Austin Genealogical Society Hosts Distinguished Genealogist J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Noted Speaker to Discuss Genealogy Research Strategies at Mini-Seminar

The Austin Genealogical Society is pleased to present J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, as the speaker for the society’s next mini-seminar, to be held October 20, 2012, in Austin, Texas. The society’s popular mini-seminars, held twice each year, feature nationally recognized genealogy speakers and attract family historians from around the state.

During this seminar, Mark will share his expertise on:

  •     My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for Your Rural Ancestor
  •     Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan
  •     Planning Around That Brick Wall
  •     Over the Mountain, Across the Plains … Using Electronic Records to Trace Our Ancestors

The seminar will be held at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas, 78759. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a break for lunch. The fee is $20 for AGS members and $25 for visitors if paid in advance; all registrations at the door will be $25. For more information, or to register, please visit

J. Mark Lowe, a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. He researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South and enjoys sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research.

Mr. Lowe serves as a coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and is director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance. He has worked on several popular genealogical TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are?, and has published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, among other respected journals. He is currently the vice-president of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society, and has previously served as president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and vice-president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

“Mark is a wonderful speaker, and this seminar is sure to help genealogists of all interests and skill levels become better researchers,” said Society President Sharon Foley. “If you’ve had a farmer in your family or have encountered a brick wall, you’ll want to make sure to attend.”

About the Austin Genealogical Society

Founded in 1960, the Austin Genealogical Society is devoted to advancing genealogy through wide-ranging research and education and to preserving the heritage of Austin, Travis County, and Texas. The society offers monthly meetings on a variety of family history topics, mini-seminars with leading genealogists, hands-on technology workshops, research trips to major repositories, and beginner classes for new researchers. Members also enjoy a monthly newsletter and an award-winning Quarterly. For more information, please visit the society’s website at

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