AGS monthly meetings 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.

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.]

PERSI: Genealogy’s Hidden Treasure @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
PERSI: Genealogy’s Hidden Treasure @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

If you have never heard of PERSI or know little about it, this is a presentation you need to attend. PERSI is truly a treasure for all genealogists, from beginner to expert. And with Cari’s guidance, you soon be using PERSI like a Pro.

What is PERSI? PERSI, or the Periodical Source Index, was created to be a primary research tool for genealogists. It is the most extensive genealogical and local history subject index available. The PERSI database includes twenty-two subject headings, and 2.7 million surnames and locations. So, if you have a particular family line that has been a stubborn brick wall, or are looking for more information on the life of an ancestor, then the PERSI database is for you!

Speaker: Cari Taplin

Our September Speaker, Cari A. Taplin, is a Certified Genealogist® and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

She has spoken and given classes at the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, the Federation of Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference, at the Texas State Genealogical Society, and at many regional genealogical societies, AGS included.

Cari, a native of Wood County, Ohio, now lives in Pflugerville. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research, and consultation services. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two/too cute kids.