DGS DNA Interest Group Meets Thursday, January 21

The DIG meets from 6 – 8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

DNA-2-iconThe program Topic is  X Chromosome. The group will look at Fan Charts, Pedigree Charts and Ahnentafel Reports (some times called Ancestor Reports) to assist in finding which of your lines could have X matches.

In preparation, you can read SIG Leader Mic Barnette’s article on his website: “Finding X Chromosomes“. In Mic’s article there is a list of ahnantafel numbers depicting where on anyone’s pedigree chart the x-chromosome matches. Additionally, there are other links that you can read and follow for more information about X chromosomes.

You might want to print out a ahnentafel report and either fan chart or pedigree chart if your genealogy program can do that. Write the ahnentafel numbers on your fan or pedigree chart. Bring these to class.

Here is a link to a blank fan chart.

Mic Barnette, DNA SIG Leader, dna@dallasgenealogy.org


DGS African-American Genealogical Interest Group Meets Saturday, January 16

The African-American Genealogical Interest Group of the Dallas Genealogical Society meets tomorrow from 2 – 4:45 pm on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. MAP

The group discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community. It uses a variety of sources, 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.

Expert researchers and speakers make presentations on Slavery, customs, tradition, state laws, and the techniques and methods used in their research.

Meetings are free and open to the public.


DGS 2016 Spring Seminar With Paul Milner To Be Held March 12

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2016 Spring Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 12, titled From Whence They Came.  Millions of people immigrated to this country. This seminar will help people understand why our ancestors left, how they got here and how to trace their steps, with an emphasis on the British Isles.

Paul Milner, professional genealogist and international lecturer, will give four lectures:

  1. Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
  2. Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  3. Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellion
  4. Overlooked Sources for 17th and 18th century English Research

The event will be held in the Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street,  Dallas, TX, 75201 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.  MAP

Save $10.00 by registering before February 22, 2016: $45.00 (Society members) | $55.00 (non-members).

Program details and registration information are available on the Society’s website: dallasgenealogy.org.

Milner_Paul_200HPaul Milner has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 30 years. He was raised in England and settled in the United States in 1975. Paul has been designing workshops and lecturing to a wide variety of audiences for over 35 years. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.


DGS 2016 Writing Contest Is Now Open; Closes March 31

Now that the rush of the holidays is over, the Dallas Genealogical Society reminds all genealogists that its 2016 Writing Contest is now open. This is a great opportunity to publish a part of your family history. This is the fourth year the Society has sponsored this contest, which comes with cash prizes.

WritingContestThe contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS, as well as hobbyists and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted through March 31, 2016. Winners will be announced in May, 2016.

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 are available at: http://dallasgenealogy.com/dgs/publications/pegasus.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Research Issues of Pegasus, which members can access through the DGS website. Non-members may read Previews of these issues. Use them as examples of outstanding research and writing.

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


Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society Meets January 14

Join MHGS on Thursday, January 14, 6:30 pm, at the Mesquite Main Library, 300 W. Grubb Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149.  Map

MHGSProgram: “Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929”. One in every 25 Americans has a connection to an Orphan Train rider and between 1854 and 1929, over 200,000 children were relocated from the East to the West coast on trains. Some were young enough that they lost knowledge of their families, ages and even their names. This is a vital part of history with research techniques and resources available that will assist in researching an Orphan Train Rider.

Speaker: Paula Perkins, professional genealogical consultant, lecturer, and instructor of genealogy classes.

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

Sandra Eckstein, Publicity

Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society

DGS January 2016 General Meeting is Tomorrow, the 9th

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, First Floor Auditorium, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201  Map

Hospitality – 10:30am-11:00am
Let’s Talk – 10:45am-11:00am*
Meeting – 11:00am-11:30am
Program – 11:30am-12:30pm

Secretary’s Minutes of November 2015 General Meeting

*Let’s Talk. Board members will be available in the Auditorium to hear comments, suggestions, compliments, criticisms, questions or anything else you want to say about your society.

