Texas State Genealogical Society Elects 2018-2019 Board

Delegates of the Texas State Genealogical Society elected their slate of officers for 2018 – 2019 during their annual meeting (a GoTo meeting session) held on October 21, 2017.

Randy Whited (President), Sue Kaufman (Director of Education) and Susan Ball (Director of Membership) were elected to a 1 year term of office.

Sandra Crowley (Director of Development), Patti Gillespie (Secretary) and Betsy Mills (Treasurer) were elected to a 2 year term of office.

Bylaw changes that include a requirement for overlapping, 2 year terms for board members were also approved, which is why the President, Director of Education and Director of Membership officers are only serving a 1 year term. Elections for these positions will be held again next year.

Early Texans DNA Project

The Early Texans DNA Project incorporates data from tests taken at Family Tree DNA when the test-taker joins the Texas State Genealogical Society DNA Project (TxStateGS Project) at Family Tree DNA. Data from other testing companies can be incorporated when the data has been uploaded to Family Tree DNA or to GEDmatch.com.

The project is a geographically-oriented project focused on analyzing the DNA of those with ancestors who settled in Texas before 31 December 1900:

More information is available on the TSGS website….

DGS Earns 2 Awards from Texas State Genealogical Society

At the closing banquet of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference on October 31, the Dallas Genealogical Society was honored with two awards.

  • First Place – Web site for a Partner Society.  “The purpose… is to promote genealogy and history on the world wide web, sharing information and servicing our global communities; …criteria will include web site design, navigation, contents, and customization.”
  • Volunteer of the Year = DGS President Tony Hanson. Judging criteria include genealogical or historical research and service to the society, the community, and the local or genealogical library.


DGS congratulates our Webmaster Todd DeDecker on the Web Site Award; we are very grateful for the tremendous amount of time, effort and skill that was put forth to achieve this by Todd and several others in the Society.

It is a pleasure to see that our President’s dedication and service to DGS has been recognized at the state level with this Volunteer of the Year honor.

The first place award in the Web site category includes a $100 gift to DGS. The Volunteer of the Year award includes a $50 gift to the winner plus $50 to the partner society who nominated the recipient.

You can view images of these (and previous awards) on our ‘Awards Received‘ page.

Registration discount available for TSGS 2015 Family History Conference

The Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference kicks off in Austin a little more than two weeks from now (October 30-November 1). See old friends, meet new ones and learn a lot during the three days of the conference.

2015-Family-History-Conference-LeaderboardEven though early-bird registration has officially ended, TSGS extends to your family, friends and followers a couple of discount codes good towards single-day and full-conference registrations.

At www.txsgs.org, use coupon code family20 to get $20 off the $150 fee of the full 3-day registration or coupon code family10 to get $10 off any single-day registration.

Conference program/details.

Seeking Nominations for TxSGS Volunteer of the Year

The Texas State Genealogical Society recognizes contributions made to member societies with their annual Volunteer of the Year award. Each member society is encouraged to nominate one of its members for the competition.

Who in the DGS do YOU think most deserves consideration for this year’s award?  Nominate them now using this form… The final selection will be made by the board of directors who will forward the nomination to the TSGS by the September 15 deadline.