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Dallas Genealogical Society
Weekly E-blast - January 24, 2012



02 - Brown Bag Group - No Meeting
02 - Technology Group - No Meeting
11 - MacGen Reunion Group 
18 - AAGIG
21 - Jewish Group


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

Hold the Date

Mar. 24th - Spring Lecture - Joshua Taylor
July 20-21 - Summer Institute

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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Surfing, Plucking and Planning

Our featured speaker, Janet Branstetter, will inform us about surfing, plucking and planning our research on Saturday, February 4, 2012.  Main Auditorium, First Floor.  Look for more detailed information in next week's EBlast.

The first episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, featuring Martin Sheen, will air Friday, Feb. 3 at 7pm Central time.  During Hospitality time, in the hospitality room, Carolyn Davis will host an informal discussion about the previous evening's WDYTYA episode.  Look for further details in next week's EBlast. 

10:30 - Hospitality
11:00 - Business Meeting
11:30 - Meeting

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

Jan-Mar DGS Newsletter

The DGS Newsletter, January-March 2012, is now online and will be mailed to those who have requested it in printed form soon.

To access the online version, DGS members should:
Go to the DGS website ( Click on Resources on the DGS website menu bar.
Click on Members Only on the left side menu. Enter Username and Password under Web Log and press the Login button.
Scroll toward the bottom of the page and select the January-March issue. It will open as a pdf file which can be read online or saved to your computer.

New DGS Newsletter Writers’ Guidelines Posted on Website

Those who wish to submit material for the DGS Newsletter can find new “Writer’s Guidelines” by going to the Newsletter Articles link on the DGS website under Volunteer Activities.

Of particular interest throughout this year are articles about the 1940 U.S. Census: finding aids, how-to-articles using your own research, tips and workarounds, how the census was conducted, experiences as an indexer, or unique features of that census.

 In addition to this year-long emphasis on the 1940 U.S. Census, each newsletter will have themes related to monthly meeting topics, and the Spring and Fall Lectures. These themes will be announced in advance of each issue. The theme of our Apr-Jun issue is: using maps and newspapers in genealogy.

The Guidelines also describe six additional categories of subject matter where we encourage submissions: book reviews, favorite archives, tech tidbits, news of note, theme articles, beginning methodology, advanced methodology, case histories, and serendipity.

Send questions about these guidelines and any article submissions to:

SIG Meetings

Feb. 02 -  Brown Bag Group - Due to RootsTech there will be no meeting this month.

Feb. 02 - Technology Group - Due to RootsTech there will be no meeting this month.

Seeking Editor for DGS Newsletter

 Retired? Work part time? Work full time but really organized? Have a way with words? Believe in the DGS Newsletter? Volunteer to be the Editor!!

The Publications Committee is working hard to make the Newsletter as relevant, useful, and entertaining as possible, but we need an editor to help us make it happen.

Responsibilities include:
 • following up with contributors of regular content and articles to meet deadlines
 • editing submitted copy
 • completing layout of newsletter
 • managing publication schedule for each issue
 • meeting with the Publications Committee as needed (much of this can be done via online communication – no attendance at Board Meetings is required)

 • ability to edit/write clearly
 • familiar with word processing/desktop publishing (Microsoft Publisher
 • photo editing experience a plus
 • acquainted with accepted standards for genealogy publications

If interested, send an email to: with details of your background and qualifications.

DGS General Meeting Programs

Feb. 4th  - Janet Branstetter, "Surfing, Plucking and Planning"
Mar. 3rd - Sandra Crowley and Tony Hanson, "Rootstech Report"
Apr. 7th - Brian Collins, Dallas Public Library, "Searching the Dallas Morning News Archives"
May 5th - Lynelle Moss, "Proven Research Strategies"

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
May 9-12, 2012 - National Genealogical Society - "The Ohio River - Gateway to the Western Frontier"
Cincinnati, Ohio

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

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