Backing Up Your Data

The next Technology Special Interest Group meeting will be held on Sept 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Hamon room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Directions).

The topic of this meeting will be “Backing Up Your Data”. The discussion will help you determine your backup priorities  and allow you to understand the alternatives you can choose from to protect your digital files, images and pictures.

This session will be recorded and made available on the Technology SIG page following the Sept 4 meeting. If you are not going to be able to attend the meeting but have a question you would like to have addressed during the discussion please leave a comment below.

We have a great lineup of topics, and will be using this blog to discuss issues in between meetings. Your comments and questions are welcome!

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Writing Your Family History

The Society recently donated 2 copies of 11 books related to writing family history to the Dallas Public Library. A reference copy of each title is shelved near the Reference Desk in the Genealogy Division on the 8th floor. A circulating copy of each has been added to the collection of whichever floor has responsibility for the assigned call number.

The titles were featured in a presentation at the Society’s January, 2014 General Meeting. Janet Khashab, co-recipient of the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award, DGS President 2009-2011 and VP of Education 2008-2009, presented the program, “Genealogical Writing: Fact and/or/not Fiction”.  A full list of titles is available on the DGS web site.

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Genealogy and the Law

The DGS Fall Lecture on September 27 features Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist.  Her day-long program is titled Genealogy and the Law-From the Past to the Future.

The second of her four presentations that day is “Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law”. In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class –status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

Judy is a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer with a law degree. She is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law.

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Details and registration instructions are on the DGS web site.  Please join us at the event.

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Possible Good News for Library Funding

This was distributed by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library… let your city council representative know if you support this!

On Tuesday, August 12, the City Manger will present the FY 2015 Proposed Budget to the City Council. As part of the proposed budget, the City Manger is recommending $3 million more for the libraries in next year’s budget, plus another $3 million the following year. 

This is not the final budget as there is still time for council and citizen input before the budget is adopted in September.

While we are incredibly appreciative and grateful for the additional funding, we will continue to ask for more restoration. We feel very strongly that the library needs a $10 million overall increase to restore programs, technology, services and hours cut in 2008.

Please follow this link for today’s Dallas Morning News coverage

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DGS Announces 2014 Writing Contest Winners

The Dallas Genealogical Society has announced the winners of its 2014 Writing Contest.   The husband and wife team of Deborah Harvey and Gary Wood received the $500 first prize for their article “As the Angus Roam.”  It will be featured in a future issue of Pegasus, The Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

More information about Deborah and Gary is on our web site.

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“Gone to Texas” – August 27-30, 2014

FGS2014AmbassadorBadgeIf you are a genealogist in Texas, San Antonio is the place to be August 27-30, 2014. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) will host its annual conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. DGS is pleased to be an FGS 2014 Ambassador.

The Early Bird Deadline to register for the FGS 2014 Conference is July 1. Here’s just a few of the highlights:

  • More than 160 educational sessions to choose from on topics including records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels.
  • The Exhibit Hall will feature 30-minute demos and presentations in addition to vendors showcasing technology and resources to benefit genealogists as they research their family history and tell their stories.
  • Member Societies exhibiting in the Society Showcase, a section of the exhibit hall especially designed for FGS members. The Dallas Genealogical Society will be featured in the Showcase so stop by and see us when you’re there!

Special events take you to the Institute for Texas Cultures and La Villita for A Night in Old San Antonio.

Register online now!

Hope to see you in San Antonio!

 

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Nationally-known speaker Dr. John C. Colletta headlines DGS Summer Symposium

Nationally-known genealogy and family history speaker Dr. John Philip Colletta will be the featured speaker at the DGS Summer Symposium, to be held July 11-12, 2014 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, TX.

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“For Today’s Generation and Tomorrow’s: The Many Ways to Preserve Family History” is a 2-day program of eight presentations by Dr. Colletta. Topics covered include organizing your materials for a family history, documenting multi-generational records, building historical context, using artifacts in researching and writing about our ancestors, principles of good writing and good storytelling, evaluating evidence, writing a narrative family history, and publishing your family history.

“Late Night at the Library” is a free bonus event. The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will remain open on Friday evening, July 11, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees. Both professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance.

Register by Saturday, June 21 and save $50.00.  Details and registration instructions are on the Dallas Genealogical society’s web site.

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Back to the Future

In 1977 a group of DGS volunteers microfilmed documents from 3,100 Dallas County probate cases filed between 1846 and the early 1900′s. The resulting 35 reels of film have been available to patrons of the Dallas Public Library since that time.

In 2013, the University of North Texas solicited proposals for a series of mini-grants (up to $1000 each) focused on digitizing materials and making them available on the Portal to Texas History web site. The DGS proposal to digitize the probate record microfilms was accepted.

The films are now being digitized, but there is still one more step that needs to be performed, and you can help! There is a 60 page index to the records that needs to be transcribed… this information is required to make the metadata associated with each set of images as meaningful as possible.

Our webmaster has set up a simple process utilizing spreadsheets. There are only 54 names on each page: most people should be able to complete a page in 30 minutes or less.

Find out how you can get involved!

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DGS Summer Symposium Features John Philip Colletta

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that nationally-known genealogy and family history speaker Dr. John Philip Colletta will be the featured speaker at our Summer Symposium, to be held July 11-12, 2014 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, TX.

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“For Today’s Generation and Tomorrow’s: The Many Ways to Preserve Family History” is a 2-day program of eight presentations by Dr. Colletta. Topics covered include organizing your materials for a family history, documenting multi-generational records, building historical context, using artifacts in researching and writing about our ancestors, principles of good writing and good storytelling, evaluating evidence, writing a narrative family history, and publishing your family history.

“Late Night at the Library” is a free bonus event. The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will remain open on Friday evening, July 11, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees. Both professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance.

Dr. Colletta is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program. His publications include numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, two manuals, and one “murder-mystery-family-history.” Dr. Colletta has received many professional awards and honors and appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. His Ph.D. in Medieval French is from The Catholic University of America. Visit his web site for further biographical information.

Program details and registration information are available on the DGS web site.

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Placing Your Past – Slides Available

DGS member Carolyn Davis made a very interesting and informative presentation to the Technology Special Interest Group on May 1. Her topic was “Placing Your Past”, and she reviewed several web sites that you can use to place your families history on current and historical maps. She has kindly made her PowerPoint slides available for anybody who wants to review her materials… they are available on our Meeting Handouts page.

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