The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Special Interest Group for Macs, including the Reunion software programs for desktops/laptops, iPad and iPhone, meets this Saturday, August 1st from 1-3pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.
SIG leader Happi McQuirk will lead a discussion of the changes and improvements made to the Reports feature in the new Reunion 11.
The Learning Channel (TLC) begins a new season of its two-time Emmy nominated genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? on Sunday evening, July 26, at 8pm CDT. The premiere episode features actress Ginnifer Goodwin; other celebrities in the current series will include Bryan Cranston, Alfre Woodard, Tom Bergeron, and J. K. Rowling.
The program shares fascinating stories, and sheds light on surprising revelations, of the real life family history of celebrities.
Saturday, July 25 is the final day to register for the Early Bird pricing discount to attend our two-day 2015 Summer Symposium “Researching in Texas” to be held August 7 – 8. The discounted cost is $129.00 for DGS members and $149.00 for non-members
Noted genealogist Teri Flack is our featured speaker.
This event of eight presentations focuses on resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors. Teri’s lectures will cover researching the Republic of Texas, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as using manuscript collections. Representatives from the State of Texas General Land Office, The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library will describe the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.
Program details and registration instructions are on the DGS web site.
The Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library (on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas) has initiated a monthly opportunity to contribute to the recently announced partnership from FamilySearch, NARA, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum to index the already digitized documents of the Freedmen’s Bureau.
DPL’s Genealogy Division invites family history researchers to come together the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5-8pm in order to contribute to this important indexing project.
Volunteers are needed to make these records searchable online. No specific time commitment is required, and anyone may participate. Volunteers simply log on, pull up as many scanned documents as they like, and enter the names and dates into the fields provided. Once published, information for millions of African Americans will be accessible, allowing families to build their family trees and connect with their ancestors.
DGS wants to make this excellent program more affordable to as many genealogists as possible so we are extending the date to sign up for a reduced registration rate to Saturday, July 25. Save $20 – $40.
Researching in Texas, August 7-8, 2015 is a 2-day program of eight presentations that focus on resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors. Our featured speaker is Teri Flack. Her lectures will cover researching the Republic of Texas, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as using manuscript collections. Additional speakers from the State of Texas General Land Office, The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library will describe the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.
“Late Night at the Library” is a free, bonus event. The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will remain open on Friday evening, August 7, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees. Professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance.
Program details and registration instructions are available on our web site.
We look forward to meeting you.
Our webmasters (Todd DeDecker and Tony Hanson) have just completed a 6-month effort to re-design, update and improve our web presence.
We were compelled to do this because the version of software used to create our web site in 2010 was no longer being supported. Since we had to undergo a fairly major update anyway we decided to re-write it using WordPress, which has emerged as the most widely used web and blog software in use today.
A large part of our focus was making the information we had on the old site much easier to find and use. In addition, the new site is much more compatible with smart phones and tablets that are increasingly being used to view the materials we have available.
Another advantage of using WordPress is that is has a wide variety of add-on tools that can be used to increase the usefulness of our web site. We have several enhancements lined up that you can expect to see in the coming months.
If you encounter any bugs or problems while visiting the site ( http://www.dallasgenealogy.org/ ) please click on the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of the page and tell us about them and we’ll get them corrected as soon as we can.
There will be a demo of the new site at the September 5 General Meeting.
Join volunteers around the world to Fuel the Find during the Worldwide Indexing Event on August 7 to 14, sponsored by FamilySearch.
Join volunteers from around the world to help “Fuel the Find” August 7-14 (wherever you are). You will have one week to participate by indexing at least one batch in the language of your choice. If you are fluent in French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish—our focus languages for 2015—please help index records in one of those languages. Special training will soon be available to help you prepare!
The goal is for 100,000 people to participate in one week.
You can help Fuel the Find!
To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.
A press conference to talk about this indexing project will be streamed live tomorrow, June 19th (the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth) beginning at 10am PDT/noon CDT/1pm EDT. Link to http://www.discoverfreedmen.org. The web site also provides details about the project.
HISTORICAL NOTE: On June 19 (“Juneteenth”), 1865, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number 3, which read in part, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” Source: Texas State Historical Society, The Handbook of Texas.
The Summer, 2015 edition of Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society has been published. Members can view a PDF version by going to Publications -> Pegasus
Each year the Texas State Genealogical Society presents awards in a number of categories to publications by Partner Societies or individual members. The 2014 TXSGS Award for Category VI, Official Periodicals of Partner Societies, was presented to the Dallas Genealogical Society for its Pegasus journals (read more here).
The category is open to Partner Societies. Requirements are that the Journals must be published at least once each year, but could be more than once. A full year’s copy of publications was submitted; these copies will be archived as part of TSGS’s archival collection at the Stephen F. Austin Library.
Judging criteria included binding, design, organization, content, interest, editing and index.
“Pegasus was clearly at the top from the time it was submitted,” stated a committee member. “ If a Partner Society is evaluating starting to publish a journal, they would do well to look at Pegasus as a model.”
Copies can be purchased for $15.
Most of the newsletters created by the DGS from September, 1976 to the present have been scanned and are now available to the public (we are missing a few copies here and there… if you happen to own one of the missing issues please consider donating or scanning it so we can complete our collection!). View the collection at Publications -> Newsletters