DGS’s 2017 Writing Contest is Open

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that its 2017 Writing Contest is open for entries beginning January 1. This is the fifth 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 March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in July 2017.

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

Entries will be judged on accuracy, clarity of writing, and overall impact and interest. First prize is $500; second prize is $300 and third prize is $100.

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

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013-2016 Research Issues of Pegasus, which DGS members can access through the DGS website. Use them as examples of outstanding research and writing. Non-members can read abstracts of the articles- 2016, 2015.

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

DGS’s January General Meeting is This Saturday, the 7th

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The Dallas Genealogical Society’s General Meeting is this Saturday, January 7. Hospitality time is 10:30 to 11am, followed by a brief business meeting. The program will begin by 11:30am. ROOM CHANGE: O’Hara Room on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Suitable to a New Year, the program is titled “Renovation and Redesign of the Dallas History & Archives Division”. Dallas History & Archives Division is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. This collection’s holdings span many aspects of the diverse history of not only Dallas and the surrounding area, but the entire state of Texas.

The speaker is Brandon Murray, librarian in the Dallas History & Archives Division, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. After Brandon’s talk, he will take our group on a tour of the newly remodeled floor. Highlights of the collection and floor include the photo lab, the digitized collections and Dallas County records, oral histories, photographs, manuscript collection and finding guide and Fine Books division.

Minutes of November 2016 General Meeting
November Business Meeting recording on YouTube

DGS Technology SIG Meets This Thursday, Jan 5

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The January meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology Special Interest Group will be held this Thursday, January 5, 6-7:30pm, in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, in downtown Dallas.

Speaker: Suzan Younger.

Program: Speech Recognition Software.  Speech recognition, voice recognition or speech to text recognition software is software that can recognize the spoken word and convert it to text. It can be used to dictate to text files, emails, or commands for operating systems. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices. The presentation will identify general uses of this speech recognition software and provide demonstrations of how it can be used for genealogical research.

If you cannot attend in person, join the conversation from your computer, tablet or smartphone via our GoTo Meeting account (25 user limit).

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877; The access code is 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.

SIG Leader: Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org.

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