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AGS Research Days

Military Research Seminars

AGS Book Sales

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Gems from previous Monthly Programs

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Upcoming Events


The library has notified us that all programs are cancelled at least until the end of April because of COVID-19. Therefore, AGS events are cancelled at least until the end of April. Some activities (such as the DNA SIG meeting) may proceed through the use of teleconferencing software such as Zoom. As we receive further information, we can resume planning for future events.

Download a printable AGS schedule for 2020.

Genealogy classes for beginners are coming up (to be rescheduled):
March 21 - Getting started and Genealogy Center tour
March 28 - Mining census records
April 4 - Internet resources
April 18 - Genealogy software to assist with research
Contact Victoria Sullivan or Nancy Greenberg

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Program for Wednesday,  May 13, 2020
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Main Library Auditorium, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102   505-768-5141

Title:  Out of the Computer, Into Print

Speaker:  Waleed Ashoo of LithExcel Services

Most of us have the dream of getting our family history research into some form that we can pass on to our descendants. Along the way we have many times of indecision that cause delay and anxiety. Waleed Ashoo of LithExcel Services has many years’ experience in the printing world and will help us see what we need to do and what can be done by others.

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Program for Wednesday,  June 10, 2020
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Main Library Community Room, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102   505-768-5141

Title:  Summer Stories

Speakers:  Everyone!

This month we have our annual storytelling meeting. 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. For this meeting, we circle up in small groups that allow everyone to tell about their recent genealogical adventures. We also will collect ideas for next year’s programs.

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Program for Wednesday,  July 8, 2020
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Main Library Auditorium, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102   505-768-5141

Title:  Westward Ho!

Speaker:  Nancy Greenberg, AGS member

When the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 doubled the size of the United States, new trails led new pioneers west, motivated by land hunger, persecution, and hopes for getting rich. In today’s program, AGS member Nancy Greenberg will review the history of the Santa Fe and Oregon trails, the Mormon migration, the Gold Rush, the Oklahoma Land Runs, and the Homestead Acts. It’s time to brush up on your history!

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Program for Wednesday,  August 12, 2020
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Main Library Auditorium, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102   505-768-5141

Title:  Remembering the End of World War II

Speakers:  Michael Dietz and Stuart Murray, AGS Members

This month we will honor the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Japan, bringing an end to World War II. Many of us have fathers or relatives who served in the Pacific theater. This will be a time of reflection to remember the service and sacrifice of those who served.

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Program for Wednesday,  September 9, 2020
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Main Library Auditorium, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102   505-768-5141

Title:  Finding Your Ancestors in Church Records

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

We are trying something new this month. Sunny Jane Morton, writer for Family Tree Magazine and author of the recent book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist’s Guide, will be speaking with us by interactive Skype on the subject of church records. Learn what records were kept, where they are now, and how to use them to locate our ancestors.

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No Regular AGS Meeting for October, 2020

Instead, we encourage our members to attend the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s annual conference October 16–17 and hear Evan Christensen of AncestryProGenealogists speak on new developments at Ancestry.com. (More information to come).

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Program for Wednesday,  November 4, 2020
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Note change of date because the 2nd Wednesday is a holiday!
Main Library Auditorium, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102   505-768-5141

Title:  History, Myth, and Legends of the Mayflower

Speaker:  Carl Malone, AGS and Mayflower Society member

Four hundred years ago this month the ship Mayflower dropped anchor in the New World, bringing passengers to start a new colony. But the basic facts of the Pilgrim settlement were later embellished by writers and artists to provide a national “creation” story. Today Carl Malone of the Mayflower Society will use primary documentation to take us back to the real story of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims.

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Program for Wednesday,  December 9, 2020
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Main Library Community Room, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102   505-768-5141

Title:  “Show and Tell” at the Holiday Party

Our annual holiday party is a great time of fellowship as members bring heirlooms or items of genealogical interest and tell of their history or special meaning. 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. 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

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

3rd Saturday Last Tuesday
May 16 May 26
June 20 June 30
July 18 July 28
August 15 August 25
September 19 September 29
October 17 October 27
November 21 November 24

(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

Watch this space for updates!

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(to be rescheduled)
> Flyer
> Book list

Saturday, November 21

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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.

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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.

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This page was last updated on: April 6, 2020