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Dallas Genealogical Society
Weekly eBlast - June 04, 2012


07 - Brown Bag
09 - MacGen Group
19 - Jewish Group


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Ind. Membership - $35
Household - $40
Life (under 65) - $700
Life (65+) - $500
Organizational - $35

Hold the Date

July 13-14 - Summer Institute - J. Mark Lowe - "Finding My Way Home-Methodology, Records and The Old South"
Sep. 12-19 - Salt Lake City Trip
Sep. 29 - Fall Lecture - Craig Scott on Military Records

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The goal of the Dallas Genealogical Society shall be to educate, by creating, fostering, and maintaining interest in genealogy; to assist and support the genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas, or to its legal successor; and to collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to Dallas County and its early history.

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SUMMER INSTITUTE - July 13-14, 2012

“Finding My Way Home: Methodology, Records and the Old South”
Keynote Speaker: J. Mark Lowe, CG
Mark Lowe
Location: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, Texas


1.  Balancing on North Carolina
2.  Cheap Land on the Prairie (or That's What the Railroad Man Said ...)
3.  Dower, Dowry, and Detinue: Women and their Men's Property
4.  Here Comes the Bride: Extracting More Information from a Marriage Record
5.  Peeking Behind the Scenes of the Tennessee State Library & Archives
6.  Using that Brick Wall as a Foundation

Lloyd Bockstruck joins Summer Institute agenda

DGS is pleased to announce that Lloyd Bockstruck, recognized author, writer, lecturer and leader in the genealogical community, will be a featured speaker at this year’s Summer Institute. The combined talent of Lloyd and our keynote speaker J. Mark Lowe make this an event you’re sure to enjoy. Take advantage of Early Bird registration now!

Online registration opened in April. For more information about Mark and the topics that will be presented check out our overview and flyer.

Registration Fees:
(Lunch and breaks included, discounted parking)*

$190 per Member - $220 per non-member
Register by June 24, 2012 for Early Bird discount:
$140.00 per member - $170 per non-member

Register online or by mail (send in check with downloaded form or from the brochure you received in the mail ).  Make checks payable to Dallas Genealogical Society and mail to:  DGS Summer Institute - P.O. Box 12446 - Dallas, TX 75225-0446, Postmark deadline for Early Bird registration is June
24, 2012.

*Parking in the library's underground garage will be at the reduced rate of $2.00

Annual DGS Writing Competition Is Announced

The Dallas Genealogical  Society is sponsoring an Annual DGS Writing Competition for original material submitted by members and non-members, amateurs and professionals. Entries may not have been published previously. Submissions must be sourced as outlined in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, subject matter for the competition may range beyond that geographic area as specified in the Rules and Guidelines, which are available on the DGS website.  The Rules and Guidelines also provide required article formatting.

Entries will be accepted June 1 through September 30, 2012, with winners announced at the DGS Annual Awards Luncheon in December.

Entries will be judged on three criteria:
Accuracy, 0-15 points
Clarity/writing mechanics, 0-20 points
Overall impact and interest, 0-15 points

Winners must score at least 25 out of 50 points to win a prize. Highest average point value determines winners. Judges have final say as to winners, and all prizes may not be awarded. Judges’ comments will be returned to the submitters upon request.

First: $500
Second: $300
Third: $150

Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to:

Marianne Szabo, Director of Publication Content

DGS is Talking About the 1940 Census!

Link up with the DGS Blog to be a part of the discussion. Ask questions or give advice about indexing the census. Or share a what you found and how you found it. The DGS Blog is on the main menu bar of the DGS website.

1940 U. S. Federal Census

Send Us Your 1940 Census Finds!

Now that the 1940 U.S. Census is here, what new information have you found about your ancestors?

Did this census help you break through a brick wall? What surprises were there? Were family secrets uncovered? Did something make you laugh? Cry?

Were any of your ancestors chosen to answer the supplementary information questions?

Did anyone supply misleading or incorrect information? (My maternal uncle told the census enumerator my Slovak-speaking grandmother was a naturalized citizen, which was false, as proven by the Alien Registration Form she submitted later in 1940. He also said she only had two children, instead of five. He harbored a deep distrust of government authority his entire life, and may have felt the detailed questions on this census were too personal.)

