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Online Registration Ends September 27, 2017

  

Don’t miss this great opportunity to spend a day in Dallas with

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

a nationally recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher.

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Fall Seminar Early Registration Ends Sept 17

 

Early Registration Deadline: September 17, 2017

  

Remember the September 17th deadline for the discounted fee!

I encourage you to register soon!

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.

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DGS Fall Seminar On 30 Sep Features D. Joshua Taylor

Please join the Dallas Genealogical Society for our seminar on Saturday, September 30 with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Mr. Taylor is currently President and Executive Director of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.

The full-day program is titled Resource Goldmines: Societies, Religion, & Politics and D. Joshua Taylor will present four lectures: Genealogical and Historical SocietiesReligious Archives and Organizations, 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies, and Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations.

Sign up by September 17 to save $10 on the registration fee.

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Getting to know D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

This fall, our speaker will be D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS. If you’re an avid watcher of genealogy television like I am, you may recognize him from various shows. Most recently, he is one of the hosts of the popular PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow. His interest in genealogy dates from an early age (10!), and he credits his grandmother as his earliest genealogical inspiration. When I googled “interview with D. Joshua Taylor”, I found an interesting interview with him at Genealogists.com in which he predicts advancements in genealogical research as well as shares his own research challenges — a peripatetic circus performer?

Learn more about our fabulous fall speaker at his website and read more about the resource goldmines you’ll hear about on September 30.

Registration is open now. Please join us!

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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.


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!

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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

It’s a Privilege

For this Midwesterner it’s hard to imagine in our current 100-degree Dallas heat that Fall is actually coming. But one thing the approach of Fall means is that the Dallas Genealogical Society is once again offering a Fall educational seminar.

Curt Witcher, a nationally prominent genealogical speaker, is our featured speaker on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Registration is open and offered at a discounted rate to both members and non-members through midnight September 5, 2016.

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CurtBWitcherYou may recognize Curt Witcher as the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he manages the Genealogy Center. His is also a former president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society.

I first encountered Curt Witcher when he delivered a keynote speech in 2011 at the first RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. He spoke about genealogical societies and said things right-out-loud that inspired many and risked derision from others. I was inspired.

This respected member of the national genealogical community simultaneously chastised and uplifted societies. I thought: Here is a leader with a message of hope and solid ideas for the genealogical societies of the future.

At RootsTech that year he shared the keynote stage with a truly distinguished group:

  • Shane Robison – Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, 
Hewlett–Packard Company;
  • Brewster Kahle – Founder of the Internet Archive; and
  • Jay Verkler – CEO, FamilySearch International.

The second time I heard Curt speak was at the annual awards banquet of the 2012 Texas State Genealogical Society Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. He stepped in as the banquet keynote speaker for Lloyd Bockstruck, who was unable to attend at the last minute. Curt admirably retooled a talk about the outreach efforts of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, interleaving real life  stories of library patrons. It was a warm and touching speech that resonated with many hearts in that audience.

I most recently heard Curt speak in March of this year at the Williamson County Genealogical Society’s Annual Seminar in Round Rock, Texas. He did not disappoint.

His introductory remarks included: “I’ve always been a contrarian” and “I get snarkier with age”. Delightful: A man of immeasurable competence who makes no apologies for his intelligent analysis and critique, while delivering solid guidance to family history researchers.

When I found myself in a position to engage speakers for the Dallas Genealogical Society, Curt definitely made my short list. What a privilege to have him join us September 17, 2016, when he will deliver four lectures under the umbrella theme of Sources & Methods for Family History Research.

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

Please Join Us for this Wonderful Event!

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Walk-Ins Invited to Dr. Lacopo’s Seminar this Saturday

Registration has closed for Mike Lacopo’s seminar this Saturday, October 24 – Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death – but there are still seats available. Don’t hesitate – join us in the first-floor auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas for an excellent program. Map. Check-in begins at 9:30 am and the seminar starts at 10.

Program details

EthnicThe cost is $55 for members; $65 for non-members – cash or check only. Although a box lunch won’t be available, you are welcome to bring your lunch or go out to one of the many eateries around the Library.

An all-day discount rate of $1.50 is available for attendees who parking in the Library’s underground parking garage, accessed from Wood Street.

A bonus event – Lloyd Bockstruck, retired head of the Library’s Genealogy Division, will staff a table of used genealogy/family history books and other materials for sale. These have been gathered from several sources and the money collected will be donated to the Genealogy Division. Many of the titles are Texas-related, but a wide variety of family histories, methodologies, etc. are included.

We look forward to seeing you.

Only One Week Until Our Fall Seminar With Mike Lacopo!

DGS is excited to present Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death, Dr. Lacopo’s all-day seminar on Saturday, October 24, to be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map

Michael_LacopoHis four sessions:

1. She Came From Nowhere – A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem.
2. Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence”.
3. Incorporating Social History Into Your Research.
4. Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through.

  • Members – $55
  • Non-members – $65
  • Lunch (optional) – $12

Dr. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana. Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, at the same time that he was honing his research skills. He treats his genealogical research as he does medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has developed a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past. Dr. Lacopo has presented lectures and programs at several NGS and FGS conferences, as well state genealogical societies, the Palatines to America Conference, and many local and regional family history meetings.

Please join us for this informative and engaging program.