DGS@60 – Our Commitment to Genealogy Education

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our first “Clinic”, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 1955, was conducted by Mrs. Margaret Scruggs Caruth (founding member), John Plath Green (our first president), and Mrs Margaret Pratt (Head of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library). While we don’t have information about the topics presented, we can mark this date as the beginning of DGS’s long involvement through the decades in the education of genealogists and family historians through a variety of clinics, workshops, seminars, and institutes. At our third Clinic, held May 9-10, 1958, the featured guest speaker was Mrs. Virginia H. Taylor, Archivist of the State Library in Austin, Texas. Featured speakers over the years have included internationally known and respected genealogical researchers, family historians, speakers, and writers, including Carleton E. Fisher, John Philip Colletta, William Dollarhide, Patricia Law Hatcher, Paul Milner, Christine Rose, and Lloyd D. Bockstruck. At the 1991 Spring Seminar, speaker Elizabeth Shown Mills spoke to 700 participants.

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Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake. The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm in the Auditorium of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.

April General Meeting Materials Available

Did you miss our April meeting? Watch the business portion here!

View on YouTube | March 5 meeting

Unfortunately, Ari Wilkins outstanding presentation on Ante-Bellum Southern Plantation Records was not recorded. Here is some of the feedback we received:

  • OUTSTANDING!  Best ever!
  • One of the best monthly meetings I’ve been too in a long time.  It was more like a seminar than a meeting!
  • This was an amazing session. I learned a ton about the period leading up to the civil war as well as records and techniques. The case studies were well done, interesting and relevant! I was amazed that the slide count was nearly 90 at the end – time flew by with the info and story telling. Really great session!
  •  I would very much like a copy of her syllabus, please! The presentation was one of the best I have ever attended at the DGS  regular meetings. Kudos to Ari and her work on southern records.

Ari has generously provided us with a PDF copy of her syllabus.

DGS@60 – Our First Newsletter

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our first newsletter was published in 1955. Vol 1, No 1 from the “Local History & Genealogical Society Cooperating With The Dallas Public Library” (aren’t you glad that we shortened our name?) is dated February 21, 1955.

DGS_Newsletter_1955_February_Vol_1_Num_1_ThumbFeatured on the first page was the Society’s Statement of Purpose. In keeping with this purpose, the newsletter announced that the first project of our newly-formed organization would be “the compilation of a bibliography of all books and pamphlets in the Dallas Public Library dealing with genealogical material”.

This first issue also included a column which became a newsletter tradition for several decades – recent “Library Acquisitions” at the Dallas Public Library of interest to genealogical researchers.  Mrs Margaret Pratt, head of the Local History and Genealogy Department of Dallas Public Library, listed 14 new titles “of interest”.  According to Dallas Public Library’s online catalog, all 14 are still available for research!

Read the entire first issue on our website.

 

Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake. The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm in the Auditorium of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.

Photographing Historic Pleasant Mound Cemetery

We need volunteers on Saturday morning, April 23, 2016 to help photograph the tombstones in historic Pleasant Mound Cemetery. The cemetery is located in South Dallas at 3151 South Buckner Boulevard,  75227.

Please sign up to participate!

This project is being conducted in cooperation with BillionGraves.com and MyHeritage.com. Volunteers needed include:

  1. Fifteen (15) people with smart phones to photograph the gravestones using the BillingGraves App (available for iOS, Microsoft and Android phones).
  2. Five (5) additional people to assist photographers, for example by holding back vegetation or holding light reflectors.

Pleasant Mound Cemtery LayoutWe will meet at the cemetery at 7:30 AM on Saturday, April 23. MyHeritage will provide food and beverages. We expect to finish around noon.

If you will be photographing with your  smart phone, here are the things you need to do in advance:

  • Register for a free account at BillionGraves
  • Download the Billion Graves App and activate it
  • Make sure you have a good amount of storage available on your phone to store the pictures! (Hint: Backup your photos to another location and erase them from your phone.)
  • Charge your phone before you arrive at the cemetery!

You do not need to upload the gravestone pictures at the cemetery. To conserve data usage, you can upload your images later when you have WiFi access.

Get Involved Now!

