It’s not too late!

 

It’s not too late! This Friday and Saturday, please join us for our Summer Seminar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke, Sunny Morton & Diahan Southard talking about Sources, Storytelling & DNA.

Although our online registration has closed, we encourage walk-ins. Registration opens at 9:30 AM Friday morning at the downtown Dallas Public Library. For walk-ins, we can’t promise a syllabus or offer you lunch, but please join us! We only accept cash or check for walk-in registrations, so no credit cards on the day — sorry!

Three professional genealogical speakers will address a number of current topic areas, including DNA, newspaper research, and sharing your family history through writing and video. These dynamic individuals have diverse expertise that will make our 2-day event a mini-conference with sessions that appeal to a range of novice and experienced researchers.

2 Days  |   3 Speakers   |   8 Sessions

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Register Soon for the Summer Seminar

Online Registration Deadline: August 1, 2017

We’re only days away from our special 2-day Summer Seminar.
It promises to be a sizzler!

Three professional genealogical speakers will address a number of current topic areas, including DNA, newspaper research, and sharing your family history through writing and video. These dynamic individuals have diverse expertise that will make our 2-day event a mini-conference with sessions that appeal to a range of novice and experienced researchers.

2 Days  |   3 Speakers   |   8 Sessions

I anticipate high energy and solid information from these three professionals!

Recharge your Research!

Remember the August 1st deadline for online registration!

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Early Registration for Summer Seminar Ends Soon!

Early Registration Deadline: July 23, 2017

 

I introduced myself to Lisa Louise Cooke at the 2015 Texas State Genealogical Society Conference and invited her to be our featured speaker at the DGS 2017 Summer Seminar. She was enthusiastic about the idea and suggested we include Diahan Southard and Sunny Morton in the Seminar.

Both Lisa and Diahan were giving several lectures at the conference. As anticipated, Lisa’s presentations were professional, updated, and very relevant for family historians. And Diahan’s DNA and Genetic Genealogy presentations were being enthusiastically received. Sunny was not at the conference, but Lisa described her as experienced, engaging, and vivacious.

I loved this idea! It would give us the opportunity to address a number of current topic areas, including DNA, newspaper research, and sharing our family history through writing and video. At the same time, three speakers and diverse topics would make our two-day event more like a mini-conference with appeal to a wide range of novice and experienced researchers.

We signed our Agreement in early 2016 and this special two-day event is now only a few weeks away! I anticipate high energy and solid information from these three professionals!

Remember the July 23rd deadline for the discounted fee!

I encourage you to register soon!

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Writing Your Life Story, US Religious Records

These topics are only two of the eight which will be presented at the DGS’s 2017 Summer Seminar, Sources, Storytelling & DNA, on Friday and Saturday, August 4 & 5. Genealogy writer and Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, Sunny Morton, will share her skills and knowledge during these 2 presentations:

Write Your Life Story: As the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories, Sunny will teach attendees how to write their personal histories in an engaging way. This session includes: the anatomy of a good story; what kinds of details are interesting; and how to give stories a personal flavor.

Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records: From Sunny’s forthcoming book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church and locate and access its records.

Sunny will be joined by Lisa Louise Cooke and Diahan Southard for our two-day event at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX. This outstanding trio of experts will help you learn new ways to research YOUR family history. There is something for everyone: DNA, US Religious records, historical newspapers, writing your life story, using video, and more!

Detailed descriptions of all 8 topics, speakers’ bios, and registration/pricing information are on our website.

Enhance Your DNA Knowledge at DGS’s 2017 Summer Seminar

Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2017 Summer Seminar “Sources, Storytelling & DNA” will be held Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

One of our 3 featured speakers will be Diahan Southard, an expert in genetic genealogy, who will present two of the sessions at the Seminar.

Diahan’s Friday presentation is “Genetic Genealogy: Here’s What you Need To Know”.  YDNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA. Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, and LivingDNA. Do 3 test types + 5 testing companies = 8 times the confusion? This accessible lecture will cover what you need to know about this exciting science and how it can lead to important discoveries in your family history. Important questions will be answered: Who should be tested? Which test should I take? What will I receive? Will the DNA results help me? You will be entertained and enlightened, and leave with a better understanding of your next steps.

