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.

DGS’s January General Meeting is This Saturday, the 7th


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 Monthly Meeting is This Sat, 10 Sep


Please join us for our September Monthly Meeting, September 10, in the 1st floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX  75201.

Hospitality time begins at 10:30, followed by a brief DGS business meeting at 11am (which includes a membership vote on the 2016-2017 budget). The program will begin about 11:20am.

Our program speaker is DGS Life Member Shirley Sloat. Her presentation is titled “It takes a village…… to produce a book preserving the memories of the only living grandchild of two Georgia slaves (Estelle Mitchell Adams, pictured above) who came in a wagon with nine children to Wheelock, Texas, in 1894”.


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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April General Meeting Materials Available

Did you miss our April meeting? Watch the business portion here!

View on YouTube | March 5 meeting

Unfortunately, Ari Wilkins outstanding presentation on Ante-Bellum Southern Plantation Records was not recorded. Here is some of the feedback we received:

  • OUTSTANDING!  Best ever!
  • One of the best monthly meetings I’ve been too in a long time.  It was more like a seminar than a meeting!
  • This was an amazing session. I learned a ton about the period leading up to the civil war as well as records and techniques. The case studies were well done, interesting and relevant! I was amazed that the slide count was nearly 90 at the end – time flew by with the info and story telling. Really great session!
  •  I would very much like a copy of her syllabus, please! The presentation was one of the best I have ever attended at the DGS  regular meetings. Kudos to Ari and her work on southern records.

Ari has generously provided us with a PDF copy of her syllabus.

DGS March Meeting Features Barbara Rust From NARA-Ft. Worth

The March monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society will be held this Saturday, March 5 in the first floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Hospitality time begins at 10:30 am; a short business meeting, followed by the program, starts at 11:00 am.

One of the major topics of the business meeting is a discussion of proposed bylaws changes. The Board of Directors has recommended modifications to the bylaws to address issues related to the election of officers at the general meeting. The proposed changes are outlined here.

General Meeting

The program features Barbara Rust, an archivist from the Ft. Worth office of the National Archives and Records Administration and an adjunct instructor of government at Tarrant Community College District, South Campus.

Barbara’s topic is “North Texas Naturalization Records at NARA-Ft. Worth”. North Texas naturalization records created after 1906 have been accessioned to NARA Fort Worth. Barbara will discuss this genealogically rich collection, what we can discover in these original files, and how to access them. Speaker bio and program details.

DGS Members
Want to Attend our Summer Seminar for Free?

Bring a friend who is not a current member of the Dallas Genealogical Society to a monthly general meeting in March, April or May. For each qualified friend you bring, you will receive an entry for a drawing to be held at our special 60th Anniversary meeting in May. The winner of the drawing will receive one free admission (including lunch both days) to our July 29-30 Summer Seminar featuring Denise Levenick, the Family Curator!  Drawing details.