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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Migration Trails Maps Available

Thanks to Judy Allen Knight for her fascinating presentation on American Migration Trails. Judy has graciously allowed us to make the maps featured in her presentation on our web site: View them on our Meeting Handouts page.

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Dallas Observer Blog Article Highlights Poor Library Funding

The headline sums up the sad state of affairs ‘Dallas Has “Most Poorly Funded Public Library in the United States,” Advocates Say’.

To quote a bit more:

“Their case is a simple one. Dallas, whether you compare it with local suburbs or peer cities nationwide, is stiffing its libraries.

“The main downtown library here is open a mere 40 hours per week. That’s last among suburbs and large Texas cities, fewer than at the central library Carrollton, Colleyville and University Park (45 hours per week); DeSoto, Duncanville, Forth Worth (sic), and Houston (50-plus); and Arlington, Frisco, Garland, Richardson and San Antonio (60-plus), to name a few.

“Dallas also fares poorly when measured by library funding, both as a percentage of its annual budget and per capita.”

Read the entire article (published on-line at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com) by clicking here…

Please let your elected representatives know if you support increasing funding for the library… Find your City Council Member here.

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Summer Symposium Featuring John Colletta

Colletta_JohnThe Dallas Genealogical Society invites you to join us for a two‐day symposium (Friday – Saturday July 11-12) featuring John Colletta, an author (“Only a few bones”, “Finding Itallian Roots”, “They Came in Ships”) and Lecturer in genealogy. Visit John’s web site at www.genealogyjohn.com

Register early and save $50! Read More…

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Confederate Cemetery Records

Chances are you have never heard of the Old Confederate Cemetery, located on Electra and Reed Streets, southeast of the larger and better known Oakland Cemetery. After all, it only contains 101 graves. Fortunately for all of the researchers who ARE interested, the DGS has just added those 101 records to our on-line, publicly accessible database that now contains information about 36,037 burials in and around Dallas. Read More….

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Meeting Handouts

Several of our recent speakers have generously agreed to allow us to make copies of their handouts available on our web site… Go to our new Meeting Handouts page to see information from Meg Hatcher’s “NARA’s Online Public Access: Live Demonstration” and Michael Bassett’s “DNA Testing for Genealogical Purposes”.

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Dallas Public Library Named in “Top 10” for Genealogy Research

The Dallas Public Library has been selected by Family Tree Magazine as one of the Top 10 Public Libraries in the United States for genealogy research.  “Many public libraries now have dedicated genealogy or local history collections, making them an essential destination for every roots researcher. There you’ll find not only books, but also rare manuscripts, genealogical journals, census records, and CD-ROMs, all full of valuable information you won’t find on the Internet.”

The Top 10 ranking is based on collection size, geographic coverage, special collections, accessibility and much more. For more information, visit http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php.

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2012 DGS Writing Contest Winners

The Dallas Genealogical Society presented the winners of their 2012 Writing Contest with certificates of recognition and prize checks at their Annual Awards Luncheon on December 8, 2012.  Among the judges reviewing the contest entries was J. Mark Lowe, a professional genealogist.

The winners are:

First Place – $500

“Francis A. Claridge (1824-1887)” by Karen Claridge Walker (DGS member)

Karen is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She worked two years in the Tulsa City/County Library Genealogy Center; and is a serious amateur genealogist.  The article is about Karen’s paternal great-great-grandfather, to whom she said “she is grateful for having such an interesting life about which to write.”

Second Place – $300

Bailing, Bigamy, and Brother Love: the Family of Henry Parker and Nancy Black” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM

Debbie Parker Wayne is a full-time genealogist experienced using laws and DNA analysis, as well as more traditional techniques, for genealogical research. Debbie is a Trustee for the BCG Education Fund, a board member and Advocacy Chair of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), president of the Lone Star Chapter of APG, and Texas State Genealogical Society’s DNA Project Director. She is part of the core staff at Angelina College Genealogy Conference and was the featured speaker on DNA at the Texas General Land Office’s 2011 Save Texas History Symposium.  Her website is at http://debbiewayne.com/

Third Prize (tie) – $150

Sarah Luse Larimer (1836-1913): Indian Captive, Photographer, and Business Woman” by Loretta Luce Evans, AG®

Loretta Evans, AG®, is a freelance writer and lecturer with over 30 years of genealogical experience. Accredited in

Midwestern United States research, she is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington,

DC, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Her writings have appeared in a number of magazines, including Crossroads, Ancestry, Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Heritage Quest, the Genealogical Journal, and Ohio Records and Pioneer Families. Loretta has served as a Commissioner and as Public Relations Committee Chairman for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Loretta recently spent almost two years as a volunteer for FamilySearch in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Third Prize (tie) – $150

“Chronology of Land Lot 128, District 20, Baldwin (Morgan) County, Georgia And How It Led to Polly Ware’s Maiden Name” by Barbara A. Ware (DGS Member and IT Administrator)

Barbara A. Ware is a third generation Texan.  She has been an active genealogist for 20 years, a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society board several times, and has worked on a number of transcription projects to make Dallas county records available.  Her family research activities have taken her to most of the Southern states, England and Italy.

Look for the announcement of the 2013 DGS Writers’ Contest in the next few months.

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New Publication “Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society” to Pay Authors

The Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) announces the launch of its new scholarly journal,
Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

This is the first known society journal to pay authors for published material. The first issue will be published in spring 2013, and the DGS Publications Committee is actively seeking articles.

Articles may be submitted by members and non-members of DGS, both hobbyists and professionals. Articles may not have been previously published elsewhere.

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DGS Members at this years TSGS Conference

Several DGS members are going to be active participants at this years Texas State Genealogical Society Annual Conference… very active!

  • Sandra Crowley (VP) will be leading the “Partner Society Sharing Session”
  • Tony Hanson (Webmaster) will be presenting a session titled “Put Your Society Publications and Records OnLine”
  • Jean Larson (Secretary), Carolyn Davis (Director – Publicity), Tony Hanson (Webmaster), Kathleen Murray and Cheryl Freeman will be presenting a four session “Getting Stated with Your Family History” class on Friday and again on Saturday
  • Janet Khashab (Past President) is presenting a session on “Hispanic Research”
  • Kelvin Meyers will be presenting a session titled “Abstract versus Original. Do I Need Both?”
  • Lloyd Bockstruck will be the keynote speaker at Friday Nights dinner and will also present a session titled “A Lifetime of Genealogy”

The DGS is a Silver Level Sponsor of the conference and will staffing a booth at the exhibit associated with the conference. Volunteers are need to staff the booth – follow this link to sign up.

Information about this years TSGS Annual Conference is available here.

 

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