Early Registration for Summer Seminar Ends Soon!

Early Registration Deadline: July 23, 2017

 

I introduced myself to Lisa Louise Cooke at the 2015 Texas State Genealogical Society Conference and invited her to be our featured speaker at the DGS 2017 Summer Seminar. She was enthusiastic about the idea and suggested we include Diahan Southard and Sunny Morton in the Seminar.

Both Lisa and Diahan were giving several lectures at the conference. As anticipated, Lisa’s presentations were professional, updated, and very relevant for family historians. And Diahan’s DNA and Genetic Genealogy presentations were being enthusiastically received. Sunny was not at the conference, but Lisa described her as experienced, engaging, and vivacious.

I loved this idea! It would give us the opportunity to address a number of current topic areas, including DNA, newspaper research, and sharing our family history through writing and video. At the same time, three speakers and diverse topics would make our two-day event more like a mini-conference with appeal to a wide range of novice and experienced researchers.

We signed our Agreement in early 2016 and this special two-day event is now only a few weeks away! I anticipate high energy and solid information from these three professionals!

Remember the July 23rd deadline for the discounted fee!

I encourage you to register soon!

Check out the Sneak Video Previews below!

Logistics

Sneak Previews!
Lisa Louise Cooke Preview

Diahan Southard Preview

 

 

D. Joshua Taylor at DGS September 30, 2017

Registration: 9:30 AM | Seminar 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX 75201

You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to spend a day in Dallas with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS,
a nationally recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher.

He has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are?
and can be seen as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

  

PROGRAM

Beyond Belief: The Wealth of Genealogical and Historical Societies
There are thousands of genealogical and historical societies across the United States, each containing records that are not available anywhere else! Learn how to find historical societies, and get the most out of their records. Learn what records are unique to historical societies that can further your research.

Online Resources: Religious Archives and Organizations
Whether you are searching for a member of the Baptist, Quaker, or Methodist religion, innovations in digital collections have provided tremendous resources. Collections found at university, public, and private repositories will be examined.

Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies
Discover the methods used in the 19th and early 20th century to create a compiled genealogy, and how to ensure its information does not lead you down the wrong trail.

Untapped Resources: Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations
Political parties have shaped the history of America, and all political parties had members! Come discover how to find those party records; including voting, fundraising, and meeting records from the early 1800s to the late 1950s.

LOGISTICS

DATE – September 30, 2017

Registration: 9:30 AM | Seminar 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

COST (Includes parking in Library garage.)

By September 17*

  • Member: $60 | Non-Member: $70
  • Lunch: $12

After September 17

  • Member: $70 | Non-Member: $80
  • Lunch: $12

* For reduced rate, register online by September 17, 2017 or by mail postmarked no later than midnight, September 17, 2017.

LOCATION

  • 1st floor Auditorium | J. Erik Jonsson Central Library | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, Texas 75201

  

SPEAKER

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. He is the President and Executive Director of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) and the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He serves the genealogical community as the Immediate Past President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He is also the coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Passionate about family history, Joshua is the author of numerous articles in American Ancestors, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, New England Ancestors, and other publications. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award and the FGS Award of Merit. Joshua holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are?. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.


Writing Your Life Story, US Religious Records

These topics are only two of the eight which will be presented at the DGS’s 2017 Summer Seminar, Sources, Storytelling & DNA, on Friday and Saturday, August 4 & 5. Genealogy writer and Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, Sunny Morton, will share her skills and knowledge during these 2 presentations:

Write Your Life Story: As the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories, Sunny will teach attendees how to write their personal histories in an engaging way. This session includes: the anatomy of a good story; what kinds of details are interesting; and how to give stories a personal flavor.

Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records: From Sunny’s forthcoming book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church and locate and access its records.

Sunny will be joined by Lisa Louise Cooke and Diahan Southard for our two-day event at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX. This outstanding trio of experts will help you learn new ways to research YOUR family history. There is something for everyone: DNA, US Religious records, historical newspapers, writing your life story, using video, and more!

Detailed descriptions of all 8 topics, speakers’ bios, and registration/pricing information are on our website.

Enhance Your DNA Knowledge at DGS’s 2017 Summer Seminar

Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2017 Summer Seminar “Sources, Storytelling & DNA” will be held Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

One of our 3 featured speakers will be Diahan Southard, an expert in genetic genealogy, who will present two of the sessions at the Seminar.

Diahan’s Friday presentation is “Genetic Genealogy: Here’s What you Need To Know”.  YDNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA. Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, and LivingDNA. Do 3 test types + 5 testing companies = 8 times the confusion? This accessible lecture will cover what you need to know about this exciting science and how it can lead to important discoveries in your family history. Important questions will be answered: Who should be tested? Which test should I take? What will I receive? Will the DNA results help me? You will be entertained and enlightened, and leave with a better understanding of your next steps.

