DGS Brown Bag SIG Meets This Saturday, May 28

The May meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Brown Bag Special Interest Group is this Saturday, May 28 from 10:30am-noon on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 76201.

This SIG is for genealogists who want to learn advanced methodology skills and techniques. The group studies best practices, including using the Genealogical Proof Standard. If you have genealogical best practices as your goal, we invite you to join us. The meetings are free and open to the public.

This month’s program: Chapter 4 “Writing When Questions Remain” from the NEHGS book Guide to Genealogical Writing, pp. 29-31.

Leaders: Janet Khashab & Elizabeth “Liz” Kutz. eMail: brownbag@dallasgenealogy.org.

Brown Bag SIG

DGS African-American Interest Group Meets This Saturday, May 21

The May meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogical Interest Group is this Saturday, May 21 from 2pm-4:45pm on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

The 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.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Leader: Lois Lilly. AAGIG@dallasgenealogy.org.


DGS DNA SIG Meets This Thursday, May 19

The May monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Special Interest Group will be held this Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program: Jean Larson will talk about DNA tools, the DNAGedcom website and the Ancestry Helper tool developed by Jeff Snavely. Jean has attended the beginning DNA course at GRIP (Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburg), the advanced DNA course at SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) and the day-long workshop by Debbie Parker Wayne, sponsored by the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society. She will be participating in the Genetic Genealogy Tools & Techniques course at the Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University this summer.

Leader: Mic Barnette.  DNA@dallasgenealogy.org.


DGS Jewish SIG Meets This Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Jewish Special Interest Group May monthly meeting is this Wednesday, May 18 from 10am-1pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

For anyone with actual (or suspected) Jewish ancestral lines, learn 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.

Leader: Elizabeth “Liz” Kutz. eMail: jewishgen@dallasgenealogy.org.

Attendance is free and open to the public.

Jewish SIG

DGS Celebrated Its 60th Anniversary at May Monthly Meeting

The Dallas Genealogical Society hosted an anniversary party at its May 7, 2016 General Meeting, celebrating 60 years as a leader in Texas’s genealogy community. DGS was originally known as the Local History and Genealogical Society.

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DGS members Tony Hanson, Barbara Ware, Kathleen Murray, and Carolyn Davis presented DGS@60, a slideshow history of the Society that capsulized 60 years of our involvement in genealogy education, the collection and preservation of genealogical records, and support of the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library.

Highlights of the presentation included:

  • historical documents about our founding and our original members
  • workshops and institutes that we have sponsored over the decades, including DGS’s hosting of the 1997 Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference
  • records indexing and preservation activities, including local cemeteries and funeral homes, Dallas County records, and area church records
  • our publications over the decades – Newsletters, Quarterlies, Journal, and currently Pegasus; Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society
  • contributing partner to the University of North Texas Portal to Texas History
  • donation of over half a million dollars in money and materials to DPL

Lloyd Bockstruck (retired Head of the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library), Shirley Sloat (a former DGS President), Suzan Younger (major contributor to DGS cemetery projects and a previous DGS Secretary), and Ora Penn (former editor of the Dallas Journal and leader of the McGowan Funeral Home Project) contributed their reminiscences about important DGS projects and programs.

DGS President Tony Hanson announced that, in honor of our 60th Anniversary, DGS has created a history timeline on our website. You can also access it from our home page by clicking on the Time Line link under the Home tab.

After the history presentation, our Hospitality team Linda and Bob Lane honored us with three choices of home-made cake. Fantastic!

DGS Announces 2016 Writing Contest Winners

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces the winners of its 2016 Writing Contest. The Society is particularly pleased that the First Prize Winner tells the story behind the first DAR member to successfully use Y-DNA to prove a generational connection in the absence of other direct evidence. Other members have submitted Y-DNA in the past, but in those cases there was enough documentation that DNA was not needed.

