All AGS activities and events are open to visitors.

We hope you’ll come join us!

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Meetings typically include time to get acquainted with other researchers, announcements and notification of upcoming activities. Meetings also feature a speaker on a genealogical topic.

Meetings are held at Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr, Austin, 78731.

Feb
25
Sat
2017
Searching in Sverige: Beginning Swedish Research @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Searching in Sverige: Beginning Swedish Research @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Searching in Sverige: Beginning Swedish Research

This class will explore the basics involved in starting to research Swedish ancestors, using the emigration of Lars Larson in 1865 as a case study. We will cover basic Swedish history, naming patterns, free and subscription resources online, Swedish terminology, and the methodology to follow families through Swedish records.

Instructor: Seth Taplin

Please register below to attend class so that we will have enough handouts for everyone. Registration closes on Feb. 22.

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Taming the Digital Tiger @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Mar 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Taming the Digital Tiger @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Taming the Digital Tiger

Understanding and managing your digital process is important
to a genealogy project’s success. Taming the digital tiger means learning to find,
analyze, and file all those images and documents that are the sources of your
genealogical evidence. In this simple method, document image storage takes
place at your fingertips and is not limited by the size of either your house or
your workspace.

In this session you will learn to manage your research process and your documentation without leaving your computer.  You will learn how easy it can be to set up a folder hierarchy, save those images and citations, and to process the evidence you discover without losing a thing.  You will learn to Tame the Digital
Tiger!

Instructor: Dianne Holley

Registration is closed as the class is full. 

Apr
10
Mon
2017
Intermediate Genealogy Concepts @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Apr 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Intermediate Genealogy Concepts @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Intermediate Genealogy Concepts

Learn intermediate research concepts such as the FAN Club principle (Friends, Associates, Neighbors) also called “cluster research,” using maps to understand and analyze your research, and will conclude with a case study demonstrating these concepts with real examples.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

May
20
Sat
2017
Using Google’s MyMaps @ Little Walnut Creek Branch of the Austin Public Library
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Using Google's MyMaps @ Little Walnut Creek Branch of the Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Using Google’s MyMaps

Did you know you can create your own maps using Google’s My Maps? Many of us use Google Maps for travel or locating a place. My Maps allows users to create custom maps which makes it a fantastic and easy-to-use research and analysis tool. Maps can be shared with others making it a great way to present your research to family and friends. This webinar will give an overview of My Maps, examples for why and how it can be useful for genealogy, and will go in-depth to demonstrate to the audience exactly how to create custom maps, including inserting lines, shapes, images, text, and more.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

Jun
12
Mon
2017
Using FamilySearch.org @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Jun 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Using FamilySearch.org @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Using FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org – it’s all about the records and this genealogy site is FREE – the world’s largest free genealogy website is as close as your internet-connected computer. In this class you will learn how to begin to use this site to support your research.   From family trees to census records to church and tax records, and much, much more, learn how and why this source is a genealogy researcher’s best friend.

Instructor: Dianne Holley

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

Jul
1
Sat
2017
Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement

The acquisition and control of land has played a major role in American history not only on a national level but for states and individuals as well. One of the earliest problems faced by Georgia was the inability to attract men who were willing to settle on the land, create homes, and produce crops. Georgia passed its first headright law in 1777, which was intended to facilitate the transfer of land ownership to individuals to “strengthen the state.” However, the headright grant process was fraught with problems and after years of scandal, fraud, speculation, and political embarrassment, Georgia passed the Land Lottery Act in 1803. Seven lotteries were held to distribute land from the Creek and Cherokee, leaving behind a genealogically rich record.

Instructor: Teresa Devine

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

Sep
16
Sat
2017
Land Workshop Pt. 1 – Metes and Bounds @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Land Workshop Pt. 1  - Metes and Bounds @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Land Workshop Pt. 1  – Metes and Bounds

Have you ever wondered how to draw those land descriptions from the Metes & Bounds survey system? This system was used primarily in the original thirteen colonies and so is mostly found when dealing with land in the east. This workshop will describe the system and then take the students through some real examples teaching them how to draw the land shapes as described in old deeds. Students need to bring a ruler and pencil to class.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

Sep
23
Sat
2017
Land Workshop Pt. 2 – Rectangular System @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Land Workshop Pt. 2 - Rectangular System @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Land Workshop Pt. 2 – Rectangular System

Have you ever wondered how to draw those land descriptions from the rectangular survey system? This system was used in the Federal Land states to survey and sell the land to private citizens. This workshop will describe the system and then take the students through some real examples teaching them how to draw the land shapes as described in old deeds.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

 

Oct
28
Sat
2017
DNA for Beginners @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
DNA for Beginners @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

DNA for Beginners

This class will go over some of the basics needed to get started with DNA testing for genealogical purposes.

Instructor: Randy Whited

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

Dec
9
Sat
2017
How to Teach a Genealogy Class – Panel and Workshop @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
How to Teach a Genealogy Class - Panel and Workshop @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

How to Teach a Genealogy Class – Panel and Workshop

This will be a panel discussion and workshop for anyone interested in learning how to teach their own genealogy class. There will be a short lecture, a panel discussion with local genealogical speakers, and then a workshop period to help attendees develop their ideas for teaching a class or get tips on public speaking.

Panel includes Cari Taplin, Teri Flack, Sara Gredler, and Randy Whited.

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.