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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.

    Apr
    6
    Sat
    2019
    Oakwood Cemetery Tour “Texas Independence Tour” @ Oakwood Cemetery
    Apr 6 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am

    The fight for Texas’ independence from Mexico may not be well known or understood by many of today’s Austin residents who have moved here from other states. For many native-born Texans whose family goes back generations, the stories of the people who fought for a new land and government free from Mexican rule is something they hold near and dear, for it was their ancestors who shed blood to help in that great cause.

    On the “Texas Independence Walking Tours” at Historic Oakwood Cemetery you will hear about some of the heroes interred at Oakwood who participated in the Texas Revolution (October 1835 to April 1836). You will learn about eight “residents” of Oakwood Cemetery on what it was like to live and fight in Texas during the Revolution days.

    Some of the highlights we will be celebrating are Oakwood residents who:

    • Participated in the opening battle of the Texas Revolution at the Battle of Gonzales
    • Was one of the leaders at the Siege of Bexar and negotiated General Cos’ surrender
    • Was a participant in the “Runaway Scape”.
    • Survived the Alamo
    • Escaped from Goliad, avoiding the tragic Goliad Massacre
    • Elected as one of 59 representatives to write and sign both the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Texas Constitution and risked being charged with treason
    • Helped win the decisive Battle of San Jacinto
    • Guarded Santa Anna after his capture

    The tour will not only be educational, but will also be filled with fun and interesting facts!

    Visitors need to wear closed-toed comfortable shoes because of the uneven ground.

    Apr
    9
    Tue
    2019
    AGS Writing SIG @ La Madeleine French Bakery and Café
    Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    AGS Writing SIG @ La Madeleine French Bakery and Café | 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.

    Apr
    27
    Sat
    2019
    Ancestry.com DNA Results – Getting Started @ Austin Computer Labs
    Apr 27 @ 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:

    Ancestry.com DNA Results – Getting Started
    Presented by Randy Whited

    You received the email that your Ancestry.com DNA results are ready. Now what do you do?
    Join us in this class designed for the true beginner in getting started with their Ancestry.com DNA results.

      What you should know:

    • Basic computer skills that include: keyboard familiarity, mouse uses (both left and right-click buttons), and Windows 7 or newer navigation/software application interactions.
    • You must have taken the Ancestry.com DNA test and received your results. You should know your Ancestry.com username and password so that you can log in at the lab and follow along.
      What you will learn:

    • An understanding of what your Ancestry.com results mean
    • How to use their provided tools to review and manage your DNA information – Your DNA Story, DNA Matches, and DNA Circles (if applicable).
    • How to manage your privacy and sharing settings
      And more…..INCLUDED are Ancestry.com’s latest DNA features:

    • How to use their provided tools to review and manage your DNA information – Your DNA Story, DNA Matches, and DNA Circles (if applicable).
      (plus, as of last week)
    • plus beta features ThruLines, MyTreeTags and Improved DNA Matches

    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.