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May
19
Sat
2018
Census Overview @ North Village Library Branch
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for an overview of the U.S. Censuses from 1790 to 1940. We will look at each census in general, learning which questions were asked and what extra components may be included to help us with our family history research.

Instructor:  Debbe Tipping

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

May
22
Tue
2018
The U.S. Census Part I: The Impact of the 2020 Census on Genealogy @ Highland Park Baptist Church
May 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The U.S. Census Part I: The Impact of the 2020 Census on Genealogy @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

The Austin Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen Murdock, the Director of the United States Bureau of the Census from 2007 to 2009, will be our speaker at our May monthly meeting. This will be one of our highlight presentations of the year. Dr. Murdock will provide an up-to-date report on the pending 2020 Census including funding issues and the potential impact on the full population count, data collection and data quality, and how these issues may impact our lives both in the present and for genealogical research in the future. This is one presentation that you should not miss. And as always, we welcome visitors to our monthly meetings. So, bring a friend

Speaker: Dr. Steve Murdock – Past Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Professor – Rice University

Dr. Murdock is currently the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Prior to his appointment at Rice, Dr. Murdock was the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Demography and Organization Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.

Earlier, Dr. Murdock was a Regents Professor and Head of the Department of Rural Sociology at Texas A&M University. He was also the official State Demographer of Texas, the first person to occupy that position. And as noted above, he was Director of the Bureau of the Census from 2007 to 2009.

Dr. Murdock is the author or editor of 15 books and more than 150 articles and technical reports on the implications of current and future demographic and socioeconomic change

May
26
Sat
2018
Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 102 – Adding Data @ Austin Computer Labs
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The May FOURTH SATURDAY CLASS (Co-sponsored by Austin Groups for the Elderly -AGE, and The Austin Genealogical Society – AGS) for AGS members only:

Family Tree Maker 2017 (Updated) – 102 – Adding Data

Student expectations:

Basic computers skills that include: keyboard familiarity, mouse uses (both left and right-click buttons), and Windows 7 or newer navigation/software application interactions. General understanding of genealogy including understanding of terms such as “facts”, “sources”, and “media”.

This class is a continuation of our first Family Tree Maker class. It will walk through the process of entering data into your family tree. It will focus only on entering facts, notes, media, and basic sources. The class will be using hands-on exercises to follow along with and learn the material. There is a pre-requisite expectation that those attending are comfortable navigating on a PC and hold a general understanding of genealogy including an understanding of terms such as “facts”, “sources”, and “media”.

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 sideonly),

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.

Jun
6
Wed
2018
AGS DNA Special Interest Group – June 6 @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Jun 6 @ 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.

Jun
12
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Jun 12 @ 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.

Jun
16
Sat
2018
Finding Your Confederate Ancestors @ North Village Library Branch
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tips on doing research in the 11 southern states which formed the Confederacy: South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Research in these states can differ from northern states because the southern states tended to be mainly agrarian with few large cities and the people tended to move more frequently, immigrating west and south with each generation. Research topics will include using census, probate, land, marriage bonds, church, civil, military records, etc. in areas where many records may have been destroyed. We will discuss how to find your ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and some of the myths about the south and slavery.

Millijon Crowell has been researching her own southern ancestors for over 40 years including five ancestors who fought for the Confederacy.

Instructor:  Millijon Crowell

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

Jun
26
Tue
2018
Saving Your Family History: Creating a Family Web Site @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saving Your Family History:  Creating a Family Web Site @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Building a Family Web Site — Examine the tools available to help you share your research, photos, and more online. Learn how to create a site that preserves your research for the entire family while allowing members to contribute their stories and pictures. In the process, you may even discover a long-lost relative or two. Family research is an ongoing journey; use a family web site to help you on your way.

Speaker: Sandra Crowley

Sandra Crowley is a genealogist, author, and lecturer who grew up attending family reunions and developed a natural curiosity about her family that left her wanting to know more. With a business degree from the University of Memphis, she served as a product manager and then Vice President of Marketing for several technology companies while researching her family whenever she could. Later, this experience helped her combine her passion for family history with her interest in technology.

Sandra has spoken at national and regional conferences, including RootsTech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual event. She is a member of several genealogical society and non-profit boards where she has been an active volunteer. Currently she serves as Director of Development for the Texas State Genealogical Society, Immediate Past President of the Dallas Genealogical Society, and Seminar Coordinator for the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society. She is Managing Editor of Dallas’ Pegasus journal and is co-editor of the TxSGS journal, Stirpes. She has been the video editor for the North Carolina Genealogical Society Webinar series since 2012.

Jun
30
Sat
2018
Guided Tour of the Neill-Cochran House @ Neill-Cochran House
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Guided Tour of the Neill-Cochran House @ Neill-Cochran House | Austin | Texas | United States

​​Our guided tour of the Neill-Cochran is June 30

​AGS lifetime member Mary Bohls — who grew up in the Neill-Cochran House — will take charge of a guided tour of the house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

The architecturally and historically rich house is now the Neill Cochran House Museum, owned and managed since 1958 by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. The house was opened as a museum in 1962. The NSCDA owns another 40 historically important homes across the U.S.

Commissioned in 1855, the house offers a 100-year intimate view of the styles and arts of growing Austin. It is located at 2310 San Gabriel St. Austin, TX 78705.

There is a small charge of $5 per person at the door, which goes to maintaining the house. Registration is limited to 15; you must be registered to attend.

Jul
10
Tue
2018
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Jul 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express | Austin | Texas | United States

July’s meeting will be a workshop – we’ll have a laptop and flip scanner and we’ll learn how to take photos and imbed them into your word documents. Bring a few photos if you’d like to scan them. Email your document and digital photos to robinraben12@gmail.com if you’ve already got them scanned. We’ll work on it adding photos to documents together using the TV in the room for all to see.

We meet in the small room next to the kitchen at Cafe Express – you are welcome to eat dinner there (at your expense) but that is not required. We share the cost for the room (about $5 a person or less depending on how many attend.)

If we have time we’ll do a reading or two – we’ll see how it goes. Hope to see you there!

Jul
21
Sat
2018
Finding Your Ancestors Home Land by Researching Us Immigration Records @ North Village Library Branch
Jul 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Once you make the decision to ‘cross the pond’ to find your ancestors ‘home land’, there is an almost irresistible urge to start searching foreign records, but remember, you can’t plan a trip if you don’t know where you are going…

Join us as we learn how to find the information about your ancestors town of origin in records on this side of the ‘pond…’ first!

Instructor:  John Marostica

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