Most AGS activities and events are open to visitors.

We hope you’ll come join us!

Click on any activity or event to view more information about it.

Jul
24
Tue
2018
1890 Census Substitutes: Bridging the Gap @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
1890 Census Substitutes: Bridging the Gap @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

The story behind the 1890 Census starts out like so many of those burned courthouse tales of gloom and doom. Yes, there was a fire and yes it is true that the 1890 Census was destroyed. Its destruction left a 20-year gap in the decennial chain of census records for researchers.

So how are we to cross this abyss back through time from 1900 to 1880 and connect to our ancestors with any degree of certainty? One strategy is to look for census substitutes or alternative sources of data lost in the 1890 Census. Remember the goal should be to identify an ancestor in a geographic place and time and define family relationships.

In Bill’s presentation a variety of substitutes from reconstructed 1890 Census to other types of enumerations will be discussed. Additionally, clues that can be found in a score of familiar records that can help researchers gain knowledge about their ancestors and bridge the gap will be highlighted.

Bill’s presentation is one that everyone interested in becoming a more effective genealogist should hear. We hope to see you at the meeting.

Speaker: William D. Buckner

Bill Buckner has been the Genealogy Supervisor of the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library for the past nineteen years. In addition to teaching a quarterly “Genealogy Beginners Class”, Bill has had numerous speaking engagements with various organizations. Some of his recent presentations include: Retro Genealogy Resources Still Viable in Today’s Online World; The Digital Public Library of America: Another Tool for Family Historians; and Extra! Extra! Extra! From the Headlines to the Classifieds, Newspapers Deliver Genealogical Gems

Bill initiated and co-hosts, with the Central Texas Genealogical Society, the very popular annual Genealogy Lock-in. This event has helped bring together the organizations and individuals that use, support, and have an interest in the Genealogy Center collection. Twenty-eight Texas libraries participated in the 17h annual Lock-in October 2017.

Bill is District “H” Representative for the Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS), and serves as the TxSGS Chair of the Book Awards and serves as the overall TxSGS Awards Chair. In 2011, Bill received the President’s Award from TxSGS for his contributions

Bill is a fourth-generation Texan and lives in Temple, Texas with his family.

Aug
28
Tue
2018
Genealogy Tech: The Power of FamilySearch and Recent Changes to it @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Aug 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Genealogy Tech: The Power of FamilySearch and Recent Changes to it @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

FamilySearch is the largest genealogical organization in the world and its database, available free on-line, has been a vital resource for genealogists for almost 125 years.

In this presentation Alan Rabe will provide an overview of the records, resources and services that FamilySearch offers genealogists, as well as how to access them.

But he will also address another issue that has been a hot topic of discussion throughout the genealogy community. Family Search has converted trees in its database from individual, or stand-alone trees, into trees embedded in a collaborative data base, or Wiki.

In this environment any registered user can make changes to a tree that you have submitted. However, source changes to your tree can tracked and reversed by you. FamilySearch’s intent is to provide for an independent consensus review of your tree by a panel of your relatives as well as a collaborative means of correcting obsolete or incorrect data in family trees.

Alan is well suited to address the topic as he is the Director of the Family History Center for Georgetown, a branch of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Understanding all that FamilySearch has to offer as well as its philosophy for managing its huge database, including Family Tree, is important for all our members to know. So, don’t miss this opportunity to hear Alan’s presentation on FamilySearch.

Speaker: Alan Rabe

Alan has been an active genealogist for the past 50 years. He is currently the Director of the Family History Center in Georgetown, Texas. In that role he was responsible for volunteer indexing efforts of records from Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor and Georgetown which resulted in almost a million names being indexed for FamilySearch. Similarly, he was also responsible for indexing efforts in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania where 10 million names were indexed over a three-year period. Alan is also trained in graveyard restoration.

Alan is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Masters of Mechanical Engineering. He worked at nuclear power plants and was responsible for document control and procedure processes at the 4th largest utility in US. [Ask Alan about why you should save files as PDF/A instead of just PDF or Word.]