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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March Technloogy SIG Topic: Optical Character Recognition

Please plan on attending the March Technology SIG meeting beginning at 6:30 on Thursday March 1. Our presentation will be on Optical Character Recognition by DGS member Kathleen Murray. We’ll be meeting in the Studio room on the 3rd floor of the Dallas Public Library.

The April 5th presentation will be by Barbara Ware (and possible others) on Google +.

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The Visionary Mr. Verkler

Thursday’s keynote address was another one to remember… Jay Verkler (former CEO of Family Search and probably the single person most responsible for the existence of the RootsTech conference) was, as always, informative, fascinating and thought provoking. His talk focused on the world as it will exist in the year 2060, and how our vision of how things might be should be used to influence what we do today.

That served as a nice lead-in for a mind blowing demonstration by Google. They (Google) had a few people at last year’s RootsTech and they walked away wondering why Google wasn’t doing more to improve their search capabilities for the Genealogical community. And then they did something about it.

Their demo showed the potential for an emerging Microdata standard that probably will revolutionize how we search for genealogical information. They also demonstrated a soon to be released add-on for their Chrome browser that will take great advantage of web data that incorporates the Microdata mark-up tools.

The demo also showed the amazing influence this conference has already had in its short life. I can’t help but wonder what spark of imagination this years conference has ignited…

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Un-Conferences are alive and well at RootsTech 2012!

My “Genealogical Society Webmasters” group was small but motivated, vocal and very knowledgeable. We had an outstanding discussion about a wide variety of topics that are affecting us all. At the end we agreed to establish a closed FaceBook group so we could continue the conversation after the conference ends. We also hope to expand the conversation to other genealogical society webmasters…. Anybody interested in more information should contact Tony Hanson.

UnConference Sign Up Board

I sat in on another Unconference hosted by Randy Whited and John Wiley titled “State Societies and Those who Support Local Societies”. This group discussed strategies that national and state/regional societies can implement to work more closely with local societies.

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The Conference Within The Conference

One of the features of RootsTech that really impressed me last year was their UnConference sessions. They set aside a few rooms and let people sign up to discuss a topic of their choice on a white board (at a TECHNOLOGY conference… I love it!)

I was happy to see that they are continuing the UnConference again this year and decided to give it a try myself with a session focused on Genealogical Society Webmasters. I created a Family Search Wiki page (see it here) to promote the idea, and just reserved my room (257) for 12:00 tomorrow (Thursday). I’ll let you know how it goes….

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DGS Members At RootsTech

The DGS will be well represented again at RootsTech. In addition to having a large group of members as attendees we also have two members who were selected as presenters. Both were presenters at the 2011 event as well.

  • Kathleen Murray (along with her co-presenter Tara Carlisle from the University of North Texas) will presenting a session titled “Mining Newspaper Archives” at 11:00 (MST) on Thursday.
  • Sandra Crowley is presenting a “Genealogists ‘Go Mobile’” session at 2:45 (CST) on Friday in a presentation that RootsTech has selected to stream live to the public.

Watch this blog for posts from the conference throughout the week.

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