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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.

Feb
27
Tue
2018
Preserve Your Family’s History for Future Generations @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Preserve Your Family's History for Future Generations @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

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.

Mar
7
Wed
2018
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

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.

AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Mar 7 @ 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.

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.

Mar
27
Tue
2018
Save Your Family History Part II: Publishing Your Family History @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Save Your Family History Part II:  Publishing Your Family History @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

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.

Apr
4
Wed
2018
AGS DNA Special Interest Group – April 4 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Apr 4 @ 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.

 

Apr
10
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Apr 10 @ 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.

We meet in the small room nearest to the kitchen with glass doors, reservation under “Austin Gen Society”. Come on in and join us!