On-Line Security And You

The news has been packed with stories recently about high profile security breaches. Chances are you have been affected personally: if not, there is a very good chance you will be affected soon by the next one.

You can gain some insight into how and why this is happening and, more importantly, what you can do to minimize your changes of being affected. Check out this months Technology Special Interest Group presentation by DGS webmaster Tony Hanson on Personal Digital Security… The January 8 presentation will be recorded and made available on the Technology SIG web page soon.

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Home Networking Video Now Available

The Technology SIG meets on the first Thursday of each month for presentations on a variety of technology related topics of interest to our members. These sessions are being recorded and available to the public to view on our YouTube Channel.

See the Technology SIG web page to view the presentations that are now available (and those that will be made in the upcoming months), which includes the November presentation on Home Networking.

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Digitizing Your Old Slides

This article has some interesting and innovative ideas on how you can digitize your old slides…

5 Ways You Can Bring Your Old Photographic Slides Into The Digital Era

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Backing Up Your PC Audio & Video recordings are now available

The audio recording from the September 4 Technology SIG “Backing Up Your Data” presentation by Webmaster Tony Hanson is now available:

The video is also available on the DGS YouTube Channel: View it now by  Going to the “Backing Up Your Computer” Playlist

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Access to Records

Our ability to conduct genealogical research is dependent on having access to historical records, both public and private. All of us should be aware of, and actively supporting, efforts to preserve that access.

Those of you from the North Texas area will have an opportunity to learn about adoption records at our October 4 General meeting when Connie Gray, the Texas representative of the American Adoption Congress, founder of Texas Adoptive Rights, and an adoptee, will present One Person, Two Birth Certificates; The History of Adoption and Birth Certificates in the State of Texas”, a historical overview of adoption practices and amended birth certificates in Texas. More information...

You should also be aware of the FGS Records Preservation and Access committee… Here is their Mission Statement:

To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.”

Learn more at their web site: http://www.fgs.org/rpac


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Backing Up Your Data

The next Technology Special Interest Group meeting will be held on Sept 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Hamon room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Directions).

The topic of this meeting will be “Backing Up Your Data”. The discussion will help you determine your backup priorities  and allow you to understand the alternatives you can choose from to protect your digital files, images and pictures.

This session will be recorded and made available on the Technology SIG page following the Sept 4 meeting. If you are not going to be able to attend the meeting but have a question you would like to have addressed during the discussion please leave a comment below.

We have a great lineup of topics, and will be using this blog to discuss issues in between meetings. Your comments and questions are welcome!

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Possible Good News for Library Funding

This was distributed by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library… let your city council representative know if you support this!

On Tuesday, August 12, the City Manger will present the FY 2015 Proposed Budget to the City Council. As part of the proposed budget, the City Manger is recommending $3 million more for the libraries in next year’s budget, plus another $3 million the following year. 

This is not the final budget as there is still time for council and citizen input before the budget is adopted in September.

While we are incredibly appreciative and grateful for the additional funding, we will continue to ask for more restoration. We feel very strongly that the library needs a $10 million overall increase to restore programs, technology, services and hours cut in 2008.

Please follow this link for today’s Dallas Morning News coverage

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“Gone to Texas” – August 27-30, 2014

FGS2014AmbassadorBadgeIf you are a genealogist in Texas, San Antonio is the place to be August 27-30, 2014. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) will host its annual conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. DGS is pleased to be an FGS 2014 Ambassador.

The Early Bird Deadline to register for the FGS 2014 Conference is July 1. Here’s just a few of the highlights:

  • More than 160 educational sessions to choose from on topics including records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels.
  • The Exhibit Hall will feature 30-minute demos and presentations in addition to vendors showcasing technology and resources to benefit genealogists as they research their family history and tell their stories.
  • Member Societies exhibiting in the Society Showcase, a section of the exhibit hall especially designed for FGS members. The Dallas Genealogical Society will be featured in the Showcase so stop by and see us when you’re there!

Special events take you to the Institute for Texas Cultures and La Villita for A Night in Old San Antonio.

Register online now!

Hope to see you in San Antonio!


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Back to the Future

In 1977 a group of DGS volunteers microfilmed documents from 3,100 Dallas County probate cases filed between 1846 and the early 1900’s. The resulting 35 reels of film have been available to patrons of the Dallas Public Library since that time.

In 2013, the University of North Texas solicited proposals for a series of mini-grants (up to $1000 each) focused on digitizing materials and making them available on the Portal to Texas History web site. The DGS proposal to digitize the probate record microfilms was accepted.

The films are now being digitized, but there is still one more step that needs to be performed, and you can help! There is a 60 page index to the records that needs to be transcribed… this information is required to make the metadata associated with each set of images as meaningful as possible.

Our webmaster has set up a simple process utilizing spreadsheets. There are only 54 names on each page: most people should be able to complete a page in 30 minutes or less.

Find out how you can get involved!

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