Her Saturday program is “The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study.  This case study will illustrate how YDNA and autosomal DNA testing helped one family better understand their own past, and gave them incentive to reach out and connect with others. The session will cover methodology as well as the sociology of this kind of situation and best practices for you and your family as you strive to forge bonds with others in a non-traditional way.

Diahan Southard is Your DNA Guide at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems website. She holds a degree in Microbiology, has worked with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and has been in the genetic genealogy industry since it has been an industry.

Lisa Louise Cooke and Sunny Morton are the other 2 featured speakers at our Seminar. Full program details for all 8 sessions plus speaker bios are here.

Register by July 23 to receive a discounted fee: $125 (DGS Member); $140 (Non-Member).

Join Lisa Louise Cooke at DGS 2017 Summer Seminar

One of Dallas Genealogical Society’s featured speakers at our 2017 Summer Seminar event Sources, Storytelling & DNA is internationally-known family history speaker, author, teacher, and researcher Lisa Louise Cooke. Lisa will present four topics during our 2-day event, August 4-5. Our other featured speakers Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard will present 4 additional topics.

Lisa’s sessions on Friday will be Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries and Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers, followed by 10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video and How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth on Saturday.

You can expect to learn a lot from Lisa’s presentations – exciting new Google search techniques, 3 Cool Tech Tools to get you started in newspaper research, ten ways that online video can enrich your family history, how to harness Google Earth’s capabilities as a multimedia way to tell your ancestor’s story…and much more.

Location

1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

Click here for all 8 session descriptions, Early Bird registration discount prices, and online/mail-in registration forms on the DGS website.

Visit Lisa’s excellent website: genealogygems.com.

See you at our Summer Seminar!

 

Getting to know Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard

We are fortunate to welcome Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard as two of the three speakers for the DGS Summer Seminar on August 4 and 5. If you’ve never heard them speak, you’re in for a treat! Registration is open now, so please join us!

 

Sunny Morton

Sunny McClellan Morton is an award-winning writer and speaker. She has developed courses for Family Tree University and has authored My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories as well as the forthcoming How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records. At RootsTech 2017, she taught a session on “Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage”; you can see the video at https://www.rootstech.org/videos/sunny-morton. Sunny is also an editor for Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems blog and podcasts and is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine.

 

 

Diahan SouthardDiahan Southard has been interested in DNA since high school and has made it her career, first with Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and now as Your DNA Guide. Like Sunny, Diahan also presented at RootsTech 2017 on “DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together.” Diahan has also appeared in several Family Tree webinars and, in fact, has a free one on Friday, June 16 at 1:00 PM CDT on the topic, What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA. My favorite ones, though, are the “Watch Geoff Live” seminars she’s done with the webinar host, Geoffrey Rasmussen. These are unscripted session where Diahan walks Geoff through his DNA test results, making discoveries and breaking a brick wall or two along the way. (Note: The older webinars can be viewed by webinar subscribers or you can purchase a digital download of individual seminars that may be of interest to you.)

 

Join us August 4th and 5th at the J. Erik Jonsson Library to hear these great speakers. 

You just think you know what Google can do!

Lisa Louise Cooke

Google may have started as a search engine back in the mid-1990s to find files on the Internet, but it’s grown into so much more. The free tools that are now available from Google can be invaluable to genealogists — experienced or newbie. Sure, there’s Google Search, Google Drive and GMAIL, but now there’s also Google Books, Google Maps, Google Translate, Google Earth and more! Come and learn from Lisa Louise Cooke, author of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox (2nd Edition). I had the opportunity to see Lisa present a session on Google Earth at a conference several years ago and was totally enthralled, especially when she showed how to overlay historical maps on Google Earth, making your ancestor’s neighborhood that much more alive.

Lisa will be one of our presenters at the DGS Summer Seminar, Friday & Saturday, August 4 & 5.  Her sessions include Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries, Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers, 10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video, and How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth.

Lisa is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show as well as the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast, both available at www.GenealogyGems.comin iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app. She is a international genealogy speaker, an author of multiple books and multi-media materials and even has her own YouTube channel. On July 12th, Lisa will present on Google Books: the tool you should use every day! through Legacy Tree Webinars  (https://familytreewebinars.com/lisalouisecooke).

We’re fortunate to have Lisa Louise Cooke join us for the DGS Summer Seminar! Registration is now open, so please sign up and join us in August.

Sources, Storytelling & DNA

A very special event presented by the

Dallas Genealogical Society

PROGRAM

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017

Registration:  9:30 AM
Seminar:  
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Session 1. Lisa Louise Cooke
Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries
Session 2. Sunny Morton
Write Your Life Story
Session 3. Diahan Southard
Genetic Genealogy: Here’s What you Need To Know
Session 4. Lisa Louise Cooke
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017

Seminar:  10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Session 1. Sunny Morton
Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records
Session 2. Lisa Louise Cooke
10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video
Session 3. Diahan Southard
The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study
Session 4. Lisa Louise Cooke
How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth

PRESENTERS

LISA LOUISE COOKE is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app.

