Austin Genealogical Society Classes

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Jun
12
Mon
2017
Using FamilySearch.org @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Jun 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Using FamilySearch.org @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Using FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org – it’s all about the records and this genealogy site is FREE – the world’s largest free genealogy website is as close as your internet-connected computer. In this class you will learn how to begin to use this site to support your research.   From family trees to census records to church and tax records, and much, much more, learn how and why this source is a genealogy researcher’s best friend.

Instructor: Dianne Holley

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

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.

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.

Sep
23
Sat
2017
Land Workshop Pt. 2 – Rectangular System @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Land Workshop Pt. 2 - Rectangular System @ North Village branch, Austin Public Library | Austin | Texas | United States

Land Workshop Pt. 2 – Rectangular System

Have you ever wondered how to draw those land descriptions from the rectangular survey system? This system was used in the Federal Land states to survey and sell the land to private citizens. 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.

 

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: TBD

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

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.