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. 

DGS Tech SIG meets This Thursday, May 4

Dallas Genealogical Society‘s Technology Special Interest Group meets this Thursday, May 6 from 6-8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Presentation: “Exploring the FamilySearch Wiki”.

The FamilySearch Wiki is an information depository which can be used by genealogists to find information about subjects, records and places where their ancestors worked, lived or even visited. The Wiki has links to various databases that may contain information about your specific ancestor or FAN. Lynell Moss will demonstrate the FamilySearch Wiki, how you can use it as powerful research tool, and even contribute to this collaborative depository of knowledge. You are invited to bring your own laptop computer if you want to follow along during the presentation.

Please join us. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Go-To Meeting will not be available for this presentation.

SIG Leader – Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS Tech SIG Meets This Thursday, 2nd

The March meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology SIG is this Thursday evening, March 2, from 6-8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas, 1515 Young St, 75201.

Program: “Report from RootsTech 2017”. Please join SIG leader Suzan Younger for a presentation of new and updated programs and applications show-cased at RootsTech, with special attention to the ten semi-finalist apps recognized as a part of the RootsTech Innovator Summit competition. Join in the conversation with DGS members who attended the conference and talk about the latest from the genealogical community.

If you can’t attend in person, join the conversation from your computer, tablet or smartphone using DGS’s GoTo Meeting account: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877. There also is an audio only phone number: Use this if you run into trouble getting connected: +1 (224) 501-3412 with the same Access Code: 270215877.

Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org
Technology SIG Leader

DGS Technology SIG Meets This Thursday, Jan 5

Technology SIG

The January meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology Special Interest Group will be held this Thursday, January 5, 6-7:30pm, in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, in downtown Dallas.

Speaker: Suzan Younger.

Program: Speech Recognition Software.  Speech recognition, voice recognition or speech to text recognition software is software that can recognize the spoken word and convert it to text. It can be used to dictate to text files, emails, or commands for operating systems. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices. The presentation will identify general uses of this speech recognition software and provide demonstrations of how it can be used for genealogical research.

If you cannot attend in person, join the conversation from your computer, tablet or smartphone via our GoTo Meeting account (25 user limit).

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877; The access code is 270-215-877. There also is an audio only phone number. Use this if you run into trouble getting connected: +1 (224) 501-3412 with the same Access Code: 270215877.

SIG Leader: Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS’s MacGen SIG Meets This Saturday, Dec 3

MacGen Reunion SIG

The December meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s MacGen Reunion Interest Group is this Saturday, the 3rd, from 2-4 pm (note hour change) on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

It’s time for our Christmas party (feel free to bring goodies to share) and our topic this time is DNA.

SIG leader Happi McQuirk will report on the wonderful Texas State Genealogical Society conference and their SIX sessions on DNA. She will also pass out coupons for Family Tree DNA in case you haven’t already taken the step or haven’t gotten the coupon you are waiting for.

Also, please bring any questions or topics you wish to discuss and we’ll try to get to all of them.

If you can’t make it in person to the meeting, please join us via the internet from your computer, tablet or smartphone at the GoToMeeting link below:
https: //global.gotomeeting.com/join/187787949

You can also dial in using your phone. United States +1 (312) 757-3121. Access Code: 187-787-949.

Leader: Happi McQuirk; macs@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS Tech SIG Meets This Thursday, Dec 1

Technology SIG

The December meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology Special Interest Group is this Thursday, December 1 from 6-8 pm.

5th Floor Hamon room, J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.  Map.

Topic: On-line Educational Opportunities: Review various on-line educational opportunities. There are excellent websites which offer high quality, online classes as live presentations or as on-demand viewing. Access to the presentations may be free, by subscription or as a one time fee. We will review and discuss several of these educational programs, beginning with the “Lynda.com” website offered as a free service to holders of Dallas Public Library cards. Other sites to be discussed include the National Archives (NARA), FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeWebinars.com, and more.

Join the conversation using our GoTo Meeting account (note that we are limited to 25 users), if you are not able to attend in person.

GoToMeeting is a web based tool that will allow you to view the presentation on your computer. It also has an audio bridge and your choice of using your telephone or your PC’s microphone and speaker (actually a headset works better).

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central time; https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877.

There also is an audio only phone number: Use this if you run into trouble getting connected: +1 (224) 501-3412 with the same Access Code: 270215877

SIG Leader:,Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS’s Brown Bag SIG Meets this Sat, Nov 26

Brown Bag SIG

The November meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Brown Bag Special Interest Group is this Saturday the 26th at 10:30am on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

The Brown Bag SIG is for genealogists who want to learn advanced methodology skills and techniques.

The meetings are free and open to the public.

Leader: Janet Khashab, brownbag@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS’s African American Interest Group Meets This Sat, Nov 19

AAGIG SIG

The November meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogical Interest Group is this Saturday at 2pm on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

The group discusses issues and explores areas of research unique to the African American community, including census research, reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, NARA combined military records of the U.S. Colored Troops, Plantation Slave records, Slave schedules and other records that provide information for this special area of genealogy research.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Leader: Lois Lilly, AAGIG@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, Nov 17

DNA SIG

The November meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Special Interest Group is this Thursday at 6pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 7201.

Program: 3 SIG members attended the FamilyTreeDNA Genetic Genealogy Conference this past weekend in Houston. They will discuss updates and explanations of new tools available, plus exciting changes in FTDNA.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

SIG leader: Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS Jewish SIG Meets This Wednesday, Nov 16

Jewish SIG

The November meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group is this Wednesday, the 16th at 10am on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Learn the terminology of the Jewish faith and race and the various methods for researching these families. Emphasis is on cultural differences (from other races and creeds) which may require alternative genealogical research methods and records from those usually employed. Domestic (United States) and international aspects are both explored.

Meetings are free ands open to the public.

Leader: Elizabeth “Liz” Kutz; jewishgen@dallasgenealogy.org.

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