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Ever want to give back to the genealogy community? Sure you have! Get started by volunteering for a position on the DGS Board! Don’t worry – there are several folks who can assist you as you gain experience and expertise. In fact, to ensure a smooth transition, both outgoing and incoming Board members meet as needed June – August. 

Officer Nominations Due March 31st!

Online Nomination Form


Officer Positions

The Nominations Committee will announce a slate of 4 officers at the April 1st DGS General Meeting: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

*** We are particularly seeking a candidate for Treasurer. ***

The Treasurer pays the Society’s bills and reconciles accounts monthly. The Treasurer also:

  • Makes brief reports to the general meeting regarding the state of the organization’s finances (account balances, income and expenses)
  • Chairs the Budget Committee

It is helpful for the candidate to have a working knowledge of (or be willing to learn):

  • A recent version of Quickbooks and Windows
  • EXCEL (or another spreadsheet application) and Gmail

Read more about the Treasurer’s responsibilities. You might be a great fit!

Jimmy Walters, Sales Manager & Susan Rainwater, Treasurer

Directors & Advisors

There are several additional open Board positions for you to consider!

Directors are appointed by the Executive Committee (DGS Officers and Immediate Past President) and ratified by the membership at the September General Meeting.We particularly need people for the following 4 positions!

  • Education (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
    Selects programs for the general business meetings of the Society and coordinates the special interest groups.
  • Publicity & Public Relations (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
    Promotes the Society and its activities through traditional and social marketing outlets.
  • Publication Content (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
    Chairs the Publication Committee.
  • Volunteer Coordination (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
    Develops a volunteer corps and manages its utilization.

Advisors participate in discussions at Board of Directors meetings. The President appoints the non-voting advisors to the Board. We particularly need people for the following 3 Advisor positions!

  • IT Administrator
  • Administers the Society’s neon CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software platform, which is used for managing membership information and event registration.
  • Web Master
    Develops and maintains the Society’s web presence.
  • Editor of the DGS Newsletter
    Edits and publishes our eNews, the Society’s digital newsletter.

Please feel free to contact the DGS President to discuss any position!

Online Nomination Form

Gloria Goodwin, Membership Director & Lisa Ross, Volunteer

A Personal Note

In 2015, I agreed to be nominated for the position of Vice President of the DGS Board. Actually, I told the Nominations Committee that I would serve only if they could find no one else to do so. Surprisingly, they could not!

My reluctance was three-fold. On the one hand, my sister was dying and I was not sure how much time or energy I would be able to bring to the position. On the other hand, I am by dint of personality shy and not much of a joiner. On the third hand, I had recently retired and was not anxious to re-engage in organizational and managerial activities.

Gnawing at me was a sense of it being my turn to show up and give back.

Despite my hesitations, I was elected Vice President in May 2015 began my tenure on the DGS Board. I worked with a great group of volunteers and continue to enjoy their friendship and comaraderie. The benefits:

  • I learned A LOT!
    • About the genealogical community
    • About the DGS
    • About event management
    • About Google tools and social apps

Please consider joining the DGS Board for the next year.

You might be a great fit!

Online Nomination Form


2016-2017 DGS Board Members

DGS Adds 2 New SIGs

Society News

The Dallas Genealogical Society is sponsoring two new special interest groups, led by DGS Life Member Tresa Tatyrek.

The Roots Magic SIG offers group discussion and sharing of information about the RootsMagic genealogy software running on PCs (Windows) and the Mac. The goal is to help each other utilize the software to its fullest extent. The group meets the 2nd Sunday of the month (September, December, March and June) from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. The inaugural meeting is Sunday, September  11.

Contact for details.

The Next Generation Sitebuilder SIG is a facilitated group for those utilizing The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding tool to put genealogical research on line. The group meets the 2nd Sunday of the month (September, December, March and June) from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. The inaugural meeting is Sunday, September 11.

Contact for details.

Both groups are free and open to the public.

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.

No Label

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@60 – Our Commitment to Genealogy Education

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.


Our first “Clinic”, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 1955, was conducted by Mrs. Margaret Scruggs Caruth (founding member), John Plath Green (our first president), and Mrs Margaret Pratt (Head of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library). While we don’t have information about the topics presented, we can mark this date as the beginning of DGS’s long involvement through the decades in the education of genealogists and family historians through a variety of clinics, workshops, seminars, and institutes. At our third Clinic, held May 9-10, 1958, the featured guest speaker was Mrs. Virginia H. Taylor, Archivist of the State Library in Austin, Texas. Featured speakers over the years have included internationally known and respected genealogical researchers, family historians, speakers, and writers, including Carleton E. Fisher, John Philip Colletta, William Dollarhide, Patricia Law Hatcher, Paul Milner, Christine Rose, and Lloyd D. Bockstruck. At the 1991 Spring Seminar, speaker Elizabeth Shown Mills spoke to 700 participants.


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 Earns 2 Awards from Texas State Genealogical Society

At the closing banquet of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference on October 31, the Dallas Genealogical Society was honored with two awards.

  • First Place – Web site for a Partner Society.  “The purpose… is to promote genealogy and history on the world wide web, sharing information and servicing our global communities; …criteria will include web site design, navigation, contents, and customization.”
  • Volunteer of the Year = DGS President Tony Hanson. Judging criteria include genealogical or historical research and service to the society, the community, and the local or genealogical library.


DGS congratulates our Webmaster Todd DeDecker on the Web Site Award; we are very grateful for the tremendous amount of time, effort and skill that was put forth to achieve this by Todd and several others in the Society.

It is a pleasure to see that our President’s dedication and service to DGS has been recognized at the state level with this Volunteer of the Year honor.

The first place award in the Web site category includes a $100 gift to DGS. The Volunteer of the Year award includes a $50 gift to the winner plus $50 to the partner society who nominated the recipient.

You can view images of these (and previous awards) on our ‘Awards Received‘ page.

DGS 2015-2016 Leaders

The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to introduce our Society’s Leadership Team for the 2015-2016 term, our 60th anniversary year.

President – Tony Hanson
Vice President – Kathleen Murray
Secretary – Brenda Cannon
Treasurer – Susan Rainwater
Immediate Past President – Sandra Crowley60

Director for Education – Cheryl Freeman
Director for Membership – Gloria Goodwin
Director of Printing and Distribution – Harmon Adair
Director of Publicity and Public Relations – Carolyn Davis
Director of Volunteer Coordination – Mic Barnette

Webmaster – Todd DeDecker
IT Administrator – Barbara Ware
Sales Manager – Jimmy Walters
Library Liaison – Gayla Bush

Hospitality – Robert Lane and Linda Lane

African American Genealogical Interest Group – Lois Lilly
Brown Bag SIG –  Janet Khashab and Elizabeth (Liz) Kutz
DNA Interest Group – Mic Barnette
Jewish SIG – Elizabeth (Liz) Kutz
MacGen Reunion Group – Happi McQuirk
Technology SIG – Suzan Younger

Pegasus; The Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society Editor – Julie Tahill Carr

Mix and Index – Dallas Public Library Genealogy Division

Mix & Index

The Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library (on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas) has initiated a monthly opportunity to contribute to the recently announced partnership from FamilySearch, NARA, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum to index the already digitized documents of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

DPL’s Genealogy Division invites family history researchers to come together the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5-8pm in order to contribute to this important indexing project.

Volunteers are needed to make these records searchable online. No specific time commitment is required, and anyone may participate. Volunteers simply log on, pull up as many scanned documents as they like, and enter the names and dates into the fields provided. Once published, information for millions of African Americans will be accessible, allowing families to build their family trees and connect with their ancestors.