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.

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DGS 2016 Writing Contest Accepting Entries Through March 31

It’s time to cross your final “t” and dot the last “i”. The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Writing Contest closes Thursday, March 31, 2016. This is a great opportunity to publish a part of your family history. It is  the fourth year 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 hobbyists and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible.

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 are available at: http://dallasgenealogy.com/dgs/publications/pegasus.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Research Issues of Pegasus, which members can access through the DGS website. Non-members may read Previews of these issues. Use them as examples of outstanding research and writing.

Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to: pegasus@dallasgenealogy.org.

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DGS 2016 Writing Contest Is Now Open; Closes March 31

Now that the rush of the holidays is over, the Dallas Genealogical Society reminds all genealogists that its 2016 Writing Contest is now open. This is a great opportunity to publish a part of your family history. This is the fourth year the Society has sponsored this contest, which comes with cash prizes.

WritingContestThe contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS, as well as hobbyists and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted through March 31, 2016. Winners will be announced in May, 2016.

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 are available at: http://dallasgenealogy.com/dgs/publications/pegasus.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Research Issues of Pegasus, which members can access through the DGS website. Non-members may read Previews of these issues. Use them as examples of outstanding research and writing.

Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to: pegasus@dallasgenealogy.org.

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Honorees-Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Awards!

At DGS’s 2015 Awards Luncheon, held Saturday, December 12, the Society honored the following for their contributions to the genealogical community:

  • Award of Merit – Sandra Crowley, DGS Immediate Past President
  • Volunteer of the Year –  Todd DeDecker, DGS Webmaster
  • Historic Preservation Award – Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Debra Polsky, Executive Director
  • Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – Sammie Townsend Lee, Dallas Public Library, Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division
  • Renee Jackson Smith Award – Elizabeth Kutz, DGS Jewish SIG Leader and former President
  • President’s Special Award – Jeri Steele, former IT Administrator, Treasurer, VP, and President of DGS
  • 2015 Writing Contest Winners –  Diane Gawedzinski, 1st place; RL Canady, 2nd place

Wholehearted congratulations to the winners with sincere acknowledgement of their dedication to family history research.

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From l to r: Crowley, Polsky, Canady, Lee, Gawedzinski, Kutz, DeDecker. Missing-Steele

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DGS Announces 2015 Writing Contest

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that its 2016 Writing Contest will open for entries on January 1, 2016. This is the fourth year that the Society has sponsored this contest, which comes with cash prizes.

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The contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS, as well as hobbyists and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted January 1 through March 31, 2016. Winners will be announced in May 2016.

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.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Research Issues of Pegasus, which members can access through the DGS website. Use them as examples of outstanding research and writing. Non-members may view a preview of of the past few issues.

Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to: pegasus@dallasgenealogy.org.

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Who Will Be Honored With the DGS Award of Merit this Year? The Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award?

To discover the answer, please join us at the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Awards Luncheon being held Saturday, December 12 in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map

Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.

Recognition categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year 
  • Heritage Preservation Award
  • Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award
  • Award of Merit
  • President’s Special Award
  • award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith
  • winners of the DSG 2015 Writing Contest

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The Society will also launch its celebration of our 60th Anniversary year at the Luncheon!

DGS 2015 Awards Luncheon, Saturday, December 12, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library

Join us to honor those who have contributed to the genealogical community and to begin the celebration of our 60th anniversary!

The Awards Luncheon will be in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map.

Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.

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People and organizations will be recognized in several categories: Volunteer of the Year, Heritage Preservation Award, Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award, Award of Merit, President’s Special Award, award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith, and winners of our 2015 Writing Contest.

 

To review past winners of our awards, link here.

This is a great way to kick off the holiday season, meet old friends and make new ones.

 

DGS Announces Winners of 2015 Writing Contest

The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Writing Contest. The contest was open to both members and non-members of DGS, as well as amateurs and professionals, and only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format was eligible.

First Prize $500: Rising – the Story of John Wesley Barnes and Edna Mollie Crawford by Diane Gawedzinski

Diane Barnes Gawedzinski is a Dallas native, raised in the Elmwood section of Oak Cliff. As a junior at Duncanville High School, she interviewed her grandfather Wesley Barnes for a school project. Those notes inspired her first baby steps into genealogy and are the basis for this article. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Texas. She lives in Rockwall and is a school counselor at Wylie High School. Husband Rob, sons John and David, and Diane’s parents John and Jane Barnes have provided her with great support and encouragement over the years, even as Diane continues to hijack family vacations to visit another great-great-somebody’s gravesite. Following the lead of her maternal aunt, June Chandler Everheart, Diane has learned genealogy mostly through trial-and-error, experiencing the rush of excitement when discovering treasures in obscure courthouse drawers, and knowing the frustration of those slippery ancestors who disappear behind brick walls. “Rising” is her first genealogical article to be published.

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Second Prize $300: Tracing Polly’s Life from Slavery to Freedom by RL Canady

RL Canady began doing genealogy research in 1979. He is a retired communications electronic specialist and has a B.S. in Business Management. He has attended workshops and classes in genealogy at numerous state and local conferences, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University, Alabama. His research focuses on the southern states with emphasis on African American and slave genealogy. In January 2012, together with Barbara Ware, he transcribed information on the Daniel Family Cemetery for the Dallas Genealogical Society Cemeteries listing on its website. His current volunteer work involves data archiving of the McGowan Funeral Home Collection also for the Dallas Genealogical Society. He is president of the Little Rocky Cemetery Association, whose mission is restoration and preservation for an abandoned cemetery of early settlers and former slaves in Milam County. He is a Lifetime Member of the Dallas Genealogical Society and participates in the African American Genealogy Interest Group in Dallas, Texas. The winners will be honored at the DGS Annual Awards Luncheon December 12, 2015, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Dallas Genealogical Society. No Third Prize was awarded this year.

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DGS 2015 Writing Contest

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that its 2015 Writing Contest is open for entries. This is the third 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 April 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. In 2014, our journal was awarded 1st Place, Category VI (Official Periodicals of Partner Societies / Journals) by the Texas State Genealogical Society.

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

Complete Rules and Guidelines are available at: http://www.dallasgenealogy.org/Info/Guidelines.pdf.

Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to: editorial@dallasgenealogy.org.

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