The Dallas Genealogical Society 2013 Writing Contest for original material is an opportunity to preserve some of your family history and receive recognition for your work.
The society's goal is to preserve Dallas history; however, subject matter may range beyond the Dallas city and county geographic area as specified:
• Basic and advanced methodologies and case studies emphasizing an approach to a problem are not limited by geography
• Family histories and genealogies must be linked to North Texas including those families who came from or left to settle elsewhere in Texas
• Historically interesting events in North Texas must include a connection with a local family
• Histories of ethnic or military groups, or of neighborhoods and houses, must be specific to North Texas.
North Texas is defined as the area that includes northern counties along the Red River from Fannin to Hardeman Counties, eastern counties from Fannin to Limestone Counties, southern counties from Limestone to Runnels Counties, western counties from Runnels to Hardeman Counties, with all interior counties within these boundaries; also counties which were include in the pre-Republic boundaries of Nacogdoches.
Source citations are required and must conform to the guidelines in “Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace” by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Society members, nonmembers and hobbyists should submit their material by Aug. 31. Cash awards of $500, $300 and $150 will be given to the top three entries at the DGS Annual Awards Luncheon in December.
For more information, go to the contest guidelines and the entry form online at www.dallasgenealogy.org.
• The Computer Club of Oklahoma City Genealogy Group will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at the CCOKC Resource Center, 3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 201.
Jim Ike will continue his presentation on “MS Office Suite aids the Genealogist.”
He will discuss aids from the software manufacturers, fellow genealogists and people who have tried to stretch the uses of the Microsoft packages to the next level. Many of these aids also will work with alternative office packages, such as OpenOffice.
• “The Master Genealogist” or “Legacy” genealogy database program forums will meet at 11 a.m. These workshops help family history researchers use computers to assist in the search, organization and publication of information about their family histories.
For more information, email Jim Ike at email@example.com or Walt Stoyanoski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a question, event, idea or an experience you wish to share, email Sharon Burns at email@example.com.