2014 Annual Awards Luncheon

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:30am – 2pm
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
O’Hara Room, 7th floor
1515 Young Street, Dallas, Texas 75201


The Dallas Genealogical Society invites members and their guests to join the Board in honoring this year’s recipients. The Awards Committee will present the honorees in our four categories.

Award of Merit – a DGS member who has consistently contributed time, talent, expertise, and abilities to the Society over a period of years.

Heritage Preservation Award – an individual, group, or organization in recognition of contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history.

Lloyd Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – an individual for outstanding contributions to the genealogical community on a national level.

Volunteer of the Year – a member who has generously volunteered time, expertise, talents, and abilities to the Society during the previous year to the extent to make that member stand out and draw attention.

The Awards Luncheon is free to current members, but reservations are required. Members may bring guest(s) at a cost of $15.00 each. The meal will be catered by Bakers Ribs. Their holiday menu for us: turkey, ham, dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, peach and apple cobbler.

Register online (by 4 Dec) if you have a DGS Member Account (www.dallasgenealogy.org) and use a credit card to pay for guests or mail the reservation below (postmarked by 4 Dec) to DGS, P.O. Box 12446, Dallas, Texas 75225-0446. Please Include check or money order for guests.

Home Networking Video Now Available

The Technology SIG meets on the first Thursday of each month for presentations on a variety of technology related topics of interest to our members. These sessions are being recorded and available to the public to view on our YouTube Channel.

See the Technology SIG web page to view the presentations that are now available (and those that will be made in the upcoming months), which includes the November presentation on Home Networking.

Organizing Your Files

The focus of the October 2 Technology Special Interest Group meeting will be on organizing all of the digital files and images associated with your genealogical research. Webmaster Tony Hanson will present ideas for organizing and naming your files and demonstrate how you can associate metadata (descriptive information) with your photographs and images.

These are important steps to follow in your overall effort to preserve your digital files and make them available to future researchers. This theme will be picked up again in the December 2 meeting when we complete our Archiving discussion.

All of this years Technology SIG presentations are being recorded and will be available for anybody to view… if you missed last months presentation on Backing Up Your Data you can view it on our YouTube Channel. Full information about the meeting and the group can be found on the  Technology SIG web page.

Access to Records

Our ability to conduct genealogical research is dependent on having access to historical records, both public and private. All of us should be aware of, and actively supporting, efforts to preserve that access.

Those of you from the North Texas area will have an opportunity to learn about adoption records at our October 4 General meeting when Connie Gray, the Texas representative of the American Adoption Congress, founder of Texas Adoptive Rights, and an adoptee, will present One Person, Two Birth Certificates; The History of Adoption and Birth Certificates in the State of Texas”, a historical overview of adoption practices and amended birth certificates in Texas.

You should also be aware of the FGS Records Preservation and Access committee… Here is their Mission Statement:

To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.”

Learn more at their web site: http://www.fgs.org/rpac

National Endowment for the Humanities announces new “Common Heritage” grant program

Quoted from the press release:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant program, called “Common Heritage,” that will bring to light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements across the country and make them digitally available to the wider public and for posterity.

NEH’s Common Heritage program will award grants of up to $12,000 to community cultural organizations to coordinate community events and ensure that a wide range of historical materials can be digitized and contextualized through public programming.

NEH program staff from the Divisions of Preservation & Access and Public Programs will conduct a webinar for interested applicants on Tuesday, May 5 at 4 PM (EST).

Read the press release here

2015 Writing Contest

It’s time to dot that last “i” and cross the final “t”. The final day to submit entries to the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Writing Contest is Thursday, April 30.

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. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

First prize is $500; second prize is $300 and third prize is $150.

Read the Complete Rules and Guidelines.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013 and 2014 Research Issues of Pegasus, which members can access through the DGS website. In 2014, Pegasus was awarded 1st Place, Category VI (Official Periodicals of Partner Societies/Journals) by the Texas State Genealogical Society

Help Design the new Web Site

Webmasters Tony Hanson and Todd DeDecker have been hard at work developing the new DGS Web Site. They are asking members to provide some feedback on the current design:

  • Grab a cup of coffee and then stop by to review the prototype before the May 2 General meeting
  • Participate in the Technology Special Interest Group meeting on May 7

TX Senate to Increase Record Blackout Periods

The Texas legislature is considering a bill that would increase the time required before Birth Records (to 125 years from 75) and Death Records (to 50 years from 25).  If you have opinions about this proposed legislation contact your representative and let them know your opinion.

Texas Senators & Representatives

H.B. No. 3427

Author: Farney

Relating to the confidentiality of birth and death records.

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to the confidentiality of birth and death records.
SECTION 1. Sections 552.115(a) and (d), Government Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a) A birth or death record maintained by the bureau of
vital statistics of the Texas Department of Health or a local
registration official is excepted from the requirements of Section
552.021, except that:

(1) a birth record is public information and available
to the public on and after the 125th [75th] anniversary of the date
of birth as shown on the record filed with the bureau of vital
statistics or local registration official;

(2) a death record is public information and available
to the public on and after the 50th [25th] anniversary of the date
of death as shown on the record filed with the bureau of vital
statistics or local registration official;

Referred to Public Health Committee on 17 Mar.