Texas, Dallas Genealogical Society
The Dallas Genealogical Society was founded in 1955 with the objective to educate, by creating, fostering, and maintaining interest in genealogy; to assist and support the genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas; and to collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to Dallas County and its early history.
Published since 1976, the DGS Newsletter is sent directly to members via print and digital media periodically throughout the year. Non-members can view the Newsletter on the DGS website after member distribution. Each issue contains information about DGS major events such as the Spring and Fall Lectures and the Summer Institute, upcoming SIG activities, research trips and monthly general meeting topics. News about other regional and national society events of major interest is published when available.
Pegasus, the Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society, continues the traditions of its predecessors, The Dallas Journal, published from 1995 through 2012, and The Dallas Quarterly, published from 1955 through 1994. Copies of The Dallas Journal, published from 1990 to 1994, are available as PDF files on the DGS website. Digital copies of The Dallas Journal from 1995 through 2010 are accessible from links on the DGS website under Resources/Journals, and at the University of North Texas “Portal to Texas History” website. Pegasus, like its predecessors, contains genealogical and historical records, articles, and information pertaining to the cities and towns of Dallas County, the State of Texas, and local areas relating to Dallas County. Each volume is every-name indexed.
eBlast is the Society's electronic email message publication which is sent to members throughout the year to provide updates and last minute information.
DGS General Meetings, Lectures and Workshops
The Society year runs October to September. Program meetings are scheduled every month, except in the summer, with the December meeting being a social and annual awards luncheon. DGS meetings are free and open to the public with the exception of the December awards luncheon.
The monthly General Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday (September to May) in the Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas. No General Meetings are scheduled in June, July or August. Hospitality time starts at 10:30am with light refreshments. A short business meeting begins at 11:00am, followed by the program/presentation. Programs feature educational and informative presentations on genealogical and historical topics. Meetings are over by 12:30 p.m. Guarded parking is available underneath the library at reduced rates.
DGS organizes three special lectures each year - a full-day Spring Lecture and Fall Lecture, plus a two-day Summer Symposium which feature nationally-recognized speakers in the genealogy field. These instructional classes cover topics of interest to the beginning, intermediate and advanced family history researcher. There is a registration fee for these events.
DGS also provides a variety of workshops designed to provide instruction in beginning and intermediate genealogy; genealogical research techniques; computer and internet technology; and genealogical writing and publishing skills.
Special interest groups meet during the month. All meeting are held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
- Brown Bag Group meets the 4th Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
- Technology Interest Group meets on the 1st Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
- MacGen Reunion meets on the 2nd Saturday of even numbered months at 1 p.m.
- African American Genealogical Interest Group meets on the 3rd Saturday at 2 p.m.
- Jewish Genealogy group meets on the 3rd Wednesday at 10 a.m.
The DGS website, http://www.dallasgenealogy.org, provides detailed information about meetings and events, how to access officers, Dallas county records abstracted by members, articles about research techniques and more. The website was awarded second place by the Texas State Genealogical Society for the web site of a partner society in 2013.