9508 Great Hills Trail
Austin, TX 78759
2017 Austin Genealogical Society Annual Seminar – April 29, 2017
Registration is now open. Go to the online registration form at the bottom of the page. If you want to mail a check, print the registration form.
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
Dr. Jones will present the following 4 lectures during this event:
- Using Autosomal DNA to Solve a Family Mystery: This case study shows how targeted autosomal-DNA testing helped identify the father and grandparents of siblings born in New York State in the 1820s. Besides the genealogical methods, the presentation addresses locating people to test, interpreting the results, and applying them to help answer a specific research question.
- Creating a Family History of Lasting Value: Most genealogists want to prepare family histories that future generations will cherish. Not all succeed. Many genealogies contain only “harvested” information, which our descendants will be able obtain themselves (perhaps more easily than we can today). Some of that information likely is wrong. We begin to create worthwhile and accurate family histories by collecting and sharing family stories and DNA test results—information that might soon disappear. Our research progresses from that starting point toward the goal of a printed, computerized, or online family history. If we pay attention to four factors— biography, accuracy, documentation, and explanation—our history will be irreplaceable.
- Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors: The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficultto-trace ancestors.
- Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor’s European Origin: The session explains three major challenges in learning the origin of European ancestors. The presenter will recommend and provide examples of five kinds of searches that have led to success. Attendees will learn techniques for matching the identity of a North American ancestor with names and identities found in European records.
Price: $40 members/$55 non-members
Complimentary bags available to the first 100 Registrants – Light breakfast and beverages included.
Seminar attendees may pre-purchase the book, Mastering Genealogical Proof, at special seminar pricing (order by March 25)
An optional box lunch is available for pre-purchase with registration (order by April 22)
We are unable to offer refunds. Please plan accordingly.
Also new this year, 2 workshops options on Friday!
We are pleased to offer optional workshops on the Friday before the seminar. Enrollment is limited to 30 people per workshop. Members of the Austin Genealogical Society will receive a discounted price along with priority registration. We expect these workshops to sell out, so don’t delay!
Price per workshop: $25 members (plus priority registration)/$40 non-members
Workshop #1 – Friday, April 28, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: 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, census substitutes, and name lists, to reveal relationships and other genealogical data.
Workshop #2 – Friday, April 28, 2:45-4:00 p.m.: Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems Analysis and interpretation principles applicable to any kind of genealogical source; working with evidence from many sources; seeing patterns, parallels, and conflicts in evidence; working with records in a series (including censuses, tax rolls, rent rolls, city directories, communion lists, guardian and estate accounts); timelines, matrices, and other ways of graphically arranging evidence; explaining how records correlate and using correlation to build a convincing case.
The workshops will be held at the same location as the seminar, Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759