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Welcome to the Austin Genealogical Society

Because there’s always more to learn about Family History.

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2021 new program details coming soon!

March 23 – Orphan Train Texas Riders, presented by Linda Fulmer

April 27 – The Why, Where, When, What and How of Lineage & Hereditary Societies, presented by Christine Cohen

May 25 – Utilizing Social Networks for Genealogical Research, presented by Thomas McEntee

Alan Rabe is our January speaker, bringing us the same focus on Germany that we had in December on Ireland.  If you have German ancestors — and don’t we all? — chances are you have encountered challenges in tracking them down. Changes in jurisdiction and borders, lack of central record keeping, reading Old German script, and working with foreign language websites are just a few of the things that can trip up your German research.
Alan will help us overcome those challenges at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, our regular meeting time, by Zoom.  Registration notices will go out by the 19th, with priority slots going to members.  Alan’s an expert on German research and has been a frequent and popular AGS speaker on a variety of other genealogical topics.

You may also know that he’s director of the Georgetown Family History Center and current president of the Williamson County Genealogical Society.  He’s related to four Mayflower passengers, 15 signers of the Constitution, and 35 U.S. presidents.  He and his wife have indexed millions of names for Family Search.

Join us on the 26th and open the doors to your German ancestors!

We expect that meetings during the first half of the year will continue to via Zoom, and we may add some extras in.  We’ll reevaluate as the vaccination process unfolds.  Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that he doesn’t expect large gatherings to be possible until the third or fourth quarter of the year.  Fingers crossed for sooner.

You can find notifications of DNA North at their Facebook page, Capital Area DNA SIG.

Other get-togethers are currently on hiatus. Stay safe and do genealogy.

For a link to meetings, please contact

We’re glad that you dropped in.

The Austin Genealogical Society is here to give you the tools you need to become a better genealogist.

Here’s how we do it:

• SIGs: AGS has several special interest groups (SIGs) that you can visit, and we launch new ones as our members want them. Right now, learning to use DNA test results in genealogy (genetic genealogy) is a leading subject for our members. Our North DNA SIG is generally for intermediate users. Open and free. See Capital Cities DNA Facebook page for details.

• Saturday Morning Drop-In: The third Saturday of each month we have experienced genealogists on hand to assist in solving genealogical issues ranging from setting up a family tree to breaking through brick walls. Members also come to work collegially. No charge. (on hiatus)

• Monthly Membership Meetings: At our monthly member meeting, we bring in (or tap our membership for) an expert who showcases genealogical research methods and new technology. All presentations are designed to help our members become better genealogists. Meetings are free. (meeting virtually)

• Research Trips: Further your research by visiting genealogy libraries and archives across the US. Our fall trip in October was to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

• Our Summer Seminar: Early in the summer, we bring in a known expert for a day or day-and-a-half seminar. In 2020, our scheduled expert was Diahan Southard, renowned DNA expert and creator of Your DNA Guide. We hope to reschedule this as soon as open meetings are possible.

Visitors are always welcome at any of our meetings. After a visit, we’re sure you’ll want to join us. So please come, and bring a friend! Our mailing address: 3616 Far West Blvd., Suite 117-247, Austin, TX 78731-3082

Our mailing address: 3616 Far West Blvd., Suite 117-247, Austin, TX 78731-3082