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AGS Research Days

Military Research Seminars

AGS Book Sales

AGS Board Meetings

Gems from previous Monthly Programs

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Upcoming Events

The library has notified us that all programs are cancelled until further notice. Therefore, in-person AGS events are cancelled for now. Some activities will proceed through the use of teleconferencing software such as Zoom. Current plans include conducting the general meetings and DNA SIG meetings via Zoom. Members should receive an email telling how to connect to Zoom meetings. See here for more information about Zoom. This listing will be revised when in-person meetings are allowed once again.

AGS is sponsoring a series of FREE genealogy workshops for Beginners. All are 10:30 am to 12 noon.

March 16: Where and how to begin your genealogy and a VERY basic introduction to DNA tests available.
March 23: How to use census records, including what censuses are available and how to find them.
April 6: Online research using the Internet for genealogy research and evaluating what you find.
April 13: Genealogy software and organizing your research.

Signup in advance required. Classes will be conducted via Zoom by Victoria Sullivan, retired reference librarian with 30 years experience researching and teaching genealogy. Email Victoria: vLsullivan@comcast.net.

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Program for Wednesday,  January 13, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  Annual Business Meeting with Election and Installation of Officers

During our January meeting we will elect and install officers for the coming year. Then we will review our 2020 activities and preview our plans for 2021. Happy New Year!

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Program for Wednesday,  February 10, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  African American History – Putting it into Context

Speaker:  Robert S. Burch, Jr.

Robert S. Burch, Jr., Executive Director and founder of Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation in West Valley City, UT, will present the basics of doing African American research, where to find family history information and how to understand the historic context of African American family experiences.

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Program for Wednesday,  March 10, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  Genealogical Do-Overs

Speaker:  Victoria Sullivan, AGS member

Could your genealogy research use a do-over? Do you know more now than you did as a beginning genealogist? Perhaps starting over will help you see with fresh eyes and lead to new breakthroughs! Our own Victoria Sulliven, the consummate genealogist and retired reference librarian, will show us how.

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TWO CONFERENCES,
Saturdays April 10 and 24, 2021
(9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Meetings will take place by Zoom teleconference

Titles: Various

Speakers:  John Farris, Coordinator, AGS Member; Maurice Gleeson, James Mallory, Fiona Fitzsimons, Chris Paton, Paul Milner and Others

The April 10 conference will present speakers on Celtic genealogy. DNA will be the topic for the April 24 conference.

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Program for Wednesday,  May 12, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  Genealogical Research Plans and Citing Sources

Speaker:  Philip Spivey, AGS President

Have you ever wasted hours wandering around the internet or a state archive looking for “something” on your ancestors with little to show for it? Have you ever found a great source of information that you plan to get back to but can never find again? Are there pictures on your phone that you have no idea where they came from? This talk will discuss how Research Plans and citing sources make us better genealogists.

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Program for Wednesday,  June 9, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy

Speaker:  Dr. Penny Walters, International Genealogy Speaker

This talk will look at how the faster pace of internet research has uncovered many new ethical dilemmas. Family historians are discovering upsetting secrets, lies, bigamy, enslavement, criminals, unexpected DNA relatives, relatives who aren’t related, and unexpected ethnicities. Our speaker will offer insights into how to handle these awkward revelations.

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Program for Wednesday,  July 14, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  The Genealogist’s Introduction to Land Records

Speaker:  Sue Johnston, AGS member

If you could use only one class of records for the rest of your family history research, choose land records. Why? Land records are readily available, identify more people, extend over greater time spans, and answer more questions than any other records in the genealogist’s toolbox. Come meet these wonderful records, and learn how you can find and use them to solve your toughest research problems.

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Program for Wednesday,  August 11, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  Summer Stories

Speakers:  Everyone!

For many years, we have had an annual storytelling meeting where we can share our accomplishments with like-minded family researchers. Since many of us are in families who are not enthusiastic about family history research, we need to take time to listen, encourage, help, rejoice, or sympathize with each other. We will divide into small groups that allow everyone to tell of their recent genealogical adventures. We also will collect ideas for next year’s programs.

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Program for Wednesday,  September 8, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  That First Trip to the Courthouse

Speaker:  Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist

If there is one home truth in genealogy research, it’s this: not everything is available online. Sooner or later, every genealogist has got to make that first trip to the courthouse to check out the original records available there. How to prepare for that trip, the rules of the road, what to expect, what to ask for, and how to be sure you’ll be welcomed back the next time are explored in this lecture.

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Program for Wednesday,  October 13, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  Adding Your Own Stories to Your Family History

Speaker:  Sunny Jane Morton, Nationally-known Genealogist and Author

We are delighted to welcome Sunny Morton back. Learn from the author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy what stories you have that are worth telling–and why and how to tell them. Review different kinds of memories, why some memories are more vivid than others, and how to flesh them out. Learn tips for researching gaps in your memories and how to turn a memory into a good story. See how to integrate your personal stories with family memories and research discoveries. The handout includes a writing exercise to help you get started.

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Program for Wednesday,  November 10, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  Honoring Your Veterans on FindAGrave

Speaker:  Mike Blackledge, AGS Member

Do you have deceased veterans in your family tree? FindAGrave.com currently holds 190 million memorials. Do your veterans’ memorials already exist? You can request that they be transferred to you for your maintenance. Does a deceased veteran’s memorial not exist? You can create it. This program will show you how you can honor your veteran ancestors in a memorial in perpetuity online under FindAGrave.com and will provide you with some tips, tricks, and information to assist you in making tomorrow a special Veterans Day to honor your family members.

