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.

Jun
27
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – June 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - June 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Forensic Genealogy, Finding the Living

Speaker: Kelvin L. Meyers

A fifth-generation Texan and professional forensic genealogist since 1990, Kelvin is a frequent speaker to genealogical societies and family associations throughout the United States.
As a graduate of Texas Tech University with a history major, Kelvin is an avid research-historian. After being employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library, Kelvin now has a solo practice as a forensic genealogist serving clients that include probate attorneys, trust department of banks, the US Immigration Service and energy companies. Kelvin is a 1989 and 1990 alumni of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and has returned to IGHR as lecturer. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG, and a founding member for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Kelvin currently serves as the chairman of the history and archives committee for First United Methodist Church in Dallas.

Jul
1
Sat
2017
Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Georgia Headrights and Bounty Land Grants: From Scandal to Settlement

The acquisition and control of land has played a major role in American history not only on a national level but for states and individuals as well. One of the earliest problems faced by Georgia was the inability to attract men who were willing to settle on the land, create homes, and produce crops. Georgia passed its first headright law in 1777, which was intended to facilitate the transfer of land ownership to individuals to “strengthen the state.” However, the headright grant process was fraught with problems and after years of scandal, fraud, speculation, and political embarrassment, Georgia passed the Land Lottery Act in 1803. Seven lotteries were held to distribute land from the Creek and Cherokee, leaving behind a genealogically rich record.

Instructor: Teresa Devine

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

Jul
13
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ IHOP
Jul 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ IHOP | 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.

Jul
25
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – July 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - July 2017 @ 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.

Aug
1
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 5 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.

Aug
10
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ La Madeleine French Restaurant
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @  La Madeleine French Restaurant | 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
22
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – August 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - August 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

The Importance of Mapping Cemeteries, Not Just Recording the Names

In the 16 years I have been documenting Travis County Cemeteries, I have seen development and re purposing of cemetery land, head stones disappear and without good documentation, photos and maps some grave sites are lost to time. learn the basics of documentation and where to archive your findings.

Speaker: Dale Flatt

Born in 1958 in port Angles Washington, I grew up in San Bernardino California and after High school and a 4 year hitch in the United States Navy as a cook and baker onboard a Nuclear Submarine, I moved to Austin in 1983. I joined the Austin Fire Department in 1986. I retired in 2014 after 28.5 years of service and spend most of my free time documenting and helping preserve historic cemeteries.

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

Chapter 6 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.

Sep
14
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ IHOP
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @  IHOP | 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
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.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

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