DGS@60 – Our first president

The Dallas Genealogical Society is throwing itself an anniversary party on Saturday, May 7!  At our May general meeting, we will celebrate 60 years of service to the genealogical community of Dallas and north Texas.

DID YOU KNOW?

DGS’s roots go back to 1930 when a predecessor organization existed for a few years.  In our current form, however; as the oldest continuously operating genealogical society in Texas, we held our first monthly meeting at the Downtown Y.M.C.A. on October 26, 1954.

GreenJohnPlathJohn Plath Green (1910-1984), one of our founding members, was elected president. An avid genealogist by vocation, Mr. Green was a prominent attorney who served with distinction in WWII and was active in many organizations in Dallas during his lifetime.

Other founding members were Mrs. Margaret Pratt, Hastings Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Dee Brown Walker, and Mr. Henry O. Jones.

At the second meeting, a name was selected for the new organization “Local History and Genealogical Society Cooperating with the  Dallas Public Library” and we created our first logo.

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Mark your calendars. Please join us for reminiscences, stories…and cake.  The festivities will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:30am -1:00pm at the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201.

 

DGS MacGen Reunion Group Meets This Saturday, April 9

The MacGen Reunion SIG of the Dallas Genealogical Society meets at 1pm this Saturday, April 9, on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, in downtown Dallas.

Program:

  1. We are going back to basics again to help our new members and will cover other bits and pieces, such as, how to convert .png files to .jpg files and how to handle adoptions.
  2. Carolyn Davis will give a brief review on Reunion Touch for your iPhone.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email them to Happi or just bring them up at the meeting.The meetings are free and open to the public and are held in a round-table, open discussion format with a facilitator.

if you can’t attend this meeting in person, Here’s the link to join us on GoToMeeting from wherever you are.

Sat, Apr 9, 2016 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/144932709.

You can also dial in using your phone: United States : +1 (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 144-932-709.

Leader: Happi McQuirk, macs@dallasgenealogy.org.

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DGS Technology Interest Group Meets Thursday, April 7

The April meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology Special Interest Group is this Thursday, April 7. The group meets at 6pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, in downtown Dallas.

This month’s  program:  “Miscellaneous Research Software” – a high level overview of three different software programs which can be used to document your research efforts.

• Evidentia: Source centric resource documentation. Stand-alone software

• Research Ties: Records research objective and sources, documents analysis and conclusions. Subscription, cloud-based

• Clooz: Document based to record and transcribe genealogical source documents & corresponding analysis. Stand-alone software

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).

This is the URL you will use to join us on Thursday: 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

Our meetings are open to all. You don’t have to be a DGS member to attend.

Leader: Suzan Younger, technologysig@dallasgenealogy.org.

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DGS April Meeting This Sat: Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records

The monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society will be held this Saturday, April 2 in the first floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. Hospitality time begins at 10:30 am. The short business meeting starts at 11 am followed by our program: “Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records”.

Learn about the Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records – their value, how they are organized, and how to search the collection.
These records are considered to be one of the most valuable collections to the study of African American slavery. The collection encompasses business and personal papers from numerous slaveholding families throughout the South. These records can potentially list slaves by name and include other significant information such as: family relationships; dates of birth and death; bills of sale; etc.

Speaker Ari Wilkins, genealogist and family historian, is a staff member in the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library. She serves as secretary of the Texas State Genealogical Society and a consultant for the Afrigeneas website. DGS_Our_60th_Year

How has Dallas Public Library changed your life?

The Dallas Public Library has been chosen as a 2016 finalist for a National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. This award is the nation’s highest honor for extraordinary public service, recognizing institutions that are valuable community anchors.

As a member of the genealogical community, please share your own stories about Dallas Public Library. How has the library made a difference in your life? On Wednesday, March 23rd, post your story on the IMLS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/USIMLS. Be sure to “Like” the IMLS page first so you can post to it!

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Brown Bag SIG Meets 26 Mar – Write An Ancestor Character Sketch

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Brown Bag Special Interest Group meets this  Saturday, March 26, from 10:30am to noon on the 8th floor of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Program: Writing an ancestor character sketch for a family history. The Register Style for building a character sketch can be found in Guide to Genealogical Writing, pp. 14-18.

Leader: Janet Khashab, brownbag@dallasgenealogy.org.

The meeting is free an open to the public.

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