DGS’s African American Interest Group Meets This Sat, Nov 19

AAGIG SIG

The November meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogical Interest Group is this Saturday at 2pm on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

The group discusses issues and explores areas of research unique to the African American community, including census research, reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, NARA combined military records of the U.S. Colored Troops, Plantation Slave records, Slave schedules and other records that provide information for this special area of genealogy research.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Leader: Lois Lilly, AAGIG@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS 2016 Awards Luncheon is Saturday, Dec 10

Holiday Awards

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 Committee will present the honorees in our four categories.

  • 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

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

We could use some help… Please Volunteer Now!

DGS DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, Nov 17

DNA SIG

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 Jewish SIG Meets This Wednesday, Nov 16

Jewish SIG

The November meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group is this Wednesday, the 16th at 10am on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 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 ands open to the public.

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

Nominations Sought for 2016 DGS Awards

Holiday Awards

Each December at our Awards Luncheon, the Dallas Genealogical Society recognizes members, local organizations, and nationally-known genealogists for their contributions to the genealogical community and to the goals of our society.

Please help the Awards Committee by recommending deserving people and groups. Nominations are due by December 1 for the following 2016 Awards:

Volunteer of the Year – Presented to a member who has generously volunteered time, expertise, talents, and abilities to the Society during the previous year.

Award of Merit – Presented to a DGS member who has consistently contributed time, talent, expertise, and abilities to the Society over a period of years.

Heritage Preservation Award – Presented to an individual, group, or organization in recognition of contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history.

Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – Presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the genealogical community on a national level.

Please submit a recommendation for a specific award through our website. You may also review past recipients at this same link.

Alternatively, you may send a nomination via email to: awards@dallasgenealogy.com. Please include the following information:
– Name of the Nominee
– Award for which you are nominating this person
– a statement explaining why you feel your nominee deserves the recognition

This year’s Awards Luncheon is on Saturday, December 10. Members may attend for free. Registration details will be available soon.

The 2016 Awards Committee members are Tony Hanson, chair, plus Sandra Crowley, Jimmy Walters, and Lisa Ross.

DGS November Tech SIG is Thursday, Nov 3

Technology SIG

The November meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology Interest Group will be held this Thursday, November 3 at 6pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program: “Digital image processing and file management”.  Speaker: Bruce Moore.

When working with large numbers of photos, traditional file system level folders and file names can quickly become unwieldy. Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Digikam, and Apple Photo are a few of the photo library management tools that make it easy to tag images with keywords, add descriptions and captions, and automatically recognize faces in large numbers of images. This 90-minute session will provide an overview of Adobe Lightroom and how to use it for three image workflow cases:

  • Scanning a set of images and identifying people in each image
  • Correcting exposure, contrast and other problems on a group of images from a single roll of film
  • Publishing a set of images to Flickr, Facebook and a website

For those of you who cannot join us in person you can still be part of the evening by joining the conversation using our GoTo Meeting account (note that we are limited to 25 users). Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877. The access code is 270-215-877.

The meeting is free and open to the the public.

Technology SIG leader: Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS’s DNA SIG Meets This Thursday, 10/20

DNA SIG

The October monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Interest Group will be held this Thursday, October 20 at 6pm in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program: Jean Larson will discuss tools to use in determining relationships with matches in Ancestry, FTDNA and Gedmatch.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Leader: Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

Additional information:

  • Have questions about DNA and genealogy? Attend a FREE LIVE DNA Q&A Session from Legacy Tree Genealogists on Saturday October 29th and leave smarter! with genetic genealogist Paul Woodbury. 10:30-11:00 am Mountain Time/11:30-12 noon Central Time.
  • Also check the schedule for the DNA sessions at the Texas State Genealogical Society meeting if you plan to attend only one day of the three. Some of the conference sessions have been rearranged.
  • If you tested with Family Tree DNA, you might be interested in Roberta Estes’ latest blog post: New Pedigree View at Family Tree DNA.

DGS’s Jewish SIG Meets This Wednesday, 10/19

Jewish SIG

The October meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group is this Wednesday, Oct 19, from 10am to 1pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Purpose: For anyone with actual (or suspected) Jewish ancestral lines. 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: Liz Kutz, jewishgen@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS African American Interest Group Meets This Sat, the 15th

AAGIG SIG

The October monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogical Interest Group will be held this Saturday, the 15th,  from 2-4:45pm, on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

The AAGIG discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community.

Meetings are free and open to the public.