Technology SIG meeting 01 Oct

When: 6:00 – 7:45 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2015
Where: 5th Floor Hamon room, J Erik Jonsson Central Public Library  Directions

The presentation is “Research and Publishing – Using Spreadsheets.” Spreadsheets are an awesome tool for planning and recording your research results and a great way to share. We will cover spreadsheets in general which can be in Google Docs – Sheets, One Drive – Online Excel, Microsoft Office Excel, WordPerfect Office Suite – Quattro Pro or any of several spreadsheet programs. We will also look at some Excel functions which are particularly useful for genealogists.

Those of you who are able to attend in person can join the SIG at the usual location: the 5th floor Hamon room at the Dallas Public Library downtown. For those of you who cannot join 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).

GoTo meeting is a web based tool that will allow you to see whatever the in-person group sees. It also has an audio bridge and your choice of using your telephone or your PC’s microphone and speaker (actually a headset works better).

You will need to download some software (it’s free), and works on just about any type of PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone out there.

Thu, Oct 1, 2015 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
This is the URL you will use to join us on Thursday: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/344601069

The access code is 344-601-069

· 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: 344-601-069

· It usually takes a few minutes to get the software downloaded and to start the session so the GoTo meeting will start at 5:40 to give you a chance to get things up and working before the meeting begins at 6:00.

DGS Fall Seminar on 24 Oct: Understand Your Ancestors in the Context of Place and Time

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Fall Seminar will be held Saturday, October 24, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Titled “Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death”, the program will offer four presentations by featured speaker Dr. Michael Lacopo:

  • She Came From Nowhere – A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem.
  • Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence”.
  • Incorporating Social History Into Your Research.
  • Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived
    Through.

“The “Social History” and “Medical Genealogy” topics are…related to my desire for genealogists to tell a story and to understand their ancestors in the context of the place and time and location in which they lived.” states Dr. Lacopo.

Early Bird registration (by October 1) will save you $10.00; the price for all four lectures is only $45.00 for Members and $55.00 for non-Members. The optional box lunch is $12.00.

Program details and registration instructions are available on the DGS web site.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories.
Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession. He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead.
Michael’s interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, among many other topics. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.
He has presented lectures and programs at several National Genealogical Society Conferences and Federation of Genealogical Society conferences, as well state genealogical societies, the Palatines to America Conference, and many local and regional family history meetings.

Visit Michael’s blog Hoosier Daddy
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DGS Fall Seminar Will Help You Become a “Thinking Genealogist”

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Fall Seminar will take place Saturday, October 24, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Titled “Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death”, the program will offer four presentations by featured speaker Dr. Michael Lacopo:

  • She Came From Nowhere – A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem.
  • Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence”.
  • Incorporating Social History Into Your Research
  • Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through.

Dr. Lacopo believes that “The case study and the “Deconstructing” lecture are about critical thinking and understanding the Genealogical Proof Standard, so they are about assessing what you have and what I call being a “thinking genealogist.” ”

Early Bird registration (by October 1) will save you $10.00; the price for all four lectures is only $45.00 for Members and $55.00 for non-Members. The optional box lunch is $12.00 extra.

Program details and registration instructions are available on the DGS web site.

Brown Bag SIG meeting on Saturday, Sept. 26

The September monthly meeting of DGS’s Brown Bag SIG is this Saturday, September 26. The group will meet from 10:30 am to noon in the McDermott Room on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Directions

Marianne Szabo, a BB group member, has just completed a genealogical trip to Germany and Slovakia and she will discuss how the results of that journey have narrowed the focus of her proposed family history. Time will also be given to other members to discuss how they have decided to narrow the focus of their own family history.

 

Dallas Public Library Wants Your Input on Priorities

DPL_Strategig_Plan_Image The Dallas Public Library is holding a series of Community Forums to obtain input on their future direction and priorities.

If you want to voice an opinion please plan on attending one of the sessions which are scheduled to be held from Sept. 23 through 28 at several of the library locations.

