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.


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.


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.


  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.

MacGen Reunion SIG

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.

Technology SIG

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!


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.


DGS’s African American SIG Meets Saturday, March 19

The African American Genealogical Interest Group of the Dallas Genealogical Society will hold its March meeting this Saturday, the 19th. The group will meet in the West Room on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library from 2pm – 4:45pm. Address – 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

AAGIG discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community. The group studies a variety of sources, including census research, reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, NARA combined military records of the U.S. Colored Troops, Plantation Slave records, Slave schedules and other records that provide information for this special area of genealogy research. Expert researchers and speakers make presentations on Slavery, customs, tradition, state laws, and the techniques and methods used in their research.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Leader: Lois Lilly, AAGIG@dallasgenealogy.org.


DPL’s Dallas History & Archives Division- Next Phase of Renovation

The dust has almost settled!

The seventh floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, home to the Texas / Dallas History & Archives and Fine Books collections, is in the final stages of a year-long renovation. To begin preparations for reopening the floor to the public, the temporary reading room located on the first floor will close starting Monday, March 21 for approximately 2 months. During this closure staff will be working diligently to move everything back to the seventh floor to be ready for its grand reopening. We, unfortunately, will not be able to assist customers or answer queries during this time and the 7th floor collection will not be available. We invite you to come visit us when we reopen. The exact date will be announced soon, and with much fanfare!


With the new and improved space comes a new and improved name – the Dallas History & Archives Division. While the collection still encompasses DFW and Texas as a whole, the new name better reflects our primary mission to document and celebrate Dallas history.

Read the full article on Booked Solid, Dallas Public Library’s blog.

DGS DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, March 17: Ethnicity Results

The Dallas Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group (DIG) will meet on Thursday, March 17, 2016 in the Hamon Room (5th floor) of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Address-1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Program:  Celebrate your DNA ethnic heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. The group will discuss ethnicity results found in FTDNA (MyOrigins), Ancestry (Ethnicity Estimate), and 23andMe (Ancestry Composition). Review your DNA results and bring your questions. For example, do siblings have the same ethnicity results? Why? Why not?

Remember to try out GedMatch. We will continue with its tools in April. Jean Larson will be our presenter in May.

DIG Leader – Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

DNA graphic

Jewish Special Interest Group Meets March 16

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group meets this Wednesday, March 16, from 10am-1pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Learn 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.

Leader: Liz Kutz, jewishgen@dallasgenealogy.org.

Jewish SIG