Thursday & Friday, September 25 & 26
— Early arrival activities — Friday evening social hour.
Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28
— Speakers and workshop time — Sunday evening banquet.
Convention Hotel: Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI
Convention Rate: $109 per night. Included are a hot breakfast buffet, free Internet in rooms, free parking and free shuttle service to and from T. F. Green Airport (2.32 miles from the hotel).
Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms, reserved for September 26–28, will be held until August 27.
The convention rate will also apply three days before and three days after the convention, on a space available basis. Reservations made after August 27 will be on a space available basis at the prevailing room rate.
Hotel reservations can be made online at www.CrowneHotelWarwick.com using the three letter group code of AUS. The hotel reservations department can be reached at 401-732-6000 or call the satellite office at 800-347-0330. Be sure to ask for the "Austin Families Association Convention" group rate.
The convention registration fee is $70 per person, which includes all
meetings, materials, the Friday social hour and the Sunday night banquet. The fee is $45 per person for family or friends who wish to attend only the social hour and banquet.
Registration forms, with checks payable to AFAOA,
should be sent to the Convention Registrar:
Lois Cody, 336 Pleasant Hill Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45215.
Download Registration Form
Please send your registration form as soon as possible! The sooner we know how many of you will attend, for how many days, and what you are interested in doing, the better we can plan.
Rhode Island is the smallest state, but full of history. Providence is its capitol and largest city. Its official name, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, came from the merger of two settlements in 1644. Providence Plantations was the name of the settlement started in 1637 by Roger Williams in the area now known as the City of Providence; Rhode Island Colony was founded near present day Newport.
There were many Austins in the Colony of Rhode Island. In 1661 Robert Austin resided at "Kings Towne," located between Providence and Newport; his sons also settled in the area south of Providence. There were other early Rhode Island Austins — including Edward, the ancestor of Edith Austin Moore.
In 1722 Kings Towne was split into two parts — North Kingstown and South Kingstown. North Kingstown included the areas of earliest settlement. In 1742 Exeter was formed out of the western regions of North Kingstown.
Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west and Massachusetts to the north and east. These three states, forming "lower New England", were the original locations in America of some of our major Austin lines: John of New Haven CT, John of Stamford CT, Richard of Charlestown MA, Samuel of Boston MA, as well as Robert of Rhode Island. These areas are less than a two hour drive from Providence and are convenient for further exploration while you are in the area.
There are many reasons to attend the convention.
Austins have fun together! Enjoy meeting and reuniting with "cousins", who share your interest in family history; hear interesting speakers; get personal help with your research and give help to others. Spend several days before or after the weekend exploring this unique area. "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.