Who Will Be Honored With the DGS Award of Merit this Year? The Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award?

To discover the answer, please join us at the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Awards Luncheon being held Saturday, December 12 in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map

Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.

Recognition categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year 
  • Heritage Preservation Award
  • Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award
  • Award of Merit
  • President’s Special Award
  • award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith
  • winners of the DSG 2015 Writing Contest



The Society will also launch its celebration of our 60th Anniversary year at the Luncheon!

PROGRAM UPDATE – DNA Interest Group meets Thursday, November 19

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Interest Group will hold its November meeting this Thursday the 19th from 6 pm – 7:30 pm in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map



The purpose of the DNA Interest Group is to explore the use of DNA as a genealogical tool. The goal is to help members understand and incorporate current DNA testing strategies and standards into their personal genealogy.


DIG leader Mic Barnette will lead a discussion of the following topics at the November meeting:

  • News from the recent educational conference in Houston sponsored by Family Tree DNA for Administrators of FTDNA DNA Projects
  • Save using the FTDNA Holiday DNA sale prices plus coupons
  • Discussion of changes at both 23andMe and Ancestry DNA companies

Anyone interested in DNA as a genealogical search strategy is invited to participate.

Jewish SIG meets Wednesday, November 18

Please join the Jewish Special Interest Group at their November meeting this Wednesday the 18th from 10 am to 1 pm in the McDermott Room on the 8th floor of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

secureLearn the terminology of the Jewish faith and race, and the various methods for researching these families. Emphasis is on cultural differences (from other races and creeds) which may require alternative genealogical research methods and records from those usually employed. Domestic (United States) and international aspects are both explored.

Members bring research problems and successes to each meeting for group discussion.

The Jewish SIG leader is Liz Kutz.

DGS 2015 Awards Luncheon, Saturday, December 12, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library

Join us to honor those who have contributed to the genealogical community and to begin the celebration of our 60th anniversary!

The Awards Luncheon will be in the Community Showcase Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map.

Registration opens at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at noon. The Awards program begins at 1 pm.

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required by Tuesday, December 8. You may also make reservations for non-member guests at $15.00 each.



People and organizations will be recognized in several categories: Volunteer of the Year, Heritage Preservation Award, Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award, Award of Merit, President’s Special Award, award in honor of Renee Jackson Smith, and winners of our 2015 Writing Contest.


To review past winners of our awards, link here.

This is a great way to kick off the holiday season, meet old friends and make new ones.


DGS Technology SIG meets Thursday, November 5

When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2015
Where: 5th Floor Hamon room, J Erik Jonsson Central Public Library  Map

metadata graphicThe presentation is “Research and Publishing – Using Word Processors.” Word Processors are the basic tool for planning, recording and publishing your research results and a great way to share. But are you using this tool in the most effective way? We will explore word processors in Google Docs – Docs, One Drive – Online Word, Microsoft Office Word, and WordPerfect Office Suite. We will also look at genealogy specific forms for word processors and how PDF documents can be created in a word processor.

Those of you who are able to attend in person can join the group at the usual location: the 5th floor Hamon room at the Dallas Public Library. For those of you who cannot join us in person you can still be part of the evening from home or wherever you happen to be at the time by joining the conversation using our GoTo Meeting account (note that we are limited to 25 users).

GoTo meeting is a web based tool that will allow you to see whatever the presenter shows the in-person audience on his/her PC. It also has an audio bridge and your choice of using your telephone or your PC’s microphone and speaker (actually a headset works better).

You will need to download some software (it’s free), and works on just about any type of PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
URL:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877.  Access code: 270-215-877
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.

It usually takes a few minutes to get the software downloaded and to start the session so the presenter will start the GoTo meeting at 5:40 to give you a chance to get things up and working before the meeting starts at 6:00.

November Meeting Speaker-George W. Bush Presidential Library Director

“The Presidential Libraries and the George W. Bush Presidential Center” is our program topic for our next General Meeting.  The Society meets this Saturday, November 7, in the first floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map. Hospitality time begins at 10:30 am. The general meeting starts at 11:00 am followed shortly after by our program.


Alan Lowe, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, will speak about his career with the National Archives and the role of the Presidential libraries. He will give in-depth information on the mission of and plans for the George W. Bush Library  on the campus of SMU. Mr. Lowe will provide details on the facility and the many resources and programs that the Library provides.

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

DGS Earns 2 Awards from Texas State Genealogical Society

At the closing banquet of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference on October 31, the Dallas Genealogical Society was honored with two awards.

  • First Place – Web site for a Partner Society.  “The purpose… is to promote genealogy and history on the world wide web, sharing information and servicing our global communities; …criteria will include web site design, navigation, contents, and customization.”
  • Volunteer of the Year = DGS President Tony Hanson. Judging criteria include genealogical or historical research and service to the society, the community, and the local or genealogical library.


DGS congratulates our Webmaster Todd DeDecker on the Web Site Award; we are very grateful for the tremendous amount of time, effort and skill that was put forth to achieve this by Todd and several others in the Society.

It is a pleasure to see that our President’s dedication and service to DGS has been recognized at the state level with this Volunteer of the Year honor.

The first place award in the Web site category includes a $100 gift to DGS. The Volunteer of the Year award includes a $50 gift to the winner plus $50 to the partner society who nominated the recipient.

You can view images of these (and previous awards) on our ‘Awards Received‘ page.

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.