DGS May Meeting: Election of Officers, Using Libraries For Genealogy Research

The May General Meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society is this Saturday morning, May 6 in the 1st floor Auditorium of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. Join us starting at 10:3am for hospitality and mingling. The business meeting starts at 11:00, followed by our featured speaker around 11:30.

This last meeting of the 2016-2017 year is extra important because we will hold our annual election of officers for the 2017-2018 year. The slate of officers is:

  • President – Todd DeDecker
  • Vice President – Kristin Moore
  • Secretary: Caroline Simpson
  • Treasurer: Travis Tynes

Read about the candidates on our website.

Please plan to attend. A quorum is needed to conduct the election, plus you will get a double bang for your buck!

Our program is titled “Getting the Most Bang For Your Buck Out of Libraries”, presented by Ari Wilkins, team member in the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library. Time and money are a researcher’s most precious commodities. Don’t waste valuable library time on ordinary collections and databases when you are sitting on a gold mine of unique resources! Maximize your experience at your local and destination libraries.

 

 

DGS Tech SIG meets This Thursday, May 4

Dallas Genealogical Society‘s Technology Special Interest Group meets this Thursday, May 6 from 6-8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Presentation: “Exploring the FamilySearch Wiki”.

The FamilySearch Wiki is an information depository which can be used by genealogists to find information about subjects, records and places where their ancestors worked, lived or even visited. The Wiki has links to various databases that may contain information about your specific ancestor or FAN. Lynell Moss will demonstrate the FamilySearch Wiki, how you can use it as powerful research tool, and even contribute to this collaborative depository of knowledge. You are invited to bring your own laptop computer if you want to follow along during the presentation.

Please join us. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Go-To Meeting will not be available for this presentation.

SIG Leader – Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org.

Special Events Saturday 4/29 in Genealogy section of Dallas Public Library

The Dallas Book Festival is a community-based literary event promoting reading, literacy, and writing and featuring over 100 local, regional and national authors. Activities include writing workshops, story times and activities for children, and music and dance performances.

The Genealogy and History Division on the 8th floor has two programs:

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Genealogy and History Division, 8th floor
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

 

April 1, 2017 Meeting Videos Available

Video records from our April 1, 2017 general meeting are now available:

  • The general meeting segment included information about the slate of officers for the 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors: Watch it now

  • Our educational presentation was ‘Researching Your Texas Ancestors: At Home or On Site’ made by long-time DGS member Kelvin Meyers. Kelvin generously allowed us to record his entire presentation and make it available on our web site until Sunday, April 9.

Consider This

Ever want to give back to the genealogy community? Sure you have! Get started by volunteering for a position on the DGS Board! Don’t worry – there are several folks who can assist you as you gain experience and expertise. In fact, to ensure a smooth transition, both outgoing and incoming Board members meet as needed June – August. 

Officer Nominations Due March 31st!

Online Nomination Form

Email: nominating@dallasgenealogy.com

Officer Positions

The Nominations Committee will announce a slate of 4 officers at the April 1st DGS General Meeting: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

*** We are particularly seeking a candidate for Treasurer. ***

The Treasurer pays the Society’s bills and reconciles accounts monthly. The Treasurer also:

  • Makes brief reports to the general meeting regarding the state of the organization’s finances (account balances, income and expenses)
  • Chairs the Budget Committee

It is helpful for the candidate to have a working knowledge of (or be willing to learn):

  • A recent version of Quickbooks and Windows
  • EXCEL (or another spreadsheet application) and Gmail

Read more about the Treasurer’s responsibilities. You might be a great fit!

Jimmy Walters, Sales Manager & Susan Rainwater, Treasurer

Directors & Advisors

There are several additional open Board positions for you to consider!

Directors are appointed by the Executive Committee (DGS Officers and Immediate Past President) and ratified by the membership at the September General Meeting.We particularly need people for the following 4 positions!

  • Education (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
    Selects programs for the general business meetings of the Society and coordinates the special interest groups.
  • Publicity & Public Relations (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
    Promotes the Society and its activities through traditional and social marketing outlets.
  • Publication Content (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
    Chairs the Publication Committee.
  • Volunteer Coordination (Click Responsibilities & Duties.)
    Develops a volunteer corps and manages its utilization.

Advisors participate in discussions at Board of Directors meetings. The President appoints the non-voting advisors to the Board. We particularly need people for the following 3 Advisor positions!

  • IT Administrator
  • Administers the Society’s neon CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software platform, which is used for managing membership information and event registration.
  • Web Master
    Develops and maintains the Society’s web presence.
  • Editor of the DGS Newsletter
    Edits and publishes our eNews, the Society’s digital newsletter.

Please feel free to contact the DGS President to discuss any position!

Online Nomination Form

Gloria Goodwin, Membership Director & Lisa Ross, Volunteer

A Personal Note

In 2015, I agreed to be nominated for the position of Vice President of the DGS Board. Actually, I told the Nominations Committee that I would serve only if they could find no one else to do so. Surprisingly, they could not!

My reluctance was three-fold. On the one hand, my sister was dying and I was not sure how much time or energy I would be able to bring to the position. On the other hand, I am by dint of personality shy and not much of a joiner. On the third hand, I had recently retired and was not anxious to re-engage in organizational and managerial activities.

Gnawing at me was a sense of it being my turn to show up and give back.

Despite my hesitations, I was elected Vice President in May 2015 began my tenure on the DGS Board. I worked with a great group of volunteers and continue to enjoy their friendship and comaraderie. The benefits:

  • I learned A LOT!
    • About the genealogical community
    • About the DGS
    • About event management
    • About Google tools and social apps

Please consider joining the DGS Board for the next year.

You might be a great fit!

Online Nomination Form

Email: nominating@dallasgenealogy.com

2016-2017 DGS Board Members

DGS Tech SIG Meets This Thursday, 2nd

The March meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology SIG is this Thursday evening, March 2, from 6-8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas, 1515 Young St, 75201.

Program: “Report from RootsTech 2017”. Please join SIG leader Suzan Younger for a presentation of new and updated programs and applications show-cased at RootsTech, with special attention to the ten semi-finalist apps recognized as a part of the RootsTech Innovator Summit competition. Join in the conversation with DGS members who attended the conference and talk about the latest from the genealogical community.

If you can’t attend in person, join the conversation from your computer, tablet or smartphone using DGS’s GoTo Meeting account: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877. There also is an audio only phone number: Use this if you run into trouble getting connected: +1 (224) 501-3412 with the same Access Code: 270215877.

Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org
Technology SIG Leader

DGS’s 2017 Writing Contest is Open

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that its 2017 Writing Contest is open for entries beginning January 1. This is the fifth 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 March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in July 2017.

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

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013-2016 Research Issues of Pegasus, which DGS members can access through the DGS website. Use them as examples of outstanding research and writing. Non-members can read abstracts of the articles- 2016, 2015.

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