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.

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.

Location

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!

 

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

 

Beginning Genealogy Program at the McKinney Public Library

On Sunday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. the McKinney Public Library is hosting its annual Beginner’s Genealogy Program which is free and open to all.

Interested in finding out about your ancestors? Not sure where to start? Feel overwhelmed just thinking about it? If you’ve wanted to start tracing your family tree, but don’t know quite how to get started, then this workshop is for you.

Please register with Susan at 972.547.7343 or skusterbeck@mckinneytexas.org.

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library
101 East Hunt Street • McKinney, TX 75069

 

DGS May Meeting: Election of Officers, Using Libraries For Genealogy Research

The May General Meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society is this Saturday morning, May 6 in the 1st floor Auditorium of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. Join us starting at 10:3am for hospitality and mingling. The business meeting starts at 11:00, followed by our featured speaker around 11:30.

This last meeting of the 2016-2017 year is extra important because we will hold our annual election of officers for the 2017-2018 year. The slate of officers is:

  • President – Todd DeDecker
  • Vice President – Kristin Moore
  • Secretary: Caroline Simpson
  • Treasurer: Travis Tynes

Read about the candidates on our website.

Please plan to attend. A quorum is needed to conduct the election, plus you will get a double bang for your buck!

Our program is titled “Getting the Most Bang For Your Buck Out of Libraries”, presented by Ari Wilkins, team member in the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library. Time and money are a researcher’s most precious commodities. Don’t waste valuable library time on ordinary collections and databases when you are sitting on a gold mine of unique resources! Maximize your experience at your local and destination libraries.

 

 

DGS Tech SIG meets This Thursday, May 4

Dallas Genealogical Society‘s Technology Special Interest Group meets this Thursday, May 6 from 6-8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Presentation: “Exploring the FamilySearch Wiki”.

The FamilySearch Wiki is an information depository which can be used by genealogists to find information about subjects, records and places where their ancestors worked, lived or even visited. The Wiki has links to various databases that may contain information about your specific ancestor or FAN. Lynell Moss will demonstrate the FamilySearch Wiki, how you can use it as powerful research tool, and even contribute to this collaborative depository of knowledge. You are invited to bring your own laptop computer if you want to follow along during the presentation.

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

Go-To Meeting will not be available for this presentation.

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

Special Events Saturday 4/29 in Genealogy section of Dallas Public Library

The Dallas Book Festival is a community-based literary event promoting reading, literacy, and writing and featuring over 100 local, regional and national authors. Activities include writing workshops, story times and activities for children, and music and dance performances.

The Genealogy and History Division on the 8th floor has two programs:

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Genealogy and History Division, 8th floor
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

 

DGS Tech SIG Meets This Thursday, 2nd

The March meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology SIG is this Thursday evening, March 2, from 6-8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas, 1515 Young St, 75201.

Program: “Report from RootsTech 2017”. Please join SIG leader Suzan Younger for a presentation of new and updated programs and applications show-cased at RootsTech, with special attention to the ten semi-finalist apps recognized as a part of the RootsTech Innovator Summit competition. Join in the conversation with DGS members who attended the conference and talk about the latest from the genealogical community.

If you can’t attend in person, join the conversation from your computer, tablet or smartphone using DGS’s GoTo Meeting account: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877. 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.

Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org
Technology SIG Leader

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.