North Texas Giving Day Update

Thanks to our generous donors we have accumulated the funds required to digitize our society’s entire collection of early Quarterlies. Created between 1955 and 1994, these 161 publications contain more than 9000 pages!

Once digitized, the Quarterlies will join their successors on The Portal To Texas History:

Thus, our efforts to digitize, preserve, and archive this important part of our society’s history will be completed, and all of these publications will be freely accessible to the public.

Results from the 2017 North Texas Giving Day event are still preliminary, but as of now (mid September) the total of our fundraising effort stands at $4,475:

  • $430 – Cash donations made at our General Meetings and Fall Seminar
  • $370  – Advance donations made via the DGS website
  • $1000 – Rescuing Texas History Grant from the University of  North Texas Libraries
  • $2675 – Donations made through the North Texas Giving Day event

Overall this year’s event raised $39 million for 2,723 organizations. Since its inauguration in 2009 more than $195 million dollars has been raised for North Texas nonprofits.

2016 DGS Results

The DGS participated in the 2016 North Texas Giving Day event, resulting in a $5239.73  donation to The Cathy Nelson Hartman Portal to Texas History Endowment ($2739.73 from donations made during the 2016 North Texas Giving Day event and $2500 matching funds provided by the Dallas Genealogical Society).

DGS Receives 2016 Rescuing Texas History Grant

The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a 2016 Rescuing Texas History grant from the University of North Texas. This grant will fund activities required to place the 2013 and 2014 editions of Pegasus – The Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society on the Portal to Texas History.

The DGS has benefited from previous Rescuing Texas History grants:

Work still continues on the Probate Records… The images are all available on the Portal, but DGS volunteers are examining the images to determine the date range and other information about each case. This is something you can do from the comfort of your own home. See our Volunteer Signup page for details on how you can help!

What will you be doing on September 22?

Do you have plans for Thursday, September 22, 2016?

With your help, this will be a very special day for the Dallas Genealogical Society and the University of North Texas Portal to Texas History.

As you probably know, the Portal to Texas History is an amazing online repository of rare, historical and primary source materials from or about Texas. The Dallas Genealogical Society is one of more than 300 partner societies who have made resources available that are viewed by more than a half a million people from around the world every month.

The DGS has been the recipient of numerous “Rescuing Texas History” grants that have helped us digitize our materials: in fact, we were just notified on August 16 that we received another one that will make the 2013 and 2014 editions our acclaimed Pegasus – Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society publication available on the Portal.

Now it is time for us to give back a little.

The Portal to Texas History Endowment fund was established by the UNT libraries in 2012. And in 2015, it received a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant of $500,000. As a part of UNT’s commitment for the grant they have accepted the challenge of raising an additional $1.5 million dollars over the next several years.

The board of directors of the Dallas Genealogical Society has decided to help UNT reach their goal by allocating $2,500 to be used as matching funds for donations made through the DGS. And we will be kicking this fund raising effort off as part of the North Texas Day of Giving, which will be held on September 22 this year.

All you need to do is go the DGS page on their website on September 22 and make a donation of $25 or more. The DGS will match each donation on a dollar for dollar basis, up to a total of $2,500.

In addition, please tell your friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow genealogists about what we are trying to do. When you see posts about this on our Facebook page, re-post it so your Facebook friends get the word. In short, help us make sure that Portal to Texas History will continue to grow and be available for future researchers.

The link to our page on the North Texas Giving Day web site is provided below. Go there now to see the short video we have created to learn more about this effort.

https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/dallas-genealogical-society

Tony Hanson – President

Kroger Community Rewards program-buy groceries and benefit DGS at the same time

Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising for DGS easy…all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

Kroger Community Rewards – Customer Instructions

A Digital Account is needed in order to participate in Kroger Community Rewards. If you already have a Digital Account, then please skip to the section named ‘Selecting an Organization’.

How to Register a Digital Account
Visit www.kroger.com or download the Kroger mobile application from the appropriate app store for your device and follow these directions.
1. Select the ‘Register’ button.
2. Enter your information.
3. Select ‘Create Account’.
Please make sure that you add your card number or create a virtual card number while registering your Digital Account. This is required for the Community Rewards program so that your transactions apply towards the program.

Selecting an Organization
Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple updating the Community Rewards selection on your Digital Account.
· Sign into your Digital Account (if you haven’t already).
· Select ‘My Account’.
· Scroll down to the ‘Community Rewards’ section of your account page.
· Select ‘Enroll Now’ or ‘Edit’.
· Enter the DGS’s NPO number – 61033
· Select the appropriate organization from the list and click on ‘Save’.
Your selected organization will now display in the Community Rewards section of your account page.
Any transactions moving forward using the card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program.
It takes approximately 10 days for the Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt.

Viewing your Rewards Details
Wondering how much you’ve earned towards your selected organization? You may view the total earned during the last quarter by following these instructions.
· Sign into your Digital Account (if you haven’t already).
· Select ‘My Account’.
· Scroll down to the ‘Community Rewards’ section.
· The amount earned will be listed as ‘Last Quarter Kroger Donation’.

DGS Receives Digitization Grant

The Dallas Genealogical Society has received a 2015 Rescuing Texas History grant!

We will be working with University of North Texas library staff to make our 2011 and 2012 Journals available on the Portal To Texas History. The 1995 – 2010 issues of the Journal have already been digitized : This effort will complete the collection (the Journal was replaced with Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society in 2013).

The DGS also received a Rescuing Texas History grant in 2013 to digitized Dallas County Probate records on the Portal To Texas History.

National Endowment for the Humanities announces new “Common Heritage” grant program

Quoted from the press release:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant program, called “Common Heritage,” that will bring to light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements across the country and make them digitally available to the wider public and for posterity.

NEH’s Common Heritage program will award grants of up to $12,000 to community cultural organizations to coordinate community events and ensure that a wide range of historical materials can be digitized and contextualized through public programming.

NEH program staff from the Divisions of Preservation & Access and Public Programs will conduct a webinar for interested applicants on Tuesday, May 5 at 4 PM (EST).

Read the press release here