Dallas Genealogical Society 2013 Summer Institute

Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard Sayre will be the keynote speakers at the DGS 2013 Summer Institute on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3, 2013, at the Dallas Public Library, in Dallas, Texas.

Entitled “Bits of Yesterday: Using Maps and Records to Complete Your Family Story”, their 2-day program includes these presentations:

  • Our National Treasure: The Library of Congress
  • Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System
  • Land Entry Papers and Records of the General Land Office
  • Sharing Your Family History
  • Maps: Where to Find Them and How to Use Them
  • Using Topographic and Other Maps
  • Google Earth for Genealogists

Early Bird registration (save $40.00) ends June 30.

For details about these topics or to register online, visit www.dallasgenealogy.org.

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2013 Writing Contest

The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to announce its 2013 Writing Contest for original material on topics of interest to genealogists and family historians. The contest is open to members and nonmembers of the DGS. Hobbyists, transitional, and professional genealogists are welcome to submit entries.

Submissions may include genealogies, family histories, and case studies that demonstrate use of genealogical methodology, techniques, and sources.  The submission deadline is August 31, 2013.  First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $150.

Winning entries will be published in a future issue of Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

Subject matter for the competition is defined in the contest Rules and Guidelines.  Among the judges will be J. Mark Lowe, the professional genealogist, author and lecturer.

The 2012 winners of the Contest are listed on our web site and will appear in the premiere issue of Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

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Be A Book Hero

I have recently discovered a program on the Dallas Public Library’s web site called Support Your Library – Be A Book Hero. I have donated books to the Genealogy Division in the past, but this approach is different.

A person specifies the book, DVD, or CD that he/she wants to donate either by selecting from a list on the DPL web site or recommending a title to purchase.  The donor pays a discounted, tax-deductible price for the item (including cataloging and processing fees), the acquisition is expedited through the system, and the donor gets first dibs on the title when it is received. The material is the property of the Dallas Public Library, however; the donor does not get to keep it.

A caveat – this program is aimed at “popular” items, not the reference volumes that the Genealogy Division usually deals with, because the titles have to be available through the 3rd-party outsourcer with which the Library contracts for its cataloging and processing.  This is what originally interested me, however, because I personally support the Genealogy Division’s recent decision to purchase materials that can be checked out.  I feel that we need to expand family history research material to include circulating titles that appeal to a wider audience.

The two titles that I have purchased/donated so far are How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise Levenick and Only a Few Bones by John Colletta, just to give you an idea of the range of possibilities.

As an individual, I’ll be donating more titles through this program because it’s a win-win deal.  I get to read the items first and the Library is able to add new material to its catalog which benefits the whole community.

Details about Be A Book Hero are on the Library’s web site.


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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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Dallas Genealogical Society 2013 Spring Lecture

We are very excited to announce that Paula Stuart-Warren, a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher, is the featured speaker at our Spring Lecture to be held on March 16, 2013.

Her workshop is titled  “Records, Research & Stories”, in 4 presentations:

1. Tho’ They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records

2. Research Reports for Ourselves: More than a Research Log

3. Stuck? Have You Tried…? Have You Overlooked…?

4. A Baker’s Dozen: : Easy Ways to Begin Writing Your Family History

Details about the Lecture and registration are on the DGS web site.


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Brown-Davis Bible

The following inquiry has been received from John Fellows (john.fellows@att.net) to the Davis Rootsweb Listserv.

I have a very old bible that I will give to someone that can make a connection to the following information.
The first Page of the bible says J.F. (T. ?)  Brown Married Mary Davis , March 10, 1871.
Emma Brown Married Burt Hatcher March 2 , 1911
Willie Brown Married ( Looks Like ) John Griffin July 11, 1915.

Last page says deaths:

Lucy Brown died September 7, 1873

E or L ittie Brown died August 18, 1888
Edward Brown died May 30, 1876
Sallie Brown died February 9, 1900
W. A. Brown died January 30, 1900
Jessie died October 10, 1901
James November 10, 1906

The bible came from Kansas to Texas.
Before that it could have been in Illinois, Indiana or Ohio. I really don’t know where it really lived.

I have tried to handle the bible very carefully. If I was over a 100, I would want someone to be very gentle with me. I have not been able to find any other information in the bible.



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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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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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