2015 Annual Awards – Nominations Requested

Each year 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.

award_certificate_w_stampThis year’s Luncheon on December 12 is especially important because it marks our 60th anniversary as a leader in the genealogical community in north Texas.

This year’s Awards Committee members are Brenda Cannon, chair, and Mic Barnette, Linda Lane, Jean Larson, and Shirley Sloat.

The Committee is soliciting nominations by November 9 for the following 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 a statement explaining why you feel your nominee deserves the recognition.

Walk-Ins Invited to Dr. Lacopo’s Seminar this Saturday

Registration has closed for Mike Lacopo’s seminar this Saturday, October 24 – Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death – but there are still seats available. Don’t hesitate – join us in the first-floor auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas for an excellent program. Map. Check-in begins at 9:30 am and the seminar starts at 10.

Program details

EthnicThe cost is $55 for members; $65 for non-members – cash or check only. Although a box lunch won’t be available, you are welcome to bring your lunch or go out to one of the many eateries around the Library.

An all-day discount rate of $1.50 is available for attendees who parking in the Library’s underground parking garage, accessed from Wood Street.

A bonus event – Lloyd Bockstruck, retired head of the Library’s Genealogy Division, will staff a table of used genealogy/family history books and other materials for sale. These have been gathered from several sources and the money collected will be donated to the Genealogy Division. Many of the titles are Texas-related, but a wide variety of family histories, methodologies, etc. are included.

We look forward to seeing you.

Registration discount available for TSGS 2015 Family History Conference

The Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference kicks off in Austin a little more than two weeks from now (October 30-November 1). See old friends, meet new ones and learn a lot during the three days of the conference.

2015-Family-History-Conference-LeaderboardEven though early-bird registration has officially ended, TSGS extends to your family, friends and followers a couple of discount codes good towards single-day and full-conference registrations.

At www.txsgs.org, use coupon code family20 to get $20 off the $150 fee of the full 3-day registration or coupon code family10 to get $10 off any single-day registration.

Conference program/details.

Only One Week Until Our Fall Seminar With Mike Lacopo!

DGS is excited to present Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death, Dr. Lacopo’s all-day seminar on Saturday, October 24, to be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map

Michael_LacopoHis four sessions:

1. She Came From Nowhere – A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem.
2. Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence”.
3. Incorporating Social History Into Your Research.
4. Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through.

  • Members – $55
  • Non-members – $65
  • Lunch (optional) – $12

Dr. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana. Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, at the same time that he was honing his research skills. He treats his genealogical research as he does medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has developed a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past. Dr. Lacopo has presented lectures and programs at several NGS and FGS conferences, as well state genealogical societies, the Palatines to America Conference, and many local and regional family history meetings.

Please join us for this informative and engaging program.

Mesquite HGS Meets 12 Nov: “Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, TX”



Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society on Thursday, November 12, at the Mesquite Main Library (Map) at 6:30 p.m. to hear Richard McCaslin discuss his book Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862 (LSU). His book was awarded the Texas State Historical Association’s Tullis Memorial Prize for the best book on Texas history.
Richard B. McCaslin, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of North Texas, is the author or editor of seventeen books, five of which, including his study of the Great Hanging at Gainesville, have won awards. He is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and an Admiral in the Texas Navy.
Come early for visiting and refreshments. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Grand Prairie GS Nov Meeting features GG Grandson of Quanah Parker

The Nov. 5, 2015 GPGS Monthly Meeting will be held from 6:30-9:00 pm in the Great Room of Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX, 75051.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Lance Tahmahkera has been with Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth for the past 37 years and is currently the Imaging Department Manager at TH Harris Methodist Outpatient Center – Burleson. He is a Great-Great Grandson of Comanche Chief, Quanah Parker. With his parents staying close to the Comanche traditions, much of his youth was spent at pow-wows and learning stories about ancestors and tribal ways. For the past 20+ years, he’s been asked to share those stories with various schools, groups and organizations. The stories vary from the origins of the tribe, life on the plains and reservation, Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker to current day events. Also shared are children stories that were passed down through the family. He will bring various things (buckskin dress, regalia/beadwork, bow/arrows, photos, etc.) that he will talk about and pass around.

Guests are always welcome at the monthly meetings.


See http://gpgstx.org for more information on the society.

Brown Bag SIG meets Sat, 17 Oct to Discuss Genealogical Writing

The group will meet in the McDermott Room on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map.

This is a date change because DGS’s Fall Seminar will be held on their usual meeting Saturday.



Led by Janet Khashab, the SIG will discuss Chapter 2: Writing in Genealogical Style (pp 11-19), from the book Guide to Genealogical Writing.


Free NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair October 21 & 22, 2015

Please join the National Archives for the 2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 21 & 22. This will be a live broadcast via YouTube so you can ask their genealogy experts questions at the end of their talks.


Speakers will include genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation.

Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogists and novices. Recorded sessions will remain available online after the event.

Examples of  Lecture Topics:

  • Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives
  • Personnel Records of the National Archives– St. Louis
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records
  • Where’d They Go? Finding Ancestral Migration Routes
  • Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy Research

Full program – Schedule and Handouts

DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, October 15

from 6 PM to 7:30 PM in the Hamon Room on the 5th Floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map. Hope to see you there. Invite your friends who have an interest in genetic genealogy.

dna-helix-128We have been able to reserve the Hamon Room for our meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month. If you missed last month, feel free to attend in October. You do not have to be a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society to attend the DIG (DGS DNA Interest Group) meeting.

The topics for October 15 will be Mitochondrial DNA (mt-DNA) and Y-DNA.

As a primer for the class you might wish to read these blogs by Ce Ce Moore on Y-DNA and mt-DNA.

In addition, there is an article on the Family Tree DNA website called the Expert’s Handbook. You can get to this site no matter which company you tested with. It should answer many of your questions.

Questionnaire Results From September 17, 2015 Survey (19 Surveys Completed)

1) Have You Taken a DNA Test? If so, with which company?

FTDNA-You                 15
FTDNA-Another         12
Ancestry-You                3
Ancestry-Another        4
23 and Me -You           4
23 and Me-Another    6
Other                             0

2) Which Test(s) have you taken or sponsored? At-DNA (21 Total)

FTDNA                        11
Ancestry                       6
23 and Me                   4
Other (GENO)            1

3) Which Test(s) have you taken or sponsored? Mt-DNA (12 Total)

FTDNA                       11
Ancestry                      1

4) Which Test(s) have you taken or sponsored? Y-DNA (14 Total)
(Note: FTDNA is only company offering this test)

Y-12 = 0
Y-25 = 1
Y-37 = 7
Y-67 = 5
Y-111 = 0
Big Y = 1

5) Are you in the DGS DNA Project: 7=Yes, 9=No, 3=No answer

Who is Dr. Michael Lacopo?

Dr. Michael Lacopo is the featured speaker at our 2015 Fall Seminar to be held on Saturday, October 24, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

He was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story-telling, plot twists, and new findings!

Michael has retired from his veterinary medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession. He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.

Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.

“I’ve heard Mike speak twice – at the Texas State Genealogical Society in 2014 and at RootsTech in 2015. I greatly appreciated his expertise and found his delivery very engaging.”—a Dallas Genealogical Society member.

Details about his all-day program: Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage & Death.