2023 Austin Families Association Conference
Wednesday & Thursday, October 11th & 12th
Early arrival activities • Thursday evening Social Hour
Friday & Saturday, October 13th & October 14th
Speakers and workshops • Saturday evening Dinner
Come join your Austin friends and cousins in Austin, Texas this Fall! Austin has excellent research facilities, especially for Texas records. If you don’t have ancestors who “went to Texas” the State Library has a good selection of materials as well. Research isn’t the only reason to attend an Austin conference. Part reunion, part informational speakers and research, and part simply enjoying the city chosen as our host, this conference is an event many of us look forward to every year. Enjoy meeting and reuniting with your Austin “cousins” and those who share your interest in family history. Early arrival activities will be planned based on the interests of the attendees, so be sure to make comments and suggestions on your registration form. We hope to see you soon in Austin!
Hilton Garden Inn Austin NW/Arboretum
11617 Research Boulevard, Austin, TX 78759
The Hilton Garden Inn Austin NW/Arboretum is off I-183 and Loop 1, with easy access to shopping and dining, and is 18 minutes from the Texas capitol and downtown area. The conference room rate for Standard Rooms is $140 single/double occupancy and includes a complimentary breakfast buffet. Rooms include a mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and Wi-Fi. There is an on-site restaurant and lobby bar, and parking is complimentary.
A block of rooms has been reserved, at the conference rate, for the nights of Wednesday, October 11th through Saturday, October 14th . The conference rate will be honored 1 day before and 1 day after the official event dates of October 11th – 14th. Reservations must be made by September 18th or before the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis, so make your reservations early!!
Making a reservation is easy. Simply use this special link and input your desired dates.
The conference registration fee is $120 per person, which includes Friday and Saturday speakers and workshops, the Thursday social hour and the Saturday night dinner. The fee is $60 per person for those who wish to attend only the social hour and dinner.
There are two ways to register:
1. Print the 2023 Conference Registration Form and send your registration form, with a check payable to AFAOA, to the Conference Registrar: Austin Families Association, P.O. Box 494813, Redding, CA 96049.
2. Register online: Go to the Conference Registration page. (Members should login first; this will pre-fill your information.) If you register and pay your registration fee online, we ask that you send an email to the Conference Chairman telling us your earliest known Austin ancestors, your arrival date, and your interest in early arrival activities.
See you there!
Austin, the capital of Texas, is a growing city on the Colorado River, established in 1835 when Texas won its independence from Mexico. The pink granite Texas State Capitol soars over the city. Nearby is the Bob Bullock History Museum with interactive exhibits.
Visit the grave of Stephen Fuller Austin, “The Father of Texas”, in the Texas State Cemetery. Nearby is the oldest wooden structure in Austin, the French Legation, built by the French as a diplomatic outpost during the Republic of Texas period, 1835-1845. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum has collections centered on this period. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
The University of Texas is home to 17 libraries and museums, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, the Briscoe Center for American History and the Blanton Museum of Art.
For research, the Texas State Library holds a variety of Texas government records, including Republic of Texas Pass- ports, the Index to Confederate Pension Applications, newspapers on microfilm and the 1897 Voters’ Registration, as well as printed family and county histories and city directories. It also has a good selection of materials for other states. The Texas General Land Office, established in 1837, archives land grant records and maps dating to the 18th century.