A recording (audio plus PowerPoint slides) of the March 5 general meeting is now available.
Be sure to check out our YouTube channel.
A recording (audio plus PowerPoint slides) of the March 5 general meeting is now available.
Be sure to check out our YouTube channel.
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.
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.
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.
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, email@example.com.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 | Registration 9:30 AM | Seminar 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
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.
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!
Paul will be giving four lectures and covering a lot of geography!
1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas Texas, 75201
Parking: $1.50 in the library garage
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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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.
The February meeting of the African American Genealogical Interest Group will meet on Saturday, February 20 from 2 2 – 4:45 pm in the East/West Rooms on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
The AAGIG discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community. The group discusses a variety of sources 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. Please join the group for a special Black History Month program.
The Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA SIG (DIG) will meet this Thursday, February 18, from 6 to 8pm, on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
This month, DIG will review GEDMATCH Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research. GEDMATCH allows you to compare your DNA results with others who match you but are using a different testing company.
The group will cover how to download your DNA data (autosomal) from FamilyTreeDNA, Ancestry, and 23andMe, then look at how to upload DNA data and GEDCOMs to GEDMATCH.
DIG participants will look at the following GEDMATCH tools:
• One-to-many and the results page
• X One-to-one
• Search all GEDCOMs
• GEDCOM + DNA match
Leader: Mic Barnette, email@example.com
DGS members and others interested in DNA as a genealogical search strategy are invited to participate. The meetings are free and open to all.
The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group meets this Wednesday, February 17 from 10am to 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. The emphasis is on cultural differences (from other races and creeds) which may require alternative genealogical research methods and records from those usually employed. Both domestic (United States) and international aspects are explored.
Members bring research problems and successes to each meeting for group discussion.
Jewish SIG meetings are free and open to all.
Leader: Liz Kutz; firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Milner’s seminar is a unique opportunity to learn directly from a highly respected, professional genealogist and international lecturer without leaving Dallas. Both Society members and the general public are invited to register and attend. NOTE: Discounted registration rate thru Sunday, February 21st!
Paul will deliver four one-hour lectures. Two deal with emigration to the US and Canada from Ireland and Scotland. Each will situate emigrations within unique historical contexts and identify available records for family history research. A third lecture discusses available records related to 17th and 18th century English research, jumping the gap caused by the English Civil War (1642–1651) and the problems of migration resulting from the industrial revolution.
While the seminar’s particular geographic focus (Ireland, Scotland, and England) may seem afield from your particular family history research interests, the emphasis on the relationship between historical context and available records will resonate with many experienced researchers. Many of us can attest that research methods learned for one geographic area were useful in informing methods used in other areas.
The fourth lecture explores key research tools available at The National Archives of the United Kingdom.
The National Archives is located west of London at Kew. It is the official public archive of the government of the United Kingdom, with records covering over 1,000 years of history. The Archives’ “collection is one of the largest in the world, containing over 11 million historical government and public records” (1).
Obviously, one thousand years of history from a British perspective includes more than the records of countries currently comprising the UK (i.e., England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). There are, for example, records related to Ireland, over which England established rule in the late 12th century and, in 1801, established the constitutional entity of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. This entity existed until 1922, when the Anglo-Irish Treaty established the Irish Free State.
Due the sheer size and scope of its collection, The National Archives is challenging to investigate effectively. What records of importance to family history researchers are hidden to the more casual researcher? Paul Milner will provide direction on the effective use of the research tools, indexes, and catalogs available on the Archives’ website.
So, whether you’re planning a research trip to The National Archives or researching remotely, you are most welcome to join the Dallas Genealogy Society at its 2016 Spring Seminar featuring Paul Milner.
|From Whence They Came|
|Date:||Saturday, March 12, 2016|
|Registration:||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Program:||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Location||1st floor Auditorium, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
|Cost:||$45 Members – $55 Others – by February 21, 2016
$55 Members – $65 Others – after February 21, 2016
|Lunch:||$12 – if ordered by March 9, 2016|
|Parking:||$1.50 – in the Dallas Public Library Garage|
(1) The National Archives – What We Do. Accessed February 13, 2016 at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/our-role/what-we-do/.