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




DGS March Meeting Features Barbara Rust From NARA-Ft. Worth

The March monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society will be held this Saturday, March 5 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; a short business meeting, followed by the program, starts at 11:00 am.

One of the major topics of the business meeting is a discussion of proposed bylaws changes. The Board of Directors has recommended modifications to the bylaws to address issues related to the election of officers at the general meeting. The proposed changes are outlined here.

General Meeting

The program features Barbara Rust, an archivist from the Ft. Worth office of the National Archives and Records Administration and an adjunct instructor of government at Tarrant Community College District, South Campus.

Barbara’s topic is “North Texas Naturalization Records at NARA-Ft. Worth”. North Texas naturalization records created after 1906 have been accessioned to NARA Fort Worth. Barbara will discuss this genealogically rich collection, what we can discover in these original files, and how to access them. Speaker bio and program details.

DGS Members
Want to Attend our Summer Seminar for Free?

Bring a friend who is not a current member of the Dallas Genealogical Society to a monthly general meeting in March, April or May. For each qualified friend you bring, you will receive an entry for a drawing to be held at our special 60th Anniversary meeting in May. The winner of the drawing will receive one free admission (including lunch both days) to our July 29-30 Summer Seminar featuring Denise Levenick, the Family Curator!  Drawing details.

DGS Tech SIG March Meeting is this Thursday, the 3rd

The Technology Special Interest Group of the Dallas Genealogical Society holds its March meeting this Thursday, from 6-7:30 pm on the 5th floor  of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Speaker:  Suzan Younger

Program:  “Using Web-based Apps to Publish,” You’ve spent years researching your family history, locations and special or unique sources. You do not have to publish a book to share and publish your research and your conclusions. On Thursday night, we’ll look at web-based repositories where you can publish your findings. These include: family history e-books, Dallas Genealogical Society resources, Find-a-Grave.com, Billiongraves.com, US Gen Web, Blogs, Wikis, genealogical society publications, FamilySearch trees, Ancestry.com Trees, My Heritage.com trees. You can publish in small pieces or produce that final book.

If you cannot attend in person, please join the conversation using our GoTo Meeting account (note that we are limited to 25 users): https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877.  The access code is 270-215-877.  Use this audio number if you run into trouble getting connected: +1 (224) 501-3412, with the same Access Code: 270215877.

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

Technology SIG

DGS 2016 Writing Contest Accepting Entries Through March 31

It’s time to cross your final “t” and dot the last “i”. The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Writing Contest closes Thursday, March 31, 2016. This is a great opportunity to publish a part of your family history. It is  the fourth year 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 hobbyists and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible.

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 are available at: http://dallasgenealogy.com/dgs/publications/pegasus.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Research Issues of Pegasus, which members can access through the DGS website. Non-members may read Previews of these issues. Use them as examples of outstanding research and writing.

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


It’s Almost Milner Time!

Saturday, March 12, 2016 | Registration 9:30 AM | Seminar 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Information & Registration

In a few weeks, Paul Milner will be with us for our Spring Seminar. We’ve been looking forward to this event for several months and are very pleased with the great response from the genealogical community. We’ve even booked a booth at the North Texas Irish Festival to promote the Seminar and the Society. (If you’re at the Festival here in Dallas, March 4-6, please stop by!) I think it’s great for the Society to be visible in  the community at events like this, especially with family history research capturing the interest of so many people of all ages.


Return Visit

I first heard Paul speak at a DGS seminar, “Irish Research”, on 29 February 2009. It was the first genealogical event I ever attended. I was introduced to the awful destruction of vast numbers of Irish records in 1922 in the Public Records Office at the Four Courts during the Battle of Dublin. Paul also explained in depth the process of locating families in mid-nineteenth century Ireland using the Tithe Applotment and Griffith’s Primary Valuation. Even with his step-by-step guidance, I found this a daunting research prospect!

But what most captured my interest was his enthusiastic demonstration of a free new website: Ask About Ireland.  Here is a site where you can search for your ancestors in Griffith’s Valuation and locate their property on maps created at the time of the Valuation. In a wonderful application of technology, the old maps are overlaid on modern maps. I was thrilled with the discovery process this offered to link my ancestors’ homes and farms to current locations in Ireland. In 2011, I used this website to create a video showing the old and new town of Saintfield for the reunion of the descendants of Hugh Murray, my great-grandfather who emigrated from Northern Ireland in 1857.

In 2009, I found that DGS Seminar with Paul Milner a great value. I still remark on the value the Society’s seminars offer local family history researchers. For most attendees, there are no hotel and travel costs, except gas or public transportation. The day-long event includes four lectures from an acknowledged authority. What a pleasure for the Dallas Genealogical Society to be able to offer this to the community!

Lecture Topics

Paul will be giving four lectures and covering a lot of geography!

  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
    Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context
  • Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
    Learn about the routes taken and the reasons for the emigration from Ireland to the U.S. and Canada before, during and after the famine. Learn how this mass movement of people can affect your research, plus what tools and records are available to trace your Irish ancestor.
  • Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellions
    Learn the reasons for emigration from Scotland to the U.S. and Canada and how it was influenced by events on both sides of the Atlantic. Learn where the emigrants settled, what records they created and what tools are available for tracing your Scottish ancestors.
  • Overlooked Sources for 17th and 18th century English Research
    Going beyond the basics learn what records, published and originals are available for 17th and 18th century English research jumping the gap created by England’s Civil War and the problems of migration due to the industrial revolution.


1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas Texas, 75201
Parking: $1.50 in the library garage

Information & Registration

Looking Ahead

We are very excited about our 2016 Seminar line-up. Paul is kicking off this year’s events in March. This summer, Denise Levenick, aka The Family Curator,  will be with us Friday and Saturday, July  29 and 30. Denise is an author and speaker specializing in the preservation of family heirlooms and using them as sources for family history research. Our Fall seminar features Curt Witcher, the almost legendary manager of Special Collections & Genealogy at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Stay tuned to the DGS blog for more information about upcoming seminars.

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DGS Brown Bag SIG Meets Saturday, 27 Feb – Writing a Book of Family Letters

The Brown Bag group’s February meeting is Saturday, the 27th, from 10:30am to noon, on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

Member Ed Millis will lead a discussion about his experience in writing a book of family letters.

Want to pass on your family lore? What better way than with a book of family correspondence—annotated, illuminated, and explained by you, put in such a form as to make it like a visit to…. where? …maybe to a family birth, a funeral, or to school? Or, of course, to war—wherever your ancestor chose to take you. It is a unique way to get to know your family.

Janet Khashab, SIG leader.

DGS Brown Bag websitebrownbag@dallasgenealogy.org

Brown Bag SIG