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.
We welcome contributions from anyone who is researching Austins, and we offer our members the assistance of our expert genealogists.
We make our data freely available for non-profit use by all Austin researchers.
Voting is underway for the membership to approve the Bylaws changes proposed by the Board. Each AFAOA member is entitled to one vote. Voting ends January 5, 2022.
There are three ways to cast your ballot:
1) Vote online. Click on the online ballot
. You need to login before clicking the link.
2) Fill in an electronic ballot
and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be able to edit a Word document to do this.
3) Download and print a paper ballot
and mail it to the AFAOA Secretary.
Where Shall We Go?
Voting is now underway to determine which city will host AFAOA's 80th Anniversary Conference. Our candidates are Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas. Each member is entitled to one vote. The Annual Conference
page has more details. For more information, please contact Conference Chairman Elizabeth Neithamer at email@example.com
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. (See the list below.) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that our Database has a separate login from our Members Only area.
For more information on our Database, click here.
Have Austin Information to Share?
If you have any information on Austins to share with us, please contact our genealogist Carol R. Austin at email@example.com
We will try to help you find your place in our Austin lines.
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.
For membership questions, please email Membership Chairman Alice Austin Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions related to the Austin-Austen DNA Project, please email DNA Coordinator Art Sikes at Y-DNA@afaoa.org
For technical assistance with the website or database, please email the Webmaster at email@example.com