2014 Annual Awards Luncheon

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:30am – 2pm
J.Erik Jonsson Central Library
O’Hara Room, 7th floor
1515 Young Street, Dallas, Texas 75201


The Dallas Genealogical Society invites members and their guests to join the Board in honoring this year’s recipients. The Awards Committee will present the honorees in our four categories.

Award of Merit – a DGS member who has consistently contributed time, talent, expertise, and abilities to the Society over a period of years.
Heritage Preservation Award – an individual, group, or organization in recognition of contributions to preserve, conserve, house, or collect family history.
Lloyd Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award – an individual for outstanding contributions to the genealogical community on a national level.
Volunteer of the Year – a member who has generously volunteered time, expertise, talents, and abilities to the Society during the previous year to the extent to make that member stand out and draw attention.

The Awards Luncheon is free to current members, but reservations are required. Members may bring guest(s) at a cost of $15.00 each. The meal will be catered by Bakers Ribs. Their holiday menu for us: turkey, ham, dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, peach and apple cobbler.

Register online (by 4 Dec) if you have a DGS Member Account (www.dallasgenealogy.org) and use a credit card to pay for guests
mail the reservation below (postmarked by 4 Dec) to DGS, P.O. Box 12446, Dallas, Texas 75225-0446. Please Include check or money order for guests.

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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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Writing Your Family History

The Society recently donated 2 copies of 11 books related to writing family history to the Dallas Public Library. A reference copy of each title is shelved near the Reference Desk in the Genealogy Division on the 8th floor. A circulating copy of each has been added to the collection of whichever floor has responsibility for the assigned call number.

The titles were featured in a presentation at the Society’s January, 2014 General Meeting. Janet Khashab, co-recipient of the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award, DGS President 2009-2011 and VP of Education 2008-2009, presented the program, “Genealogical Writing: Fact and/or/not Fiction”.  A full list of titles is available on the DGS web site.

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Genealogy and the Law

The DGS Fall Lecture on September 27 features Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist.  Her day-long program is titled Genealogy and the Law-From the Past to the Future.

The second of her four presentations that day is “Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law”. In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class –status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

Judy is a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer with a law degree. She is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law.

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Details and registration instructions are on the DGS web site.  Please join us at the event.

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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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