Discount Pricing Extended for DGS 2015 Summer Symposium

DGS wants to make this excellent program more affordable to as many genealogists as possible so we are extending the date to sign up for a reduced registration rate to Saturday, July 25. Save $20 – $40.

Researching in Texas, August 7-8, 2015 is a 2-day program of eight presentations that focus on resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors. Our featured speaker is Teri Flack. Her lectures will cover researching the Republic of Texas, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as using manuscript collections. Additional speakers from the State of Texas General Land Office, The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library will describe the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.

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“Late Night at the Library” is a free, bonus event. The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will remain open on Friday evening, August 7, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees. Professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance.

Program details and registration instructions are available on our web site.

We look forward to meeting you.

DGS Web Site Updated

Our webmasters (Todd DeDecker and Tony Hanson) have just completed a 6-month effort to re-design, update and improve our web presence.

We were compelled to do this because the version of software used to create our web site in 2010 was no longer being supported. Since we had to undergo a fairly major update anyway we decided to re-write it using WordPress, which has emerged as the most widely used web and blog software in use today.

A large part of our focus was making the information we had on the old site much easier to find and use. In addition, the new site is much more compatible with smart phones and tablets that are increasingly being used to view the materials we have available.

Another advantage of using WordPress is that is has a wide variety of add-on tools that can be used to increase the usefulness of our web site. We have several enhancements lined up that you can expect to see in the coming months.

If you encounter any bugs or problems while visiting the site  ( http://www.dallasgenealogy.org/ ) please click on the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of the page and tell us about them and we’ll get them corrected as soon as we can.

There will be a demo of the new site at the September 5 General Meeting.

 

FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event

Join volunteers around the world to Fuel the Find during the Worldwide Indexing Event on August 7 to 14, sponsored by FamilySearch.

Join volunteers from around the world to help “Fuel the Find” August 7-14 (wherever you are). You will have one week to participate by indexing at least one batch in the language of your choice. If you are fluent in French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish—our focus languages for 2015—please help index records in one of those languages. Special training will soon be available to help you prepare!

The goal is for 100,000 people to participate in one week.

You can help  Fuel the Find!

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project

To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.

A press conference to talk about this indexing project will be streamed live tomorrow, June 19th (the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth) beginning at 10am PDT/noon CDT/1pm EDT. Link to http://www.discoverfreedmen.org.  The web site also provides details about the project.

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HISTORICAL NOTE: On June 19 (“Juneteenth”), 1865, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number 3, which read in part, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” Source:  Texas State Historical Society, The Handbook of Texas.

Summer 2015 Edition of Pegasus Now Available

Pegasus__2015_July_Vol_3_Num_1_CoverThe Summer, 2015 edition of Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society has been published. Members can view a PDF version by going to Publications -> Pegasus

Each year the Texas State Genealogical Society presents awards in a number of categories to publications by Partner Societies or individual members. The 2014 TXSGS Award for Category VI, Official Periodicals of Partner Societies, was presented to the Dallas Genealogical Society for its Pegasus journals (read more here).

The category is open to Partner Societies. Requirements are that the Journals must be published at least once each year, but could be more than once. A full year’s copy of publications was submitted; these copies will be archived as part of TSGS’s archival collection at the Stephen F. Austin Library.

Judging criteria included binding, design, organization, content, interest, editing and index.

“Pegasus was clearly at the top from the time it was submitted,” stated a committee member. “ If a Partner Society is evaluating starting to publish a journal, they would do well to look at Pegasus as a model.”

Copies can be purchased for $15.

Dallas Public Library Renovating 7th Floor

The Texas /Dallas History & Archives Division on the 7th floor will be closed for renovation starting Monday, March 2, 2015. Beginning Monday, April 20th, the division will have a limited selection of Dallas reference materials available on the first floor of the library. The remainder of the collection and exhibits (including the Declaration of Independence and Shakespeare’s First Folio) will be inaccessible until the 7th floor is reopened.

The 7th floor will reopen in summer 2016 with a new look that will include an updated reading room, built-in display cases, a fine books gallery, improved meeting spaces, and more.

Read more about the project on the DPL’s web site.

Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Spring Lecture Focuses on DNA

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce its Spring Lecture to be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, “Genetic Genealogy Analysis and Tools; a Step Beyond the Beginner Level”.

Did your last lecture on DNA leave you with more questions than answers? Then please join us for a full day with noted professional genealogist Debbie Parker Wayne. Her presentations will review the basics as well as give you real-life analysis of DNA testing results.

Topics:

  • Genetic Genealogy Today: Review and Updates: A brief review of genetic genealogy basics such as the inheritance patterns of each type of DNA used for genealogy. This includes an introduction to some of the tools to be illustrated in later sessions.
  • Genetic Genealogy Company Comparisons: Information on how to choose a DNA testing company, the pros and cons of each company’s offerings, and the tests available today.
  • Tools and Applications for mtDNA: Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze mitochondrial DNA (passed along the matrilineal line).
  • Tools and Applications for Y-DNA: Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze Y-DNA (passed along the patrilineal line).
  • Tools and Applications for atDNA : Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze autosomal DNA (inherited through all ancestral lines).

Program details and registration instructions are on our web site – dallasgenealogy.org.

Debbie Wayne’s web site – debbiewayne.com.

DGS 2015 Writing Contest

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that its 2015 Writing Contest is open for entries. This is the third 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 April 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. In 2014, our journal was awarded 1st Place, Category VI (Official Periodicals of Partner Societies / Journals) by the Texas State Genealogical Society.

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

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

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

On-Line Security And You

The news has been packed with stories recently about high profile security breaches. Chances are you have been affected personally: if not, there is a very good chance you will be affected soon by the next one.

You can gain some insight into how and why this is happening and, more importantly, what you can do to minimize your changes of being affected. Check out this months Technology Special Interest Group presentation by DGS webmaster Tony Hanson on Personal Digital Security… The January 8 presentation will be recorded and made available on the Technology SIG web page soon.