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Dallas Genealogical Society
Weekly E-blast - November 28, 2011



01 -  Brown Bag
01 - Technology
03 - MacGen Reunion
17 - African American


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

Hold the Date

Dec.10th -  Annual DGS Awards Luncheon
Mar. 24th - Spring Lecture - Joshua Taylor

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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December Awards Luncheon

The December meeting will highlight those who have contributed to the genealogical community.  The lunch will be catered by Celebration Restaurant.  A brief business meeting will preceed the lunch and awards will be presented afterward.  The awards include Award of Merit, Heritage Preservation Award, Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.

The 2011 Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday, December 10th on the 7th floor in the O'Hara Room. 

Current DGS members may attend at no cost, but a reservation is required.  You may make a reservation for your non-member spouse or friends for $15.00.

11:30 - Registration and social time, foyer of the       O'Hara Room, 7th Floor
12:00 - Business Meeting
12:30 - Luncheon

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas, TX

November 2011 Newsletter

The latest edition of the DGS Newsletter is now online and the requested printed copies will be mailed soon.  To access the online version,  DGS members should go to the DGS website, Click on Resources page, selecting the Members Only menu option and logging in.

The 2011 Dallas Journal has been mailed so everyone should be receiving their copy very soon, if you have not received it already.

Photo Scanning at the Clayton

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The free event hosted by 1000memories and Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research / Houston Public Library, "How to Go Home", will include unlimited free scanning of photos, a show & tell of great old Texas photographs, and a short class on family secrets hidden in your shoebox.  It will take place from 1-4PM at the historic Carriage House in Houston's museum district.  The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to bring along their shoebox full of old photos to scan them so they can be preserved and shared with friends and family.

A bit if extra background - 1000memories is the maker of the popular ShoeBox iPhone app, a free app that turns cellphones into pocket-sized photo scanners.  Since launching in late October, it has been downloaded over 200,000 times and featured everywhere from the New York Times to TechCrunch.  In addition, 1000memories is the only commercial partner of the Internet Archive, the official digital archive for the Library of Congress, which supports it's forever promise.

Clayton Library Carriage House - Houston Public Library
5300 Caroline St.
Houston, TX  77004

TO REGISTER:  Advanced RSVP would be appreciated by email to or by Facebook.

QUESTIONS?  Call Sue Kaufman 832-393-2602

Featured Item from the DGS Store

#505: Rolling Back Pack. The sale price is $29.95! These packs will hold up to a 17 inch computer with plenty of room left over for a small scanner or printer along with your files.  The front panel is great for holding any pens, pencils, stapler, paper clips or any other supplies you might need while doing research. The front panel is also removable.  It would make a nice Christmas present!

Purchase from the DGS Online Store or at the Volunteer Desk in the Genealogy Department of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street.

SIGS Meetings

Dec. 01 - Brown Bag - 5:00 pm - McDermott Room, 8th Floor - Short Genealogical Research Reports

Dec. 01 - Technology - 6:30 pm - Studio, 3rd Floor - Show Your Project/Show & Tell Competition: $25.00 Prize!

Dec. 03 - MacGen Reunion - 2:00 pm - McDermott Room, 8th Floor - Christmas meeting and you are invited to bring a Christmas goodie to share along with answering questions.

J. Erik Jonsson Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas, TX

Technology SIG Contest

I just wanted to remind you all that the December 1 meeting will be a chance for you to show off YOUR project and compete for the $25 Fry’s gift card. Here are a few ideas for possible projects:

  • Create a presentation in PowerPoint, Jing or Camtasia
  • Create a Blog
  • Create a Wiki (I have just added some new references to the web page)
  • Add information to the Family Search wiki
  • Add information and pictures to Add a Grave
  • Create your own web site
  • Scan some documents or pictures
  • Do something interesting with Google Tools
  • Participate in a Family Search scanning project
  • Enhance some pictures or images
  • Show off some images you photographed
Information on all of these topics is available on the Technology SIG web page.

The judging criteria include: the degree of difficulty, how much you learned and the quality of your presentation. Bring any questions you have to the November Technology SIG meeting… Tony

DGS General Meeting Programs

Dec. 10th - Annual Awards Luncheon
Jan. 7th  - Meg Hacker, Fort Worth NARA, "Preparing for the 1940 census"
Feb. 4th  - Janet Branstetter, "Surfing, Plucking and Planning"
Mar. 3rd - Sandra Crowley and Tony Hansen, "Rootstech Report"
Apr. 7th - Brian Collins, Dallas Public Library, "Searching the Dallas Morning News Archives"

All meetings at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, unless otherwise noted. A hospitality time starts at 10:30 a.m. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. and the program follows.


Feb. 2-4, 2012 - RootsTech, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mar. 24, 2012 - DGS Spring Lecture - Exploring Connections with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

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

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