First Prize $500: “A Case Study in Using DNA for DAR Membership: First Successful Application” by Ray Harriot.

Ray HarriottThis entry was submitted as an advanced methodology and case study, which per the Contest Rules is subject matter not limited by geography. Ray Harriot of Laurel, Maryland, has been doing genealogy for 21 years and often uses unconventional methods
inspired by his training as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst and reporter during the Vietnam War. He serves as historian of the Herriott Heritage Association and has been the editor of their newsletter for the past 20 years. He was the author of the Boy Scouts of America’s two bestselling campfire story books from 1995–2014—”Stories for Around the Campfire” and “More Stories for Around the Campfire”, and has also written two genealogical books based on his research—”Beyond Trabroun: The Heriots of Scotland from 1400–1700″ and “A Historical Perspective: The Heriot and Herriott Families of South Carolina”. He is the husband of Janice (Arsenault) Harriot and has three children and nine grandchildren.

Second Prize $300: “The Elusive Andrew Lyday, 1804–1849” by Jana Walker.

Jana Walker is a native Houstonian, with deep Texas roots that span five generations. She has a degree in communications fromDGS-JanaWalker2 3 May fr SC
the University of Houston. She spent the first part of her professional career at NASA/Johnson Space Center, working for its television contractor as a writer/producer/director. Now she teaches piano at her own private studio. In her spare time, she uses her research and writing skills to discover and document the stories of her ancestors to share with family members present and yet-to-be. Finding her family connections to Texas and American history has led her to become a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Third Prize $150: “Alice’s Looking Glass: Reflection on the Prussian Drahns to Texas” by Vicki Ayo.

Vicki Welch Ayo, a Texas native, now resides in southern California, close to her three grown sons, Matt, Nick, and Joey. She spent her early childhood years in the Houston area where she was immersed in the music revolution sweeping Houston during her teen years in the 1960s. As a high school graduate and after moving to California, Vicki attended Fullerton College in Fullerton, California, and later Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California, studying computer information and digital media. Since those early years, her passion for music has always been a cherished portion of her life and led to her books, “Boys from Houston I & II“, which detail the revolutionary music transition in the Houston area during the Vietnam War and the political unrest of the 1960s. Combining a passion for genealogy with Texas history, her latest book, “The Davis Gang, a memoir of sisters from East Texas who robbed banks with their siblings in the 1930s”, allowed her to fuse both loves.


The winners will be honored at the DGS Annual Awards Luncheon December 10, 2016.

Writing Contest

DGS Monthly Meeting This Saturday-Our 60th Anniversary Celebration

The May General Meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society is this Saturday, May 7th on the 1st floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. Hospitality time begins at 10:30am followed by a short business meeting. Immediately after that, the Society will celebrate 60 years of service to our members and to the genealogical community.

Please join us for a program which highlights our activities, achievements, and awards over the decades as we accomplished our mission:

  • To educate by creating, fostering, and maintaining interest in genealogy;
  • To assist and support the genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas or to its legal successor;
  • And to collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to Dallas County and its early history.

…and then we’ll have cake!

See you there.

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DGS Tech SIG Meets Thursday, May 5

This is your reminder for the DGS May Technology Special Interest Group meeting.

When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 05, 2016
Where: 5th Floor Hamon room, J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.
Subject: Mini-workshop – Research Plans

This is the last meeting of the 2015-2016 year. The group will participate in a workshop that will bring together all of the various software and methods discussed this year for recording and publishing genealogical research. Each individual will complete a worksheet setting out a plan of action as to which software tools he/she plans to use to record research. This may be a change to or a confirmation of his/her current practice. We will also review a check list for creating a research plan and publication options.

For those of you who cannot attend in person, please join the conversation using our GoTo Meeting account. URL: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877; Access code: 270-215-877. Audio-only phone number: +1 (224) 501-3412; Access Code: 270215877.

SIG Leader – Suzan Younger; technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org.

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