS membership required. Class fee is $10.00. This is a computer lab. Seating capacity is 10.

    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.

    Mar
    26
    Tue
    2019
    A Simple Recipe for Writing Your Family History @ Highland Park Baptist Church
    Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A Simple Recipe for Writing Your Family History @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

    You know that just listing names, places and dates on ancestral charts is not the most exciting way to bring your ancestors to life. To do that you need to tell an an engaging story. Yes, you need to create a family history.

    Our March speaker, Devon Lee, will discuss simple, practical ways to turn a collection of impersonal facts into a captivating story that you can share with your relatives and future generations. Your ancestors may be gone but they will not be forgotten. So it’s time to get your priorities straight. It’s time to stop researching and start writing your family history. Fear not, there is a recipe to guide you in writing that family history. And our speaker, Devon, will show you how.

    Speaker: Devon Lee

    Author, Speaker, and Family Historian. Devon Noel Lee specializes in preserving and sharing family memories and motivating budding genealogists. She has published over 60 books, including a memoir and four family history how-to books, including the popular A Recipe for Writing Family History. With over 20 years experience in genealogy, she educates and inspires the genealogists through her videos at FamilyHistoryFanatics.com. She’s a loyal Texas Aggie with degrees in Marketing and Journalism.

    Apr
    3
    Wed
    2019
    AGS DNA Special Interest Group – April 3 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
    Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    NEW DNA AND TREE FEATURES IN ANCESTRY AND MY HERITAGE
    Please register below if you plan on attending.