The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society’s 2017 Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 10, at the Mesquite Arts Center. Featured speakers Fred and Lynell Moss will make four presentations:
Ever want to give back to the genealogy community? Sure you have! Get started by volunteering for a position on the DGS Board! Don’t worry – there are several folks who can assist you as you gain experience and expertise. In fact, to ensure a smooth transition, both outgoing and incoming Board members meet as needed June – August.
Officer Nominations Due March 31st!
The Nominations Committee will announce a slate of 4 officers at the April 1st DGS General Meeting: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
*** We are particularly seeking a candidate for Treasurer. ***
The Treasurer pays the Society’s bills and reconciles accounts monthly. The Treasurer also:
- Makes brief reports to the general meeting regarding the state of the organization’s finances (account balances, income and expenses)
- Chairs the Budget Committee
It is helpful for the candidate to have a working knowledge of (or be willing to learn):
- A recent version of Quickbooks and Windows
- EXCEL (or another spreadsheet application) and Gmail
Read more about the Treasurer’s responsibilities. You might be a great fit!
Directors & Advisors
There are several additional open Board positions for you to consider!
Directors are appointed by the Executive Committee (DGS Officers and Immediate Past President) and ratified by the membership at the September General Meeting.We particularly need people for the following 4 positions!
- Education (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
Selects programs for the general business meetings of the Society and coordinates the special interest groups.
- Publicity & Public Relations (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
Promotes the Society and its activities through traditional and social marketing outlets.
- Publication Content (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
Chairs the Publication Committee.
- Volunteer Coordination (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
Develops a volunteer corps and manages its utilization.
Advisors participate in discussions at Board of Directors meetings. The President appoints the non-voting advisors to the Board. We particularly need people for the following 3 Advisor positions!
- IT Administrator
- Administers the Society’s neon CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software platform, which is used for managing membership information and event registration.
- Web Master
Develops and maintains the Society’s web presence.
- Editor of the DGS Newsletter
Edits and publishes our eNews, the Society’s digital newsletter.
Please feel free to contact the DGS President to discuss any position!
A Personal Note
In 2015, I agreed to be nominated for the position of Vice President of the DGS Board. Actually, I told the Nominations Committee that I would serve only if they could find no one else to do so. Surprisingly, they could not!
My reluctance was three-fold. On the one hand, my sister was dying and I was not sure how much time or energy I would be able to bring to the position. On the other hand, I am by dint of personality shy and not much of a joiner. On the third hand, I had recently retired and was not anxious to re-engage in organizational and managerial activities.
Gnawing at me was a sense of it being my turn to show up and give back.
Despite my hesitations, I was elected Vice President in May 2015 began my tenure on the DGS Board. I worked with a great group of volunteers and continue to enjoy their friendship and comaraderie. The benefits:
- I learned A LOT!
- About the genealogical community
- About the DGS
- About event management
- About Google tools and social apps
Please consider joining the DGS Board for the next year.
You might be a great fit!
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:
You can also dial in using your phone. United States +1 (312) 757-3121. Access Code: 187-787-949.
Leader: Happi McQuirk; email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
It is a little hard to believe that I am several months into my second term as President. The past year has gone by so quickly, and as I was writing up our annual report I realized why: We have had a really busy, successful year!
The report is available online here.
The Dallas Genealogical Society is sponsoring two new special interest groups, led by DGS Life Member Tresa Tatyrek.
The Roots Magic SIG offers group discussion and sharing of information about the RootsMagic genealogy software running on PCs (Windows) and the Mac. The goal is to help each other utilize the software to its fullest extent. The group meets the 2nd Sunday of the month (September, December, March and June) from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. The inaugural meeting is Sunday, September 11.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Next Generation Sitebuilder SIG is a facilitated group for those utilizing The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding tool to put genealogical research on line. The group meets the 2nd Sunday of the month (September, December, March and June) from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. The inaugural meeting is Sunday, September 11.
Contact email@example.com for details.
Both groups are free and open to the public.
Early Registration Ends Monday, September 5, 2016
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):
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.
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
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!
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.
Please help us welcome Curt Witcher back to Dallas for this very special event!
Early Registration Ends Monday, September 5, 2016
The July meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish interest group will be held this Wednesday the 20th from 10am to 1pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 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 and open to the public.
Leader: Elizabeth “Liz” Kutz: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Dallas Genealogy Society on July 29 & 30, 2016
Denise Levenick presents a 7-part program:
Preserving & Sharing Our Family History
News came to us yesterday of the death on May 2, 2016 of Margaret Ann (Schmidt) Hudson (1943-2016). Margaret Ann was an avid genealogist who served the DGS over many years in several capacities, including president in 1983-1984. Her obituary states that “in her pursuit of family history and stories, she amassed a substantial collection of materials and documents.”1 Her son, Matthew Hudson, fondly noted that Margaret Ann gave books of genealogical charts to each of her children.
Another son, James Hudson, reported in a Dallas Morning News blog that his grandfather and Margaret Ann’s father-in-law, Elmore Hudson, left a massive collection of photographs and negatives. Included in his collection were several 1936 photos capturing the construction and early days of Fair Park buildings in Dallas, Texas. Margaret Ann alerted James to the collection and the family subsequently preserved “each picture and negative in acid-free sleeves, numbered, [and] boxed.”2
Denise May Levenick, our DGS Summer Seminar speaker, comments in her blog (The Family Curator) that “in every family, someone ends up with “the stuff”.”3 Margaret Ann Hudson organized and published her research findings and passed them on to her children in book form. Her children, in turn, preserved and shared their grandfather’s photography collection. These are two examples of wonderful outcomes for any family historian!
All family history researchers have “stuff” –
usually, lots of stuff.
As in the case of Elmore Hudson’s photographic collection, some of our personal collections are well-organized and preserved using good archival practices. But the reality for many of us is that our stuff consists of a challenging array of physical and digital formats and is stored or stashed in every conceivable manner.
We know our research records and family treasures are valuable and vulnerable. We want practical approaches to organization, preservation, and sharing that do not require advanced technical degrees and small fortunes to implement.
When Denise Levenick inherited her grandmother’s trunk filled with photos, documents, and family keepsakes, she set about adapting archival practices for the organization and preservation of these family treasures. She understands the challenges we face in organizing, preserving, sharing, and passing on our family records, keepsakes, and miscellaneous “stuff”. She feels our pain.
Denise Levenick | July 29 & 30, 2016
Preserving & Sharing Our Family History
Denise’s 20 plus years of research and practice resulted in her blog, which contains practical tips, techniques, and DIY projects. She has also published two books: How to Archive Family Keepsakes and How to Archive Family Photos.
Denise is a frequent contributor to family history magazines and online publications, and presenter for webinars and workshops. She is also a member of the 2016 faculty for the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh.
Register now for this Special Event!
1. “In memory of Margaret Ann Hudson,” Dignity Memorial, Memorial Funeral Chapel College Station, (http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Margaret-Hudson&lc=4540&pid=179864821&mid=6913451# : accessed 5 June 2016).
2. Wilonsky, Robert. “The story behind a stack of rarely seen photos of Fair Park under construction in 1936,” The Dallas Morning News, City Hall Blog, 3 June 2016 (http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2016/06/the-story-behind-a-stack-of-rarely-seen-photos-of-fair-park-under-construction-in-1936.html/#more-56945 : accessed 5 June 2016), paras. 8 & 11.
3. Levenick, Denise May. “About Denise Levenick, The Family Curator,” The Family Curator, 2016 (http://thefamilycurator.com/ : accessed 5 June 2016), para. 1.