DGS@60 – Our First Newsletter

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.


Our first newsletter was published in 1955. Vol 1, No 1 from the “Local History & Genealogical Society Cooperating With The Dallas Public Library” (aren’t you glad that we shortened our name?) is dated February 21, 1955.

DGS_Newsletter_1955_February_Vol_1_Num_1_ThumbFeatured on the first page was the Society’s Statement of Purpose. In keeping with this purpose, the newsletter announced that the first project of our newly-formed organization would be “the compilation of a bibliography of all books and pamphlets in the Dallas Public Library dealing with genealogical material”.

This first issue also included a column which became a newsletter tradition for several decades – recent “Library Acquisitions” at the Dallas Public Library of interest to genealogical researchers.  Mrs Margaret Pratt, head of the Local History and Genealogy Department of Dallas Public Library, listed 14 new titles “of interest”.  According to Dallas Public Library’s online catalog, all 14 are still available for research!

Read the entire first issue on our website.


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 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.

Stay Informed the Easy Way

With the roll-out of our new web site we plan to make greater use of our blog to provide information about activities and web site features. To help you we now provide the ability to subscribe to our blog. Just register your email address and you will receive all of the news and information we have to share right in your email inbox. Its easy to do – Just go to our Blog and click on the Subscribe button. You will get an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Once you have done that you will begin to get all of the useful and helpful information we post.

DGS Website Updated

Our webmasters (Todd DeDecker and Tony Hanson) have just completed a 6-month effort to re-design, update and improve our web presence.

We were compelled to do this because the version of software used to create our website in 2010 was no longer being supported. Since we had to undergo a fairly major update anyway we decided to re-write it using WordPress, which has emerged as the most widely used web and blog software in use today.

A large part of our focus was making the information we had on the old site much easier to find and use. In addition, the new site is much more compatible with smart phones and tablets that are increasingly being used to view the materials we have available.

Another advantage of using WordPress is that is has a wide variety of add-on tools that can be used to increase the usefulness of our website. We have several enhancements lined up that you can expect to see in the coming months.

If you encounter any bugs or problems while visiting the site  ( http://www.dallasgenealogy.org/ ) please click on the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of the page and tell us about them and we’ll get them corrected as soon as we can.

There will be a demo of the new site at the September 5 General Meeting.