Judy Allen KnightSpeaker: Judy Allen Knight is a genealogical speaker with over 40 years of experience in family history. She has been president of Mid-Cities GS and District #11 Representative of TSGS. In 2006 Judy was the Conference Chair for the TSGS Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas.

Program: From Respected Lawyer to Counterfeiter. Digging for details using genealogical and federal court and penitentiary records tells quite a story.

DGS web site


DGS Technology SIG Meets Thursday, January 7

When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 7, 2016
Where: 5th Floor Hamon room, J Erik Jonsson Central Public Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.  Map

The presentation is “Your Digital Afterlife,” which refers to all of those digital assets you’ve created. These assets include files, pictures, videos, genealogy websites, Facebook,blogs, cloud storage sites, etc. What happens to your digital assets when you can no longer access them or, ultimately, after your death? We will discuss issues to be considered for your digital assets.

For those of you who cannot attend in person please join the conversation using the DGS GoTo Meeting account (note that we are limited to 25 users).

GTM logoGoTo meeting is a web based tool that will allow you to see whatever the leader shows the in-person group on his/her laptop. 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).

You will need to download some free software which works on just about any type of PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Thu, Jan. 7, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
This is the URL you will use to join us on Thursday: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877; access code=270-215-877.
Use this audio phone number if you run into trouble getting connected: +1 (224) 501-3412 with the same Access Code: 270215877.



Grand Prairie Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016

The GPGS monthly meeting will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016 at The Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie. Meet and Greet begins at 6:30 pm with program at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Map

GPGSProgram: Digital Scrapbooking. Create scrapbook pages in various sizes using Photoshop Elements and web resources. Learn how to add journaling to your pages. Get tips on sizing photos.
Speaker: Sandra Crowley is a popular lecturer, speaker and genealogist specializing in          technology for all aspects of family history. Sandra has served as a volunteer and leader for various local, state, and national genealogical organizations.

John H. Tull
Publicity, Grand Prairie Genealogical Society



REMINDER: First Meeting for January is Next Saturday, January 9

The Dallas Genealogical Society hopes that your New Year’s Resolutions include energizing your family history research and attending more DGS meetings.

Our first meeting of 2016 is Saturday, January 9.  Please join us starting at 10:30 am for hospitality and mingling. The business meeting starts at 11:00, followed by our featured speaker about 11:30. We meet in the first floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. 1515 Young Street, 75201. Map

Judy Allen KnightSpeaker: Judy Allen Knight.  Judy Allen Knight is a genealogical speaker with over 40 years of experience in family history. She has been president of Mid-Cities Genealogical Society and District #11 Representative of the Texas State Genealogical Society. In 2006 Judy was the Conference Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas.

Program: “From Respected Lawyer to Counterfeiter“.  Digging for details using genealogical and federal court and penitentiary records tells quite a story.


Why Are We Here?

Like many genealogists, my research has led me to several brick walls, those points in the process where there just does not seem to be any more information available to take that next step back in time, or to lead me to the next geographic location.

Happily for me, I was able to break through one of those walls recently. After painstakingly mapping the seemingly endless population of Amborns who migrated to, and thrived in, Southern Wisconsin in the late 1800’s I was able to identify the town in central Germany where they emigrated from.

As I was basking in the glow that comes from such breakthroughs I also reflected on all of the many seemingly random, yet interrelated, things that had occurred to allow me to make my personal discovery.

  • My determination to keep looking was based on encouragement from others, and the strong belief based on their success, that I would eventually be successful.
  • I drew on skills acquired from articles, conferences, conversations and presentations made by others who had no motivation other than to share their knowledge and empower me to make my own discoveries.
  • My research was immensely aided by the advances in technology that placed a vast array of data just beyond the keyboard on my computer.
  • In the end, my breakthrough discovery was enabled by an indexing and translation project performed by a group of strangers I have never met and whose existence I was completely unaware of (until now!).

And to me, that is a really tidy summary of why societies like ours exist. And it makes me hope that each of you will find a way to support our society, and the projects that we undertake, as we strive to help other researchers become motivated, knowledgeable, and successful.

I sincerely hope that your New Year be filled with unexpected and joyous discoveries!