Bill Covington recounts Black Courage on Feb 3, 2018

Our February 3, 2018 monthly presentation, Black Courage, will be made by Bill Covington

African-Americans served as soldiers and in other capacities during the course of the American Revolution. Their contributions were vital to the winning of the war for the patriot forces. But, an equal number of them served in the British forces and fought hard in their service. Both sides had various reasons for recruiting African-American troops and individuals had widely differing reasons for taking up arms in the conflict.

Bill Covington

Bill Covington is a public school teacher by profession having spent 28 years in the classroom where he has taught Social Studies and English as a Second Language (ESL). He has taught in Dallas ISD as well as Waxahachie ISD. Currently, he is an instructor of Dual Credit US History, World History and Government/Economics at Waxahachie Global High School in Waxahachie, Texas. He is also an adjunct instructor of Western Civilization, US History, Texas History and World History at Navarro College, also located in Waxahachie, Texas. He is married to June Renee Jacobsen Covington and they both reside in Cedar Hill, Texas. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Bill was the TXDAR State Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of US History Award.

1890 Census Substitutes: Bridging the Gap on Jan 6, 2018

Please join us for our January 6, 2018 meeting. Hospitality begins at 10:30 am, and the business meeting starts at 11:00. Our speaker’s presentation starts around 11:30.

January’s educational presentation, 1890 Census Substitutes: Bridging the Gap, will be made by Bill Buckner from the Waco-McLennan County Library.

The story behind the 1890 Census starts out like so many of those burned courthouse tales of gloom and doom. Yes, there was a fire and yes it is true that the 1890 Census was destroyed. Its destruction left a 20-year gap in the decennial chain of census records for researchers. How are we to cross this abyss back through time from 1900 to 1880 and connect to our ancestors with any degree of certainty? One strategy is to look for census substitutes or alternative sources. Remember the goal should be to identify an ancestor in a geographic place and time and define family relationships. A variety of substitutes from reconstructed 1890 Census to other types of enumerations will be presented. Additionally, clues that can be found in a score of familiar records that can help researchers gain knowledge about their ancestors and bridge the gap will be highlighted.

William D. “Bill” Buckner

Bill Buckner is the Genealogy Supervisor of the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library for the past nineteen years. In addition to teaching a quarterly Genealogy Beginners Class, Bill has had numerous speaking engagements with various organizations. Some of his recent presentations include: Retro Genealogy Resources Still Viable in Today’s Online World; The Digital Public Library of America: Another Tool for Family Historians; and Extra! Extra! Extra! From the Headlines to the Classifieds, Newspapers Deliver Genealogical Gems.

Bill heads up the McLennan County Cemetery Interest Group (MCCIG). Formed in 2002, this volunteer organization of the Center seeks to identify and inventory McLennan County cemeteries. In 2012, the results of 35 cemetery inventories were published by the Central Texas Genealogical Society (CTGS) as McLennan County, Texas Cemetery Records, v. 9.

Bill initiated and co-hosts with the Central Texas Genealogical Society the very popular annual Genealogy Lock-in. This event has helped bring together the organizations and individuals that use, support, and have an interest in the Genealogy Center collection. In 2011, Bill started a movement to connect libraries that had similar events through the use of technology to share programming and resources. Twenty-eight Texas libraries participated in the 17th annual Lock-in October 2017.

Bill is District 12 Representative for the Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS), and serves as the TxSGS Chair of the Book Awards and serves as the overall TxSGS Awards Chair. In 2011, Bill received the President’s Award from TSGS for his contributions. He also has served on various genealogy/history committees with the Texas Library Association and American Library Association.

Bill received his BS from Southwestern University, and his MS in Library Science from UNT. Bill is a fourth-generation Texan and lives in Temple, Texas with his family.

DGS May Meeting: Election of Officers, Using Libraries For Genealogy Research

The May General Meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society is this Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 in the 1st floor Auditorium of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. Join us starting at 10:3am for hospitality and mingling. The business meeting starts at 11:00, followed by our featured speaker around 11:30.

This last meeting of the 2016-2017 year is extra important because we will hold our annual election of officers for the 2017-2018 year. The slate of officers is:

  • President – Todd DeDecker
  • Vice President – Kristin Moore
  • Secretary: Caroline Simpson
  • Treasurer: Travis Tynes

Please plan to attend. A quorum is needed to conduct the election, plus you will get a double bang for your buck!

Our program is titled “Getting the Most Bang For Your Buck Out of Libraries”, presented by Ari Wilkins, team member in the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library. Time and money are a researcher’s most precious commodities. Don’t waste valuable library time on ordinary collections and databases when you are sitting on a gold mine of unique resources! Maximize your experience at your local and destination libraries.

 

 

April 1, 2017 Meeting Videos Available

Video records from our April 1, 2017 general meeting are now available:

  • The general meeting segment included information about the slate of officers for the 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors: Watch it now

  • Our educational presentation was ‘Researching Your Texas Ancestors: At Home or On Site’ made by long-time DGS member Kelvin Meyers. Kelvin generously allowed us to record his entire presentation and make it available on our web site until Sunday, April 9.

January General Meeting is this Saturday, Jan 7, 2017

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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 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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