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Program for Wednesday,  December 8, 2021
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Main Library Community Room (or by Zoom)

Title:  “Show and Tell” at the Holiday Party

In December, we have our annual holiday party and a time of fellowship to celebrate another successful year of genealogy. If the Covid-19 pandemic is under control, we will gather in the Community Room at the library, if not, we will continue by Zoom. Bring your special heirloom, item of genealogical interest or success story to share with us all. We encourage attendees to come in costumes of their native lands or in the clothing of an ancestor. Members are also invited to bring a holiday dish to share during the party time (if meeting in person). We love to end the year on a high note!

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AGS Research Days

AGS Research Days at the Main Library Genealogy Center
2nd Floor, Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM (Corner of 5th & Copper)
Genealogy Center Phone: 505-768-5131

In-library programs are cancelled until further notice, but we are experimenting with conducting research days via Zoom. Members should receive an email telling how to reserve a time for a Zoom consultation. See here for more information about Zoom.

The 3rd Saturday and last Tuesday of each month.
Dates for 2020:

3rd Saturday Last Tuesday
January 16 January 26
February 20 February 23
March 20 March 30
April 17 April 27
May 15 May 25
June 19 June 29
July 17 July 27
August 21 August 31
September 18 September 28
October 16 October 26
November 20 November 30

(No Research Days in December!)

3rd Saturday research days are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Last Tuesday research days are from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On Research Days there are volunteers available to assist researchers
in the following areas of investigation:

Revolutionary War Ancestors
DAR/SAR Research
Mayflower Descendants
Jamestown Descendants
Huguenot Research
Scandinavian Research
Hispanic Research
DNA Research
Using Land Records
Using Military Records
Using the Internet for Research

Come and Go on your schedule. . .
Stay for brunch at Al's Big Dipper (M–F, 10am–3pm) . . .
It's Your Research Day!          Do it your way!
Meet us at the Library!

Email any of the AGS Genealogy Research Days Coordinators:
Lynda Katonak
Marianne Eaton
Lark Robart

(or consult your Membership Directory for telephone contact).

Library Phone:  505-768-5131 (Genealogy Desk)

A Special Thanks to All of Our Volunteers
for sharing their expertise by helping patrons.

Limited FREE parking is available in nearby parking facilities. Click on PARKING to learn more.

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Military Research Seminars

FREE SEMINARS

All Meetings begin 10:30 a.m., ABQ Main Library
2nd Floor Genealogy Center, Board Room or the East Long Tables
Presentations last from 10:30 a.m. till Noon, available consultations till 2:30 p.m.

Military Research Day, 1st Tuesday of the Month

Dates and topics for 2020:

February 4: Military uniforms

On hiatus because of the pandemic

Limited FREE parking is available in nearby parking facilities. Click on PARKING to learn more.

For more information, contact Stuart Murray (or consult your Membership Directory for telephone contact).

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AGS Book Sales

AGS is planning to have two book sales in 2020. They will take place in the Main Library on these dates:

Saturday, March 21 (cancelled)

Saturday, November 21 (cancelled)

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AGS Board Meetings

The AGS Board will meet in the Second Floor Board Room (entrance door is between the stairwell and the elevators) on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:15 pm following the General Meeting. Minutes from recent Board meetings are available here. Board meetings are currently being held via Zoom because of the pandemic.

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Genealogy Research "Gems" from recent AGS-sponsored programs

A helpful Guide, two Forms, and a Sample Will from the February 8, 2017 presentation on doing your
"Genealogical Estate Planning" by Karen Jones, Family Historian:

A Genealogical Estate Planning Guide (PDF format, 59.7 kB);
Lists & Indexes Worksheets for Genealogical Estate Planning (DOC format, 43 kB, this file can be edited);
Generic Genealogical WILL (DOC format, 18.4 kB, this file can be edited).

A discussion on Land and Property Descriptions and Their Uses (PDF format, 121 kB) led by Dr. William M. Litchman, UNM Professor and Certified Genealogist, on March 8, 2017.

7 Things to Know about Publishing Your Family History (PDF format, 125.2 kB), presented by Michael Blackledge on July 14, 2017.

Celtic DNA - History of Celtic Genetic Migration (PDF format, 1.03 MB), presented by John Adam Farris on September 23, 2017.

DNA Testing Can Open New Doors in Your Brick Walls to Assist Your Genealogy Research (PDF format, 3.69 MB), presented by Lark Robart, John Farris, Martin Brady, & Philip Spivey on February 12, 2020.

John Farris handouts (PDF format, 369 kB);
Phil Spivey is working on a write-up to go with his slides.

Out of the Computer, Into Print (PDF format, 80 kB), presented by Waleed Ashoo on May 13, 2020.

Waleed's handouts: Handout 1 (1.2 MB)   Handout 2 (0.95 MB)   Handout 3 (0.99 MB)
Recorded video of the presentation

Sharing Your Family Treasures (PDF format, 282 kB), handout from presentation by Lisa Kindrick on June 10, 2020.

Recorded video of the presentation (Lisa Kindrick and Lark Robart)

Recorded video of the presentation by Lee Black on July 8, 2020, titled "1746 to 1857, Philadelphia to Shasta, CA: The 1857 Story," about travel on the Oregon and California Trails

Recorded video of the presentation by Stuart Murray on August 12, 2020, titled "Remembering the End of World War II"

Sources for learning more about the Mayflower (PDF format, 198 kB), handout from presentation by Carl Malone on November 4, 2020.

Recorded video of the presentation

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This page was last updated on: January 16, 2020