September is here!

Welcome Michelle Leonard,  coming to us from Scotland for our September Meeting!

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian,  and our September speaker!   Michelle will be with us by Zoom at 1 p.m.,  Saturday,  Sept. 25, from Glasgow, giving us her hints for English and Scottish Genealogical Research.

Michelle has just joined Diahan Southard’s team at Your DNA Guide,  where she’s the official genetic genealogy coach for DNA workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions.

Michelle’s Scottish Genes and Genealogy  company specializes in solving parentage and ancestor  mysteries using a combination of conventional research and DNA expertise.  Michelle is the official genetic genealogist of and is one of the hosts of the hour itself.

Her first involvement with DNA came in 2009 when she worked on the ground-breaking ‘Fromelles Genealogy Project’ tracking down appropriate DNA donors to identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave in France.  She continues to work on WWI soldier cases.

She’s a frequent presenter at Legacy Family Tree Seminars.  Michelle holds an M.A. in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews and certification in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Scottish Genealogy Network, the Society of Genealogists and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

To register, complete the short registration form at the following link. As always, if our attendance exceeds our available space, members get priority for available slots.

Registration form

If you missed our Summer Seminar:

The recorded version of the Diahan Southard seminar is still available until September 29.  In it, she presents ABC Strategies For Working With DNA Matches and Behind The Genetic Genealogy Curtain.

To receive the link (good until September 29), you can register below.

It’s $25 for members,  $30 for non-members.

To register, there is a 2-step process. First, complete registration form at the following link. Second, pay by PayPal or check. Details below.

    1. Registration:
    2. Payment: Pay by PayPal link below, or send a check, payable to Austin Genealogical Society, 3616 Far West Blvd., Suite 117-247, Austin, TX 78731-3082.

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Upcoming Programs


Thomas McEntee has agreed to come back to talk about the 1950 census, at the request of those who saw him talk about mining social media at the May meeting.   The 1950 census records will be released April 1 next year.  Let’s get prepared! Tuesday, October 26 at 7 PM.


Sue Kaufman of the Clayton Library will speak about Filling in the Family Stories Using Social History. Tuesday, November 16 at 7 PM.

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.  We are considering meeting in person quarterly, and no sooner than March 2022, with Zoom meetings twice quarterly. 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.

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 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.  Details above.

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