DGS eBlast - January 18, 2013


Dallas Genealogical Society
DGS eBlast - Monday, July 8,  2013
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July - 
17 - Jewish, 10am   
27 - Brown Bag, 10:30am 

August -  
10 - MacGen Reunion, 1pm



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

Hold the Dates

07 Sep - General Meeting.  Speaker: Lynell Moss, New FamilySearch web site.
05 Oct
- General Meeting. Speaker: Janet Khashab, Creative Writing for Your Family History.
12 Oct - Fall Lecture.  Speaker: D. Joshua Taylor.
02 Nov
- General Meeting.  Speaker: Jason Crews, War of 1812 Records.

DGS on the Web


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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Register by July 15

DGS Summer Institute
August 2-3, 2013


Bits of Yesterday:
Using Maps & Other Records to
Complete Your Family Story
Speakers:  Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard Sayre

Both Pamela and Richard are nationally-recognized leaders in the field of genealogical research and teaching.
  • Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System
  • Land Entry Papers and Records of the General Land Office
  • Our National Treasure: The Library of Congress 
  • Maps: Where to Find Them and How to Use Them
  • Using Topographic and Other Maps
  • Sharing Your Family History
  • Google Earth for Genealogist
Print mail-in registration
On-line registration  

Ancestry.com is Coming to Texas
Saturday, September 21

Mid-Cities Genealogical Society Sponsoring Texas Ancestry Day



Sessions by the experts from Ancestry.com will include "Getting the Most from Ancestry.com", "Texas Records on Ancestry", and "Sharing Your Family Story".  

Meg Hacker, Director of NARA's Southwest Regional Office, will speak during the lunch break about some of their "Cool Overlooked and Underused Records".

A live Q&A panel featuring the presenters and door prizes are also part of the day's fun.

The cost is $35.00 plus lunch.

Program Details

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National Archives
Southwest Regional Office
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Citizen Archivist Quarterly Program

From July 24th -26th, Citizen Archivists will focus on indexing and digitizing slave manifests from 1808-1860. Space is limited to only 3 archivists! 

No experience is necessary-just a love for history and a desire to help preserve and make available these incredible records.  More information is on NARA's Facebook Page.

To apply, send an email with your contact information and a paragraph stating why you want to become a Citizen Archivist to the Fort Worth office by July 17th.  

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J. Mark Lowe, CG℠  to Judge Writing Contest Again

DGS Writing Contest

Professional genealogist, author and lecturer J. Mark Lowe, CG  will provide his expertise as a judge of the DGS Writing Contest for a second year.

The Society is excited to announce its 2013 Writing Contest for original material on topics of interest to genealogists and family historians.  While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, topics may range beyond the Dallas city and county geographic area  as specified in the guidelines available on our web site.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning articles: first prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $150.   

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Georgia Archives

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Last October, the Georgia Secretary of State announced that public access to the Archives would be drastically curtailed due to budget cuts.  Many Texans supported efforts to keep the collection open by contacting officials in Georgia and signing online petitions.

On  1 Jul 2013, control of 
the Georgia Archives was transferred to the University System of Georgia. The transfer includes appropriations for operation and assets of the Archives. Beginning 31 Jul, the Archives will be open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays, 8:30 - 5:00. 

Listen to a Georgia Public Broadcasting interview with the head of the 9-member panel of academics, historians and librarians that has been overseeing the changes.  

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Who Do You Think You Are?


The new season premieres Tuesday, July 23 at 8pm CDT on TLC, The Learning Channel.      
Christina Applegate
Kelly Clarkson
Cindy Crawford
Zooey Deschanel
Chelsea Handler
Chris O’Donnell
Jim Parsons
Trisha Yearwood

Interested in Improving Your Writing Skills About Family History?

DGS May Form a Writers Special Interest Group 

The group would be lead by DGS Secretary Marie Navarro and would meet either the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Saturday at the Central Library downtown.  This SIG would discuss methods and techniques of writing about family history and how to obtain stories from family members to include in your genealogies.

If you would be interested in joining this group, please send an email to Marie.  Include which Saturday and what time works best for you.

If there is enough interest, the group will begin in September.  

2013-2014 DGS Officers

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These officers were elected by the membership at the May General Meeting.

President:  Sandra Crowley
Vice President:  Jean Larson
Secretary:  Marie Navarro

Treasurer:  Linda Lane   

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"The Name IS the Game" by Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck


Retired head of the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library (named one of the top 10 public libraries for genealogy research by Family Tree Magazine), Lloyd's new book, subtited "Onomatology and the Genealogist", discusses how names came about and how they've changed over time.   


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BillionGraves and FamilySearch Tree


BillionGraves has announced a new feature called FamilySearch Tree Connect that allows you to attach BillionGraves images to their corresponding FamilySearch records.

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Baffled by the New FamilySearch Web Site?


FamilySearch is rolling out new training videos and other support documentation in conjunction with the launch of its new website.

FS Support   

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Other Genealogical Events

30 Jul-02 Aug 2013 - BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy.



21-24 Aug 2013 - Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, "Journey Through Generations".  Ft. Wayne, IN. Online registration is now open.  
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15-22 Sep 2103 - National Genealogical Society Guided SLC Research Trip.  Salt Lake City, UT.
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31 Oct - 2 Nov 2013 - Texas State Genealogical Society Annual Conference.  Round Rock, TX.  "Blazing the Family History Trail".  Key Speaker: Thomas W. Jones.  Co-hosted by Williamson County Genealogical Society. Registration begins in August.
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2 Nov 2013 - Great Family Search Conference.  Plano. TX.

3-9 Nov 2013 - Research in Washington.  National Genealogical Society.  Washington, DC.  Hands-on research trip.
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6-8 Feb 2014 - RootsTech 2014.  Salt Lake City, UT.  Registration will go live later this summer.

5-12 Jan 2014 - SLC Research Trip.  National Genealogical Society.  Salt Lake City, UT.
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Contact Information:  DGS, P.O. Box 12446, Dallas, TX, 75225-0446 /
1-866-YOU2DGS (866-968-2347)

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