Dallas Public Library Wants Your Input on Priorities

DPL_Strategig_Plan_Image The Dallas Public Library is holding a series of Community Forums to obtain input on their future direction and priorities.

If you want to voice an opinion please plan on attending one of the sessions which are scheduled to be held from Sept. 23 through 28 at several of the library locations.

  • Sept 23 – 6:30 pm – Hampton-Illinois Branch
  • Sept 24 – 2:00 pm – Lochwood Branch
  • Sept 24 – 6:30 pm – J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (East/West Room – 1st floor)
  • Sept 24 – 6:30 pm – Prairie Creek Branch
  • Sept 26 – 2:00 pm – North Oak Cliff Branch
  • Sept 27 – 2:00 pm – Renner Frankford Branch Library
  • Sept 28 – 6:30 pm – Bachman Lake Branch

DGS 2015-2016 Leaders

The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to introduce our Society’s Leadership Team for the 2015-2016 term, our 60th anniversary year.

President – Tony Hanson
Vice President – Kathleen Murray
Secretary – Brenda Cannon
Treasurer – Susan Rainwater
Immediate Past President – Sandra Crowley60

Director for Education – Cheryl Freeman
Director for Membership – Gloria Goodwin
Director of Printing and Distribution – Harmon Adair
Director of Publicity and Public Relations – Carolyn Davis
Director of Volunteer Coordination – Mic Barnette

Webmaster – Todd DeDecker
IT Administrator – Barbara Ware
Sales Manager – Jimmy Walters
Library Liaison – Gayla Bush

Hospitality – Robert Lane and Linda Lane

African American Genealogical Interest Group – Lois Lilly
Brown Bag SIG –  Janet Khashab and Elizabeth (Liz) Kutz
DNA Interest Group – Mic Barnette
Jewish SIG – Elizabeth (Liz) Kutz
MacGen Reunion Group – Happi McQuick
Technology SIG – Suzan Younger

Pegasus; The Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society Editor – Julie Tahill Carr

FREE National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair, 21 & 22 Oct 2015

poster-mThe National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will once again be hosting a FREE Virtual Genealogy Fair. It will be held Wednesday and Thursday, October 21-22, 2015. The programs will be broadcast live via YouTube so viewers can ask NARA’s 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.

Although the program has not yet been set, preliminary details can be found here.

Grand Prairie GS October Meeting

The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society meets Thursday, Oct 1, 2015.

The program for the October meeting: Curlicues & Chicken Scratch: Reading Yesteryear’s Handwriting, presented by Barbara Brixey Wylie.

Penmanship styles, shortcuts and dialect sometimes make old documents look like chicken-scratch—but these tips will help you read that handwriting.

Barbara Brixey Wylie has served on the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Board of Directors and as Secretary of its Lone Star Chapter. She also served a term on the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Board of Directors.  As a genealogical speaker/teacher for twenty-plus years, her speaking experience includes more than two hundred genealogical audiences across the nation. She especially enjoys gathering the family stories that make each ancestor more than just a name and date.

Guests are always welcome. Meetings, 6:30-9:00 pm, in the Great Room of Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX.

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

Mesquite HGS October Meeting

“Protecting Your Technology”
Protecting your devices becomes more important as we are increasingly dependent on computers, tablets, smart phones and wireless technologies. Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Mesquite Main Library as Tony Hanson leads a discussion on how to protect yourself and your information from identity theft, malicious damage and other threats.

Tony is an electrical engineer who recently retired after a 32 year career with AT&T. He has been a genealogist for 15 years and is an active volunteer with the Dallas Genealogical Society. Besides serving as Technology Special Interest Group leader, Director of Education and as the DGS webmaster, Tony was recently elected to the position of President.

The public is invited and welcome. You do not have to be a member to attend. Come early for visiting and refreshments.

DNA Interest Group Launched by DGS

The Dallas Genealogical Society invites you to learn fun and interesting ways to incorporate DNA technology into your genealogy research! Join the inaugural meeting of the DNA Interest Group for Genealogists on Thursday evening, September 17. The meeting begins at 6pm in the Hamon Room on the fifth floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Directions.

At this meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to review Standards for DNA Genealogical Research and to help design the future of the DNA Interest Group. In addition,  a brief overview of the types of DNA and the various companies that provide testing will be featured.

Mic Barnette, Dallas Public Library Genealogy Division professional team member will be the leader of this Special Interest Group (SIG) and over this year will help us look at DNA as a tool for genealogical research.

Find the DNA Interest Group on the Society’s web site.

DGS Officers for 2015-2016 Term

The Dallas Genealogical Society elected the following slate of officers to its Board of directors at the September 5 General Meeting:

  • President – Tony Hanson
  • Vice-President – Kathleen Murray
  • Secretary – Brenda Cannon
  • Treasurer – Susan Rainwater

In addition to the slate of officers elected, the membership ratified the appointment of these Directors to the Board:

  • Education – Cheryl Freeman
  • Membership – Gloria Goodwin
  • Printing – Harmon Adair
  • Publicity – Carolyn Davis
  • Volunteers – Mic Barnette
  • Publication Content – (vacant)

The officers and Board members are busy planning for this, the Society’s 60th Anniversary year. DGS was founded December 12, 1955. Our annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, December 12, 2015 will celebrate this, as will a forthcoming issue of Pegasus; Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

New DGS Board Elected

DebraPolskyThanks to all who attended today’s meeting. The election was held and we have a new board of directors!

As an added treat, Debra Polsky from the Dallas Jewish Historical Society (www.djhs.org) provided a fascinating overview of Dallas Jewish history and shared information about some of the programs her organization has initiated to foster an interest in family history in Dallas students.

View an excerpt of the “A Dallas Jewish Journey” documentary.