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.

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

Technology SIG

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.

DGS’s MacGen SIG Meets This Saturday, Dec 3

MacGen Reunion SIG

The December meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s MacGen Reunion Interest Group is this Saturday, the 3rd, from 2-4 pm (note hour change) on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

It’s time for our Christmas party (feel free to bring goodies to share) and our topic this time is DNA.

SIG leader Happi McQuirk will report on the wonderful Texas State Genealogical Society conference and their SIX sessions on DNA. She will also pass out coupons for Family Tree DNA in case you haven’t already taken the step or haven’t gotten the coupon you are waiting for.

Also, please bring any questions or topics you wish to discuss and we’ll try to get to all of them.

If you can’t make it in person to the meeting, please join us via the internet from your computer, tablet or smartphone at the GoToMeeting link below:
https: //global.gotomeeting.com/join/187787949

You can also dial in using your phone. United States +1 (312) 757-3121. Access Code: 187-787-949.

Leader: Happi McQuirk; macs@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS 2016 Awards Luncheon is Saturday, December 10

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Annual Awards Luncheon

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:30am – 2pm

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
O’Hara Room, 7th floor
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

The Dallas Genealogical Society invites members and their guests to join the Board in honoring this year’s recipients.

The Awards Luncheon is free to current members, but reservations are required. Members may bring guest(s) at a cost of $15.00 each.

Register online (by Sunday, Dec 4) and use a credit card to pay for guests, or Download and mail your reservation (postmarked by Friday, Dec 2). Please include check or money order for guests.

The Awards Committee will present the honorees in our four categories. The winners of our 2016 Writing Contest will also be recognized.

Award of Merit – a DGS member who has consistently contributed time, talent, expertise, and abilities to the Society over a period of years.
Heritage Preservation Award – an individual, group, or organization in recognition of contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history.
Lloyd Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – an individual for outstanding contributions to the genealogical community on a national level.
Volunteer of the Year – a member who has generously volunteered time, expertise, talents, and abilities to the Society during the previous year to the extent to make that member stand out and draw attention

We could use some help… Please Volunteer Now!