Early Registration for Summer Seminar Ends Soon!

Early Registration Deadline: July 23, 2017

I introduced myself to Lisa Louise Cooke at the 2015 Texas State Genealogical Society Conference and invited her to be our featured speaker at the DGS 2017 Summer Seminar. She was enthusiastic about the idea and suggested we include Diahan Southard and Sunny Morton in the Seminar.

Both Lisa and Diahan were giving several lectures at the conference. As anticipated, Lisa’s presentations were professional, updated, and very relevant for family historians. And Diahan’s DNA and Genetic Genealogy presentations were being enthusiastically received. Sunny was not at the conference, but Lisa described her as experienced, engaging, and vivacious.

I loved this idea! It would give us the opportunity to address a number of current topic areas, including DNA, newspaper research, and sharing our family history through writing and video. At the same time, three speakers and diverse topics would make our two-day event more like a mini-conference with appeal to a wide range of novice and experienced researchers.

We signed our Agreement in early 2016 and this special two-day event is now only a few weeks away! I anticipate high energy and solid information from these three professionals!

Remember the July 23rd deadline for the discounted fee!

I encourage you to register soon!

Check out the Sneak Video Previews below!


Sneak Previews!
Lisa Louise Cooke Preview

Diahan Southard Preview



D. Joshua Taylor at DGS September 30, 2017

Registration: 9:30 AM | Seminar 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX 75201

You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to spend a day in Dallas with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, a nationally recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher.

He has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are?
and can be seen as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.


    • Beyond Belief: The Wealth of Genealogical and Historical Societies
      There are thousands of genealogical and historical societies across the United States, each containing records that are not available anywhere else! Learn how to find historical societies, and get the most out of their records. Learn what records are unique to historical societies that can further your research.
    • Online Resources: Religious Archives and Organizations
      Whether you are searching for a member of the Baptist, Quaker, or Methodist religion, innovations in digital collections have provided tremendous resources. Collections found at university, public, and private repositories will be examined.
    • Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies
      Discover the methods used in the 19th and early 20th century to create a compiled genealogy, and how to ensure its information does not lead you down the wrong trail.
    • Untapped Resources: Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations
      Political parties have shaped the history of America, and all political parties had members! Come discover how to find those party records; including voting, fundraising, and meeting records from the early 1800s to the late 1950s.


DATE – September 30, 2017

Registration: 9:30 AM | Seminar 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

COST (Includes parking in Library garage.)

By September 17*

      • Member: $60 | Non-Member: $70
      • Lunch: $12

After September 17

      • Member: $70 | Non-Member: $80
      • Lunch: $12

* For reduced rate, register online by September 17, 2017 or by mail postmarked no later than midnight, September 17, 2017.


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


D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. He is the President and Executive Director of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) and the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He serves the genealogical community as the Immediate Past President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He is also the coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Passionate about family history, Joshua is the author of numerous articles in American Ancestors, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, New England Ancestors, and other publications. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award and the FGS Award of Merit. Joshua holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are?. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Writing Your Life Story, US Religious Records

These topics are only two of the eight which will be presented at the DGS’s 2017 Summer Seminar, Sources, Storytelling & DNA, on Friday and Saturday, August 4 & 5. Genealogy writer and Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, Sunny Morton, will share her skills and knowledge during these 2 presentations:

Write Your Life Story: As the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories, Sunny will teach attendees how to write their personal histories in an engaging way. This session includes: the anatomy of a good story; what kinds of details are interesting; and how to give stories a personal flavor.

Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records: From Sunny’s forthcoming book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church and locate and access its records.

Sunny will be joined by Lisa Louise Cooke and Diahan Southard for our two-day event at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX. This outstanding trio of experts will help you learn new ways to research YOUR family history. There is something for everyone: DNA, US Religious records, historical newspapers, writing your life story, using video, and more!

Detailed descriptions of all 8 topics, speakers’ bios, and registration/pricing information are on our website.