Most AGS activities and events are open to visitors.

We hope you’ll come join us!

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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.

Jan
20
Sat
2018
Beginning Genealogy Class @ North Village Library Branch
Jan 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

When you first start searching for your ancestors, you face enormous masses of information. Which ones work? Which will be the most useful to you? Come and learn how to pick your own path and first steps through the bounty that is available.

Instructor:  Debbe Tipping

This class is free.  Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.

Jan
27
Sat
2018
Genealogy Best Computer Practices @ Austin Computer Labs
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for Genealogy Best Computer Practices at the Austin Computer Labs.

Each participant will use one of the computers at the lab and work with an instructor through the lesson.  To learn more about the computer lab, click Austin Computer Labs above.

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
17
Sat
2018
Genealogy Internet Websites and Software Class @ North Village Library Branch
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Genealogy has gone digital.  Most genealogists are working online — to different degrees — and on their computers.  This class will look at the dominant research and some lesser-known but  valuable websites, along with types of software to help you hunt for your family and organize your data.

Instructor:  John Marostica

This class is free.  Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.

Feb
24
Sat
2018
Using GEDmatch to Find More DNA Family @ Austin Computer Labs
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for Using GEDmatch to Find more DNA Family at the Austin Computer Labs.

A hands on workshop to learn about the basics of GEDmatch and what to do with YOUR matches. We’ll cover how to perform one-to-many matches, one-to-one matches, best practices for contacting matches, and what do those centimorgans mean anyway?

Prerequisites: To get the most of this session, you should have received your DNA results, created a GEDmatch account, and uploaded your raw DNA file to GEDmatch prior to the workshop.
If you need more details, visit this link: https://drive.google.com/open? id=1J8gL0oOnAzizDdqewBgsw_3nOk Rv7S9-

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
17
Sat
2018
Genealogy: From Organization to Research Plan Class @ North Village Library Branch
Mar 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

So much data,  so little time.  To make the best use of your research, you need good organization and record-keeping so that you can retrieve and use what you find.  Most genealogists struggle with this!  Come learn four ways you need to be organized to keep your research moving.

Instructor:  Nancy Stevens

This class is free.  Please register in advance to save a seat and receive a handout.

Mar
24
Sat
2018
ANCESTRY.COM COLLECTIONS – Discovering Sources to Build Your Family Tree @ Austin Computer Labs
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for ANCESTRY.COM COLLECTIONS – Discovering Sources to Build Your Family Tree at the Austin Computer Labs.

With nearly thirty-three thousand record collections, and millions of records, many of us have yet to tap the vast storehouse of information available through Ancestry.com. From vital records, to newspapers, to church records and more, these are records you won’t see from Ancestry’s front page or an “All Collections” search.

If you are an Ancestry.com subscriber, you’ll learn how its collections can help you discover more about your family and add to your tree.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, you’ll still learn. Create a free account (here’s a link: https://www.ancestry.com/secure/register/index/) and, before coming to class, add some people and make a tree. There are thousands of records that are searchable, even with a free account.

Join us to discover how to access Ancestry’s treasury of data. On-line registration is required and available now.

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 side only),
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.