November and we will meet the week before Thanksgiving!

Our November meeting is the week before Thanksgiving week, and features a dive into the historical eras of our ancestors.

Our special guest is Sue Kaufman, the senior manager for Genealogical Research at Houston’s Clayton Library, one of genealogy’s prime resources.  Sue has more than 30 years of experience as a genealogy librarian and will help us figure out how to understand the historical context of our ancestors.

To register, click HERE.

Join us by Zoom the Tuesday of the week before Thanksgiving to find sources to help you to understand the context in which your family lived, how they celebrated, cooked, listened to music, and lived through the day . . .  how their lives, history and genealogy are integrated.  Social history is how we understand the era our ancestors lived in and how to make their stories come alive.  And it’s a way to generate new leads to help break through brick walls.

Sue started her career as a genealogy librarian in Peoria, IL, moved to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, and came to Texas and the Clayton in 2004.  She has a lot of history to share!

We’re meeting the third Tuesday of the month, on November 16 at our regular meeting time of 7 p.m., by Zoom.

Coming up in 2022

January 25:
Laura Hedgecock will join us from Michigan via Zoom to share genealogical writing tips when she talks with us about Storytelling and How to NOT Revise History.
February 22:
We will learn more about telling our family stories as Tamara Hallo, MLS, leads us through a wonderful how-to session on Telling Your Family’s Story with Google Earth.
March 22:
Dr. Adina Newman of My Family Genie will give us tips and techniques to mitigate the effects of Endogamy in our DNA family searches.
We expect that meetings will continue to happen via Zoom, and we may add some extras in.  We’re continuing to evaluate that as we move forward to 2022. Any in-person meeting will be no sooner than March 2022. Stay tuned.

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.

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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 meet regularly, and we launch new ones as our members want them. Open and free. (on hiatus)

• Saturday Morning Drop-In: The third Saturday of each month we have experienced genealogists on hand to assist in solving genealogical issues from basic to complex. Members also come to work collegially. No charge. (on hiatus)

• Monthly Membership Meetings: We showcase an expert on genealogical research methods and new technology. All presentations are designed to help our members become better genealogists. Meetings are free. Currently meeting by Zoom.

• Research Trips: Further your research by visiting genealogy libraries and archives across the US. Our fall trip in October 2019 was to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

• Our Summer Seminar: We bring in a known expert for an extended seminar. In 2021, our scheduled expert was Diahan Southard, renowned DNA expert and creator of Your DNA Guide.

Visitors are always welcome at any of our meetings. So please come, and bring a friend!

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

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