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Aug
14
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express | Austin | Texas | United States

Purpose of the SIG: Provide a support structure to those attending for recording family histories – including family interviews, memoirs or stories based on research.

Aug
18
Sat
2018
How Can DNA Help My Genealogy Research? @ North Village Library Branch
Aug 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

You’ve seen the commercials stating DNA is the way to go for researching your family. Just how does it help? Come to this Saturday class and see.

Instructor:  Debbe Tipping

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

Aug
28
Tue
2018
Genealogy Tech: The Power of FamilySearch and Recent Changes to it @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Aug 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Genealogy Tech: The Power of FamilySearch and Recent Changes to it @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

FamilySearch is the largest genealogical organization in the world and its database, available free on-line, has been a vital resource for genealogists for almost 125 years.

In this presentation Alan Rabe will provide an overview of the records, resources and services that FamilySearch offers genealogists, as well as how to access them.

But he will also address another issue that has been a hot topic of discussion throughout the genealogy community. Family Search has converted trees in its database from individual, or stand-alone trees, into trees embedded in a collaborative data base, or Wiki.

In this environment any registered user can make changes to a tree that you have submitted. However, source changes to your tree can tracked and reversed by you. FamilySearch’s intent is to provide for an independent consensus review of your tree by a panel of your relatives as well as a collaborative means of correcting obsolete or incorrect data in family trees.

Alan is well suited to address the topic as he is the Director of the Family History Center for Georgetown, a branch of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Understanding all that FamilySearch has to offer as well as its philosophy for managing its huge database, including Family Tree, is important for all our members to know. So, don’t miss this opportunity to hear Alan’s presentation on FamilySearch.

Speaker: Alan Rabe

Alan has been an active genealogist for the past 50 years. He is currently the Director of the Family History Center in Georgetown, Texas. In that role he was responsible for volunteer indexing efforts of records from Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor and Georgetown which resulted in almost a million names being indexed for FamilySearch. Similarly, he was also responsible for indexing efforts in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania where 10 million names were indexed over a three-year period. Alan is also trained in graveyard restoration.

Alan is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Masters of Mechanical Engineering. He worked at nuclear power plants and was responsible for document control and procedure processes at the 4th largest utility in US. [Ask Alan about why you should save files as PDF/A instead of just PDF or Word.]

Sep
5
Wed
2018
AGS DNA Special Interest Group – September 5 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will be reviewing Chapter 6, Autosomal-DNA (atDNA) Testing, of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger. It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions: The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Please register below if you plan on attending.

Sep
11
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express | Austin | Texas | United States

Purpose of the SIG: Provide a support structure to those attending for recording family histories – including family interviews, memoirs or stories based on research.

Sep
15
Sat
2018
More Than Daughters: Using The DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS) @ North Village Library Branch
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

More than Daughters: Using the DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS). The Daughters of the American Revolution (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.

Instructor:  Teresa Devine

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

Sep
22
Sat
2018
FAMILY TREE MAKER – NEXT STEPS @ Austin Computer Labs
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Fourth Saturday Class is for AGS members only. It is co-sponsored by The Austin Genealogical Society (AGS) and Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE).

FAMILY TREE MAKER – NEXT STEPS

Learn from Family Tree Maker Super User – Reneé Lasswell!

You’ll build Building on previous classes that focused on navigating, starting a tree, and adding some of your data.

Next you’ll learn how to access and merge into your tree data available at Ancestry.com and other Internet sites. Be it through “hints” or searches, you’ll soon master these steps

These two and ½ hours can change your genealogical life for the better.

Class fee is $10.00. This is a computer lab. Seating capacity is 10. Pre-register below and click submit pay the class fee with PayPal.

The Particulars:

CLASSTIME: 10:00 TO 12:30
LOCATION: The Computer Lab at Austin Groups for the Elderly, 3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705 (See map below and check out the following, please!)

ONLY Lidded cups are allowed in the lab. Coffee and tea are provided.

There are at least two seats with keyboards for those who are visually impaired. Please defer from sitting at one until you have determined it is not needed by someone else.

ACCESS: The building occupies the entire block between Cedar and Home Streets. The lab is only open on the weekends for us by special arrangement. There will be no access through the Cedar Street main door. 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.

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)

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),

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 and class fee of $10 is required paid in advance and limited to AGS members. If the class is full and you want to attend contact Dianne Holley to be put on a Wait List, if needed. If you cannot attend, please contact Dianne Holley to open the seat to someone on the wait list.

Sep
25
Tue
2018
PERSI: Genealogy’s Hidden Treasure @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
PERSI: Genealogy’s Hidden Treasure @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

If you have never heard of PERSI or know little about it, this is a presentation you need to attend. PERSI is truly a treasure for all genealogists, from beginner to expert. And with Cari’s guidance, you soon be using PERSI like a Pro.

What is PERSI? PERSI, or the Periodical Source Index, was created to be a primary research tool for genealogists. It is the most extensive genealogical and local history subject index available. The PERSI database includes twenty-two subject headings, and 2.7 million surnames and locations. So, if you have a particular family line that has been a stubborn brick wall, or are looking for more information on the life of an ancestor, then the PERSI database is for you!

Speaker: Cari Taplin

Our September Speaker, Cari A. Taplin, is a Certified Genealogist® and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

She has spoken and given classes at the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, the Federation of Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference, at the Texas State Genealogical Society, and at many regional genealogical societies, AGS included.

Cari, a native of Wood County, Ohio, now lives in Pflugerville. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research, and consultation services. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two/too cute kids.

Oct
3
Wed
2018
AGS DNA Special Interest Group – October 3 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will review “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” by Blaine T. Bettinger.  It is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle editions.

Please register below if you plan on attending.

Oct
9
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express | Austin | Texas | United States

Purpose of the SIG: Provide a support structure to those attending for recording family histories – including family interviews, memoirs or stories based on research.