Enhance Your DNA Knowledge at DGS’s 2017 Summer Seminar

Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2017 Summer Seminar “Sources, Storytelling & DNA” will be held Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

One of our 3 featured speakers will be Diahan Southard, an expert in genetic genealogy, who will present two of the sessions at the Seminar.

Diahan’s Friday presentation is “Genetic Genealogy: Here’s What you Need To Know”.  YDNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA. Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, and LivingDNA. Do 3 test types + 5 testing companies = 8 times the confusion? This accessible lecture will cover what you need to know about this exciting science and how it can lead to important discoveries in your family history. Important questions will be answered: Who should be tested? Which test should I take? What will I receive? Will the DNA results help me? You will be entertained and enlightened, and leave with a better understanding of your next steps.

Her Saturday program is “The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study.  This case study will illustrate how YDNA and autosomal DNA testing helped one family better understand their own past, and gave them incentive to reach out and connect with others. The session will cover methodology as well as the sociology of this kind of situation and best practices for you and your family as you strive to forge bonds with others in a non-traditional way.

Diahan Southard is Your DNA Guide at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems website. She holds a degree in Microbiology, has worked with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and has been in the genetic genealogy industry since it has been an industry.

Lisa Louise Cooke and Sunny Morton are the other 2 featured speakers at our Seminar. Full program details for all 8 sessions plus speaker bios are here.

Register by July 23 to receive a discounted fee: $125 (DGS Member); $140 (Non-Member).

Join Lisa Louise Cooke at DGS 2017 Summer Seminar

One of Dallas Genealogical Society’s featured speakers at our 2017 Summer Seminar event Sources, Storytelling & DNA is internationally-known family history speaker, author, teacher, and researcher Lisa Louise Cooke. Lisa will present four topics during our 2-day event, August 4-5. Our other featured speakers Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard will present 4 additional topics.

Lisa’s sessions on Friday will be Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries and Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers, followed by 10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video and How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth on Saturday.

You can expect to learn a lot from Lisa’s presentations – exciting new Google search techniques, 3 Cool Tech Tools to get you started in newspaper research, ten ways that online video can enrich your family history, how to harness Google Earth’s capabilities as a multimedia way to tell your ancestor’s story…and much more.

Location

1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

Click here for all 8 session descriptions, Early Bird registration discount prices, and online/mail-in registration forms on the DGS website.

Visit Lisa’s excellent website: genealogygems.com.

See you at our Summer Seminar!

 

Beginning Genealogy Program at the McKinney Public Library

On Sunday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. the McKinney Public Library is hosting its annual Beginner’s Genealogy Program which is free and open to all.

Interested in finding out about your ancestors? Not sure where to start? Feel overwhelmed just thinking about it? If you’ve wanted to start tracing your family tree, but don’t know quite how to get started, then this workshop is for you.

Please register with Susan at 972.547.7343 or skusterbeck@mckinneytexas.org.

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library
101 East Hunt Street • McKinney, TX 75069

 

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 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 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.

Writing Contest

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 – Major Projects

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?

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One of DGS’s major missions is to collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to Dallas County and its early history.  Some of our major projects Dallas Co Recordsover the decades have been Probate Records (filming, digitization, and indexing); inventory of Dallas County Records; Cemetery Records (inventory, print/microfilm, and database); World War I Draft Registration records; local Church Rrecords; Newspaper Indexes of obituaries and marriages; and Funeral Home records. 

 

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 – Technology Changes

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?

The “new” Dallas Public Library opened September 25, 1955 (the one before the current building). Two new-model microfilm projectors, a new-model micro-card projector, and a rental type-writer were provided in the Local History and Genealogy Department to make research “more comfortable”.  Technology has certainly changed since then and genealogical research practices have changed with it. DGS has contributed research sources in formats such as microfilm, microfiche, and CD-ROMs, as well as print, to DPL over the decades, and has donated equipment on which to read, copy, and save these formats.

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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 in the Auditorium of  the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.