SUNNY MORTON is a genealogy writer read by thousands in magazines and online. She is a Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories.

DIAHAN SOUTHARD is Your DNA Guide at Genealogy Gems! She holds a degree in Microbiology, has worked with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and has been in the genetic genealogy industry since it began.

COST

SEMINAR
By July 23

  • Member:  $125
  • Non‐Member:  $140

After July 23

  • Member:  $140
  • Non‐Member:  $160

LUNCH

  • Friday $12
  • Saturday $12

NOTES

  • For lower rate: Register online or by mail postmarked no later than midnight, July 23, 2017.
  • Parking in the Library’s underground garage is included in the registration fee.
  • Sorry, no one-day pricing available for this seminar.

Location

1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75201


Educational Programs People Want

Early Registration Ends Monday, September 5, 2016

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At the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Springfield, Illinois this week, Curt Witcher spoke about the large gap between the current number of active members in genealogical societies and the millions of people currently involved in online family history research.  Seeking to narrow this gap, the Dallas Genealogical Society strives to align our educational services and programs with the interests of our members and with the needs of others in the community who are interested in genealogy, yet are not involved in a local genealogical society.

To that end, the DGS offers: (a) three seminars each year –  one or two all-day events with nationally known genealogical speakers; (b) eight monthly programs – one-hour talks from regional and local experts; and (c) several special interest groups – topical discussion groups led by society members. (You can get more information about these on the DGS website.)

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Curt Witcher, a prominent genealogist, will present four lectures at the DGS Fall Seminar:  Sources & Methods for Family History Research.

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Session 1.            Historical Research Methodology:  Engaging the Process to Find all the Answers

Session 2.            German Migration into the Midwest

Session 3.            Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

Session 4.            Native American/First Nations Research

Session Descriptions and Seminar Information

The lecture topics address the interests of our Society members as well as the interests of others engaged in family history research. A survey of our members indicated they would like to have research methods topics included in our seminars, as well as ethnic group research topics. The Fall Seminar includes two methodology lectures and a talk about German migration. The fourth topic is about Native American/First Nations research, an interest we heard from several persons who stopped by the DGS booth last March at the North Texas Irish Festival. Curt Witcher has the breadth and depth of expertise to address this range of research topics.

Not sure this seminar is for you?

Don’t be deterred if some topics aren’t a match for your interests! Be excited about:

  • Learning some unexpected knowledge nuggets;
  • Engaging in rewarding conversation with fellow researchers;
  • Supporting a genealogical society that strives to serve!

Please help us welcome Curt Witcher to Dallas for this special event!

Register Now   –   Mail in Registration

Early Registration Ends Monday, September 5, 2016

Fall Seminar with Curt Witcher

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The Dallas Genealogical Society has a wonderful Society Newsletter archive available on its website. I wondered how Curt Witcher’s last visit with the DGS had been reported. He was the featured lecturer in February 2002 in the Discovering Genealogical Sources lecture series. I found this article in the archive (Volume 25, Number 10, Issue 224, page 183):

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Source: 2002-01 | Volume 25, Number 10, Issue 224 (January)

Curt Witcher is now the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN where he manages The Genealogy Center, the institution’s Rare and Fine Book Collection, and the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln materials. Curt is the project lead on many of the library’s digitization initiatives–initiatives that include partnerships with the FamilySearch International, the Internet Archive, ProQuest, Ancestry, Fold3, and WeRelate–as well as growing a site of free, searchable data files at GenealogyCenter.org.

In addition to the more than five hundred record and methodology articles he has penned for genealogical periodicals, Curt has participated in many family history conferences and seminars across the country, presenting ideas and strategies to help individuals find and tell their family stories. He was honored in May of 2007 with the National Genealogical Society’s P. William Filby award for outstanding, life-time contributions to genealogical librarianship. (I note that the first Filby award was presented in 1999 to Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck of the Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas.)

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Curt is presenting four lectures at the DGS Fall Seminar,  Sources & Methods for Family History Research.

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Session 1.            Historical Research Methodology:  Engaging the Process to Find all the Answers

Session 2.            German Migration into the Midwest

Session 3.            Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

Session 4.            Native American/First Nations Research

Session Descriptions and Seminar Information

The seminar will be held in the first floor Auditorium of the Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young Street in Dallas. This beautiful facility seats 179 persons – not quite the 240 seats available to family history researchers in 2002, but still a good number!

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Auditorium at the Dallas Public Library

In 2002, the DGS Newsletter reported that Curt’s lecture was a sell-out (Volume 26, Number 1, Issue 225, page 7)! The article notes Curt’s graciousness in answering all questions during breaks and lunch. It describes the lecture as both a “good time” and “information-packed”. I expect no less graciousness or expertise on Curt’s part when he joins us on September 17th.

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Source: 2002-02 | Volume 26, Number 1, Issue 225 (February)

Please help us welcome Curt Witcher back to Dallas for this very special event!

Register Now   –   Mail in Registration

Early Registration Ends Monday, September 5, 2016