DGS’s Jewish SIG Meets This Wednesday, 10/19

Jewish SIG

The October meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Jewish Special Interest Group is this Wednesday, Oct 19, from 10am to 1pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Purpose: For anyone with actual (or suspected) Jewish ancestral lines. 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.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Leader: Liz Kutz, jewishgen@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS African American Interest Group Meets This Sat, the 15th

AAGIG SIG

The October monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogical Interest Group will be held this Saturday, the 15th,  from 2-4:45pm, on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

The AAGIG discusses and explores areas of research unique to the African American community.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

DGS MacGen Reunion Group Meets This Saturday, the 8th

MacGen Reunion SIG

The October meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s MacGen Reunion Interest Group meets this Saturday, the 8th, at 1pm on the 8th floor of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Come join us and bring your questions, dilemmas, and suggestions to our gatherings as we discuss all things Mac and getting the most out of your genealogical research! The meetings are free and open to the public and are held in a round-table, open discussion format with a facilitator.

Leader: Happi McQuirk. macs@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS Technology SIG Meets This Thurs, Oct. 6

Technology SIG

Dallas Genealogical Society’s Technology Interest Group will hold its October meeting this Thursday evening, the 6th, from 6 to 8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program: DGS President Tony Hanson will present “Understanding Digital Images.”
This presentation will provide you with a basic understanding of how images are digitized and will familiarize you with some of the fundamental characteristics of digital image files. This knowledge will allow you to make informed decisions when acquiring and working with digitally formatted images from any source.

If you cannot join us in person, you can still be part of the evening by joining the conversation using our GoTo Meeting account (note that we are limited to 25 users). Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877.  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: 270215877

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

 

 

DGS’s Brown Bag SIG Meets This Saturday, the 24th

Brown Bag SIG

The September meeting of the Brown Bag interest group will be held this Saturday, September 24 from 10:30am to 1pm on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Liz Kutz will chair the discussion which covers chapters 3 & 4 of Genealogy and the Law. Please do the short quiz at the end of each chapter.

We will return to discussing genealogical writing at the October 22nd meeting.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Contact: brownbag@dallasgenealogy.org.

DNA SIG Meets This Thursday, Sept. 15

DNA SIG

Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA interest group will meet on Thursday, September 15th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamon Room, 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program:
1. Barbara Ware will discuss how she is using a simplified spreadsheet to assist in suggesting DNA connections across three testing companies.

2. Mic Barnette will show changes to the FamilyTreeDNA website. If you tested with FTDNA and haven’t been to the site recently, you might want to look at it. We may also talk about the changes on AncestryDNA.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Leader: Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS Adds 2 New SIGs

Society News

The Dallas Genealogical Society is sponsoring two new special interest groups, led by DGS Life Member Tresa Tatyrek.

The Roots Magic SIG offers group discussion and sharing of information about the RootsMagic genealogy software running on PCs (Windows) and the Mac. The goal is to help each other utilize the software to its fullest extent. The group meets the 2nd Sunday of the month (September, December, March and June) from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. The inaugural meeting is Sunday, September  11.

Contact rootsmagicsig@dallasgenealogy.org for details.

The Next Generation Sitebuilder SIG is a facilitated group for those utilizing The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding tool to put genealogical research on line. The group meets the 2nd Sunday of the month (September, December, March and June) from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. The inaugural meeting is Sunday, September 11.

Contact tngsitebuildersig@dallasgenealogy.org for details.

Both groups are free and open to the public.

DGS Monthly Meeting is This Sat, 10 Sep

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Please join us for our September Monthly Meeting, September 10, in the 1st floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX  75201.

Hospitality time begins at 10:30, followed by a brief DGS business meeting at 11am (which includes a membership vote on the 2016-2017 budget). The program will begin about 11:20am.

Our program speaker is DGS Life Member Shirley Sloat. Her presentation is titled “It takes a village…… to produce a book preserving the memories of the only living grandchild of two Georgia slaves (Estelle Mitchell Adams, pictured above) who came in a wagon with nine children to Wheelock, Texas, in 1894”.

Details

Educational Programs People Want

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At the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Springfield, Illinois this week, Curt Witcher spoke about the large gap between the current number of active members in genealogical societies and the millions of people currently involved in online family history research.  Seeking to narrow this gap, the Dallas Genealogical Society strives to align our educational services and programs with the interests of our members and with the needs of others in the community who are interested in genealogy, yet are not involved in a local genealogical society.

To that end, the DGS offers: (a) three seminars each year –  one or two all-day events with nationally known genealogical speakers; (b) eight monthly programs – one-hour talks from regional and local experts; and (c) several special interest groups – topical discussion groups led by society members. (You can get more information about these on the DGS website.)

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Curt Witcher, a prominent genealogist, will present four lectures at the DGS Fall Seminar:  Sources & Methods for Family History Research.

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Session 1.            Historical Research Methodology:  Engaging the Process to Find all the Answers

Session 2.            German Migration into the Midwest

Session 3.            Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

Session 4.            Native American/First Nations Research

Session Descriptions and Seminar Information

The lecture topics address the interests of our Society members as well as the interests of others engaged in family history research. A survey of our members indicated they would like to have research methods topics included in our seminars, as well as ethnic group research topics. The Fall Seminar includes two methodology lectures and a talk about German migration. The fourth topic is about Native American/First Nations research, an interest we heard from several persons who stopped by the DGS booth last March at the North Texas Irish Festival. Curt Witcher has the breadth and depth of expertise to address this range of research topics.

Not sure this seminar is for you?

Don’t be deterred if some topics aren’t a match for your interests! Be excited about:

  • Learning some unexpected knowledge nuggets;
  • Engaging in rewarding conversation with fellow researchers;
  • Supporting a genealogical society that strives to serve!

Please help us welcome Curt Witcher to Dallas for this special event!

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Early Registration Ends Monday, September 5, 2016