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Dallas Genealogical Society
Weekly eBlast - June 13, 2012


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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

1940 Census - We're Half Way There!

Thanks to your efforts and those of more than 125,000 volunteers, the 1940 US Census Community Project reached the halfway mark one month ahead of schedule! Already, 75 million records have been indexed and 18 states and territories are searchable by name!

To celebrate this milestone, we've created badges for each state that you have helped index or arbitrate. Click here to go to, and sign in to see your achievements.

Let's work together to index 100% of the 1940 US Census and make it freely searchable to the whole genealogy community!

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

Fort Worth Library Workshop

The Fort Worth Library is pleased to offer the following genealogy workshop, Searching the 1940 Census and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip, on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 2-4:30 pm at the Central Library -- Tandy Lecture Hall.

This two-part workshop will show you how to locate your ancestors in the 1940 Census by finding pertinent enumeration district numbers, and how to plan for and organize a genealogy research trip. Suzanne Fritz and Terri Meeks will be the respective presenters. There will be a break between sessions with refreshments served. 

Registration is required. Please call (817)392-7740 or email to reserve your spot.

Please see the Fort Worth Library website
for further details.

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 is a reminder that June 30 is the deadline to submit Texas First Families applications to be included in Volume 3 of our lineage book series. The applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2012.

The certificate program is on going. Applications may be submitted at any time for:

West Texas Pioneer Certificate (settlers who resided in West Texas prior to 1901)
Gone to Texas Pioneer Certificate (settlers who resided in Texas prior to 1886)
Texas First Families Certificate (settlers who resided in Texas before February 19, 1846)

Applications can be found on the TSGS website, or, contact me, Barb Lancaster at for hard copies. These certificates are an attractive and memorable way to commemorate your Texas ancestry

SIG Meeting

19 - Jewish Group - 10:00 am, 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. 16, 2012 - Fort Worth Library - Searching the 1940 Census and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip
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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