Send your stories to We’ll publish the most interesting ones in the Oct-Dec issue of the DGS Newsletter. Start submitting material now, but the final deadline date is August 1. Marianne Szabo, Director of Publication Content

Interesting Links from the National Archives

Salt Lake City Trip - Reserve Rooms Now!

The trip to Salt Lake City will be September 12-19, 2012.  If you are planning on going or if you think you might be going to Salt Lake, you need to make your hotel reservations at the Plaza Hotel as soon as possible. 

We have ten rooms reserved for us at the Plaza Hotel.  Apparently there is some huge convention going on at that time and the hotel is filling up fast and they would like to take some of our reserved rooms back.  At this time, we have a few rooms left, so  please make your reservations now!  After you make your reservations, please contact Jean Larson at so she has a record of who has made a room reservation and let her know if you need a roommate.

If you have any questions you can contact Jean Larson at

Texas State Genealogical Society announces plan to publish Volume 3 of Texas First Families Lineages

This new volume will include all applications approved from #5279 through the ones approved through June 30, 2012.

Applicants do not have to be members of TSGS nor residents of Texas. Applications can be completed online and printed or complete instructions can be downloaded from the TSGS website.

Applicants must prove direct or collateral descent from an ancestor who settled in Texas before February 19, 1846, the day of the ceremony on which the Republic of Texas turned the government over to the State of Texas. The applicant must prove descent from the ancestor by an official record for each generation and each date and event that is listed on the application such as births, deaths and marriages. Proof that the ancestor was in Texas by this date should also be provided by an official document. A non-refundable fee of $30 must accompany each application.

TSGS is planning to publish Vol. 3 of the Texas First Families application lineages by November of 2012. The deadline for submitting an application to be included in Vol. 3 is June 30, 2012. The certificate program will remain open and applications can be approved after this date but the lineages will not be included in Vol. 3 if not received by June 30, 2012.

Two volumes of Texas First Families application lineages have been published. Vol. 1 contains lineages from applications 1 through 2400, 431 pp, $35.00
Vol. 2 contains lineages from applications 2401 through 5278, 540 pp, $35.00
Shipping is $6.50 per book. Bundle order for Vol. 1 and 2, $60.00

All members of SRT, DRT and CRT and their descendants as well as siblings and other direct line relatives are eligible for this certificate but must submit a complete application with documented proof of descendancy. These certificates are nice for family members who may not wish to belong to the lineage group and pay dues but would like a certificate recognizing their ancestor.

All applications and supporting documentation will become the property of Texas State Genealogical Society. All previously approved applications are available for research at the East Texas Research Center located in Steen Library at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Copies from any of those files are allowed.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact the Texas First Families Director Marynell A. Bryant, 254 County Road 4705, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482-1831. Send email to or call 903-885-3523.

Applications and appropriate fees should be sent to Treasurer Scott Fitzgerald TSGS, PO Box 7308, Tyler TX 75711-7308.

MacGen Group - "Reunion 10 Upgrade, Part I"

The folks who make Reunion software have come out with a major upgrade and we will be concentrating the June meeting on how to navigate and make best use of the new features. My personal favorites: Pictures Everywhere, Mapping of Places and Web Searching.

SIG Meeting

07 - Brown Bag - 5:00 pm, 8th floor, McDermott room
07 - Technology Group -No Meeting
09 - MacGen Reunion Group - 1:00 pm, 8th floor, McDermott room

J Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, Texas

DGS General Meeting Programs

June, July and August - No Meetings
Will resume General Meetings in September


Jun. 9, 2012 - Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society featuring Tresa Tatyrek
Jul. 16-19 - Care and ID of Photos Workshop @Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX
Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2012 - Federation of Genealogical Societies - "Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the "Old Southwest", A Conference for the Nation's Genealogists

Contact Information: DGS, P.O. Box 12446, Dallas, TX, 75225-0446 | 1-866-YOU2DGS (866-968-2347)

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