The Freedmen’s Bureau Project

To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.

A press conference to talk about this indexing project will be streamed live tomorrow, June 19th (the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth) beginning at 10am PDT/noon CDT/1pm EDT. Link to  The web site also provides details about the projectFreedmens_Infographic_RichResize_blog

HISTORICAL NOTE: On June 19 (“Juneteenth”), 1865, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number 3, which read in part, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” Source:  Texas State Historical Society, The Handbook of Texas.

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MacGen Reunion Group

The MacGen Reunion SIG’s June meeting will be this Saturday, the 13th. We will meet on the 8th floor of the Central Library in downtown at 1pm.

Barbara Ware will present an overview of iBooks Author, a Macintosh app, which allows you to create iBooks that can be viewed on various Macintosh devices. We will discuss how this tool might be used to “publish” your family history for personal and family use and for sale via the iTunes Store.

SIG leader Happi McQuirk will also give a brief review of Reunion 11, Leister Production’s newest version of its family tree software for the Mac.

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Global Family Reunion Party

The Dallas Public Library’s Genealogy Division on the 8th floor of the Central Library downtown will host a Global Family Reunion Party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday June 6, featuring live streaming video from New York with historian Henry Louis Gates, Dr. Oz and former President George H.W. Bush.

The Global Family Reunion was founded by bestselling author A. J. Jacobs. The author’s goal is to build a massive family tree of the entire world using websites like Geni and WikiTree. The Global Family Reunion will take place in Queens, New York, featuring numerous speakers and celebrities.

In addition to providing live streaming directly from the event in New York to the Dallas Party, the Dallas Genealogy Division will send photographs and video to the main event from the Central Library.

Join DPL on the 8th floor of the Central Library for their “21st Century Genealogy” programs:
12:30 – 1:00 – No Scanner? Use Your Camera!
1:30 – 2:00 – Traditional & Electronic Genealogical Resources at the Dallas Public Library
2:30 – 3:00 – Using Socual Media for Genealogy
3:30 – 4:00 – DNA & Your Family Tree

There will be door prizes too!

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Summer Symposium – Researching in Texas

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that genealogy and historical researcher, consultant, and lecturer Teri E. Flack will be the featured speaker at our Summer Symposium to be held August 7-8, 2015 at the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, TX.

Researching in Texas is a 2-day program of eight presentations that focus on resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors. Teri’s lectures will cover researching the Republic of Texas, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as using manuscript collections. Additional speakers from the State of Texas General Land Office, The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library will describe the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.

“Late Night at the Library” is a free, bonus event. The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will remain open on Friday evening, August 7, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees. Professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance. Registration is required.

Teri Flack chairs the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee and serves as the Texas state liaison to the national RPAC. She was recently elected a Fellow of the TSGS and is a director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Teri holds a Master’s degree in History, with a concentration in Public History; MBA; Paralegal Certificate; and B.S. in Education from Texas State University.

Program and registration details are available at Early Bird price by July 18 – $129 (members) and $149 (non-members).

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Dallas Public Library Renovating 7th Floor

The Texas /Dallas History & Archives Division on the 7th floor will be closed for renovation starting Monday, March 2, 2015. Beginning Monday, April 20th, the division will have a limited selection of Dallas reference materials available on the first floor of the library. The remainder of the collection and exhibits (including the Declaration of Independence and Shakespeare’s First Folio) will be inaccessible until the 7th floor is reopened.

The 7th floor will reopen in summer 2016 with a new look that will include an updated reading room, built-in display cases, a fine books gallery, improved meeting spaces, and more.

Read more about the project on the DPL’s web site.

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Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Spring Lecture Focuses on DNA

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce its Spring Lecture to be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, “Genetic Genealogy Analysis and Tools; a Step Beyond the Beginner Level”.

Did your last lecture on DNA leave you with more questions than answers? Then please join us for a full day with noted professional genealogist Debbie Parker Wayne. Her presentations will review the basics as well as give you real-life analysis of DNA testing results.


  • Genetic Genealogy Today: Review and Updates: A brief review of genetic genealogy basics such as the inheritance patterns of each type of DNA used for genealogy. This includes an introduction to some of the tools to be illustrated in later sessions.
  • Genetic Genealogy Company Comparisons: Information on how to choose a DNA testing company, the pros and cons of each company’s offerings, and the tests available today.
  • Tools and Applications for mtDNA: Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze mitochondrial DNA (passed along the matrilineal line).
  • Tools and Applications for Y-DNA: Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze Y-DNA (passed along the patrilineal line).
  • Tools and Applications for atDNA : Illustration of a real-life case study using the latest tools and techniques to analyze autosomal DNA (inherited through all ancestral lines).

Program details and registration instructions are on our web site –

Debbie Wayne’s web site –

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DGS 2015 Writing Contest

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that its 2015 Writing Contest is open for entries. This is the third year that the Society has sponsored this contest which comes with cash prizes.

The contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS as well as amateurs and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted January 1 through April 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. In 2014, our journal was awarded 1st Place, Category VI (Official Periodicals of Partner Societies / Journals) by the Texas State Genealogical Society.

While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, subject matter for the competition may range beyond the local geographic area. Articles may include:

  • advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
  • family histories and genealogies, particularly those linked to North Texas, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • transcriptions, abstracts or indexes of record groups (including family records) not yet filmed or digitized that relate to Dallas or North Texas
  • ethnic, house, or military histories related to Dallas and surrounding counties

Complete Rules and Guidelines are available at:

Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to:

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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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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 ( 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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