2013 DGS Writing Contest Deadline Is August 31
J. Mark Lowe, CG℠ to Judge Contest Again
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.
There are still 2 weeks to enter our 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.
D. Joshua Taylor Returns for our Fall Lecture
Saturday, October 12
Back by popular demand, Josh will show us how to unravel the real story behind family legends, take advantage of online archival materials, use research time wisely to maximize results, and take advantage of various methods to share our stories with friends and family.
Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends
Treasures in the Archives: Using Archive Grid
The Modern Genealogist: Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher
Sharing in the 21st Century
Early Bird Registration fee (by September 27): $40 (DGS Member) and $50 (Non-Member).
Details and Registration
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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.
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Who Do You Think You Are?
The new season premiered Tuesday, July 23 at 8pm CDT on TLC, The Learning Channel.
If you don't have access to TLC via cable or satellite, full episodes are available for free on TLC's web site a day or two after they air:
Christina Applegate - available
Kelly Clarkson - available
Zooey Deschanel - available
Chelsea Handler- available
GenealogyBank and US-wide Digital Sanborn Maps Now Available at the Dallas Public Library
Dallas Public Library has added these two databases to their collection of online research sources.
GenealogyBank, a resource from NewsBank, Inc. is a database comprised of the following collections:
Historical Newspapers (1690 - 1999)
Historical Books (1749 - 1900)
Historical Documents (1789 - 1994)
America's Obituaries (1977 - Current)
Social Security Death Index (1937 - Current)
DPL has also expanded its geographic coverage of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. For some time, the digitized maps that provide detailed property and land-use records maps have been available for Texas cities and towns. Now you can access maps for more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities.
If you live within the city of Dallas and have a DPL library card, you can connect to these from home via their web site: DPL. If you don’t have a library card, you can still access these databases via the public computers available at all Dallas Public Library locations.
101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2013
The Family Tree Magazine web site has just posted its annual survey.
Best US Genealogy Websites
Best Southern US Genealogy Websites
Best Northern US Genealogy Websites
Best Midwest US Genealogy Websites
Best Western US Genealogy Websites
Best Genealogy Websites for Tracing Immigrants
Best Big Genealogy Websites
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Best Genealogy Photo and Mapping Websites
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.
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