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May 2019

May Monthly Meeting – Genealogy Tech Review by Rob Richardson

May 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr.
Austin, TX 78731 United States
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Yes, it’s time for a Genealogy Tech review! Member surveys in 2018 and 2019 showed that you really wanted a presentation focused on recent developments in genealogical software, online database tools, and DNA data analysis. Basically, you wanted to know how it all could be used to make your work more effective and more fun. You asked and we listened. This month our speaker, Rob Richardson, will reveal an array of new technologies available to the genealogist. These are the…

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June 2019

June Monthly Meeting – The Leeds Method of Color Clustering by Dana Leeds

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr.
Austin, TX 78731 United States

The Leeds Method of Color Clustering: An Easy Way To Group DNA Matches To Identify Your Ancestors' Families Dana will discuss how to apply the Leeds Method of DNA clustering to your own DNA results. As effective as it is, the method does not require advanced computer skills nor an advanced knowledge of genetic genealogy. Everyone can use it and benefit, no matter their skill level. Since a previous knowledge of a test taker’s full family is not required, the…

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July 2019

July Monthly Meeting – What you should know about DNA testing for Genealogy by Janine Cloud

July 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr.
Austin, TX 78731 United States

Everyone and their cousin seem to be taking DNA tests these days. You can’t escape the advertisements showing amazing discoveries of long-lost family, previously unknown family origins, and testers with newfound senses of identity. But what really happens when you take a DNA test? How does it work and what can you expect to find? What test should you take at which company? What does it mean if your sample fails? Why don’t your results look like you think they…

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August 2019

August Monthly Meeting – “Second Cousin Twice Removed” presented by Teresa Devine

August 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr.
Austin, TX 78731 United States

Half first cousin? First cousin once removed? Direct Line? Collateral Lines? Consanguinity? Understanding terms used in genealogy not only implies knowledge of definitions, but also implies we understand how those words fit into our research. Teresa Devine will examine relationship definitions and share examples of how those relationships apply to our family trees. Teresa Devine Teresa Devine began dabbling in family history research more than ten years ago, but didn’t get serious about genealogy until 2011 when her oldest living…

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September 2019

September Monthly Meeting: Finding Personal Stories That Bring Your Family Tree to Life

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr.
Austin, TX 78731 United States

Your ancestors’ diaries, journals, and letters are always a rich source of fascinating information. In them, your ancestors reveal who they really were and how they lived – telling you what they thought about their times and experiences. Unfortunately, for most of us these gems weren’t passed down. But if they existed someone has them. And many have found their way onto the internet, either as digitized records or in catalogs. They are out there and they are a mother…

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October 2019

October Meeting – Everything A Genealogist Needs to Know About Heraldry and Coats of Arms

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr.
Austin, TX 78731 United States

Our October presentation will be a genealogist’s dream - We have a speaker and topic that ensures that our October presentation will be both fun and enlightening. David B. Appleton, one of the U.S.’s leading experts in heraldry, will tell us all about heraldry and its application to genealogy.  To quote David, “Heraldry creates ‘powerful symbols of family connection … something visual to signify family roots.’  Who wouldn’t want something like that for their family?  It is a visual family…

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November 2019

November Fall Festival

November 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr.
Austin, TX 78731 United States

It’s Time For AGS’s Fall Festival Meet us there for good food and a wonderful presentation. Please join your AGS friends at our annual Fall Festival, our very own pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving,  This year it will be on Nov. 26th (in place of our regularly scheduled meeting).  Bring a plus-one, if you like, and a dish to share . . . either a side dish,  a salad,  or a dessert. Our speaker, long-time AGS-er Jim Bridges will introduce us to his…

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