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The archival holdings of the AFAOA began with the research efforts of Edith Austin Moore as she searched for her Austin ancestors. From 1922 until her death in 1979 Edith compiled a collection of Austin genealogies and research data and eventually produced books or manuscripts on eight Austin lines. To further her Austin research, in 1942 Edith and her brother, Henry Warner Austin, founded the Austin Family Association, which later became the Austin Families Association of America. Janet Austin Curtis continued her work, followed by Bonnie Austin Bigolin from 1990 to 2001, and Liz Austin Carlin since then.

We currently have 70 databases representing over 139,000 individuals who are either surnamed Austin, have married an Austin, or are children of an Austin. Our databases are updated regularly. Since we first posted our data online in 1991, we have made our data freely available for non-commercial use by everyone.


  • 2011 - AFGS research data preserved by AFAOA and made available for research on this web site.
  • 2010 - New website operating software implemented.
  • 2003 - Austin-Austen DNA Project funding jointly sponsored with AFGS.
  • 1998 - Some Descendants of Richard Austin of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1638 published.
  • 1995 - AFAOA genealogy web site created.
  • 1991 - AFAOA Computer Project begun.

AFAOA is dedicated to preserving and continuing Austin research. We invite you to join us! If you are interested in Austin research please consider supporting the work of AFAOA by becoming a member.


Why is the Austin Families Association of America requiring all users to register themselves? That’s a valid question! The simple explanation is that we no longer have a choice. We are obligated to protect personal and family user data as well as the data provided by researchers. Unfortunately, internet bots, also known as web robots or simply bots, are software applications that run automated tasks (scripts) over the Internet to collect data. Some of these internet bots attempt to steal or ‘mine’ data from genealogy sites. Requiring user registration gives us a defense against such practice. We apologize for the inconvenience. You can be assured that we will never charge for the use of our website.

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