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.

Feb
28
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – February 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - February 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Organizing Your Research: Making Molehills out of Mountains

Do you LOVE the research part of genealogy but DREAD the next step of data-entry and organizing your findings? You are NOT ALONE!
Organization allows you to better utilize research time. Learn methods for organizing documents and notes, building a better research log, and time management tips.

  • The Importance of Being Organized
  • Methods for Organizing Files (will demonstrate both paper and digital)
  • What to include in any system
  • Processing Systems – What do you do when you find a new record?
  • Time Management Tips for Genealogists

Speaker: Cari Taplin

Cari Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, she has been working on finding her true heritage since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but migrated to Wyoming, Colorado and now Pflugerville, Texas which is just outside Austin. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for several state, local, and national societies and currently serves as the Education Chair for the Austin Genealogical Society, and on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research and consultation services. Cari focuses on midwestern states, methodology and researching family legends.

When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two/too cute kids.

Mar
7
Tue
2017
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

Chapter 1 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.

Please register below if you plan on attending.

Mar
9
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ BuildASign
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ BuildASign | 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
25
Sat
2017
Taming the Digital Tiger @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Mar 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Taming the Digital Tiger @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Taming the Digital Tiger

Understanding and managing your digital process is important
to a genealogy project’s success. Taming the digital tiger means learning to find,
analyze, and file all those images and documents that are the sources of your
genealogical evidence. In this simple method, document image storage takes
place at your fingertips and is not limited by the size of either your house or
your workspace.

In this session you will learn to manage your research process and your documentation without leaving your computer.  You will learn how easy it can be to set up a folder hierarchy, save those images and citations, and to process the evidence you discover without losing a thing.  You will learn to Tame the Digital
Tiger!

Instructor: Dianne Holley

Registration is required to attend this class so that there are enough handouts. 


 

Mar
28
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – March 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - March 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Tracking Down Your Ancestors Without Leaving Town

The Austin area is full of places to search for your ancestors, even ones who never lived in Austin. Join Teri as she hunts for family members using a variety of local resources.

Speaker: Teri E. Flack

A 6th generation Texan, Teri E. Flack is a genealogy and historical researcher, consultant, and lecturer who has been researching family history for over 35 years. She serves on the board of directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and recently was elected Vice President for Administration. Teri chairs the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee and serves as the Texas state liaison to the national RPAC. Teri spent much of her career in Texas government working with the Texas Legislature. She used that experience in 2013 and 2015 to work with the genealogical community in Texas to prevent legislation from passing that would have further restricted access to Texas birth and death records. For her work in records preservation and access, Teri was elected a Fellow of the Texas State Genealogical Society.Teri serves on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, a state-level board dedicated to the preservation and use of Texas’ documentary heritage. She is the first genealogist to serve on the board in over 15 years. She is also a member of the Travis County Historical Commission, serving as Travis County Historical Marker Chair. As a volunteer archivist at the Texas State Archives, Teri is currently processing over 1,100 volumes and 300 cubic feet of Galveston County records and creating finding aids to make them accessible to the public.

Apr
4
Tue
2017
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS DNA Special Interest Group @ PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ | Austin | Texas | United States

Chapter 2 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.

Apr
10
Mon
2017
Intermediate Genealogy Concepts @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Apr 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Intermediate Genealogy Concepts @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Intermediate Genealogy Concepts

Learn intermediate research concepts such as the FAN Club principle (Friends, Associates, Neighbors) also called “cluster research,” using maps to understand and analyze your research, and will conclude with a case study demonstrating these concepts with real examples.

Instructor: Cari A. Taplin, CG

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

Apr
13
Thu
2017
AGS Writing SIG @ BuildASign
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Writing SIG @ BuildASign | 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.

Apr
25
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – April 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - April 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Who are the Wends?

Weldon Mersiovsky could be summed up in one Wendish word, Radyserb, which means “glad to be a Wend.” While he knew he was Wendish when a young man he did not become fascinated to the point of obsession with his ethnic heritage until he was about 25 when he fully discovered his roots. Since that time he has researched all of his familial ancestors and gladly assists others in their searches.

Now 67, while still helping others with their familial and ancestral searches, he has determined to uncover all that is possible to uncover about the Texas Wends and German Sorbs. The results of this ongoing coordinated research and ongoing translation into English of works and documents written in German and Wendish have been placed on the website of the Wendish Research Exchange (www.wendishresearch.org). The sole beneficiary of Weldon’s activities is the Texas Wendish Heritage Society and its members and friends.

The Wends came to Texas for three reasons: 1. to save their faith; 2. to save their language; and, 3. to save their culture. How well did they do? Weldon answers these questions and more in his presentation.

Speaker: Weldon Mersiovsky

Apr
28
Fri
2017
Friday Workshop #1 – Census, Census-Substitutes, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretations, and Correlation @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

As a complement to our 2017 Seminar with Thomas W. Jones, we are offering 2 Friday workshop options.

Workshop #1 – Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

Purposes of censuses and census substitutes; differences between them; types of censuses and census-substitutes; direct and indirect evidence in censuses and census-substitutes; emphasis on pre-1850 U.S. censuses and federal nonpopulation schedules; state, religious, military and other specialized censuses and lists of names; genealogical evidence in census instructions and other census-related sources; benefiting from enumerator errors; deriving evidence from lists of names (“list analysis”); how to use evidence from censuses, censussubstitutes, and name lists, to reveal relationships and other genealogical data.

You may register for this workshop here.

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.