Her Saturday program is “The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study.  This case study will illustrate how YDNA and autosomal DNA testing helped one family better understand their own past, and gave them incentive to reach out and connect with others. The session will cover methodology as well as the sociology of this kind of situation and best practices for you and your family as you strive to forge bonds with others in a non-traditional way.

Diahan Southard is Your DNA Guide at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems website. She holds a degree in Microbiology, has worked with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and has been in the genetic genealogy industry since it has been an industry.

Lisa Louise Cooke and Sunny Morton are the other 2 featured speakers at our Seminar. Full program details for all 8 sessions plus speaker bios are here.

Register by July 23 to receive a discounted fee: $125 (DGS Member); $140 (Non-Member).

Getting to know Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard

We are fortunate to welcome Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard as two of the three speakers for the DGS Summer Seminar on August 4 and 5. If you’ve never heard them speak, you’re in for a treat! Registration is open now, so please join us!

 

Sunny Morton

Sunny McClellan Morton is an award-winning writer and speaker. She has developed courses for Family Tree University and has authored My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories as well as the forthcoming How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records. At RootsTech 2017, she taught a session on “Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage”; you can see the video at https://www.rootstech.org/videos/sunny-morton. Sunny is also an editor for Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems blog and podcasts and is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine.

 

 

Diahan SouthardDiahan Southard has been interested in DNA since high school and has made it her career, first with Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and now as Your DNA Guide. Like Sunny, Diahan also presented at RootsTech 2017 on “DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together.” Diahan has also appeared in several Family Tree webinars and, in fact, has a free one on Friday, June 16 at 1:00 PM CDT on the topic, What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA. My favorite ones, though, are the “Watch Geoff Live” seminars she’s done with the webinar host, Geoffrey Rasmussen. These are unscripted session where Diahan walks Geoff through his DNA test results, making discoveries and breaking a brick wall or two along the way. (Note: The older webinars can be viewed by webinar subscribers or you can purchase a digital download of individual seminars that may be of interest to you.)

 

Join us August 4th and 5th at the J. Erik Jonsson Library to hear these great speakers. 

You just think you know what Google can do!

Lisa Louise Cooke

Google may have started as a search engine back in the mid-1990s to find files on the Internet, but it’s grown into so much more. The free tools that are now available from Google can be invaluable to genealogists — experienced or newbie. Sure, there’s Google Search, Google Drive and GMAIL, but now there’s also Google Books, Google Maps, Google Translate, Google Earth and more! Come and learn from Lisa Louise Cooke, author of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox (2nd Edition). I had the opportunity to see Lisa present a session on Google Earth at a conference several years ago and was totally enthralled, especially when she showed how to overlay historical maps on Google Earth, making your ancestor’s neighborhood that much more alive.

Lisa will be one of our presenters at the DGS Summer Seminar, Friday & Saturday, August 4 & 5.  Her sessions include Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries, Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers, 10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video, and How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth.

Lisa is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show as well as the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast, both available at www.GenealogyGems.comin iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app. She is a international genealogy speaker, an author of multiple books and multi-media materials and even has her own YouTube channel. On July 12th, Lisa will present on Google Books: the tool you should use every day! through Legacy Tree Webinars  (https://familytreewebinars.com/lisalouisecooke).

We’re fortunate to have Lisa Louise Cooke join us for the DGS Summer Seminar! Registration is now open, so please sign up and join us in August.

Sources, Storytelling & DNA

A very special event presented by the

Dallas Genealogical Society

PROGRAM

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017

Registration:  9:30 AM
Seminar:  
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Session 1. Lisa Louise Cooke
Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries
Session 2. Sunny Morton
Write Your Life Story
Session 3. Diahan Southard
Genetic Genealogy: Here’s What you Need To Know
Session 4. Lisa Louise Cooke
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017

Seminar:  10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Session 1. Sunny Morton
Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records
Session 2. Lisa Louise Cooke
10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video
Session 3. Diahan Southard
The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study
Session 4. Lisa Louise Cooke
How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth

PRESENTERS

LISA LOUISE COOKE is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app.

SUNNY MORTON is a genealogy writer read by thousands in magazines and online. She is a Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories.

DIAHAN SOUTHARD is Your DNA Guide at Genealogy Gems! She holds a degree in Microbiology, has worked with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and has been in the genetic genealogy industry since it began.

