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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.

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

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

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.

How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist’s Guide is available to AGS members at a 20% discount through November 1. Go to www.genealogical.com/store/. Search the book by title and add to cart. Go to checkout and click on Coupon. Enter code “church20” to get your discount.

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Program for Wednesday,  October 14, 2020
(10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  Newspapers: Far More Than Just Obituaries

Speaker:  Philip Spivey, AGS member

For over 300 years, newspapers have chronicled the lives of our ancestors. This talk will provide an overview of the information they can give us about specific ancestors, help identify family members and build out our trees. It will include an extensive list of both paid and free sources for newspapers, ways of capturing images and documenting the sources.

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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!
Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

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)

Meeting will take place by Zoom teleconference

Title:  “Show and Tell”

In December, we ordinarily have our annual holiday party and a time of fellowship to celebrate another successful year of genealogy. Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to gather at the library, but we can still celebrate in our own homes with holiday cheer. So, bring your special heirloom, item of genealogical interest, or success story to share with us all. Each person will have about 3 minutes to share. And, if you have a costume from your ancestor's native land, wear it. We will end the year on a high note in spite of sheltering in place!

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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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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
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 (cancelled)

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.

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"

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This page was last updated on: September 18, 2020