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Our April program ~ The Why, Where, When, What and How of Lineage & Hereditary Societies

What you need you need to know about lineage societies (before you join) 

Christine Cohen of the Whittier CA Genealogical Society comes to us by Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday,  April 27 to talk about The Why,  Where, When, What and How of Lineage and Hereditary Societies.
Our Pioneers group is a lineage society.  So are both Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution.  There are over 9,000 historical and genealogical societies in the US,  most of which keep detailed records of ancestors related to their area of interest or geography.
Why do lineage societies exist?  How do you find them?  What do they do?  Do they have activities?  Can DNA results qualify you for membership? Do you need an invitation?  Christine, a national speaker and former president of the Whittier Genealogical Society, will answer all your lineage society questions.
Can you benefit from these focused groups?   Come find out.

Upcoming Programs

May 25 – Thomas McEntee (a star at our two-day seminar in 2017) will be talking by Zoom on Utilizing Social Networks for Genealogical Research.

June – Special guest (TBA) at a very special June meeting.

July 27 – Irene Walters of the Clayton Library in Houston (via Zoom) on the tools to do online library research.  She’s currently coordinating Clayton’s participation in the digitization project with the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City.  She’ll also demonstrate how to use Clayton’s resources, which are free.

We expect that meetings will continue to happen 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 communications@austintxgensoc.org

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