The Excitement is Building!

No, we’re not talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Awards Luncheon being held Saturday, December 12 in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas! Map

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Who has our President chosen to receive a Special Award? What local organization will be recognized for its contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history?

Please join us to honor our awards recipients. Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

 

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.

Recognition categories:

Volunteer of the Year
Heritage Preservation Award
Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award
Award of Merit
President’s Special Award
Award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith
DSG 2015 Writing Contest winners

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The Society will also launch its celebration of our 60th Anniversary year at the Luncheon!

African American Genealogical Interest Group meets this Saturday, November 21

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogical Interest Group will hold its November meeting on Saturday the 21st from 2 pm to 4:45 pm in the West Room on the 1st floor of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

tiersThe AAGIG discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community including census research, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, NARA combined military records of the U.S. Colored Troops, Plantation Slave records, Slave schedules and other records that provide information for this special area of genealogy research. Expert researchers and speakers make presentations on Slavery, customs, tradition, state laws, and the techniques and methods used in their research.

Contact the AAGIG.

Who Will Be Honored With the DGS Award of Merit this Year? The Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award?

To discover the answer, please join us at the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Awards Luncheon being held Saturday, December 12 in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map

Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.

Recognition categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year 
  • Heritage Preservation Award
  • Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award
  • Award of Merit
  • President’s Special Award
  • award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith
  • winners of the DSG 2015 Writing Contest

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The Society will also launch its celebration of our 60th Anniversary year at the Luncheon!

PROGRAM UPDATE – DNA Interest Group meets Thursday, November 19

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Interest Group will hold its November meeting this Thursday the 19th from 6 pm – 7:30 pm in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

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The purpose of the DNA Interest Group is to explore the use of DNA as a genealogical tool. The goal is to help members understand and incorporate current DNA testing strategies and standards into their personal genealogy.

 

DIG leader Mic Barnette will lead a discussion of the following topics at the November meeting:

  • News from the recent educational conference in Houston sponsored by Family Tree DNA for Administrators of FTDNA DNA Projects
  • Save using the FTDNA Holiday DNA sale prices plus coupons
  • Discussion of changes at both 23andMe and Ancestry DNA companies

Anyone interested in DNA as a genealogical search strategy is invited to participate.

Jewish SIG meets Wednesday, November 18

Please join the Jewish Special Interest Group at their November meeting this Wednesday the 18th from 10 am to 1 pm in the McDermott Room on the 8th floor of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

secureLearn the terminology of the Jewish faith and race, and the various methods for researching these families. Emphasis is on cultural differences (from other races and creeds) which may require alternative genealogical research methods and records from those usually employed. Domestic (United States) and international aspects are both explored.

Members bring research problems and successes to each meeting for group discussion.

The Jewish SIG leader is Liz Kutz.

DGS 2015 Awards Luncheon, Saturday, December 12, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library

Join us to honor those who have contributed to the genealogical community and to begin the celebration of our 60th anniversary!

The Awards Luncheon will be in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map.

Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.

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People and organizations will be recognized in several categories: Volunteer of the Year, Heritage Preservation Award, Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award, Award of Merit, President’s Special Award, award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith, and winners of our 2015 Writing Contest.

 

To review past winners of our awards, link here.

This is a great way to kick off the holiday season, meet old friends and make new ones.

 

DGS Technology SIG meets Thursday, November 5

When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2015
Where: 5th Floor Hamon room, J Erik Jonsson Central Public Library  Map

metadata graphicThe presentation is “Research and Publishing – Using Word Processors.” Word Processors are the basic tool for planning, recording and publishing your research results and a great way to share. But are you using this tool in the most effective way? We will explore word processors in Google Docs – Docs, One Drive – Online Word, Microsoft Office Word, and WordPerfect Office Suite. We will also look at genealogy specific forms for word processors and how PDF documents can be created in a word processor.

Those of you who are able to attend in person can join the group at the usual location: the 5th floor Hamon room at the Dallas Public Library. For those of you who cannot join us in person you can still be part of the evening from home or wherever you happen to be at the time by joining the conversation using our GoTo Meeting account (note that we are limited to 25 users).

GoTo meeting is a web based tool that will allow you to see whatever the presenter shows the in-person audience on his/her PC. It also has an audio bridge and your choice of using your telephone or your PC’s microphone and speaker (actually a headset works better).

You will need to download some software (it’s free), and works on just about any type of PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

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Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
URL:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877.  Access code: 270-215-877
There also is an audio only phone number: Use this if you run into trouble getting connected: +1 (224) 501-3412 with the same Access Code: 270215877.

It usually takes a few minutes to get the software downloaded and to start the session so the presenter will start the GoTo meeting at 5:40 to give you a chance to get things up and working before the meeting starts at 6:00.

November Meeting Speaker-George W. Bush Presidential Library Director

“The Presidential Libraries and the George W. Bush Presidential Center” is our program topic for our next General Meeting.  The Society meets this Saturday, November 7, in the first floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map. Hospitality time begins at 10:30 am. The general meeting starts at 11:00 am followed shortly after by our program.

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Alan Lowe, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, will speak about his career with the National Archives and the role of the Presidential libraries. He will give in-depth information on the mission of and plans for the George W. Bush Library  on the campus of SMU. Mr. Lowe will provide details on the facility and the many resources and programs that the Library provides.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Please join us to hear Mr. Lowe.

DGS Earns 2 Awards from Texas State Genealogical Society

At the closing banquet of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference on October 31, the Dallas Genealogical Society was honored with two awards.

  • First Place – Web site for a Partner Society.  “The purpose… is to promote genealogy and history on the world wide web, sharing information and servicing our global communities; …criteria will include web site design, navigation, contents, and customization.”
  • Volunteer of the Year = DGS President Tony Hanson. Judging criteria include genealogical or historical research and service to the society, the community, and the local or genealogical library.

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DGS congratulates our Webmaster Todd DeDecker on the Web Site Award; we are very grateful for the tremendous amount of time, effort and skill that was put forth to achieve this by Todd and several others in the Society.

It is a pleasure to see that our President’s dedication and service to DGS has been recognized at the state level with this Volunteer of the Year honor.

The first place award in the Web site category includes a $100 gift to DGS. The Volunteer of the Year award includes a $50 gift to the winner plus $50 to the partner society who nominated the recipient.

You can view images of these (and previous awards) on our ‘Awards Received‘ page.

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