Want to attend Summer Seminar Free?

Bring a friend who ticket - byofis not a current member of the Dallas Genealogical Society to our monthly general meetings in February, 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!


*Entries will be restricted to DGS members who bring a guest who is not a current DGS member to a General Meeting in February, March, April or May 2016. You will receive one entry for each guest you bring and register.

DGS Brown Bag SIG Meets Saturday, January 23

The Brown Bag Special Interest Group of the Dallas Genealogical Society meets this Saturday, January 23 on the 8th floor of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library beginning at 10:15am

brown-bag-lunchThe group will discuss numbering systems for genealogical reports. SIG leader Janet Khashab (brownbagsig@dallasgenealogy.org) will discuss “Genealogical Numbering Systems: History and Reasoning” by Meline Lutz Byne, NGS Magazine, 41:4 (Oct-Dec 2014), pp 22-25 with some examples of different systems. Marianne Szabo will present an example of Ahnentafel or Ancestor Table.

Please read and study Chapter 2, pp 12-21 of our textbook Guide to Genealogical Writing.

After the BB discussion, Liz Kutz will meet with the DAM  group for those interested in “digital asset management.”


Help Us Index Probate Records

probate_case_3100Back in the late 1970’s DGS members microfilmed documents related to 3100 probate cases filed in Dallas County from 1850 to the early 1900’s.

In 2015 the DGS partnered with the University of North Texas to have those microfilms digitized, and they are now available on their Portal to Texas History. DGS members pitched in again and transcribed the index to the microfilms, so the images have quite a bit of metadata available for each case.

Sadly, the index did not include any information about when the cases were filed or disposed of.

So… we have launched another phase of this project, with the goal of associating a date range and, when possible, the date of death, for each one of the 3100 cases.

Pitching in is easy… we have complete instructions (even a video showing you every step) in the ‘Get Involved’ section of our web site.

DGS Jewish SIG Meets Wednesday, January 20

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group meets this Wednesday morning, January 20, from 10am-1pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  MAP

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; email: jewishgen@dallasgenealogy.org

The Jewish SIG is free and open to all.


DGS DNA Interest Group Meets Thursday, January 21

The DIG meets from 6 – 8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

DNA-2-iconThe program Topic is  X Chromosome. The group will look at Fan Charts, Pedigree Charts and Ahnentafel Reports (some times called Ancestor Reports) to assist in finding which of your lines could have X matches.

In preparation, you can read SIG Leader Mic Barnette’s article on his website: “Finding X Chromosomes“. In Mic’s article there is a list of ahnantafel numbers depicting where on anyone’s pedigree chart the x-chromosome matches. Additionally, there are other links that you can read and follow for more information about X chromosomes.

You might want to print out a ahnentafel report and either fan chart or pedigree chart if your genealogy program can do that. Write the ahnentafel numbers on your fan or pedigree chart. Bring these to class.

Here is a link to a blank fan chart.

Mic Barnette, DNA SIG Leader, dna@dallasgenealogy.org


DGS African-American Genealogical Interest Group Meets Saturday, January 16

The African-American Genealogical Interest Group of the Dallas Genealogical Society meets tomorrow from 2 – 4:45 pm on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. MAP

The group discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community. It uses 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.

Meetings are free and open to the public.


DGS 2016 Spring Seminar With Paul Milner To Be Held March 12

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2016 Spring Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 12, titled From Whence They Came.  Millions of people immigrated to this country. This seminar will help people understand why our ancestors left, how they got here and how to trace their steps, with an emphasis on the British Isles.

Paul Milner, professional genealogist and international lecturer, will give four lectures:

  1. Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
  2. Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  3. Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellion
  4. Overlooked Sources for 17th and 18th century English Research

The event will be held in the Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street,  Dallas, TX, 75201 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.  MAP

Save $10.00 by registering before February 22, 2016: $45.00 (Society members) | $55.00 (non-members).

Program details and registration information are available on the Society’s website: dallasgenealogy.org.

Milner_Paul_200HPaul Milner has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 30 years. He was raised in England and settled in the United States in 1975. Paul has been designing workshops and lecturing to a wide variety of audiences for over 35 years. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.


DGS 2016 Writing Contest Is Now Open; Closes March 31

Now that the rush of the holidays is over, the Dallas Genealogical Society reminds all genealogists that its 2016 Writing Contest is now open. This is a great opportunity to publish a part of your family history. This is the fourth year the Society has sponsored this contest, which comes with cash prizes.

WritingContestThe 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. Entries will be accepted through March 31, 2016. Winners will be announced in May, 2016.

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.


Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society Meets January 14

Join MHGS on Thursday, January 14, 6:30 pm, at the Mesquite Main Library, 300 W. Grubb Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149.  Map

MHGSProgram: “Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929”. One in every 25 Americans has a connection to an Orphan Train rider and between 1854 and 1929, over 200,000 children were relocated from the East to the West coast on trains. Some were young enough that they lost knowledge of their families, ages and even their names. This is a vital part of history with research techniques and resources available that will assist in researching an Orphan Train Rider.

Speaker: Paula Perkins, professional genealogical consultant, lecturer, and instructor of genealogy classes.

Everyone is invited and welcome, and you do not have to be a member to attend. Come early for visiting and refreshments.

Sandra Eckstein, Publicity

Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society

DGS January 2016 General Meeting is Tomorrow, the 9th

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, First Floor Auditorium, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201  Map

Hospitality – 10:30am-11:00am
Let’s Talk – 10:45am-11:00am*
Meeting – 11:00am-11:30am
Program – 11:30am-12:30pm

Secretary’s Minutes of November 2015 General Meeting

*Let’s Talk. Board members will be available in the Auditorium to hear comments, suggestions, compliments, criticisms, questions or anything else you want to say about your society.

Judy Allen KnightSpeaker: Judy Allen Knight is a genealogical speaker with over 40 years of experience in family history. She has been president of Mid-Cities GS and District #11 Representative of TSGS. In 2006 Judy was the Conference Chair for the TSGS Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas.

Program: From Respected Lawyer to Counterfeiter. Digging for details using genealogical and federal court and penitentiary records tells quite a story.

DGS web site