Thursday & Friday, October 24 & 25
Early arrival activities and Friday evening social hour.
Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27
Speakers and workshop time – Sunday evening banquet.
Convention Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Austin, 6505 IH-35 North (at the intersection with Hwy 290 East)
Convention Rate: $109 per night; $4 discounted self-parking; free Internet in rooms. This rate will also apply three days before and three days after the convention, subject to availability.
Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms has been reserved for October 25-27. This block will be held until October 4. For reservations call the hotel at 1-800-347-0330 and request the Austin Families Association Convention rate (Group code “AFC”). Reservations made after October 4 will be on a space available basis at the prevailing room rate. Or click the link below to make hotel reservations online:
Online Hotel Reservations
Convention Registration: 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 in 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.
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. Within walking distance is the Bob Bullock History Museum with interactive exhibits, artifacts, and IMAX Theatre. Visit Stephen Fuller Austin’s grave in tree shaded 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 Republic of Texas Museum houses collections centered on this period.
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 Passports, 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. The Texas General Land Office, established in 1837, archives land grant records and maps dating to the 18th century.
If you don’t have any ancestors who “went to Texas” the State Library has a good selection of materials for other states as well.
Not doing research? There are other reasons to attend the convention. Austins have fun together! Enjoy meeting and reuniting with your “cousins," who share your interest in family history. During the meetings and workshops on Saturday and Sunday 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 together. Outings for the “shoulder days” will be planned based on the interests of the attendees, so be sure to make comments and suggestions on your registration form.