All AGS activities and events are open to visitors.

We hope you’ll come join us!

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Meetings typically include time to get acquainted with other researchers, announcements and notification of upcoming activities. Meetings also feature a speaker on a genealogical topic.

Meetings are held at Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr, Austin, 78731.

Oct
24
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – October 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - October 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

I’ve Got My DNA Results. But How Do I Use Them?

DNA is a powerful genealogical tool – keyword being tool! Just like any other genealogy resource, we have to learn how to best use it. DNA has to be used in conjunction with our paper genealogical research. After taking a DNA test, the next moves can be overwhelming. This talk will break down the steps.

Speaker: Sara Gredler

Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist, architectural historian, and historian with nearly 20 years of genealogical research experience. She is currently the President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chair of its DNA Special Interest Group. She currently works at an architecture/engineering firm as an architectural historian, historic bridge surveyor, Microsoft Access database guru, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst. She holds a MS in Historic Preservation, and BAs in History and Classical Studies, as well as a Certificate in Irish Studies. She has attended GRIP for two years, has spoken at the Texas State Genealogical Society Conference numerous times, at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, and in 2017 will be speaking at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Raleigh, NC. Her research focuses are in western New York, New England, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

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.

Nov
7
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 7 will be covered

Meetings will be based on the book:
Genetic Genealogy in Practice
by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne

You need to obtain this book, as it will be our study guide this year. We will discuss each chapter of the book and will begin with the first chapter on March 7th. Randy Whited will lead the discussion and answer questions.

The book is available from Amazon for $36 paperback or $9.99 for the Kindle edition.

If you are a member of NGS, it is available for $30.06, or $36.06 for non-members.

Nov
9
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ Cafe Express
Nov 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.

Nov
28
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – November 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - November 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

AGS Annual Fall Festival


This is a tradition that was started a number of years ago and has become a wonderful way to share the bounty and the warmth of the holiday season with many AGS friends.

Presentation:
The Archives Wars

Austin has always been a little weird. Austin’s early history has defined Austin as the capital city of Texas. This presentation is a good example of how the saying, “Actions have consequences.” In Austin, the Archives War has been romanticized in Austin folk-lore as an early example of strong, local pride, and archivists have latched on to this event to show the power of archives. However, the incident had far-reaching consequences. Positive consequences for the citizens of Austin, and negative consequences for the rest of the Republic of Texas.

Speaker:   James Harkins

James Harkins is the Manager of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program. James graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2005, with a double minor in history and business. In 2010, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, also from Texas State, and is the 2010-2011 James W. McGrew Research Award winner for his graduate thesis from the American Society for Professional Administrators (ASPA). He has worked for the Texas General Land Office since May of 2005, and manages the Save Texas History program of the Texas General Land Office. He is a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).

Dec
5
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 8 will be covered

Meetings will be based on the book:
Genetic Genealogy in Practice
by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne

You need to obtain this book, as it will be our study guide this year. We will discuss each chapter of the book and will begin with the first chapter on March 7th. Randy Whited will lead the discussion and answer questions.

The book is available from Amazon for $36 paperback or $9.99 for the Kindle edition.

If you are a member of NGS, it is available for $30.06, or $36.06 for non-members.

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.

The class is free, but please register in advance so that we will have enough handouts.

Apr
24
Tue
2018
AGS Monthly Meeting – April 2018 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - April 2018 @ 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.

May
12
Sat
2018
2018 Seminar @ Commons Learning Center
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Will help us add DNA to our genealogy toolboxes.

 

Saturday, May 12, 2018 All-Day Seminar Topics:

    • Begging for Spit
    • Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
    • Using Third-Party Tools to Analyze Autosomal DNA – Tools available at sites other than your testing company for DNA analysis.
    • The Danger of Distant Matches – What are common pitfalls when analyzing DNA? What are the minimum requirements for genealogical proof using DNA?

 

Friday Afternoon, May 11, 2018 Advanced Topic Workshops:

    • Visual Phasing – You’ve tested three siblings, now figure out which DNA segments belong to which grandparent.
    • Advanced Third-Party Tools – Let’s explore the Phasing, Matching Segment Search, Lazarus, and Triangulation tools.

 

Location: Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

Hotel Information:
The Commons Learning Center is located at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus at the University of Texas at Austin. The J. J. Pickle Research Campus is across the street from the Domain and near the Arboretum. Some nearby hotels offer shuttle service to the Commons Learning Center. May is a busy month in Austin with many out of town visitors attending events. If you plan to attend and need a hotel room, book early.

This is an advance announcement for the seminar and workshops. More details and pricing information will be posted in late 2017/early 2018 .

Check back regularly for additional information.