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Dallas Genealogical Society
Weekly E-blast - August 29, 2011


01 Brown Bag
01 Technology
10 General Meeting
17 African American
20 Jewish Gen


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

Hold the Date

Oct. 9-15 - Salt Lake City Trip
Oct. 22 - Fall Lecture

DGS on the Web


The goal of the Dallas Genealogical Society shall be to education, 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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DGS Meeting INFO

Due to the first Saturday of September being Labor Day Weekend, the DGS General Meeting will be held on the second Saturday (the 10th) of September.  The rest of the year, the meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month.
Social Time - 10:30 a.m.
Business Meeting - 11:00 a.m.
Program - 11:30 a.m.

The Dallas Heart Walk 2011 will be held the same day, September 10, which means some of the downtown streets will be blocked off that morning.  Next week's e-blast will contain a map and directions for getting to the library.

September 10, 2011 General Meeting:

Do you want information about how to manage your online DGS membership account and what you can do with it?

Join Barbara Ware at 10:40 a.m. prior to the general meeting for a brief presentation.

Virtual Walk: Introduction to the DPL Genealogy Website

The Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library contains one of the largest and most comprehensive collections for family history research in the Southwest. While information about most of the genealogy section’s print resources is accessible through the online catalog, users may not be aware that many microfilm and microfiche records (over 150,000 of them) do not appear in the library’s on-line catalog.

Sherry Johnson's presentation will take us on a virtual walk through of the genealogy section’s online guide which provides access to information about some of the materials that are available in microform. Join us and see what you might be missing among these “hidden treasures.”

All meetings located at  J. Erick Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, Texas

Big News from Family History Center

 From: Sammie Lee, DPL

The world-famous LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, is changing the way genealogists borrow microfilm to view in their network of local Family History Centers. For many years now, the Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library (DPL) has been an affiliate Family History Center, making it possible for DPL customers to have access to millions of records on microform from all over the world. An order placed with DPL staff brought film to the Genealogy Section for 30 days use by customers.

Recently, the LDS FamilySearch division announced that genealogists worldwide can now go online on their home computers and order and pay for film or fiche to be sent to their local family history center. The web site is (be sure to add that "S" on the word films). A login is required. If you have not already created a login user name and password to use the FamilySearch records, you will need to do so when you set up your account with them. The first time you login to order film, you will need to select a Family History Center. The Dallas Public Library is on the list for Texas.

Be sure to click on "Ordering Help," then on "User's Guide" to read or print out a 13-page helpful guide about the ordering process. Film can be ordered for short term ($5.50 per film for 90 days) or extended ($16.50 and the film remains indefinitely in the DPL Genealogy Section). Fiche can also be ordered. Payment is made by Visa, Mastercard, or PayPal.

 It is as simple and easy as ordering a book from Amazon. By providing your e-mail address, you will be kept informed of the progress of your order, including when the film ships to DPL, when it arrives, and when it is sent back to Salt Lake City. If you need more information, call a Genealogy Section staff member at 214-670-1433 or let us help you at the staff desk on your next visit to DPL.

FGS/ISGS 2011 Conference

logosmallcolorThe Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Illinois State Genealogical Society invite you to their 2011 Conference. The conference takes place September 7-10, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois. Check the FGS/ISGS 2011 Conference Website for program details and registration.

Want to be up-to-date on the news, special events, lectures, exhibit hall, and people connected to the 2011 FGS/ISGS Conference? It’s easy! The conference blog takes care of this. They are continually posting lots of breaking news, more details on the lectures, speakers, vendors, special offers, conference events, places to research, shopping, getting to hotels and the convention center, and about the beautiful area around the conference location. This conference will have some special elements never seen before at a FGS conference.

and visit often to view the updates.

DGS Salt Lake City Research Trip

family_history01Join your DGS friends in a guided trip to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City October 9-16, 2011

Registration of $80.00 due by September 15th. The trip is open to DGS members only. Participants will obtain their own lodging and transportation.  For information about special DGS rates for hotel, see the DGS website to download a brochure.
Brochures will also be available at the 8th floor Volunteer Desk at the J. Erik Jonsson Library.

Pat and Jim Stone will organize the trip and arrange for help with genealogical problems. On Monday evening Oct. 10, 2011 there will be a Genealogy Lecture for all participants at the Plaza Hotel.

Look for additional information on the website. 

Special interest Groups

Upcoming Technology SIG Meetings (all meetings begin at 6:30 pm)
  • September 1 – Understanding and using Scanners
  • October 6 – Digital Photography: Repair and Retouch by Sandra Crowley
  • November 3 - Tying it all Together
  • December 1 -  Show Your Project Night
BROWN BAG SIG (Thursday, Sept. 1 - 5:00 p.m.)
McDermott Room, 8th Floor - Subject:

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, CG. "Which Marie Louise is "Mariotte"?  Sorting Slaves with Common Names."  NGSQ 94 (September 2006): 183-204.  [two same-name slaves, aunt and niece born in 1740's-50s] TBA, Leader

All meetings at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library

Upcoming Events

Sept 7 - 10, 2011  FGS 2011 Conference - Springfield, IL

Sept 10, 2011 - Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society Fall Workshop featuring Lloyd Bockstruck

Sept. 10, 2011 - East Texas Genealogical Society Seminar featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Oct 9 - 16, 2011 Salt Lake City Trip, Salt Lake City, UT.
Contact Information: DGS, P.O. Box 12466, Dallas, TX, 75225-0446 | 1-866-YOU2DGS (866-968-2347)

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