  • Sept 23 – 6:30 pm – Hampton-Illinois Branch
  • Sept 24 – 2:00 pm – Lochwood Branch
  • Sept 24 – 6:30 pm – J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (East/West Room – 1st floor)
  • Sept 24 – 6:30 pm – Prairie Creek Branch
  • Sept 26 – 2:00 pm – North Oak Cliff Branch
  • Sept 27 – 2:00 pm – Renner Frankford Branch Library
  • Sept 28 – 6:30 pm – Bachman Lake Branch

DGS 2015-2016 Leaders

The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to introduce our Society’s Leadership Team for the 2015-2016 term, our 60th anniversary year.

President – Tony Hanson
Vice President – Kathleen Murray
Secretary – Brenda Cannon
Treasurer – Susan Rainwater
Immediate Past President – Sandra Crowley60

Director for Education – Cheryl Freeman
Director for Membership – Gloria Goodwin
Director of Printing and Distribution – Harmon Adair
Director of Publicity and Public Relations – Carolyn Davis
Director of Volunteer Coordination – Mic Barnette

Webmaster – Todd DeDecker
IT Administrator – Barbara Ware
Sales Manager – Jimmy Walters
Library Liaison – Gayla Bush

Hospitality – Robert Lane and Linda Lane

African American Genealogical Interest Group – Lois Lilly
Brown Bag SIG –  Janet Khashab and Elizabeth (Liz) Kutz
DNA Interest Group – Mic Barnette
Jewish SIG – Elizabeth (Liz) Kutz
MacGen Reunion Group – Happi McQuick
Technology SIG – Suzan Younger

Pegasus; The Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society Editor – Julie Tahill Carr

FREE National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair, 21 & 22 Oct 2015

poster-mThe National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will once again be hosting a FREE Virtual Genealogy Fair. It will be held Wednesday and Thursday, October 21-22, 2015. The programs will be broadcast live via YouTube so viewers can ask NARA’s genealogy experts questions at the end of their talks.

Speakers will include genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation.

Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogists and novices. Recorded sessions will remain available online after the event.

Although the program has not yet been set, preliminary details can be found here.

Grand Prairie GS October Meeting

The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society meets Thursday, Oct 1, 2015.

The program for the October meeting: Curlicues & Chicken Scratch: Reading Yesteryear’s Handwriting, presented by Barbara Brixey Wylie.

Penmanship styles, shortcuts and dialect sometimes make old documents look like chicken-scratch—but these tips will help you read that handwriting.

Barbara Brixey Wylie has served on the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Board of Directors and as Secretary of its Lone Star Chapter. She also served a term on the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Board of Directors.  As a genealogical speaker/teacher for twenty-plus years, her speaking experience includes more than two hundred genealogical audiences across the nation. She especially enjoys gathering the family stories that make each ancestor more than just a name and date.

Guests are always welcome. Meetings, 6:30-9:00 pm, in the Great Room of Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX.

See http://gpgstx.org for more information on the society.

Mesquite HGS October Meeting

“Protecting Your Technology”
Protecting your devices becomes more important as we are increasingly dependent on computers, tablets, smart phones and wireless technologies. Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Mesquite Main Library as Tony Hanson leads a discussion on how to protect yourself and your information from identity theft, malicious damage and other threats.

Tony is an electrical engineer who recently retired after a 32 year career with AT&T. He has been a genealogist for 15 years and is an active volunteer with the Dallas Genealogical Society. Besides serving as Technology Special Interest Group leader, Director of Education and as the DGS webmaster, Tony was recently elected to the position of President.

The public is invited and welcome. You do not have to be a member to attend. Come early for visiting and refreshments.

DNA Interest Group Launched by DGS

The Dallas Genealogical Society invites you to learn fun and interesting ways to incorporate DNA technology into your genealogy research! Join the inaugural meeting of the DNA Interest Group for Genealogists on Thursday evening, September 17. The meeting begins at 6pm in the Hamon Room on the fifth floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Directions.

At this meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to review Standards for DNA Genealogical Research and to help design the future of the DNA Interest Group. In addition,  a brief overview of the types of DNA and the various companies that provide testing will be featured.

Mic Barnette, Dallas Public Library Genealogy Division professional team member will be the leader of this Special Interest Group (SIG) and over this year will help us look at DNA as a tool for genealogical research.

Find the DNA Interest Group on the Society’s web site.