COST

SEMINAR
By July 23

  • Member:  $125
  • Non‐Member:  $140

After July 23

  • Member:  $140
  • Non‐Member:  $160

LUNCH

  • Friday $12
  • Saturday $12

NOTES

  • For lower rate: Register online or by mail postmarked no later than midnight, July 23, 2017.
  • Parking in the Library’s underground garage is included in the registration fee.
  • Sorry, no one-day pricing available for this seminar.

Location

1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75201


DGS Announces 2016 Writing Contest Winners

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces the winners of its 2016 Writing Contest. The Society is particularly pleased that the First Prize Winner tells the story behind the first DAR member to successfully use Y-DNA to prove a generational connection in the absence of other direct evidence. Other members have submitted Y-DNA in the past, but in those cases there was enough documentation that DNA was not needed.

First Prize $500: “A Case Study in Using DNA for DAR Membership: First Successful Application” by Ray Harriot.

Ray HarriottThis entry was submitted as an advanced methodology and case study, which per the Contest Rules is subject matter not limited by geography. Ray Harriot of Laurel, Maryland, has been doing genealogy for 21 years and often uses unconventional methods
inspired by his training as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst and reporter during the Vietnam War. He serves as historian of the Herriott Heritage Association and has been the editor of their newsletter for the past 20 years. He was the author of the Boy Scouts of America’s two bestselling campfire story books from 1995–2014—”Stories for Around the Campfire” and “More Stories for Around the Campfire”, and has also written two genealogical books based on his research—”Beyond Trabroun: The Heriots of Scotland from 1400–1700″ and “A Historical Perspective: The Heriot and Herriott Families of South Carolina”. He is the husband of Janice (Arsenault) Harriot and has three children and nine grandchildren.

Second Prize $300: “The Elusive Andrew Lyday, 1804–1849” by Jana Walker.

Jana Walker is a native Houstonian, with deep Texas roots that span five generations. She has a degree in communications fromDGS-JanaWalker2 3 May fr SC
the University of Houston. She spent the first part of her professional career at NASA/Johnson Space Center, working for its television contractor as a writer/producer/director. Now she teaches piano at her own private studio. In her spare time, she uses her research and writing skills to discover and document the stories of her ancestors to share with family members present and yet-to-be. Finding her family connections to Texas and American history has led her to become a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Third Prize $150: “Alice’s Looking Glass: Reflection on the Prussian Drahns to Texas” by Vicki Ayo.

Vicki Welch Ayo, a Texas native, now resides in southern California, close to her three grown sons, Matt, Nick, and Joey. She spent her early childhood years in the Houston area where she was immersed in the music revolution sweeping Houston during her teen years in the 1960s. As a high school graduate and after moving to California, Vicki attended Fullerton College in Fullerton, California, and later Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California, studying computer information and digital media. Since those early years, her passion for music has always been a cherished portion of her life and led to her books, “Boys from Houston I & II“, which detail the revolutionary music transition in the Houston area during the Vietnam War and the political unrest of the 1960s. Combining a passion for genealogy with Texas history, her latest book, “The Davis Gang, a memoir of sisters from East Texas who robbed banks with their siblings in the 1930s”, allowed her to fuse both loves.

 

The winners will be honored at the DGS Annual Awards Luncheon December 10, 2016.

Writing Contest

DGS DNA Interest Group Meets Thursday, January 21

The DIG meets from 6 – 8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

DNA-2-iconThe program Topic is  X Chromosome. The group will look at Fan Charts, Pedigree Charts and Ahnentafel Reports (some times called Ancestor Reports) to assist in finding which of your lines could have X matches.

In preparation, you can read SIG Leader Mic Barnette’s article on his website: “Finding X Chromosomes“. In Mic’s article there is a list of ahnantafel numbers depicting where on anyone’s pedigree chart the x-chromosome matches. Additionally, there are other links that you can read and follow for more information about X chromosomes.

You might want to print out a ahnentafel report and either fan chart or pedigree chart if your genealogy program can do that. Write the ahnentafel numbers on your fan or pedigree chart. Bring these to class.

Here is a link to a blank fan chart.

Mic Barnette, DNA SIG Leader, dna@dallasgenealogy.org

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