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.

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.

 

 

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’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’s DNA SIG Meets This Thursday, 10/20

DNA SIG

The October monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Interest Group will be held this Thursday, October 20 at 6pm in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program: Jean Larson will discuss tools to use in determining relationships with matches in Ancestry, FTDNA and Gedmatch.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Leader: Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

Additional information:

  • Have questions about DNA and genealogy? Attend a FREE LIVE DNA Q&A Session from Legacy Tree Genealogists on Saturday October 29th and leave smarter! with genetic genealogist Paul Woodbury. 10:30-11:00 am Mountain Time/11:30-12 noon Central Time.
  • Also check the schedule for the DNA sessions at the Texas State Genealogical Society meeting if you plan to attend only one day of the three. Some of the conference sessions have been rearranged.
  • If you tested with Family Tree DNA, you might be interested in Roberta Estes’ latest blog post: New Pedigree View at Family Tree DNA.

DGS’s Jewish SIG Meets This Wednesday, 10/19

Jewish SIG

The October meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group is this Wednesday, Oct 19, from 10am to 1pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Purpose: For anyone with actual (or suspected) Jewish ancestral lines. Learn the terminology of the Jewish faith and race, and the various methods for researching these families. Emphasis is on cultural differences (from other races and creeds) which may require alternative genealogical research methods and records from those usually employed. Domestic (United States) and international aspects are both explored.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Leader: Liz Kutz, jewishgen@dallasgenealogy.org.

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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DGS@60 – Financial Support of DPL’s Genealogy Division

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

One of the missions of the Dallas Genealogical Society is to assist and support the Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library of the Dallas Public Library. Over the past 60 years, the Society has funded the purchase of many books, microfilms, microfiche, and CDs, as well as the equipment on which to read/copy the material.

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Can you guess the dollar amount of our contributions to the Dallas Public Library over the decades?  $10,000?  $100,000?  $1,000,000?  Come to our Anniversary meeting on May 7 to find out.

Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake! The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm in the Auditorium on the first floor of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.

DGS@60 – Our First Newsletter

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our first newsletter was published in 1955. Vol 1, No 1 from the “Local History & Genealogical Society Cooperating With The Dallas Public Library” (aren’t you glad that we shortened our name?) is dated February 21, 1955.

DGS_Newsletter_1955_February_Vol_1_Num_1_ThumbFeatured on the first page was the Society’s Statement of Purpose. In keeping with this purpose, the newsletter announced that the first project of our newly-formed organization would be “the compilation of a bibliography of all books and pamphlets in the Dallas Public Library dealing with genealogical material”.

This first issue also included a column which became a newsletter tradition for several decades – recent “Library Acquisitions” at the Dallas Public Library of interest to genealogical researchers.  Mrs Margaret Pratt, head of the Local History and Genealogy Department of Dallas Public Library, listed 14 new titles “of interest”.  According to Dallas Public Library’s online catalog, all 14 are still available for research!

Read the entire first issue on our website.

 

Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake. The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm in the Auditorium of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.