Dallas Public Library Renovating 7th Floor

The Texas /Dallas History & Archives Division on the 7th floor will be closed for renovation starting Monday, March 2, 2015. Beginning Monday, April 20th, the division will have a limited selection of Dallas reference materials available on the first floor of the library. The remainder of the collection and exhibits (including the Declaration of Independence and Shakespeare’s First Folio) will be inaccessible until the 7th floor is reopened.

The 7th floor will reopen in summer 2016 with a new look that will include an updated reading room, built-in display cases, a fine books gallery, improved meeting spaces, and more.

Read more about the project on the DPL’s web site.

Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Spring Lecture Focuses on DNA

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce its Spring Lecture to be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, “Genetic Genealogy Analysis and Tools; a Step Beyond the Beginner Level”.

Did your last lecture on DNA leave you with more questions than answers? Then please join us for a full day with noted professional genealogist Debbie Parker Wayne. Her presentations will review the basics as well as give you real-life analysis of DNA testing results.


  • Genetic Genealogy Today: Review and Updates: A brief review of genetic genealogy basics such as the inheritance patterns of each type of DNA used for genealogy. This includes an introduction to some of the tools to be illustrated in later sessions.
  • Genetic Genealogy Company Comparisons: Information on how to choose a DNA testing company, the pros and cons of each company’s offerings, and the tests available today.
  • Tools and Applications for mtDNA: Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze mitochondrial DNA (passed along the matrilineal line).
  • Tools and Applications for Y-DNA: Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze Y-DNA (passed along the patrilineal line).
  • Tools and Applications for atDNA : Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze autosomal DNA (inherited through all ancestral lines).

Program details and registration instructions are on our web site – dallasgenealogy.org.

Debbie Wayne’s web site – debbiewayne.com.

DGS 2015 Writing Contest

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that its 2015 Writing Contest is open for entries. This is the third year that the Society has sponsored this contest which comes with cash prizes.

The contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS as well as amateurs and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted January 1 through April 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. In 2014, our journal was awarded 1st Place, Category VI (Official Periodicals of Partner Societies / Journals) by the Texas State Genealogical Society.

While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, subject matter for the competition may range beyond the local geographic area. Articles may include:

  • advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
  • family histories and genealogies, particularly those linked to North Texas, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • transcriptions, abstracts or indexes of record groups (including family records) not yet filmed or digitized that relate to Dallas or North Texas
  • ethnic, house, or military histories related to Dallas and surrounding counties

Complete Rules and Guidelines are available at: http://www.dallasgenealogy.org/Info/Guidelines.pdf.

Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to: editorial@dallasgenealogy.org.

Online Security and You

The news has been packed with stories recently about high profile security breaches. Chances are you have been affected personally: if not, there is a very good chance you will be affected soon by the next one.

You can gain some insight into how and why this is happening and, more importantly, what you can do to minimize your changes of being affected. Check out this months Technology Special Interest Group presentation by DGS webmaster Tony Hanson on Personal Digital Security… The January 8 presentation will be recorded and made available on the Technology SIG web page soon.

2014 Annual Awards Luncheon

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:30am – 2pm
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
O’Hara Room, 7th floor
1515 Young Street, Dallas, Texas 75201


The Dallas Genealogical Society invites members and their guests to join the Board in honoring this year’s recipients. The Awards Committee will present the honorees in our four categories.

Award of Merit – a DGS member who has consistently contributed time, talent, expertise, and abilities to the Society over a period of years.

Heritage Preservation Award – an individual, group, or organization in recognition of contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history.

Lloyd Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – an individual for outstanding contributions to the genealogical community on a national level.

Volunteer of the Year – a member who has generously volunteered time, expertise, talents, and abilities to the Society during the previous year to the extent to make that member stand out and draw attention.

The Awards Luncheon is free to current members, but reservations are required. Members may bring guest(s) at a cost of $15.00 each. The meal will be catered by Bakers Ribs. Their holiday menu for us: turkey, ham, dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, peach and apple cobbler.

Register online (by 4 Dec) if you have a DGS Member Account (www.dallasgenealogy.org) and use a credit card to pay for guests or mail the reservation below (postmarked by 4 Dec) to DGS, P.O. Box 12446, Dallas, Texas 75225-0446. Please Include check or money order for guests.

Home Networking Video Now Available

The Technology SIG meets on the first Thursday of each month for presentations on a variety of technology related topics of interest to our members. These sessions are being recorded and available to the public to view on our YouTube Channel.

See the Technology SIG web page to view the presentations that are now available (and those that will be made in the upcoming months), which includes the November presentation on Home Networking.

Organizing Your Files

The focus of the October 2 Technology Special Interest Group meeting will be on organizing all of the digital files and images associated with your genealogical research. Webmaster Tony Hanson will present ideas for organizing and naming your files and demonstrate how you can associate metadata (descriptive information) with your photographs and images.

These are important steps to follow in your overall effort to preserve your digital files and make them available to future researchers. This theme will be picked up again in the December 2 meeting when we complete our Archiving discussion.

All of this years Technology SIG presentations are being recorded and will be available for anybody to view… if you missed last months presentation on Backing Up Your Data you can view it on our YouTube Channel. Full information about the meeting and the group can be found on the  Technology SIG web page.

Access to Records

Our ability to conduct genealogical research is dependent on having access to historical records, both public and private. All of us should be aware of, and actively supporting, efforts to preserve that access.

Those of you from the North Texas area will have an opportunity to learn about adoption records at our October 4 General meeting when Connie Gray, the Texas representative of the American Adoption Congress, founder of Texas Adoptive Rights, and an adoptee, will present One Person, Two Birth Certificates; The History of Adoption and Birth Certificates in the State of Texas”, a historical overview of adoption practices and amended birth certificates in Texas.

You should also be aware of the FGS Records Preservation and Access committee… Here is their Mission Statement:

To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.”

Learn more at their web site: http://www.fgs.org/rpac