Upcoming Events




Program for Wednesday,  January 14, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Election and Installation of Officers, Reports, Plans, and Volunteer Recognition

Description of Program:

During our January meeting, we will elect and install officers for the coming year.  Then we will review our 2014 activities and preview our plans for 2015.  Our volunteers will be recognized for their valuable contributions.  In the remaining time we'll celebrate our good times and good friends.  Bring snacks.  Happy New Year!

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Program for Wednesday,  February 11, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Smith, Jones, Davis, and Wright:  Researching Common Names

Speaker:  Karen Jones, Genealogist and AGS Member

Description of Program:

Woe to us researchers whose family roots are entangled with people with common surnames, and given names that repeated over and over!  How do you determine who belongs in your family tree?  Karen Jones has faced this many times in her research and will suggest some ideas for determining who is who.

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Program for Wednesday,  March 11, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  To be announced

Speaker:  - - - - -

Description of Program: - - - - -

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Program for Saturday, April 8, 2015 (10:30A.M. to 4 P.M.)  at the

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

Title:  To be announced

Speakers:  - - - - -

Description of Program: - - - - -

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Program for Wednesday,   May 13, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:   DNA for Dummies

Speaker:  John Farris, Genealogist and AGS Member

Description of Program:

Developments in genetic genealogy are coming so fast that it is hard to keep up with them.  Most of us are now familiar with the science of DNA, but want to know more about what testing might do for our research.  What new things can DNA testing show us this year?  What can we do with the new information?  Can you rely on the ethnic % distribution analysis?  John Farris keeps up with DNA developments and has used the services of several different testing companies.  He will share his knowledge and experience.

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"TENTATIVE" Program for Wednesday,  June 10, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)

Title:  Field Trip to Zimmerman Library at UNM

Description of Program:

Most of us do not think of using the UNM library for genealogical research, figuring it probably has few materials of use to us.  We may be surprised at what is there.  This field trip will provide hands-on learning about what might be of use to family historians, using the library collections, and accessing their unique database subscriptions.  We will meet at the front door of Zimmerman Library at 10:30 a.m.  Do NOT go to the Main Library.  Because of limited campus parking, we suggest that you go by city bus.

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Program for Wednesday,  July 08, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Evaluating and Documenting Sources

Speakers:  Victoria Sullivan, Genealogist and AGS Member

Description of Program:

Each year brings more and more genealogical records into the reach of family history researchers.  What can we believe?  How can we verify undocumented sources?  What are the important elements of documentation?  Victoria Sullivan, former research librarian, will help us with answers to these questions.

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Program for Wednesday,  August 12, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Summer Stories

Speakers:  Everyone!

Description of Program:

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.  It's so much fun to hear delightful tales of the experiences of AGS members.  For this meeting, we circle up in small groups that allow everyone to tell about their recent genealogical adventures.  This is also the time for collecting ideas for future AGS programs, so bring your ideas.

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Program for Wednesday,  September 9, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Sails, Trails, and Rails: How Our Ancestors Traveled

Speaker  Pat Eker, Genealogist and AGS Member

Description of Program:

As we research the lives of our ancestors and learn of their travels into the unknown, we wonder about the ships they sailed in, how they carried their provisions and belongings, life on the trails and canals, the development of roads and rails.  Our own Pat Eker will share in words and pictures the modes of transportation used in different eras of American migrations.

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Program for Wednesday,  October 14, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Using Old Newspapers to Bring Families to Life

Speaker:  Mike Blackledge, Genealogist and AGS Member

Description of Program: 

Are you having trouble envisioning your ancestors as more than names, dates, and places?  Try reading the newspapers of the time.  Even if your ancestors were not newsworthy, you can find information about what they could buy in the local stores, what events they could attend, the local perspective on national news, and much more.  Mike Blackledge and others will tell what they've learned from newspapers and how they have used that information.

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Program for Wednesday,  November 11, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Genealogical Utilities: Help for Managing Data

Speaker:  Michael Dietz, Genealogist and AGS Member

Description of Program:

One of the most important tools we have as genealogists is the database program we use to record and process the data we collect such as Legacy, Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, Reunion, and several dozen more.  Today's presentation is about five utilities (for PC and Mac) which will assist the genealogist in gathering and cataloging all that data.  Using these utilities the genealogist is able to determine what and where to look for missing data, prepare a project plan for research at a distant location, avoid duplication of research projects, prepare notes about conjectures or explanations, and prepare proof documents based upon the Genealogical Proof Standard.

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Program for Wednesday,  December 9, 2015 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  "Show and Tell" at the Holiday Party

Description of Program:

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 with the group during the party time.  We love to end the year on a high note!

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AGS Research Days

The Last Tuesdays of the Month Starting in . . .


(no Research Day in December 2014)

January 27, 2015

February 24, 2015

March 31, 2015

April 28, 2015

May 26, 2015

June 30, 2015

July 28, 2015

August 25, 2015

September 29, 2015

October 27, 2015

November 24, 2015

(no Research Day in December 2015)
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Special Collections Genealogy Center

2nd Floor Genealogy Center, Main Library 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM

(Corner of 5th & Copper; Library Phone: 768-5131, Genealogy Desk)


10:30 AM - 3:30 PM  (You are invited to come-and-go or come-and-stay)




Research/Interest Groups Represented:

Daughters of the American Revolution(DAR) Help Table

Huguenot Interest Group

Irish Research Group, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

New Netherland/New Sweden Interest Group

Scandinavian Research Group



Come and Go . . .          No set schedule . . .

Come early for coffee . . .         Stay late . . .

It's Your Research Day!          Do it your way!

We hope you can make it . . .         Meet us at the Library . . .


AGS Genealogy Research Days Coordinators:
Pat Eker,  345-9161,  d-eker@swcp.com
Lynda Katonak,  898-5592,  LLKatonak@comcast.net
Ellabell Eker,  899-8404,  ellabell01@yahoo.com

Library Phone:  768-5131 (Genealogy Desk)

A Special Thanks to All of Our "Occasional Volunteers" helping patrons.

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Genealogy Research "Gems" from recent AGS sponsored programs


List of Genealogy related "URL's" from the October 10, 2012 Program, Courtesy of M. Dietz


Creating a Legacy: Writing and Publishing Family History  in .PDF format(1.7MB), September 10, 2014, presented by Rex Hopson, Dale Lawson, and Mike Blackledge.

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AGS Board Meetings

The AGS Board will meet in the First Floor Conference Room #2 on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:15 P.M. following the General Meeting.

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