Wikitree Series: Part 1 and 2

Part 1 is Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 pm – Register HERE for Part 1

Part 2 is Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 pm – Register HERE for Part 2

at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center, 5407 N IH-35, Suite 410, Austin (Chase Bank Building in Capital Plaza, 4th floor) and via Zoom. This meeting is hybrid.

We’re excited to offer you this special 2-part deep-dive into a free and not so well understood resource for genealogists, Wikitree! Our June and July meetings will feature Sarah Kroh, local genealogist, joining us in-person to take us through the ins and outs of using it.  Her passion and enthusiasm for Wikitree will engage you too! 

Wikitree Part 1: Getting Started”

Wikitree is a powerful, collaborative site that allows genealogists to work together to build a one-world tree that’s accurate and accessible (and free!) to everyone. Wikitree can help put your ancestors in their historical context while connecting you with other researchers with similar interests. This presentation will cover what Wikitree is, how to get started and an overview of how to build profiles. 

Wikitree Part 2: Branching Out” 

With Wikitree, you can work to create a definitive biography of your ancestors and collaborate with others worldwide. As you keep building, you’ll need more tools to bring profiles to life and keep them accurate. This presentation will cover how to connect to existing trees, easily creating source citations, adding DNA confirmation to ancestors, and the basics of markup.

Sarah Kroh is a Texas-based genealogist who enjoys bringing ancestors to life with stories, photos, and historical context – even if they aren’t her ancestors! Her favorite record types are obituaries, city directories, yearbooks, and county tax rolls. She holds a BA in History from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and outside of genealogy, she enjoys museums, puzzles and writing gothic fiction. She currently volunteers with the Williamson County Genealogical Society as the daytime facilitator of Georgetown Genealogy Chat.

Coming up…

Tuesday, August 27th, 7 pm Annette Burke Lyttle, Heritage Detective, presents Timelines: A Path to Your Next Research Steps.

Tuesday, September 17th, 7 pm – Rhonda Kevorkian, ED of Human Resources and Education for DNA Doe Project, presents Restoring Names: How DNA and IGG are Piecing Together Cold Case Puzzles.

Need more reasons to join? Check out the last year of presentations, many recorded and available behind the member wall!

May 2024 – Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries – Blaine Bettinger

April 2024 – AI & Genealogy: Trouble Ahead? – Thomas MacEntee

March 2024 – Roll Call! Researching Your Veteran Ancestors: Civil War, WWI and WWII – Melanie McComb

February 2024 – European Immigrant Ancestors – Nancy Loe

January 2024 – It Might Be Time…To Write That Book – Shirley Salzmann Meyer

November 2023 – Cyndi’s List in Practice – Cyndi Ingle

October 2023 – Oktoberfest and German Immigration – Richard Gruetzner

September 2023 – Genealogical Travel – Pat Murphree and Diane Harvey

July 2023 – Who Says So? Genealogical Documentation – Diana Crisman Smith

June 2023 – Mapping Out Your Family History with Maps – Sydney Cruice

And so much more!

The Austin Genealogical Society gives you the tools to be a better genealogist.

Here’s how we do it:

 • SIGs: AGS had several special interest groups (SIGs) that met regularly, and we launch new ones as our members want them. You can find notifications of DNA North at their Facebook page, Capital Area DNA SIG. If you are interested in others, or want to help with starting one, let us know!

• 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 typically held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 PM (with exception of some international speakers or special events on 4th Saturday afternoons) and are free. We are currently meeting in a hybrid model, at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center, 5407 N IH-35, Suite 410, Austin (Chase Bank Building in Capital Plaza, 4th floor) and via 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. We’re looking forward to more trips in the future.

• Our Summer Seminar: We bring in a known expert for an extended seminar. In 2023, we welcomed Diahan Southard once again. In October 2025, we are planning to welcome Blaine Bettinger.

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