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May
30
Sat
2015
2015 Annual Seminar @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
2015 Annual Seminar @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church | Austin | Texas | United States

The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM, CGLSM

Seminar Topics

How Old Did He Have To Be…?: Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802? Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birthdate, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer.

Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will: Where there’s a will, there’s a probate. And often when there isn’t a will, there’s still a probate. Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.

Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans:  Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law. But it’s not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect. An orphan in the early days wasn’t a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died. The law didn’t care much about the mother. She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more. Learn more of the way the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

Blackguards and Black Sheep – The Lighter Side of the Law: No, actually, our ancestors didn’t behave any better back then than we do today, and the records they left behind documenting their missteps and misdeeds are among the priceless gems of genealogy.

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes and lectures on topics ranging from court records to DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in Texas and the American south on her mother’s side and in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state societies. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified GenealogistSM and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM, and is on the faculty at several genealogical institutes.

May
21
Sat
2016
2016 Annual Seminar @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Austin Genealogical Society 2016 Annual Seminar
Presenting: Thomas MacEntee


Online Registration Closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.

Walk-in registration will be available at the door.

Seminar Topics

The Genealogy Do-Over™: A Year of Learning from Mistakes:  Frustrated with the way you originally researched your genealogy? Were you a name collector? Did you not care or not even know about citing sources? Now there’s hope and you get a “do-over.” Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research.

Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching:  While you may think you’ve hit a brick wall with your research, have you tried using cluster and collateral search strategies to look for an opening? Researching non-direct relations as well as those friends and neighbors in your ancestors’ network can pay off in ways you might not imagine

Building a Research Toolbox: Are overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere.

Managing the Genealogy Data Monster:   It is so easy to let the large amounts of data involved with genealogy overwhelm you – to the point that family history research is no longer fun! Learn how to tackle the three main problem areas of genealogy data: research data, project data and file data so you can put the fun back in your research!


 

Pre-registration is $35 for AGS members, $45 for non-members.  Optional box lunch is $10.
You may also bring your own lunch. Light refreshments will be served in the morning.
COMPLIMENTARY BAGS AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS
Registration at the door will be $45. 
Registrations by mail must be received by May 10, 2016.  Click here for a mail-in form
We are unable to offer refunds. Please plan accordingly.

Online registration will be open until May 19, 2016 – Scroll down to register online


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Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

Apr
28
Fri
2017
Friday Workshop #1 – Census, Census-Substitutes, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretations, and Correlation @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

As a complement to our 2017 Seminar with Thomas W. Jones, we are offering 2 Friday workshop options.

Workshop #1 – Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

Purposes of censuses and census substitutes; differences between them; types of censuses and census-substitutes; direct and indirect evidence in censuses and census-substitutes; emphasis on pre-1850 U.S. censuses and federal nonpopulation schedules; state, religious, military and other specialized censuses and lists of names; genealogical evidence in census instructions and other census-related sources; benefiting from enumerator errors; deriving evidence from lists of names (“list analysis”); how to use evidence from censuses, census substitutes, and name lists, to reveal relationships and other genealogical data.

Workshop #1 is sold out

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.

Friday Workshop #2 – Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
Apr 28 @ 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

As a complement to our 2017 Seminar with Thomas W. Jones, we are offering 2 Friday workshop options.

Workshop #2 – Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems

Analysis and interpretation principles applicable to any kind of genealogical source; working with evidence from many sources; seeing patterns, parallels, and conflicts in evidence; working with records in a series (including censuses, tax rolls, rent rolls, city directories, communion lists, guardian and estate accounts); timelines, matrices, and other ways of graphically arranging evidence; explaining how records correlate and using correlation to build a convincing case.

Workshop #2 is sold out

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.

Apr
29
Sat
2017
2017 AGS Seminar @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
2017 AGS Seminar @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church | Austin | Texas | United States

2017 Austin Genealogical Society Annual Seminar – April 29, 2017

Registration is now open. Go to the online registration form at the bottom of the page. If you want to mail a check, print the registration form.

Online registration for the seminar is now closed. Registration will be available at the door for $55 regardless of membership status.

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences

Dr. Jones will present the following 4 lectures during this event:

  1. Using Autosomal DNA to Solve a Family Mystery: This case study shows how targeted autosomal-DNA testing helped identify the father and grandparents of siblings born in New York State in the 1820s. Besides the genealogical methods, the presentation addresses locating people to test, interpreting the results, and applying them to help answer a specific research question.
  2. Creating a Family History of Lasting Value:  Most genealogists want to prepare family histories that future generations will cherish. Not all succeed. Many genealogies contain only “harvested” information, which our descendants will be able obtain themselves (perhaps more easily than we can today). Some of that information likely is wrong. We begin to create worthwhile and accurate family histories by collecting and sharing family stories and DNA test results—information that might soon disappear. Our research progresses from that starting point toward the goal of a printed, computerized, or online family history. If we pay attention to four factors— biography, accuracy, documentation, and explanation—our history will be irreplaceable.
  3. Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors:  The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficultto-trace ancestors.
  4. Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor’s European Origin:  The session explains three major challenges in learning the origin of European ancestors. The presenter will recommend and provide examples of five kinds of searches that have led to success. Attendees will learn techniques for matching the identity of a North American ancestor with names and identities found in European records.

Price: $40 members/$55 non-membersSpace still available! Registration is available at the door for $55

Complimentary bags available to the first 100 Registrants – Light breakfast and beverages included.

Seminar attendees may pre-purchase the book, Mastering Genealogical Proof, at special seminar pricing (order by March 25)

An optional box lunch is available for pre-purchase with registration (order by April 22)

We are unable to offer refunds. Please plan accordingly.

Also new this year, 2 workshops options on Friday!

We are pleased to offer optional workshops on the Friday before the seminar.  Enrollment is limited to 30 people per workshop.  Members of the Austin Genealogical Society will receive a discounted price along with priority registration.  We expect these workshops to sell out, so don’t delay!

Price per workshop: $25 members (plus priority registration)/$40 non-members

SOLD OUT – Workshop #1 – Friday, April 28, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation Purposes of censuses and census substitutes; differences between them; types of censuses and census-substitutes; direct and indirect evidence in censuses and census-substitutes; emphasis on pre-1850 U.S. censuses and federal nonpopulation schedules; state, religious, military and other specialized censuses and lists of names; genealogical evidence in census instructions and other census-related sources; benefiting from enumerator errors; deriving evidence from lists of names (“list analysis”); how to use evidence from censuses, census substitutes, and name lists, to reveal relationships and other genealogical data.

SOLD OUT – Workshop #2 – Friday, April 28, 2:45-4:00 p.m.:  Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems Analysis and interpretation principles applicable to any kind of genealogical source; working with evidence from many sources; seeing patterns, parallels, and conflicts in evidence; working with records in a series (including censuses, tax rolls, rent rolls, city directories, communion lists, guardian and estate accounts); timelines, matrices, and other ways of graphically arranging evidence; explaining how records correlate and using correlation to build a convincing case.

The workshops will be held at the same location as the seminar, Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759


Feb
15
Thu
2018
Tour of Austin History Center @ Austin History Center
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

The AGS Activity Committee
invites you to join fellow members
in a tour
of the Austin History Center

Learn about the resources the AHC has for research and how to access them.
Just take a long lunch for this tour.

Pre-registration for this free event is required.

Transportation Options:
=Regular bus route Guadalupe/8th stop 5950
=Metro Rapid Routes 801 & 803 Austin History Center Stop 2611 southbound/2606 northbound
=Parking on south side of lot or on street, rate $1.20/hour