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!


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.



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.


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.


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



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.

Mesquite GenSoc Workshop – June 10, 2017 – Fred & Lynell Moss

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:

  • Closing Death Records is Just Dead Wrong!
  • Finding Family in U.S. Land Records
  • Probing in U.S. Probate Records
  • Searching on FamilySearch

Program details, pricing, and registration form

Mesquite GHS website


Consider This

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!

Online Nomination Form

Email: nominating@dallasgenealogy.com

Officer Positions

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!

Jimmy Walters, Sales Manager & Susan Rainwater, Treasurer

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!

Online Nomination Form

Gloria Goodwin, Membership Director & Lisa Ross, Volunteer

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!

Online Nomination Form

Email: nominating@dallasgenealogy.com

2016-2017 DGS Board Members

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 DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, Nov 17


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 Adds 2 New SIGs

Society News

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 rootsmagicsig@dallasgenealogy.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 tngsitebuildersig@dallasgenealogy.org for details.

Both groups are free and open to the public.

Fall Seminar with Curt Witcher


Register Now   –   Mail in Registration

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):


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.


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!


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.


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