DGS Fall Seminar On 30 Sep Features D. Joshua Taylor

Please join the Dallas Genealogical Society for our seminar on Saturday, September 30 with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Mr. Taylor is currently President and Executive Director of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.

The full-day program is titled Resource Goldmines: Societies, Religion, & Politics and D. Joshua Taylor will present four lectures: Genealogical and Historical SocietiesReligious Archives and Organizations, 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies, and Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations.

Sign up by September 17 to save $10 on the registration fee.


DGS March Meeting Features Barbara Rust From NARA-Ft. Worth

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.

General Meeting

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.

DGS Members
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.

DGS 2016 Spring Seminar With Paul Milner To Be Held March 12

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2016 Spring Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 12, titled From Whence They Came.  Millions of people immigrated to this country. This seminar will help people understand why our ancestors left, how they got here and how to trace their steps, with an emphasis on the British Isles.

Paul Milner, professional genealogist and international lecturer, will give four lectures:

  1. Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
  2. Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  3. Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellion
  4. Overlooked Sources for 17th and 18th century English Research

The event will be held in the Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street,  Dallas, TX, 75201 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.  MAP

Save $10.00 by registering before February 22, 2016: $45.00 (Society members) | $55.00 (non-members).

Program details and registration information are available on the Society’s website: dallasgenealogy.org.

Milner_Paul_200HPaul Milner has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 30 years. He was raised in England and settled in the United States in 1975. Paul has been designing workshops and lecturing to a wide variety of audiences for over 35 years. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.


Technology SIG December Meeting This Thursday

This is your reminder for the Dallas Genealogical Society’s December Technology Special Interest Group meeting.

When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 3, 2015
Where: 5th Floor Hamon room, J Erik Jonsson Central Public Library  Map
SIG Leader: Suzan Younger

Program: “Research and Publishing – Using Note Taking Applications.” Evernote and Microsoft OneNote are two of the most sophisticated and function-filled note taking applications available to genealogists. This presentation will do a high level presentation of both apps and a comparison of Word-OneNote-Evernote software for use in taking research notes.
For those of you who cannot join the group 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 DGS’s 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 leader is showing the rest of the group on her PC. 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, Dec. 3, 2015 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. URL: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270215877. Access code:  270-215-877

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


November Meeting Speaker-George W. Bush Presidential Library Director

“The Presidential Libraries and the George W. Bush Presidential Center” is our program topic for our next General Meeting.  The Society meets this Saturday, November 7, in the first floor Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Map. Hospitality time begins at 10:30 am. The general meeting starts at 11:00 am followed shortly after by our program.


Alan Lowe, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, will speak about his career with the National Archives and the role of the Presidential libraries. He will give in-depth information on the mission of and plans for the George W. Bush Library  on the campus of SMU. Mr. Lowe will provide details on the facility and the many resources and programs that the Library provides.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Please join us to hear Mr. Lowe.

Free NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair October 21 & 22, 2015

Please join the National Archives for the 2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 21 & 22. This will be a live broadcast via YouTube so you can ask their 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.

Examples of  Lecture Topics:

  • Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives
  • Personnel Records of the National Archives– St. Louis
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records
  • Where’d They Go? Finding Ancestral Migration Routes
  • Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy Research

Full program – Schedule and Handouts

The Portal to Texas History – One of the Best State Genealogy Web Sites of 2015

Family Tree Magazine annually evaluates genealogy/family history web sites and publishes a list of the 101 best. This year The Portal to Texas History, a University of North Texas Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit, has been recognized as an exemplary state-focused web site.

From the Portal’s web site: The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor’s picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The Portal continues to grow as additional partners contribute digital versions of their collections. We hope you’ll return often to discover our latest additions.

As a Portal partner, the Dallas Genealogical Society continues to donate many of its publications to The Portal to Texas History in the interest of furthering genealogical research. We are very pleased that this archive has been acknowledged as an important repository.

DGS Summer Symposium “Researching in Texas” a Success

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s two-day Summer Symposium held August 7-8 was both instructional and fun. Featured speaker Teri E. Flack’s topics covered resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors.

Complementing Teri’s sessions, Laurel Neuman from the State of Texas General Land Office, Jake Mangum from The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), Brenda McClurkin from the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and Brian Collins from the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library described the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.

Lunchtime and hospitality breaks found attendees networking, sharing stories and tips, discovering family connections, and exchanging information.

The Genealogy and History Division of the Dallas Public Library remained open Friday evening, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees to do family history research. Professional librarians from the Division, the Symposium program speakers and DGS volunteers offered one-on-one assistance.

A good time was had by all!

3 More Days to Save on Summer Symposium

Saturday, July 25 is the final day to register for the Early Bird pricing discount to attend our two-day 2015 Summer Symposium “Researching in Texas” to be held August 7 – 8. The discounted cost is $129.00 for DGS members and $149.00 for non-members

Noted genealogist Teri Flack is our featured speaker.

This event of eight presentations focuses on resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors. Teri’s lectures will cover researching the Republic of Texas, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as using manuscript collections. Representatives from the State of Texas General Land Office, The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library will describe the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.


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