DGS Brown Bag SIG Meets This Saturday, April 23

The April meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s Brown Bag Special Interest Group will be held Saturday, April 23 on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201. The time is 10:30 am – 1 pm.

The Brown Bag SIG is for genealogists who want to learn advanced methodology skills and techniques. The group studies best practices, including using the Genealogical Proof Standard.

This months’ program: discussion of Chapter 3: Making a Stylesheet from Guide to Genealogical Writing, pp. 23-27.

The meeting is free and open to all.

Leader: Janet Khashab, brownbag@dallasgenealogy.org.

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DGS’s DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, April 21

The April meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Special Interest Group will be held this Thursday, April 21 on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201. The time is 6 – 8pm.

Program:  changes in GEDMatch for FTDNA users, share what the DIG members have learned from using GEDMatch during the past two months, and look at the following features in GEDMatch.

  • GEDCOM to All
  • 2 GEDCOMs
  • Search all GEDCOMs
  • GEDCOM + DNA Matches
  • User Lookup

Leader: Mic Barnette, DNA@dallasgenealogy.org.

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DGS Jewish SIG Meets Wednesday, April 20

The April meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group is this Wednesday, the 20th. The group meets on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201 from 10am – 1pm.

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.

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.

Leader: Elizabeth “Liz” Kutz, jewishgen@dallasgenealogy.org.

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DGS@60 – Technology Changes

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

The “new” Dallas Public Library opened September 25, 1955 (the one before the current building). Two new-model microfilm projectors, a new-model micro-card projector, and a rental type-writer were provided in the Local History and Genealogy Department to make research “more comfortable”.  Technology has certainly changed since then and genealogical research practices have changed with it. DGS has contributed research sources in formats such as microfilm, microfiche, and CD-ROMs, as well as print, to DPL over the decades, and has donated equipment on which to read, copy, and save these formats.

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Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake. The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm in the Auditorium of  the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.

DGS African American Interest Group Meets Saturday, April 16

The April meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogical Interest Group is this Saturday, the 16th. The group will meet on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201 from 2 to 4:45 pm.

AAGIG discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community. Expert researchers and speakers make presentations on Slavery, customs, tradition, state laws, and the techniques and methods used in their research.

Leader: Lois Lilly, AAGIG@dallasgenealogy.org.

The meetings are free and open to the public.

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DGS@60 – Our Commitment to Genealogy Education

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our first “Clinic”, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 1955, was conducted by Mrs. Margaret Scruggs Caruth (founding member), John Plath Green (our first president), and Mrs Margaret Pratt (Head of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library). While we don’t have information about the topics presented, we can mark this date as the beginning of DGS’s long involvement through the decades in the education of genealogists and family historians through a variety of clinics, workshops, seminars, and institutes. At our third Clinic, held May 9-10, 1958, the featured guest speaker was Mrs. Virginia H. Taylor, Archivist of the State Library in Austin, Texas. Featured speakers over the years have included internationally known and respected genealogical researchers, family historians, speakers, and writers, including Carleton E. Fisher, John Philip Colletta, William Dollarhide, Patricia Law Hatcher, Paul Milner, Christine Rose, and Lloyd D. Bockstruck. At the 1991 Spring Seminar, speaker Elizabeth Shown Mills spoke to 700 participants.

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Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake. The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm in the Auditorium of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.

April General Meeting Materials Available

Did you miss our April meeting? Watch the business portion here!

View on YouTube | March 5 meeting

Unfortunately, Ari Wilkins outstanding presentation on Ante-Bellum Southern Plantation Records was not recorded. Here is some of the feedback we received:

  • OUTSTANDING!  Best ever!
  • One of the best monthly meetings I’ve been too in a long time.  It was more like a seminar than a meeting!
  • This was an amazing session. I learned a ton about the period leading up to the civil war as well as records and techniques. The case studies were well done, interesting and relevant! I was amazed that the slide count was nearly 90 at the end – time flew by with the info and story telling. Really great session!
  •  I would very much like a copy of her syllabus, please! The presentation was one of the best I have ever attended at the DGS  regular meetings. Kudos to Ari and her work on southern records.

Ari has generously provided us with a PDF copy of her syllabus.

DGS@60 – Our First Newsletter

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our first newsletter was published in 1955. Vol 1, No 1 from the “Local History & Genealogical Society Cooperating With The Dallas Public Library” (aren’t you glad that we shortened our name?) is dated February 21, 1955.

DGS_Newsletter_1955_February_Vol_1_Num_1_ThumbFeatured on the first page was the Society’s Statement of Purpose. In keeping with this purpose, the newsletter announced that the first project of our newly-formed organization would be “the compilation of a bibliography of all books and pamphlets in the Dallas Public Library dealing with genealogical material”.

This first issue also included a column which became a newsletter tradition for several decades – recent “Library Acquisitions” at the Dallas Public Library of interest to genealogical researchers.  Mrs Margaret Pratt, head of the Local History and Genealogy Department of Dallas Public Library, listed 14 new titles “of interest”.  According to Dallas Public Library’s online catalog, all 14 are still available for research!

Read the entire first issue on our website.

 

Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake. The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm in the Auditorium of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.

Photographing Historic Pleasant Mound Cemetery

We need volunteers on Saturday morning, April 23, 2016 to help photograph the tombstones in historic Pleasant Mound Cemetery. The cemetery is located in South Dallas at 3151 South Buckner Boulevard,  75227.

Please sign up to participate!

This project is being conducted in cooperation with BillionGraves.com and MyHeritage.com. Volunteers needed include:

  1. Fifteen (15) people with smart phones to photograph the gravestones using the BillingGraves App (available for iOS, Microsoft and Android phones).
  2. Five (5) additional people to assist photographers, for example by holding back vegetation or holding light reflectors.

Pleasant Mound Cemtery LayoutWe will meet at the cemetery at 7:30 AM on Saturday, April 23. MyHeritage will provide food and beverages. We expect to finish around noon.

If you will be photographing with your  smart phone, here are the things you need to do in advance:

  • Register for a free account at BillionGraves
  • Download the Billion Graves App and activate it
  • Make sure you have a good amount of storage available on your phone to store the pictures! (Hint: Backup your photos to another location and erase them from your phone.)
  • Charge your phone before you arrive at the cemetery!

You do not need to upload the gravestone pictures at the cemetery. To conserve data usage, you can upload your images later when you have WiFi access.

Get Involved Now!

DGS@60 – Our first president

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

DGS’s roots go back to 1930 when a predecessor organization existed for a few years.  In our current form, however; as the oldest continuously operating genealogical society in Texas, we held our first monthly meeting at the Downtown Y.M.C.A. on October 26, 1954.

GreenJohnPlathJohn Plath Green (1910-1984), one of our founding members, was elected president. An avid genealogist by vocation, Mr. Green was a prominent attorney who served with distinction in WWII and was active in many organizations in Dallas during his lifetime.

Other founding members were Mrs. Margaret Pratt, Hastings Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Dee Brown Walker, and Mr. Henry O. Jones.

At the second meeting, a name was selected for the new organization “Local History and Genealogical Society Cooperating with the  Dallas Public Library” and we created our first logo.

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Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake.  The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm at the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.