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2013 Awards Winners

The Dallas Genealogical Society announced their Annual Awards and Writing Contest winners at the Annual Awards Luncheon on December 14, 2013. Congratulations to everybody!



Janet Khashab and Marianne Szabo - Volunteer of the Year Award. This is presented to a member who has generously volunteered time, expertise, talents, and abilities to the Society during the previous year. This year’s honorees were recognized foe their development of the new DGS journal Pegasus. This project has raised the profile of the Dallas Genealogical Society among nationally known genealogists and provided a valuable resource for DGS members.


UT Southwestern Medical Center Library - Heritage Preservation Award. This award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the collection, preservation, and conservation of varying types of genealogical and historical materials. In its History of Medicine and Archives collections, the Library has collected and preserved photographs, publications and unpublished papers that cover the historical aspects of health care, with a focus on Texas and the United States. Record groups include a history of Dallas County medical organizations from 1894 to the present and a large collection of digitized images that portray institutions, people, and events which have played a role in the progress of medicine and medical care in Dallas.


Helen Leary - Lloyd Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award. This award honors an individual for outstanding contributions to the genealogical community on a national level. Helen Leary is a Certified Genealogist (Emeritus), a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, and Fellow of the National Genealogical Society. She has served as president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, as well as a trustee for that organization and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Helen is recognized for her many scholarly contributions to genealogy research as well as appreciated for her entertaining and informative lecture style. Her 30+ career has spanned the publication of scholarly books and journals to the creation of webinars for the internet.


Pat Stone & Jim Stone - Award of Merit. This award acknowledges a DGS member who has consistently contributed time, talent, expertise, and abilities to the Society over a period of years. The team of Pat and Jim Stone has provided double the dedication, double the service, and double the contributions to our society over many years. They were DGS Board members for many years, holding several different positions: co-VPs of Sales for 7 years and SLC Trip Coordinators. Pat also served as Director of Publicity. In addition, they have been a helping hand to many committee projects through the years.


President Sandra Crowley also announced that DGS was presented a second place award in the Web Site for a Partner Society category at the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference on November 2, 2013. Tony Hanson, DGS webmaster, has developed a web site that presents the face of DGS to the genealogical community and also offers resource information for those researching in the Dallas area with the Oakland Cemetery database. In addition, he has developed records retention procedures and metadata tools to insure that DGS records are archived and easily accessible by users.


Sandra also presented a special President’s Award to two volunteers who have so ably supported hospitality and other services during our Spring and Fall Lectures, Summer Institutes, Awards Luncheons, and other programs over the past 3 1/2 years. Janine Khashab and Mary Rinaldi will graduate from high school and attend college in 2014. In honor of their hard work and dedication, the DGS Board presented them with a monetary award as they prepare to begin college in the fall.


Writing Contest Winners

First Place ($500): “From Kentucky to Texas: the Story of One Pioneer Family” by Jo Archer Arnspiger


Jo Archer Arnspiger is a professional genealogist and owner of Those Who Went Before. She is retired from a career as an Information Technology trainer in the education field. She is currently accepting research clients and subcontracts with Bridge to Yesterday to create Ancestry Albums, merging her technology and graphic art skills with genealogical research. She began doing genealogical research in 1974. She has been editor of the Northern Arizona Genealogical Society’s quarterly newsletter, “The Bulletin,” for three years. She also maintains the Jessamine County (Kentucky) Genealogical Society’s website and attends national conferences and week-long genealogical institutes.


Her website is http://bty.arnspiger.us. Her blog is http://arnspiger.blogspot.com/. Her family website is http://arnspiger.org.


Second Place ($300):  “A Double Murder in Mills County” by Charles (Chuck) Curtis 


Chuck Curtis became interested in genealogy after he saw an Ancestry.com commercial in 2010. He was inspired to write about the events in his entry by his daughter-in-law, who “told me somewhat timidly that her great-grandfather may have been involved in a murder and may not have served time for it. This was like waving a tennis ball in front of a golden retriever and I was off on the hunt!”.


He holds Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Missouri. In 2006 the University of Missouri School of Journalism awarded him its Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. He is a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society.


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