DGS Celebrated Its 60th Anniversary at May Monthly Meeting

The Dallas Genealogical Society hosted an anniversary party at its May 7, 2016 General Meeting, celebrating 60 years as a leader in Texas’s genealogy community. DGS was originally known as the Local History and Genealogical Society.

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DGS members Tony Hanson, Barbara Ware, Kathleen Murray, and Carolyn Davis presented DGS@60, a slideshow history of the Society that capsulized 60 years of our involvement in genealogy education, the collection and preservation of genealogical records, and support of the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library.

Highlights of the presentation included:

  • historical documents about our founding and our original members
  • workshops and institutes that we have sponsored over the decades, including DGS’s hosting of the 1997 Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference
  • records indexing and preservation activities, including local cemeteries and funeral homes, Dallas County records, and area church records
  • our publications over the decades – Newsletters, Quarterlies, Journal, and currently Pegasus; Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society
  • contributing partner to the University of North Texas Portal to Texas History
  • donation of over half a million dollars in money and materials to DPL

Lloyd Bockstruck (retired Head of the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library), Shirley Sloat (a former DGS President), Suzan Younger (major contributor to DGS cemetery projects and a previous DGS Secretary), and Ora Penn (former editor of the Dallas Journal and leader of the McGowan Funeral Home Project) contributed their reminiscences about important DGS projects and programs.

DGS President Tony Hanson announced that, in honor of our 60th Anniversary, DGS has created a history timeline on our website. You can also access it from our home page by clicking on the Time Line link under the Home tab.

After the history presentation, our Hospitality team Linda and Bob Lane honored us with three choices of home-made cake. Fantastic!

DGS Monthly Meeting This Saturday-Our 60th Anniversary Celebration

The May General Meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society is this Saturday, May 7th on the 1st floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. Hospitality time begins at 10:30am followed by a short business meeting. Immediately after that, the Society will celebrate 60 years of service to our members and to the genealogical community.

Please join us for a program which highlights our activities, achievements, and awards over the decades as we accomplished our mission:

  • To educate by creating, fostering, and maintaining interest in genealogy;
  • To assist and support the genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas or to its legal successor;
  • And to collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to Dallas County and its early history.

…and then we’ll have cake!

See you there.

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Photographing Historic Pleasant Mound Cemetery

We need volunteers on Saturday morning, April 23, 2016 to help photograph the tombstones in historic Pleasant Mound Cemetery. The cemetery is located in South Dallas at 3151 South Buckner Boulevard,  75227.

Please sign up to participate!

This project is being conducted in cooperation with BillionGraves.com and MyHeritage.com. Volunteers needed include:

  1. Fifteen (15) people with smart phones to photograph the gravestones using the BillingGraves App (available for iOS, Microsoft and Android phones).
  2. Five (5) additional people to assist photographers, for example by holding back vegetation or holding light reflectors.

Pleasant Mound Cemtery LayoutWe will meet at the cemetery at 7:30 AM on Saturday, April 23. MyHeritage will provide food and beverages. We expect to finish around noon.

If you will be photographing with your  smart phone, here are the things you need to do in advance:

  • Register for a free account at BillionGraves
  • Download the Billion Graves App and activate it
  • Make sure you have a good amount of storage available on your phone to store the pictures! (Hint: Backup your photos to another location and erase them from your phone.)
  • Charge your phone before you arrive at the cemetery!

You do not need to upload the gravestone pictures at the cemetery. To conserve data usage, you can upload your images later when you have WiFi access.

Get Involved Now!