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Dallas Genealogical Society
Weekly eBlast - May 08, 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

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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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

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 mailed form from 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

Volunteers Needed for Media Committee

DGS Social Media Policy Development

The Dallas Genealogical Social has made great strides this past year in providing a number of different avenues to engage members and potential members. The social media currently being used by the society include a website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, wiki and Google+. Now we are developing a Social Media Policy for the society. We are seeking one or two DGS members to assist Carolyn Davis, Tony Hanson and Barbara Ware in the policy development process. The policy will address what media we will use, who will manage it, and what can be posted. If you are interested, please e-mail Most meetings will be handled through Google+ Hangout and e-mail responses.

• DGS Website 
• DGS Blog - Go to the DGS website and click on Blog on the top menu bar.
• DGS Twitter - Go to your Twitter account and search for DGStx
• DGS Facebook - Search for Dallas Genealogical Society via your Facebook account. Be sure to select the page that identifies DGS as a "non-profit" organization. 
• DGS Google+ - Search for Dallas Genealogical Society via your Google+ Page.
• DGS adopted Wiki

New, Easy Access to DGS Newsletter

In response to member and non-member feedback, the DGS Board approved changes in how the quarterly DGS Newsletter will be distributed effective immediately.

Members will receive an email on the date of publication each quarter that includes a direct link to the most recent Newsletter. Only one click will be required to view the newsletter (which can also be printed or saved to your computer). There will no longer be a need to go to the DGS website to read the Newsletter.

Members: be sure that you provide your email address in your member profile, accessed by logging into the “Members Only” section of the DGS website!

The Board saw opening the DGS Newsletter to anyone who visits our website as a way to further promote our activities and to grow our membership.

While members may still opt to receive a printed DGS Newsletter (to be done when completing the form to start or renew membership to the DGS), the electronic version is the fastest, easiest way for Newsletter access.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announcement

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to share some exciting news with you. We are putting the finishing touches on our new website, which will be released shortly. Currently, we are in the process of working out all of the kinks and wrinkles to provide you with a quality website from its first launch.

Because of the migration to our new website, the Spring issue of FORUM will be delayed for a few weeks. We hope you understand and will bear with us as we work through this transition.

Patricia A. Oxley
FGS President

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

1940 Census Indexing Challenge

Over the weekend DGS indexers processed almost 4000 U.S. Census records, a great effort by all involved. However, because the target for the contest to award a prize was 5000 names, no prize will be awarded this time.

There will be other opportunities for indexers associated with the DGS to earn rewards… All members are encouraged to become involved in the indexing effort and to associate themselves with the DGS. Complete instructions are available on the Technology SIG page

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 5 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 new volume will include all applications approved from #5279 through the ones approved through June 30, 2012.

Applicants do not have to be members of TSGS nor residents of Texas. Applications can be completed online and printed or complete instructions can be downloaded from the TSGS website.

Applicants must prove direct or collateral descent from an ancestor who settled in Texas before February 19, 1846, the day of the ceremony on which the Republic of Texas turned the government over to the State of Texas. The applicant must prove descent from the ancestor by an official record for each generation and each date and event that is listed on the application such as births, deaths and marriages. Proof that the ancestor was in Texas by this date should also be provided by an official document. A non-refundable fee of $30 must accompany each application.

TSGS is planning to publish Vol. 3 of the Texas First Families application lineages by November of 2012. The deadline for submitting an application to be included in Vol. 3 is June 30, 2012. The certificate program will remain open and applications can be approved after this date but the lineages will not be included in Vol. 3 if not received by June 30, 2012.

Two volumes of Texas First Families application lineages have been published. Vol. 1 contains lineages from applications 1 through 2400, 431 pp, $35.00
Vol. 2 contains lineages from applications 2401 through 5278, 540 pp, $35.00
Shipping is $6.50 per book. Bundle order for Vol. 1 and 2, $60.00

All members of SRT, DRT and CRT and their descendants as well as siblings and other direct line relatives are eligible for this certificate but must submit a complete application with documented proof of descendancy. These certificates are nice for family members who may not wish to belong to the lineage group and pay dues but would like a certificate recognizing their ancestor.

All applications and supporting documentation will become the property of Texas State Genealogical Society. All previously approved applications are available for research at the East Texas Research Center located in Steen Library at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Copies from any of those files are allowed.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact the Texas First Families Director Marynell A. Bryant, 254 County Road 4705, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482-1831. Send email to or call 903-885-3523.

Applications and appropriate fees should be sent to Treasurer Scott Fitzgerald TSGS, PO Box 7308, Tyler TX 75711-7308.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Local broadcast on NBC Channel 5, Fridays at 7 p.m.   Friday, May 11th will be a new episode featuring Jason Sudeikis.

If you missed the stories about Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Jerome Bettis, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rob Lowe or Rashida Jones, the full episodes are available to view at Who Do You Think You Are - All Videos : Newest - Videos - This site also contains short clips of deleted scenes.

Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. started Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m. on KERA TV.
Check out the schedule on their

This week's episode will feature John Legend and Wanda Sykes.

SIG Meeting

15 - 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


May 9-12, 2012 - National Genealogical Society - "The Ohio River - Gateway to the Western Frontier"
Cincinnati, Ohio
Jun. 9, 2012 - Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society featuring Tresa Tatyrek
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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