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Topic Tables – Help with Geographical Research by AGS Members
The Importance of Mapping Cemeteries, Not Just Recording the Names
In the 16 years I have been documenting Travis County Cemeteries, I have seen development and re purposing of cemetery land, head stones disappear and without good documentation, photos and maps some grave sites are lost to time. learn the basics of documentation and where to archive your findings.
Speaker: Dale Flatt
Born in 1958 in port Angles Washington, I grew up in San Bernardino California and after High school and a 4 year hitch in the United States Navy as a cook and baker onboard a Nuclear Submarine, I moved to Austin in 1983. I joined the Austin Fire Department in 1986. I retired in 2014 after 28.5 years of service and spend most of my free time documenting and helping preserve historic cemeteries.
More than Daughters: Using the DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS)
The DAR has made more than a century’s worth of genealogical records accessible to all researchers. A variety of records have been digitized and made available through many databases and resources using the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS). This presentation will help researchers understand how to access and search the GRS and how to evaluate the different types of records found within.
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 Andrews Carruthers DAR chapter, and her daughters were recently accepted into the Mayflower Society based on Teresa’s research. She is a member of the Williamson County Genealogical Society and a board member for the Austin Genealogical Society.
I’ve Got My DNA Results. But How Do I Use Them?
DNA is a powerful genealogical tool – keyword being tool! Just like any other genealogy resource, we have to learn how to best use it. DNA has to be used in conjunction with our paper genealogical research. After taking a DNA test, the next moves can be overwhelming. This talk will break down the steps.
Speaker: Sara Gredler
Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist, architectural historian, and historian with nearly 20 years of genealogical research experience. She is currently the President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chair of its DNA Special Interest Group. She currently works at an architecture/engineering firm as an architectural historian, historic bridge surveyor, Microsoft Access database guru, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst. She holds a MS in Historic Preservation, and BAs in History and Classical Studies, as well as a Certificate in Irish Studies. She has attended GRIP for two years, has spoken at the Texas State Genealogical Society Conference numerous times, at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, and in 2017 will be speaking at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Raleigh, NC. Her research focuses are in western New York, New England, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
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. In order to determine the amount of food to order, please R.S.V.P. with the number of people in your party (members may bring 1 guest) on the form below.
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.
The Archives Wars
Austin has always been a little weird. Austin’s early history has defined Austin as the capital city of Texas. This presentation is a good example of how the saying, “Actions have consequences.” In Austin, the Archives War has been romanticized in Austin folk-lore as an early example of strong, local pride, and archivists have latched on to this event to show the power of archives. However, the incident had far-reaching consequences. Positive consequences for the citizens of Austin, and negative consequences for the rest of the Republic of Texas.
Speaker: James Harkins
James Harkins is the Manager of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program. James graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2005, with a double minor in history and business. In 2010, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, also from Texas State, and is the 2010-2011 James W. McGrew Research Award winner for his graduate thesis from the American Society for Professional Administrators (ASPA). He has worked for the Texas General Land Office since May of 2005, and manages the Save Texas History program of the Texas General Land Office. He is a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).
Do you want to know the migration routes taken by your ancestors as they moved across the continent? Our January speaker, Steven Mabie, can help you. He will show you the key migration routes used by our pioneer ancestors in their moves east and west and north and south. Steve will provide a timeline for these great routes; the major river routes, the Erie Canal, the National Road, the great wagon trails and many others. Where did the people who took each of these routes originate and where did they end up? Steve will tell you.
Speaker: Steve Mabie. Steve is a frequent speaker, and the current treasurer of the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. In addition to being an experienced speaker, Steven teaches a 2-hour class on 19th century migration at SAGHS.
It’s a given that genealogists want to preserve their family’s history for future generations. One key component of that is saving and preserving your keepsakes, those old letters, photographs, and documents that you’ve collected over the years.. We all know that once lost these pieces of history are gone forever. And that is what Emily’s presentation will address; how to save those keepsakes. How to preserve them from further damage. Emily will show us how to avoid their loss by adopting the easily adapted practices of professional archivists like Emily. In addition to preservation and storage, Emily will also address restoration; telling us how we might give those old, faded photographs and documents new life.
Speaker: Emily Higgs
Emily Higgs is experienced in caring for and digitizing a wide variety of materials, including books, letters, photographs, and legal documents. She currently works with rare books and archival materials in Special Collections at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and has previously worked with local history collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. She will complete her MSIS at the University of Texas School of Information in May 2018 with a specialization in historical collections.
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.
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.
The Austin Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen Murdock, the Director of the United States Bureau of the Census from 2007 to 2009, will be our speaker at our May monthly meeting. This will be one of our highlight presentations of the year. Dr. Murdock will provide an up-to-date report on the pending 2020 Census including funding issues and the potential impact on the full population count, data collection and data quality, and how these issues may impact our lives both in the present and for genealogical research in the future. This is one presentation that you should not miss. And as always, we welcome visitors to our monthly meetings. So, bring a friend
Speaker: Dr. Steve Murdock – Past Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Professor – Rice University
Dr. Murdock is currently the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Prior to his appointment at Rice, Dr. Murdock was the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Demography and Organization Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.
Earlier, Dr. Murdock was a Regents Professor and Head of the Department of Rural Sociology at Texas A&M University. He was also the official State Demographer of Texas, the first person to occupy that position. And as noted above, he was Director of the Bureau of the Census from 2007 to 2009.
Dr. Murdock is the author or editor of 15 books and more than 150 articles and technical reports on the implications of current and future demographic and socioeconomic change