Enhance Your DNA Knowledge at DGS’s 2017 Summer Seminar

Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2017 Summer Seminar “Sources, Storytelling & DNA” will be held Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

One of our 3 featured speakers will be Diahan Southard, an expert in genetic genealogy, who will present two of the sessions at the Seminar.

Diahan’s Friday presentation is “Genetic Genealogy: Here’s What you Need To Know”.  YDNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA. Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, and LivingDNA. Do 3 test types + 5 testing companies = 8 times the confusion? This accessible lecture will cover what you need to know about this exciting science and how it can lead to important discoveries in your family history. Important questions will be answered: Who should be tested? Which test should I take? What will I receive? Will the DNA results help me? You will be entertained and enlightened, and leave with a better understanding of your next steps.

Her Saturday program is “The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study.  This case study will illustrate how YDNA and autosomal DNA testing helped one family better understand their own past, and gave them incentive to reach out and connect with others. The session will cover methodology as well as the sociology of this kind of situation and best practices for you and your family as you strive to forge bonds with others in a non-traditional way.

Diahan Southard is Your DNA Guide at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems website. She holds a degree in Microbiology, has worked with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and has been in the genetic genealogy industry since it has been an industry.

Lisa Louise Cooke and Sunny Morton are the other 2 featured speakers at our Seminar. Full program details for all 8 sessions plus speaker bios are here.

Register by July 23 to receive a discounted fee: $125 (DGS Member); $140 (Non-Member).

Join Lisa Louise Cooke at DGS 2017 Summer Seminar

One of Dallas Genealogical Society’s featured speakers at our 2017 Summer Seminar event Sources, Storytelling & DNA is internationally-known family history speaker, author, teacher, and researcher Lisa Louise Cooke. Lisa will present four topics during our 2-day event, August 4-5. Our other featured speakers Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard will present 4 additional topics.

Lisa’s sessions on Friday will be Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries and Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers, followed by 10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video and How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth on Saturday.

You can expect to learn a lot from Lisa’s presentations – exciting new Google search techniques, 3 Cool Tech Tools to get you started in newspaper research, ten ways that online video can enrich your family history, how to harness Google Earth’s capabilities as a multimedia way to tell your ancestor’s story…and much more.


1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

Click here for all 8 session descriptions, Early Bird registration discount prices, and online/mail-in registration forms on the DGS website.

Visit Lisa’s excellent website: genealogygems.com.

See you at our Summer Seminar!


Getting to know Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard

We are fortunate to welcome Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard as two of the three speakers for the DGS Summer Seminar on August 4 and 5. If you’ve never heard them speak, you’re in for a treat! Registration is open now, so please join us!

Sunny Morton

Sunny McClellan Morton is an award-winning writer and speaker. She has developed courses for Family Tree University and has authored My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories as well as the forthcoming How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records. At RootsTech 2017, she taught a session on “Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage”; you can see the video at https://www.rootstech.org/videos/sunny-morton. Sunny is also an editor for Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems blog and podcasts and is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine.

Diahan SouthardDiahan Southard has been interested in DNA since high school and has made it her career, first with Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and now as Your DNA Guide. Like Sunny, Diahan also presented at RootsTech 2017 on “DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together.” Diahan has also appeared in several Family Tree webinars and, in fact, has a free one on Friday, June 16 at 1:00 PM CDT on the topic, What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA. My favorite ones, though, are the “Watch Geoff Live” seminars she’s done with the webinar host, Geoffrey Rasmussen. These are unscripted session where Diahan walks Geoff through his DNA test results, making discoveries and breaking a brick wall or two along the way. (Note: The older webinars can be viewed by webinar subscribers or you can purchase a digital download of individual seminars that may be of interest to you.)

Join us August 4th and 5th at the J. Erik Jonsson Library to hear these great speakers. 

Mesquite GenSoc Workshop – June 10, 2017 – Fred & Lynell Moss

The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society’s 2017 Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 10, at the Mesquite Arts Center. Featured speakers Fred and Lynell Moss will make four presentations:

  • Closing Death Records is Just Dead Wrong!
  • Finding Family in U.S. Land Records
  • Probing in U.S. Probate Records
  • Searching on FamilySearch

Program details, pricing, and registration form

Mesquite GHS website