AARP Genealogy Overview

DGS members Kathleen Murray and Lisa Ross provided a Genealogy Overview to a group of approximately 30 people on November 8.

Feedback was positive. Susan J. Williams (AARP Texas Associate State Director) said “I just wanted to say THANK YOU for doing the class with our members.  It was SO interesting and I got amazing feedback from the attendees.  Hopefully we can do one again next year.”

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.

DGS 2017 Awards Banquet is Saturday, December 9

2017 Awards Banquet

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:30am – 2pm

Erik Jonsson Central Library
O’Hara Hall, 7th floor
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

The Dallas Genealogical Society invites members and their guests to join the Board in honoring this year’s recipients.

The 2017 Awards Banquet is free to current members, but reservations are required. Members may bring guest(s) at a cost of $15.00 each.

Register online by Monday, December 4.  Register by mail postmarked by Friday December 1.

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The Awards Committee will present the honorees in our four categories. The winners of our 2017 Writing Contest will also be recognized.

Award of Merit – a DGS member who has consistently contributed time, talent, expertise, and abilities to the Society over a period of years
Heritage Preservation Award – an individual, group, or organization in recognition of contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history
Lloyd Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the genealogical community on a national level
Volunteer of the Year – a member who has generously volunteered time, expertise, talents, and abilities to the Society during the previous year to an extent that makes that member stand out and draw attention

Nominate Someone

Please consider volunteering your time to help with our awards banquet. Join your friends or meet new friends. Please volunteer now!


Online registration ends Wednesday night!

Online Registration Ends Tomorrow, September 27, 2017

Only 15 seats remain! 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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Register Soon for Fall Seminar


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.

More Information


North Texas Giving Day Update

Thanks to our generous donors we have accumulated the funds required to digitize our society’s entire collection of early Quarterlies. Created between 1955 and 1994, these 161 publications contain more than 9000 pages!

Once digitized, the Quarterlies will join their successors on The Portal To Texas History:

Thus, our efforts to digitize, preserve, and archive this important part of our society’s history will be completed, and all of these publications will be freely accessible to the public.

Results from the 2017 North Texas Giving Day event are still preliminary, but as of now (mid September) the total of our fundraising effort stands at $4,475:

  • $430 – Cash donations made at our General Meetings and Fall Seminar
  • $370  – Advance donations made via the DGS website
  • $1000 – Rescuing Texas History Grant from the University of  North Texas Libraries
  • $2675 – Donations made through the North Texas Giving Day event

Overall this year’s event raised $39 million for 2,723 organizations. Since its inauguration in 2009 more than $195 million dollars has been raised for North Texas nonprofits.

2016 DGS Results

The DGS participated in the 2016 North Texas Giving Day event, resulting in a $5239.73  donation to The Cathy Nelson Hartman Portal to Texas History Endowment ($2739.73 from donations made during the 2016 North Texas Giving Day event and $2500 matching funds provided by the Dallas Genealogical Society).

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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Masonic Records is Topic of Mesquite H&GS September Meeting on Sep 14

Using Masonic Records in Your Genealogy Research

Were your ancestors Masons? Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society on Thursday, September 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mesquite Main Library (300 West Grubb Drive) to hear John Sellers, native Texan, explain how to use Masonic records in developing your family’s history. John will show us how to use the records and tell us all the information available in this source frequently overlooked by many researchers.

John, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, has over twenty years of both research and lecture experience. He was President of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, and has been a national speaker for both FGS and NGS. Plus, he is a regional speaker throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The public is invited and welcome and you do not have to be a member to attend. Come early for visiting and refreshments.

Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society

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.


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 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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