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Pegasus, The Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society

The DGS launched Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society, a scholarly journal, in 2012. The first issue was published in spring of 2013. There are two categories of publication: Research Issues and Records Issues. Articles are accepted through an annual Writing Contest conducted by the DGS that offers cash prizes as well as publication of selected articles. See the “Writing Contest” tab for rules and entry form. Articles are also welcome outside of the Contest period. See the “Pegasus Guidelines” tab for details, including payment. We are among the first society journals to pay authors for published materials.

Issues are published online for DGS members. Select any of the article links for information about the content of any published article. Preview summaries are available for the latest editions. PDF versions of the publication are available to DGS members.

Print copies are sent to those who request them on their member page. A limited number of print copies of each issue are available for purchase from the DGS Online Store for a nominal cost while supplies last.

DGS_PegasusThe Dallas Genealogical Society is sponsoring its 2017 Writing Competition for original material submitted by members and non-members, hobbyists and professionals. Length of articles may be from 1500 to 5000 words. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Winners are eligible for publication in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

Writing Contest Rules

Entry Form



Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society
Writers Guidelines

quillArticles for Pegasus may be submitted by members and non‐members of the Society, both hobbyists and professionals.  Articles may not have been previously published.


In addition to its regular Research Issues, Pegasus will publish Records Issues from time to time dedicated to record groups relating to the city or county of Dallas only. Guidelines for both categories are outlined below.


While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, topics may range beyond the Dallas city and county geographic area only as specified below:

  • advanced methodologies and case studies emphasizing an approach to a problem are not limited by geography
  • family histories and genealogies must be linked to North Texas (as defined below), including those families who came from or left to settle elsewhere than North Texas
  • historically interesting events in North Texas must include a connection with a local family
  • histories of ethnic or military groups, or of neighborhoods and houses, must be specific to North Texas

North Texas: defined as the area that includes northern counties along the Red River from Fannin to Hardeman counties, eastern counties from Fannin to Limestone counties, southern counties from Limestone to Runnels counties, western counties from Runnels to Hardeman counties, with all interior counties within these boundaries; also counties which were included in the pre‐Republic political boundaries of Nacogdoches.

The historical time period covers from pre‐Republic days to the 1940 U.S. Census.

Source citations are required with the format according to the guidelines in Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2009). Style should conform to the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Use endnotes, not footnotes.

Articles should be from 1500 to 5000 words, and should be submitted in either Microsoft Word (doc, docx), or Rich Text Format. Images or charts should be submitted as separate attachments (not embedded in the article) in JPEG, TIFF, or PDF format. Photos should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, with a minimum size of 3″X5″.  Identification of images and charts should be included on a page at the end of the article, together with suggested captions. Obtaining permission to use images is the responsibility of the author.

Authors of Research Issue articles will be paid $10 per published page after issue publication.


Records Issue topics must be directly related only to the city or county of Dallas and may include:

  • transcriptions, abstracts, or indexes of civil, religious, and business record groups, not yet filmed or digitized
  • unpublished family records (Bibles, letters, journals, diaries, etc.)
  • cemetery inscriptions or guides, not available elsewhere
  • obituaries of Dallas natives or residents, published in newspapers outside Dallas County

Submissions for Records Issues may vary in length. However, content may be published in several Records Issues at the discretion of the editor.

Compilers of material for Records Issues will be paid $1.50 per published page after issue publication. Multiple compilers for the same material will share the payment equally.


Send submissions via email only with “DGS Pegasus” in the subject line to: pegasus@dallasgenealogy.org Include the following information both in the email and on the first page of the submission: author’s full name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief biographical sketch.


Rev. 07/21/2014

2017 Contest Results

  • 1st Place – “Defending Dicy Dillon” – Karen Walker
  • 2nd Place – Not Awarded
  • 3rd Place – Not Awarded

2016 Contest Results

  • 1st Place – “A Case Study in Using DNA for DAR Membership: First Successful Application” – Ray Harriot – Published in Volume 4, Number 1 (2016)
  • 2nd Place – “The Elusive Andrew Lyday, 1804–1849” – Jana Walker  – Published in Volume 4, Number 1 (2016)
  • 3rd Place – “Alice’s Looking Glass: Reflection on the Prussian Drahns to Texas” – Vicki Ayo  – Published in Volume 4, Number 1 (2016)

2015 Contest Results

  • 1st Place – “Rising – the Story of John Wesley Barnes and Edna Mollie Crawford” – Diane Barnes Gawedzinski – Not Yet Published
  • 2nd Place – “Tracing Polly’s Life from Slavery to Freedom” – RL Canady  – Published in Volume 4, Number 1 (2016)
  • 3rd Place – Not Awarded

2014 Contest Results

  • 1st Place – “As the Angus Roam” – Deborah R. Harvey and Gary E. Wood  – Published in Volume 3, Number 1 (2015)
  • 2nd Place –Not Awarded
  • 3rd Place – Not Awarded

2013 Contest Results (published in the Summer 2014 Research Issue of Pegasus)

  • 1st Place – “From Kentucky to Texas: The Story of One Pioneer Family” – Jo Archer Arnspiger  – Published in Volume 2, Number 1 (2014)
  • 2nd Place – “A Double Murder in Mills County” – Charles Curtis  – Published in Volume 2, Number 1 (2014)
  • 3rd Place – Not Awarded

2012 Contest Results

  • 1st Place – “Francis A. Claridge (1824 – 1887)” – Karen Claridge Walker – Published in Volume 1, Number 1 (2013)
  • 2nd Place – “Bailing, Bigamy, Brother Love” – Debbie Parker Wayne, CG – Published in Volume 1, Number 1 (2013)
  • 3rd Place (Tie) – “Sarah Luse Larimer 1836 – 1913: Indian Captive, Photographer and Business Woman” – Loretta L. Evans, A.G. (tie) – Published in Volume 1, Number 1 (2013)
  • 3rd Place (Tie) – “Chronology of Land Lot 128, District 20, Baldwin (Morgan County), Georgia and How It Led to Polly Ware’s Maiden Name” – Barbara A. Ware, Ph.D. (tie) – Published in Volume 1, Number 1 (2013)

No Award – but published in Volume 2, Number 1 (2014)

  • “John Hunter Claridge (1854 – 1927)” – Karen Claridge Walker
  • “100 Year History of 3700 Maplewood Avenue in Highland Park, Texas” – Happi McQuirk

No Award – but published in Volume 3, Number 1 (2015)

  • “Following Fannie: Fannie Young (Moore) Jumper Hayes Mullicane (1877-1976)” – Jennifer Shipley-Sullivan