DGS’s 2017 Writing Contest is Open

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that its 2017 Writing Contest is open for entries beginning January 1. This is the fifth year that the Society has sponsored this contest which comes with cash prizes.

The contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS as well as amateurs and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted January 1 through March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in July 2017.

While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, subject matter for the competition may range beyond the local geographic area. Articles may include

  • advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
  • family histories and genealogies, particularly those linked to North Texas, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • transcriptions, abstracts or indexes of record groups (including family records) not yet filmed or digitized that relate to Dallas or North Texas
  • ethnic, house, or military histories related to Dallas and surrounding counties

Entries will be judged on accuracy, clarity of writing, and overall impact and interest. First prize is $500; second prize is $300 and third prize is $100.

Complete Rules and Guidelines are available at: http://www.dallasgenealogy.org/Info/Guidelines.pdf.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013-2016 Research Issues of Pegasus, which DGS members can access through the DGS website. Use them as examples of outstanding research and writing. Non-members can read abstracts of the articles- 2016, 2015.

Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to: pegasus@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS’s January General Meeting is This Saturday, the 7th

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The Dallas Genealogical Society’s General Meeting is this Saturday, January 7. Hospitality time is 10:30 to 11am, followed by a brief business meeting. The program will begin by 11:30am. ROOM CHANGE: O’Hara Room on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Suitable to a New Year, the program is titled “Renovation and Redesign of the Dallas History & Archives Division”. Dallas History & Archives Division is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. This collection’s holdings span many aspects of the diverse history of not only Dallas and the surrounding area, but the entire state of Texas.

The speaker is Brandon Murray, librarian in the Dallas History & Archives Division, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. After Brandon’s talk, he will take our group on a tour of the newly remodeled floor. Highlights of the collection and floor include the photo lab, the digitized collections and Dallas County records, oral histories, photographs, manuscript collection and finding guide and Fine Books division.

Minutes of November 2016 General Meeting
November Business Meeting recording on YouTube

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 2016 Awards Luncheon is Saturday, December 10

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Annual Awards Luncheon

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:30am – 2pm

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
O’Hara Room, 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 Awards Luncheon is free to current members, but reservations are required. Members may bring guest(s) at a cost of $15.00 each.

Register online (by Sunday, Dec 4) and use a credit card to pay for guests, or Download and mail your reservation (postmarked by Friday, Dec 2). Please include check or money order for guests.

The Awards Committee will present the honorees in our four categories. The winners of our 2016 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 for 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 the extent to make that member stand out and draw attention

We could use some help… Please Volunteer Now!

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.