Upcoming Events





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

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


Title:  Brick Wall Strategies

Speaker:  Marianne Eaton and panel of members

Description of Program:

All family historians experience the frustration of the brick walls in our research - those dead ends where we're sure there are clues to somewhere beyond but can't think how to find them.  What can we do?  We need to remember old techniques and add new ones to our bag of research tricks.  Marianne and other AGS members will share their brick walls as well as their breakthroughs.  Their experiences may be just the help you need.

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

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

Title:   I Did My DNA - Now What?

Speaker:  John Farris, AGS member and resident DNA expert

Description of Program:

Many of us who have now had our DNA tested are wondering what the results mean and how they can help in our research.  How can we improve our chances of connecting with others who share the same DNA?  How can DNA results from different testing companies be compared?  What can you learn from your deep roots?  Can the ethnicity percentages be trusted? Why are there differences between results from several companies?  Our resident DNA expert John Farris will show examples of results from each type of DNA testing, and tell us what we can learn and do with these results.

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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, Ph.D will talk about the Celts, their crafts, jewelry, migration, and influence on our present day life.
Also John Ferris will talk about their DNA and how often it is found in our DNA today.


NOTE:  As more details become available they will be posted here.


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 Tuesdays of the Month Starting in . . .


"Research Days for 2017"

April 25, 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 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

General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Huguenot Interest Group

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

New Netherlands/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:
Lynda Katonak,  898-5592,  LLKatonak@comcast.net
Pat Eker,  345-9161,  d-eker@swcp.com

Library Phone:  768-5131 (Genealogy Desk)

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

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Special Notification for a Research Trip Scheduled in 2017!

April 4, 2017 through April 11, 2017       Allen County Genealogical Library
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Since many members of AGS indicated interest in a Research Trip to the Allen Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, a trip has been arranged!

This library is one of the best genealogical libraries in the world.  It is the institution that created the PERSI index, and it has most of the publications available to researchers.  Our group made trips in previous years and were thrilled with the scope of research available and the things that they were able to find on their ancestors.  Many of the library's holdings are unavailable anywhere else in the world.

Here are the latest details about this research trip:

Rooms are available at the

Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown At Grand Wayne Convention Center
1150 South Harrison Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
Phone 1-866-704-6163

Single or double rate is $l09.00 + 14% tax.  Reference the group code "AGS".  Ten rooms will be held until March 1, 2017.

Reservations:  Make reservations directly through this link at the Marriott Hotel 

The hotel is two blocks from the library.  There is a Dunkin Donuts within the library building and various eating places within easy walking distance.  Other than a gas station mart, there is no additional shopping within walking distance.  The hotel shuttle can be booked for trips based on availability.

Airline Reservations:
American, Delta and United fly into Fort Wayne and reservations can now be made for arriving April 4 and returning April 11, 2017 but seats are very limited at the lowest fare which was $392 round trip as of Sunday, May 15 on American.

Reservation deadline:  Book by March 1, 2017.  Check-in April-4, 2017  Check-out April 11, 2017.

Everyone is responsible for their own transportation to Fort Wayne.  There is no charge for the hotel shuttle to and from the airport, BUT.  it must be reserved 24-hours in advance and you must provide your name, flight number, time of arrival/departure and cell phone number.  Tipping is at your discretion.  If driving, there is also public parking across from the library or in the library underground at $8.00 maximum per day.

Check the Genealogy Center online at the Allen County Library Website and under the heading of "Research" click on "Genealogy"

Heritage Quest and PERSI are available online to search in advance through the Bernalillo County Library System with your library card.  See librarian for details.  There is also a PDF of an article on the Allen County Library available on request.

Program Contact:  Sharon Hagenbuck . Please contact her and let her know that you plan to attend and for any other information/questions.

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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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