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, 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  Information about televsion show times of this video on our local television station KERA World (station 13.2) can be found at

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Records Added

The Dallas Public library has added 58 new documents to their extensive Genealogical holdings… search our database of all recent acquistions at Resources -> Dallas Public Library -> Recent Acquistions

581 new records from sections 40 and 41 of Oakland Cemetery have been added to our database. Search all 24,059 records from 20 difference cemeteries at at Resources -Cemeteries -> Search Database


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History of Medicine in Dallas

The following may be of interest to genealogists researching Dallas County, Texas history.  The library website at UT Southwestern Medical Center has a page dedicated to the history of medicine.   It includes links to (1) a collection of  more than 500 images illustrating the history of medicine in Dallas, (2) 60 choice photos arranged in chronological order that provide a photographic history of medical highlights in Dallas, (3) a description of books dealing with medical history housed at the UT Southwestern library, (4) a link to a 1951 thesis written by Marie Louise Giles titled The Early History of Medicine in Dallas,  1841-1900, (5) information on a collection of historically important medical journals at the UT Southwestern library, (6) information of files with clippings on Dallas and Texas medical history at the UT Southwestern Library (7) and a link to the online Texas Physicians Historical Biographical Database developed by the staff at the UT Southwestern library.

Link to The Early History of Medicine in Dallas,  1841-1900

Link to UT Southwestern’s library’s History of Medicine website with old pictures and on-line physician database:

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DGS Summer Institute Early Bird Registration Ends June 24.

Early registration for the DGS Summer Institute ends today, Sunday, June 24th at midnight: $140 for members, $170 for non-members.  After the 24th, the price increases to $190 for DGS members and $220 for non-members.

Title: Finding My Way Home: Methodology, Records and the Old South.   Lecturers: J. Mark Lowe and Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck. Date: July 13th and 14th. Location: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Dallas, Texas.

Link to this page on our web site for details:  Summer Institute.

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DGS Summer Institute

On July 13 and 14, DGS proudly presents J. Mark Lowe in a seminar titled “Finding My Way Home: Methodology, Records and the Old South”. Mark will be joined by Lloyd Bockstruck, recognized author, writer, lecturer and leader in the genealogical community, who will be featured in 2 of the 8 presentations.

Mark’s Topics:

  • Balancing on North Carolina – Understanding the geographical and migration patterns can improve your success with N.C. research. Learn about locating records, repositories and the resources you need to find a tarheel ancestor.
  • Cheap Land on the Prairie (or That’s What the Railroad Man Said …) – What stories and marketing efforts lured our ancestors to the midwest and beyond. Learn what really attracted these pioneers to new lands.
  • Dower, Dowry, and Detinue: Women and their Men’s Property – Understanding how the legal system looked at our female ancestors is essential to following their records. Learn the terminology, the record types and strategies for finding the answers.
  • Here Comes the Bride: Extracting More Information from a Marriage Record – Examining a variety of marriage records may improve our chances of learning even more about our ancestors. Learn the different type of records and where you might find an unrecorded marriage.
  • Peeking Behind the Scenes of the Tennessee State Library & Archives – Learn about the wonderful records that exist for genealogists researching Tennessee in the state’s largest research facility. Discover tools to accomplish long-distance research and learn to develop a plan to solve your most difficult Tennessee problems.
  • Using that Brick Wall as a Foundation – Feel like you are at a dead end? By reviewing our research, and taking a fresh approach, we can often see new opportunities for finding our family. Use the very evidence that stops you in your tracks to spring over the wall.

Lloyd’s topics TBA

Please visit the Dallas Genealogical Society’s web site for cost and registration details:  DGS Summer Institute

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1940 US Census 5K Indexing Challange

The Dallas Genealogical Society is holding a 1940 US Census indexing challenge and contest. The goal is to index at least 5000 names (125 census pages) between Thursday, May 3 and Sunday May 6. The person who indexes the most records (with the highest quality) will win a Years individual membership in the DGS (or may elect to donate the $30 to the DGS general fund).

See the Contest Rules and then get started!

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DGS Members are helping to index the 1940 US Census

As genealogists, we have all spent countless hours searching through census records looking for our own relatives. Most of us just take the existence of a fully indexed census for granted, blissfully unaware of the herculean effort that went into its creation. Well, its payback time, and I for one am thrilled to be able to contribute. What a wonderful opportunity to be a participant in the creation of an enduring legacy for future researchers!

The DGS strongly encourages all genealogists to participate and asks that DGS members associate their activities with the Dallas Genealogical Society. See this Family Search aid for information on registering.

As you learn the ins and outs of indexing please share your tips and suggestions with the rest of us by replying to this post…


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1940 Census

Let’s talk about the 1940 census.  The talk might follow two threads: (1) indexing the census and (2) finding individuals in the 1940 census.

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Getting Started With Your Family History

DGS will be offering a free ‘Getting Started With Your Family History’ seminar in 3 sessions:

  • Saturday, April 14: Learn the Basics
  • Saturday, April 21: Ancestors in the Census
  • Saturday, April 28: Find New Resources

All sessions will be held from 10:30am – noon in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the Dallas Public Library downtown, 1515 Young Street. For more information, click here.

A syllabus for each session, plus other useful resources and web sites, will be posted to the DGS web site sometime closer to the dates.

Registration is required… attendance will be limited to 20 people, so register today by clicking here!

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Beard Family Records

DGS recently received the following request for assistance.  Can any of our readers contribute information to the puzzle?  I will forward your responses to her.

Many years ago I found an old home about to be demolished. I retrieved many postcards and a few family photos that I would like to get to a descendant of the Beard family:

William Alfred Beard, circa 1859, England, living in District 4 Dallas in 1930 Census, age 79
Wife: Annie, born in Georgia, apparently deceased at time of 1930 Census
Emma Beard, dtr, born in Nevada 1885—listed as ‘single’ in 1930 Census, age 45

The Beard family residences:
Rt 4, Mesquite (1925)
4526 Leland St, Dallas (1929)
1719 Park Row, Dallas (1911)
181 Park Row, Dallas NOTE: 2 different addresses for Park Row, appear to be early 1900
2841 Britten [?] St, Dallas

In 1940, a member of the family, ‘Lillian Beard’ was living at PO Box 58, Terrell, Texas.

Ms. Carter has held on to these mementos for 50 years.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could send them home!

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