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.

Sep
26
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – September 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - September 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

More than Daughters: Using the DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS)

The DAR has made more than a century’s worth of genealogical records accessible to all researchers. A variety of records have been digitized and made available through many databases and resources using the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS). This presentation will help researchers understand how to access and search the GRS and how to evaluate the different types of records found within.

Speaker: Teresa Devine

Teresa began dabbling in family history research more than ten years ago, but didn’t get serious about genealogy until 2011 when her oldest living paternal relative passed away taking her memories of the family with her. Teresa realized that family stories can easily disappear unless someone purposely works to save them. She specializes in southern U.S. research, serves on the Lineage Research committee for the Andrews Carruthers DAR chapter, and her daughters were recently accepted into the Mayflower Society based on Teresa’s research. She is a member of the Williamson County Genealogical Society and a board member for the Austin Genealogical Society.

Oct
24
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – October 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - October 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

I’ve Got My DNA Results. But How Do I Use Them?

DNA is a powerful genealogical tool – keyword being tool! Just like any other genealogy resource, we have to learn how to best use it. DNA has to be used in conjunction with our paper genealogical research. After taking a DNA test, the next moves can be overwhelming. This talk will break down the steps.

Speaker: Sara Gredler

Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist, architectural historian, and historian with nearly 20 years of genealogical research experience. She is currently the President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chair of its DNA Special Interest Group. She currently works at an architecture/engineering firm as an architectural historian, historic bridge surveyor, Microsoft Access database guru, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst. She holds a MS in Historic Preservation, and BAs in History and Classical Studies, as well as a Certificate in Irish Studies. She has attended GRIP for two years, has spoken at the Texas State Genealogical Society Conference numerous times, at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, and in 2017 will be speaking at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Raleigh, NC. Her research focuses are in western New York, New England, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Nov
28
Tue
2017
AGS Monthly Meeting – November 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - November 2017 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

AGS Annual Fall Festival


This is a tradition that was started a number of years ago and has become a wonderful way to share the bounty and the warmth of the holiday season with many AGS friends.

Presentation:
The Archives Wars

Austin has always been a little weird. Austin’s early history has defined Austin as the capital city of Texas. This presentation is a good example of how the saying, “Actions have consequences.” In Austin, the Archives War has been romanticized in Austin folk-lore as an early example of strong, local pride, and archivists have latched on to this event to show the power of archives. However, the incident had far-reaching consequences. Positive consequences for the citizens of Austin, and negative consequences for the rest of the Republic of Texas.

Speaker:   James Harkins

James Harkins is the Manager of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program. James graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2005, with a double minor in history and business. In 2010, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, also from Texas State, and is the 2010-2011 James W. McGrew Research Award winner for his graduate thesis from the American Society for Professional Administrators (ASPA). He has worked for the Texas General Land Office since May of 2005, and manages the Save Texas History program of the Texas General Land Office. He is a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).

Apr
24
Tue
2018
AGS Monthly Meeting – April 2018 @ Highland Park Baptist Church
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AGS Monthly Meeting - April 2018 @ Highland Park Baptist Church | Austin | Texas | United States

Building a Family Web Site

Examine the tools available to help you share your research, photos, and more online. Learn how to create a site that preserves your research for the entire family while allowing members to contribute their stories and pictures. In the process, you may even discover a long-lost relative or two. Family research is an ongoing journey; use a family web site to help you on your way.

Speaker: Sandra Crowley

Sandra Crowley is a genealogist, author, and lecturer who grew up attending family reunions and developed a natural curiosity about her family that left her wanting to know more. With a business degree from the University of Memphis, she served as a product manager and then Vice President of Marketing for several technology companies while researching her family whenever she could. Later, this experience helped her combine her passion for family history with her interest in technology.

Sandra has spoken at national and regional conferences, including RootsTech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual event. She is a member of several genealogical society and non-profit boards where she has been an active volunteer. Currently she serves as Director of Development for the Texas State Genealogical Society, Immediate Past President of the Dallas Genealogical Society, and Seminar Coordinator for the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society. She is Managing Editor of Dallas’ Pegasus journal and is co-editor of the TxSGS journal, Stirpes. She has been the video editor for the North Carolina Genealogical Society Webinar series since 2012.