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The Dallas Genealogical Society will host the second North Texas Society Summit on Friday, September 29, 2017. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Collaboration Among Societies’, and our featured speaker is D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS (www.djoshuataylor.com).

The Summit is targeted towards leaders of genealogical societies in the North Texas area (TSGS Districts 7 through 12 , 14, 16 and 17). The Summit will focus on priority topics identified by participants at the 2016 Society Summit.

Cost: No charge to attendees ($10.00/person donation requested for the provided lunch.)

Location: 7th floor O’Hara Room, J. Erik Jonnson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201

Questions or Comments: ntgss@dallasgenealogy.com

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Time Description
10:00 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 10:45 Opening Remarks
10:45 – 12:00 Focused Discussions

  • 10:45 – 11:20 AM – Topic 1: Retaining & Increasing Membership
  • 11:20 – 11:55 AM – Topic 2: Marketing & Social Media
12:00 – 1:15 Luncheon
D. Joshua Taylor – “Finding Your Potential”
An inspirational look at what a society (or societies together) can do in 2017!
1:15 – 2:30 Focused Discussions

  • 1:15 – 1:50 PM – Topic 3: Society Management & Leadership
  • 1:50 – 2:25 PM – Topic 4: Fundraising
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:45 Closing Session
D. Joshua Taylor – “What Now: Turning Steps into Collaborative Action”
3:45 – 4:00 Wrap-Up

There is no need to order your lunch…. we will be providing a selection of sandwiches for you to choose from.

Boxed lunch includes:

  • Sandwich: Ham & Swiss on Rye or Turkey & Havarti on 9 Grain
  • Fresh fruit salad, pasta salad, and a cookie.


  • Iced Tea
  • Lemonade
  • Water

Requested Attendee Donation:

  • $10.00 (Cash or Check Only)

These articles may provide society leaders with some useful insight…

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has published a comprehensive series of articles on a variety of topics related to managing a genealogical society. They are organized into the following categories:

  • Strategies for Societies
  • Strategies for Presidents
  • Strategies for Vice-Presidents
  • Strategies for Treasurers
  • Strategies for Secretaries
  • Strategies for Program Chairpersons
  • Strategies for Librarians
  • Strategies for Editors

The articles are available to the general public (you do not need to be a FGS member) on their website.


There are several Facebook Groups that may be useful to society leaders:

North Texas Genealogical SocietyThis group was created to serve as a forum for leaders of Genealogical Societies located in the greater North Texas region. Membership is open to anybody who is in a position of leadership of a Genealogical Society located in this region.

Genealogical Society Leadership ForumThis group is for officers and committee chairs to help improve their societies. It is not for working on your own family tree. Topics include, but are not limited to, fundraising, newsletters, social media, volunteers, membership retention and technology.

Social Media for GenealogyA resource for learning more about social media tools and practices. This group is open to all with an interest in genealogy and who want to leverage the power of social media to expand their genealogy research as well as promote their genealogy business.

Genealogical Society WebmastersCreated to be a resource for those actively involved in managing web sites for Genealogical Societies

Technology for GenealogyDiscussion of technology used for genealogy purposes. Includes: software, apps, tablets, computers, gadgets, news, web sites. Topics must be related to technology and have applicability as a genealogy tool.

  • General genealogy discussion on research methodology is not permitted. Discussion of DNA and genetic genealogy are off topic in this group since other groups are available for those topics. Do not post your request for help with surnames or help with adoptee searches. That is off topic in this group.
  • Even though the group is listed as closed, most requests for membership will be approved. We will not accept requests to join the group by people who have questionable profile pics, no friends and no timeline activities, especially if they have no genealogical interests on their page. This is to help prevent any spam or ads on this page. Spammers will be banned from the group.

The DGS hosted a Genealogy Society Summit at the Dallas Public Library on Friday, September 16, 2016. 37 leaders from 19 North Texas Societies (listed below) participated in the days activities that included group discussion on common issues. This event was offered at no cost to participants.

The event also featured two presentations made by Curt Witcher:

      • Session 1: ‘Keys to Our Success in These “Best of Times”’ – These are the best of times for those engaged in family history pursuits, yet member engagement and membership ranks are not growing as rapidly as they should. Important operational philosophies and strategic thinking are shared to encourage those involved in society operations to increase member engagement while enticing new members.
      • Session 2: ‘Becoming the Outstanding Leader Your Society Needs’ – Practical tips and strategies for being a leader in your society are offered which include knowing your organization, working well with a wide range of individuals, and providing opportunities for new ideas and new talent to be a part of your organization. Good leaders also plan for succession, a topic which will also be covered.

A survey was distributed to all participants following the event: the results are summarized here.

Comments from the Survey, and from the table discussions, were analyzed and grouped to focus the discussion at future events: View the summary.

The participating societies are listed below. Representatives from the Texas State Genealogical Society (which also contributed funds for the lunch that was provided to attendees) were also in attendance.

      • Angelina County Genealogical Society
      • Arlington Genealogical Society
      • Bell County Genealogical Society
      • Cedar Hill Genealogical Society
      • Collin County Genealogical Society
      • Dallas Genealogical Society
      • Denton County Genealogical Society
      • East Texas Genealogical Society
      • Erath County Genealogical Society
      • Fort Worth Genealogical Society
      • Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
      • Hogar De Dallas
      • Lamar County Genealogical Society
      • Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society
      • Mid Cities Genealogical Society
      • North Collin County Genealogical Society
      • Red River Genealogical Society
      • Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
      • Wise County Genealogical Society