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

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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.

DGS@60 – Our first president

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?

DGS’s roots go back to 1930 when a predecessor organization existed for a few years.  In our current form, however; as the oldest continuously operating genealogical society in Texas, we held our first monthly meeting at the Downtown Y.M.C.A. on October 26, 1954.

GreenJohnPlathJohn Plath Green (1910-1984), one of our founding members, was elected president. An avid genealogist by vocation, Mr. Green was a prominent attorney who served with distinction in WWII and was active in many organizations in Dallas during his lifetime.

Other founding members were Mrs. Margaret Pratt, Hastings Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Dee Brown Walker, and Mr. Henry O. Jones.

At the second meeting, a name was selected for the new organization “Local History and Genealogical Society Cooperating with the  Dallas Public Library” and we created our first logo.

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

 

DGS April Meeting This Sat: Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records

The monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society will be held this Saturday, April 2 in the first floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. Hospitality time begins at 10:30 am. The short business meeting starts at 11 am followed by our program: “Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records”.

Learn about the Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records – their value, how they are organized, and how to search the collection.
These records are considered to be one of the most valuable collections to the study of African American slavery. The collection encompasses business and personal papers from numerous slaveholding families throughout the South. These records can potentially list slaves by name and include other significant information such as: family relationships; dates of birth and death; bills of sale; etc.

Speaker Ari Wilkins, genealogist and family historian, is a staff member in the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library. She serves as secretary of the Texas State Genealogical Society and a consultant for the Afrigeneas website. DGS_Our_60th_Year