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 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!

DGS 2016 Awards Luncheon is Saturday, Dec 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 Committee will present the honorees in our four categories.

  • 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

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

We could use some help… Please Volunteer Now!

Nominations Sought for 2016 DGS Awards

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Each December at our Awards Luncheon, the Dallas Genealogical Society recognizes members, local organizations, and nationally-known genealogists for their contributions to the genealogical community and to the goals of our society.

Please help the Awards Committee by recommending deserving people and groups. Nominations are due by December 1 for the following 2016 Awards:

Volunteer of the Year – Presented to a member who has generously volunteered time, expertise, talents, and abilities to the Society during the previous year.

Award of Merit – Presented to a DGS member who has consistently contributed time, talent, expertise, and abilities to the Society over a period of years.

Heritage Preservation Award – Presented to an individual, group, or organization in recognition of contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history.

Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – Presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the genealogical community on a national level.

Please submit a recommendation for a specific award through our website. You may also review past recipients at this same link.

Alternatively, you may send a nomination via email to: awards@dallasgenealogy.com. Please include the following information:
– Name of the Nominee
– Award for which you are nominating this person
– a statement explaining why you feel your nominee deserves the recognition

This year’s Awards Luncheon is on Saturday, December 10. Members may attend for free. Registration details will be available soon.

The 2016 Awards Committee members are Tony Hanson, chair, plus Sandra Crowley, Jimmy Walters, and Lisa Ross.

DGS Announces 2016 Writing Contest Winners

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces the winners of its 2016 Writing Contest. The Society is particularly pleased that the First Prize Winner tells the story behind the first DAR member to successfully use Y-DNA to prove a generational connection in the absence of other direct evidence. Other members have submitted Y-DNA in the past, but in those cases there was enough documentation that DNA was not needed.

First Prize $500: “A Case Study in Using DNA for DAR Membership: First Successful Application” by Ray Harriot.

Ray HarriottThis entry was submitted as an advanced methodology and case study, which per the Contest Rules is subject matter not limited by geography. Ray Harriot of Laurel, Maryland, has been doing genealogy for 21 years and often uses unconventional methods
inspired by his training as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst and reporter during the Vietnam War. He serves as historian of the Herriott Heritage Association and has been the editor of their newsletter for the past 20 years. He was the author of the Boy Scouts of America’s two bestselling campfire story books from 1995–2014—”Stories for Around the Campfire” and “More Stories for Around the Campfire”, and has also written two genealogical books based on his research—”Beyond Trabroun: The Heriots of Scotland from 1400–1700″ and “A Historical Perspective: The Heriot and Herriott Families of South Carolina”. He is the husband of Janice (Arsenault) Harriot and has three children and nine grandchildren.

Second Prize $300: “The Elusive Andrew Lyday, 1804–1849” by Jana Walker.

Jana Walker is a native Houstonian, with deep Texas roots that span five generations. She has a degree in communications fromDGS-JanaWalker2 3 May fr SC
the University of Houston. She spent the first part of her professional career at NASA/Johnson Space Center, working for its television contractor as a writer/producer/director. Now she teaches piano at her own private studio. In her spare time, she uses her research and writing skills to discover and document the stories of her ancestors to share with family members present and yet-to-be. Finding her family connections to Texas and American history has led her to become a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Third Prize $150: “Alice’s Looking Glass: Reflection on the Prussian Drahns to Texas” by Vicki Ayo.

Vicki Welch Ayo, a Texas native, now resides in southern California, close to her three grown sons, Matt, Nick, and Joey. She spent her early childhood years in the Houston area where she was immersed in the music revolution sweeping Houston during her teen years in the 1960s. As a high school graduate and after moving to California, Vicki attended Fullerton College in Fullerton, California, and later Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California, studying computer information and digital media. Since those early years, her passion for music has always been a cherished portion of her life and led to her books, “Boys from Houston I & II“, which detail the revolutionary music transition in the Houston area during the Vietnam War and the political unrest of the 1960s. Combining a passion for genealogy with Texas history, her latest book, “The Davis Gang, a memoir of sisters from East Texas who robbed banks with their siblings in the 1930s”, allowed her to fuse both loves.

 

The winners will be honored at the DGS Annual Awards Luncheon December 10, 2016.

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Honorees-Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Awards!

At DGS’s 2015 Awards Luncheon, held Saturday, December 12, the Society honored the following for their contributions to the genealogical community:

  • Award of Merit – Sandra Crowley, DGS Immediate Past President
  • Volunteer of the Year –  Todd DeDecker, DGS Webmaster
  • Historic Preservation Award – Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Debra Polsky, Executive Director
  • Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – Sammie Townsend Lee, Dallas Public Library, Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division
  • Renee Jackson Smith Award – Elizabeth Kutz, DGS Jewish SIG Leader and former President
  • President’s Special Award – Jeri Steele, former IT Administrator, Treasurer, VP, and President of DGS
  • 2015 Writing Contest Winners –  Diane Gawedzinski, 1st place; RL Canady, 2nd place

Wholehearted congratulations to the winners with sincere acknowledgement of their dedication to family history research.

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From l to r: Crowley, Polsky, Canady, Lee, Gawedzinski, Kutz, DeDecker. Missing-Steele

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The Excitement is Building!

No, we’re not talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Awards Luncheon being held Saturday, December 12 in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas! Map

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Who has our President chosen to receive a Special Award? What local organization will be recognized for its contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history?

Please join us to honor our awards recipients. Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

 

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.

Recognition categories:

Volunteer of the Year
Heritage Preservation Award
Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award
Award of Merit
President’s Special Award
Award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith
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The Society will also launch its celebration of our 60th Anniversary year at the Luncheon!

African American Genealogical Interest Group meets this Saturday, November 21

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogical Interest Group will hold its November meeting on Saturday the 21st from 2 pm to 4:45 pm in the West Room on the 1st floor of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

tiersThe AAGIG discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community including census research, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, NARA combined military records of the U.S. Colored Troops, Plantation Slave records, Slave schedules and other records that provide information for this special area of genealogy research. Expert researchers and speakers make presentations on Slavery, customs, tradition, state laws, and the techniques and methods used in their research.

Contact the AAGIG.

Who Will Be Honored With the DGS Award of Merit this Year? The Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award?

To discover the answer, please join us at the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Awards Luncheon being held Saturday, December 12 in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map

Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.

Recognition categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year 
  • Heritage Preservation Award
  • Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award
  • Award of Merit
  • President’s Special Award
  • award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith
  • winners of the DSG 2015 Writing Contest

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The Society will also launch its celebration of our 60th Anniversary year at the Luncheon!