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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Getting Started With Your Family History

Members of the Dallas Genealogical Society will be providing training for new genealogists at the November 1-4 Texas State Genealogical Society Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Getting Started with Your Family History”, a seminar in four sessions will be presented on Friday, November 2 and again on Saturday, November 3 (see our Flyer for more information). These are free to the public, but advanced registration is required. See the TSGS Website for more information.

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DGS Newsletters from 1990 Digitized

All eight newsletters published by the DGS in 1990 have been digitized and are now publicly available on the Resources -> Newsletters page (direct links are also provided below). These are text-searchable PDF files.

We are actively seeking copies of older (and some newer) newsletters… if you have copies that you would be willing to make available for scanning please contact Webmaster Tony Hanson ( Send eMail ).

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1990 – 1994 Quarterly Journals Now Available

Part of the mission of the Dallas Genealogical Society is to preserve and publish information  related to the early history of Dallas County. One way we are fulfilling that mission is to digitize our publications and make them freely available on-line.

Last year we made our annual Journals published from 1995 through 2010 available on the University of North Texas Portal of Texas History.

Today we are pleased to announce the availability of 20 editions of the Dallas Quarterly, published by the DGS between 1990 and 1994. Each publication is available in a PDF file that is also fully text searchable.

All of our on-line Journals can be viewed by going to the Resources -> Journals page on our web site.

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Letot Family Cemetery Records Available

Chances are you did not know that there was a Letot Family cemetery in Dallas, and that there was also an Old Letot Family cemetery.

Fortunately for those who DO care, information about the 123 graves in these cemeteries is now available in our cemetery database. Records have been created from the first book that DGS published on cemeteries (Dallas County Texas: Genealogical Data from Early Cemeteries, Vol. 1, 1982),  supplemented by information from death certificates, the Dallas Morning News and other sources by DGS member Barbara Ware.

Direct links to pages with pictures and additional information are provided below.

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Cemetery Pictures Needed

Do you have a digital camera? Interested in Genealogy? Live in the Dallas area? We need your help!

We have quite a lot of information about cemeteries in the Dallas area, including a Google map that shows the location for each one. One of the things we like to add for each cemetery is a picture of the entrance to help those looking for it know what to look for (it isn’t always obvious!).

For more information about the project and how you can help see the Cemetery Pictures page in the Get Involved section of our web site. We just updated the list of cemeteries we need to have photographed.

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New Cemetery Records Added

DGS member Barbara Ware and her helpers have been busy so I am pleased to be able to announce the addition of 231 more records to our publicly available and searchable database. Records are now available for five more local cemeteries:

Each of the above links will take you to a page with historical and geographic information about each cemetery. In addition, the Marsh Family page has photographs of tombstones available, a feature we do not have on most of the other cemeteries.

With these additions we now have 24,290 records from 24 difference cemeteries in our database. See all of the records on our Dallas Area Cemeteries page.

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Research in East Tennessee

Do you do genealogical research in the early East Tennessee area?  Have you come across references to King’s Mountain and the Lost State of Franklin and want to know more? PBS is highlighting a new video by Buck Kahler called The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin.

The description of the video, taken from the website at www.pbs.org/loststate, notes that The Mysterious lost State of Franklin was, “Filmed at several historic locations in East Tennessee, this narrative is told through scholarly interviews and painstakingly researched reenactments set to a backdrop of lush Tennessee scenery. The result is a landmark work that has set a new standard in the visual restoration of Tennessee’s grand historical oral tradition.”

Information about the State of Franklin can be found at www.pbs.org/loststate.  Information about televsion show times of this video on our local television station KERA World (station 13.2) can be found at http://www.kera.org/tv/schedule/.

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