Welcome to the AFAOA Website!
The Austin Families Association of America is the premiere organization researching Austins (including all variant spellings) who immigrated to America. We were founded in 1942 by Edith Austin Moore and her brother Henry Warner Austin to bring Austin researchers together.
Our data is available for non-profit use by all Austin researchers. We welcome contributions from anyone who is researching Austins, and we offer our members the assistance of our expert genealogists. If you have any questions, please contact our genealogist, Carol R. Austin, at email@example.com. We will help you find your place in our Austin lines.
Where Shall We Go?
Voting is now underway to determine which city will host AFAOA's Annual Conference. Our candidates are Fort Wayne, Indiana and Austin, Texas. Each membership is entitled to one vote. The Annual Conference
page has more details. For more information, please contact Conference Chairman Elizabeth Neithamer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcing AFAOA's Partnership with ACPL
AFAOA has entered into a partnership with Allen County Public Library of Fort Wayne, Indiana. ACPL's Genealogy Center is in the process of scanning and digitizing AFAOA's entire collection of correspondence, reasearch, and notebooks dating back to AFAOA's founding in 1942. This material will be made available to researchers around the world. It also ensures that AFAOA's priceless archive will be preserved in perpetuity.
ACPL is already displaying many of AFAOA's special digital collections. We encourage you to visit (and bookmark) the AFAOA collection home page. More items will be added as the scanning process progresses. all items will also be visible using the ACPL-Genealogy Center's main search box.
About the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for the Northeastern Indiana community and the entire genealogical community at large. They have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Their staff specializes in genealogy and is always available to help.
The Genealogy Center
Allen County Public Library
P. O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, IN 46801
Volunteer Database Editors Needed - Will You Help?
Due to a severe shortage of volunteers to maintain AFAOA's 69 Austin family databases, a difficult, but necessary, decision has been made to deactivate 43 of those databases. To see the list, click Deactivated Databases. They will remain accessible to the public on the AFAOA website, but they will no longer be updated and there will be no one to answer queries on these family lines. They will remain inactive until volunteers step forward to adopt them and become their Editor.
The functions of an Editor include: serving as custodian of the database, answering queries, and making verified on-line additions and corrections. Some on-line research might be required–using census records, Find-a-Grave or Family History pages, etc. People skills and some basic familiarization with the TNG software program will be needed and can be easily learned. An AFAOA handbook for Editors is available to be your guide. You will learn by doing. An effort level of about 3 hours per week is anticipated… a bit more should you volunteer for multiple databases.
Are you willing to help? Would you be willing to adopt one, or more, of these databases?
If you are interested in genealogy, the preservation of Austin family history and the future of AFAOA, then please consider this request. It would be a good way to get involved with the workings of a great organization, and perform an essential and appreciated service.
For more information, please contact AFAOA's Volunteer Coordinator John Clinard at email@example.com.
Database Login vs. Members Only Login
Our AFAOA Database has a separate login from our Members Only area.
The AFAOA Database contains all the information about the Austin family lines, such as family group sheets, pedigree charts, ancestor charts, etc. and is where you should start the search for your Austin ancestors. Although anyone can use the database for their personal family research, you must first register online for a new user account and create a password to access the database. To register for a new user account and database access, click Request Access. If you have already registered and been granted access, click Database Login. For more information about the database itself, click here.
The Members Only area contains additional information which is only available to AFAOA members. This includes access to the most recent newsletters, access to the current AFAOA membership list so you can contact specific individuals with research questions, access to the forums where you can discuss anything related to Austin genealogy, and access to various organization documents. Additionally, you can be secure in the knowledge that you are helping preserve this website and its contents for future individuals.
The Forums Are Live!
Members, have you visited our Forums page yet? You'll find the link under the Members Only tab. Help your fellow Austins by answering their queries. Post your own queries. This is a benefit of membership, and a great chance to connect with fellow Austin researchers while we can't meet in person.
Austin Help Worldwide
AFAOA is the premiere organization for researching Austins who emigrated from Europe to the United States and Canada. For Austins who remained in Europe, or emigrated to Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, please also visit Austen.one-name.net, which is run by Guild of One Name Studies and AFAOA member Brian Austen of Tasmania, Australia.
Do You Have Questions?
Please use the following links to contact us via email.
Austin-Austen Y-DNA Project: email Y-DNA Coordinator, Art Sikes, Y-DNA@afaoa.org
Austin Autosomal-DNA Project: email at-DNA Coordinator, John Clinard, at-DNA@afaoa.org
Technical Assitance with Website or Database: email the Webmaster, Joy Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org