Monthly Presentation

We host an open General Meeting and monthly presentation on the second Tuesday of the month. We are currently meeting at Casa Chapala.  

Date: Tuesday September 10, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Arrive early to visit or get tech help from members, and to place your food and beverage order before the meeting starts. The Help Desk will be available from 6pm to 7pm to answer your questions and help with device and software problems.

Our Featured Program

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Our presention will be given by Craig Gowens on “Online Searching for Genealogical Records”

When building your family tree, one of the most basic and important pieces of researching your genealogy is documenting the names of your relatives and basic information about them, such as their birth, marriage, death and burial information. But where do you find this information? In years past, finding these basic facts could mean a trip to a cemetery or a specialized genealogy library, consulting a difficult to understand index to find what microfilm roll you needed, loading a roll of microfilm into a bulky reader and scrolling through endless pages to find the entry you want, hoping you could read the archaic 19th or 18th century script recording the information. Today, however, searches that used to take all day can be done in minutes in the many online databases and family history research websites allowing you to perform highly specific searches, finding transcribed documents and images of the originals. We will look at a few of these helpful websites that can set you on the path of documenting your family history.

CapMac member Craig Gowens will be giving the presentation at our Sept. 10 meeting via FaceTime from his home in Seattle area. He was a stalwart on the CapMac Board until his move to the Pacific Northwest in April 2018.

Craig has been researching and documenting his own family history for over 30 years, in the beginning helping his father search through microfilmed census records that are now fully available online, piecing together a family tree that now contains over 60,000 individuals and traces his roots back over four centuries in some cases.

Prior to moving, Craig led CapMac’s Genealogy SIG for several years. He has been a featured speaker for SIGs of the Austin, Williamson County, and Seattle Genealogical Societies and at the general meeting of the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society where he now serves on the Board.

There will be the usual, useful Help Desk available to answer technical questions between 6 – 7pm.Prior to the program, members can visit plus order dinner and beverages.

NEW Location: Casa Chapala restaurant
(https://www.casachapala.com/)
9041 Research Blvd, Ste 100,
Austin, Texas 78758
Coordinates:  Lat:30.373409, Lon:-97.725594

Map Links: 
APPLE MAPS - http://tinyurl.com/ycpr3van
GOOGLE MAPS - http://tinyurl.com/yau2veft

How to Get There: NE corner of Burnet and 183 right across Hwy 183 from Sherlocks.  Turn right after coming in the front door and ask in which room CapMac is meeting.