Upcoming Events






Program for Wednesday,  June 14, 2017 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Research in Pennsylvania

Speaker:  Victoria Sullivan and Lynda Katonak, AGS members

Description of Program:

Many early European immigrants to colonial America arrived in the port of Philadelphia and began their American experience there.  What records did they leave behind?  Where are the best repositories of Pennsylvania records?  Where did later-generation Pennsylvanians go from there?  Victoria and Lynda have done much Pennsylvania research and will give us some suggestions for finding our people who were there.

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Program for Wednesday,  July 12, 2017 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  7 Things to Know about Publishing Your Family History

Speakers:  Mike Blackledge, Family history compiler and AGS member

Description of Program:

There is an old saying:  "No job is complete until the paperwork is done".  We genealogists enjoy doing research and collecting records of past generations, yet only about half of us have published our findings.  Mike Blackledge has been instrumental in compiling, editing, and publishing two books and a CD on his family history, and has a third book underway.  He has learned at least seven tricks/techniques that can help all of us.  This talk will both inspire and motivate you - or he will refund your investment.

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Program for Wednesday,  August 9, 2017 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Summer Stories and Book Sale

Speaker:  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.  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 our annual Book Sale.  Don't miss it!

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There will be NO REGULAR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, September 13, 2017

This SPECIAL All-Day Seminar on Saturday, September 23, 2017 will be from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  at the

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



NOTE: This is a special PAID Seminar at $30.00 for AGS members and $35.00 for non-members.


Maya Sutton, PhD, will discuss the origin of the Celts, their migration patterns and vibrant mythology. She will talk about their sacred sites, social classes, and enduring crafts. A lunchtime activity will explore the influence of the Celts on our present-day life. Dr. Sutton has taught Celtic mythology and history at UNM for many years. She has dual citizenship with Ireland, and has traveled in Celtic homelands a dozen times to gather material for her courses and books.
Our very own John Farris will talk about Celtic DNA and how often it is found in our DNA today. He has extensive DNA experience and has spoken to the Albuquerque Genealogy Society on "How DNA Tests Can Enrich Your Family History" and gave similar talks to the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Chapters of the SAR and at a Four Corners joint DAR/SAR meeting.

IMPORTANT:  If you are planning to attend this seminar, you will need to download this FLYER in .PDF format that contains a required "Pre-Registration Form" to be sent to AGS by September 8, 2017 and received by September 11, 2017.

All proceeds will be used to enhance the genealogical library in the Albuquerque Main Library.

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Program for Wednesday,  October 11, 2017 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title:  Blogs and Webinars

Speaker:  Luanne Chowning, AGS Member

Description of Program: 

There's lots of useful new stuff showing up at regular intervals on the Internet, if you know where to look.  You don't even have to be a techie to get involved.  Many people with special interests are posting their new knowledge in Blogs.  Webinars can provide instruction in a myriad of topics of interest to genealogists.  Luanne Chowning keeps up with these options for learning and will share her experiences with us.

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Program for Wednesday,  November 8, 2017 (10:30 A.M. to Noon)  at the

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

Title: Stories of Our Veterans

Speaker:  Michael Dietz, Genealogist and AGS Member

Description of Program:

Our Veterans' Day programs have become so popular that we want to repeat them.  Volunteer speakers have provided many insights into the experiences of our veteran ancestors.  Michael will be our leader again this year.  Since this is about and for veterans, we invite members and guests to bring photographs, artifacts, and stories of your ancestors in uniform as we remember and honor those who served.

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Program for Wednesday,  December 13, 2017 (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 during the party time.  We love to end the year on a high note!

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Beginner Genealogy Classes


Saturday Mornings from 10:30 AM to Noon
Main Library, Albuquerque, NM - 2nd Floor
501 Copper NW (Corner of 5th & Copper NW)
768-5131


June 3, 2017 - Where and how to begin, fill out Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets, and why you use them.

June 10, 2017 - Censuses, how to find and use them.

June 17, 2017 - How to search online and how to evaluate what you find there.

June 24, 2017 - Software can help your search and keep track of what you find.

All classes are FREE and open to the public!

Facilitator: Victoria Sullivan - 2nd floor, Genealogy Computer Lab


Note:  The Genealogy Center is located on the 2nd level of the Main Library.
Parking in the Very Special Arts Parking Garage at the corner of 5th and Copper is free for a two hour period when the parking stub is validated at the Library.

Contact Information:  Victoria Sullivan   by e-mail.

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AGS Research Days               (The last Tuesday of the month)


"Research Days for 2017"

May 30, 2017
June 27, 2017
July 25, 2017
August 29, 2017
September 26, 2017
October 31, 2017
November 28, 2017
(No Research Day in December 2017)
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Special Collections Genealogy Center

2nd Floor, Albuquerque 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")


There are experienced researchers available to assist you
in the following areas of investigation


Revolutionary War Ancestors
Mayflower Descendants
Huegenot Society
Scandinavian Research
German Research
Hispanic Research
Using the Internet for Research
Using DNA in Genealogy Research

Irish Research Group meets at 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Come and Go on your schedule. . .       No set schedule . . .

Come early for coffee and sharing at Al's Big Dipper . . .

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

Meet us at the Library!


AGS Genealogy Research Days Coordinators:
Lynda Katonak,  903-9372,  LLKatonak@swcp.net
Marian Eaton,  833-3991,  eaton.thmas@comcast.net

Library Phone:  768-5131 (Genealogy Desk)

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


Using Evernote to Improve Your Research  in .PDF format(74.5KB), March 11, 2015, presented by Kerry Scott.


Digital Research at Zimmerman  in .PDF format(42.6KB), August 12, 2015, presented by Mark Emmons.


Using Old Newspapers to Bring Families to Life  in .PDF format(123.8KB), September 9, 2015, presented by Karen Jones and Michael Blackledge.


Four .PDF Hand-outs from David A. Fryxell's Program on May 14, 2016:
Best European Sites  (71.8KB)     The Power of Names  (65.3KB)    Published Genealogies  (54.0KB)
Search Strategies  (43.6KB)


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   in .PDF format(59.7KB)
Lists & Indexes Worksheets for Genealogical Estate Planning  in .DOC format(43KB)
This file can be edited.
Generic Genealogical WILL  in .DOC format(18.4KB)This file can be edited.


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


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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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