Arts, Culture, and Humanities

DALLAS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.dallasgenealogy.org

Mission Statement

Genealogical & Family History Records, Resources & Activities for Dallas, Dallas County and North Texas.

The object of this Society shall be:

1) To educate by creating, fostering, and maintaining interest in genealogy,

2) To assist and support the genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas or to its legal successor, and

3) And to collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to Dallas County and its early history.

Main Programs

  1. General Meetings
  2. Special Interest Groups
  3. Seminars
  4. Support for the Genealogy section of the Dallas Public Library
  5. Writing Contest
  6. Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Dallas, Dallas County and North Texas

ruling year

1963

President since 2015

Self-reported

Tony Hanson

Vice President since 2015

Self-reported

Kathleen Murray

Keywords

Self-reported

genealogy, library, education, "family history"

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EIN

75-6038107

 Number

7481058380

Also Known As

DGS

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Mutual/Membership Benefit Organizations, Other N.E.C. (Y99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We have been meeting our commitment to education by conducting our General meetings and through the activities of our special interest group.

Our preservation commitment has been met through our digitization efforts: records and images are available on our web site and on the Portal to Texas History, a digital archive operated by the University of North Texas.

We have continued our commitment to support the Genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas by the recent donation of a high capability book scanner.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

General Meetings

Monthly meetings open to the public. Each meeting consists of a short business meeting followed immediately by an educational presentation of interest to the genealogical community.

Category

Mutual, Membership Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$450

Program 2

Special Interest Groups

These are groups focused on specific topics related to genealogy. Most meet monthly and are open to the general public. At present we have groups focused on Technology, African American Genealogy, Jewish Genealogy, Users of Apple hardware & software, DNA and General genealogy research.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

Seminars

We hold three seminars featuring nationally known genealogy speakers throughout the year: admission is charged for these events.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$12,000

Program 4

Support for the Genealogy section of the Dallas Public Library

We just donated a book scanner (and provided funds for 3 years of support and maintenance) to the Genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$25,000

Program 5

Writing Contest

We conduct an annual writing contest soliciting articles pertaining to the North Texas region on the following general topics. Winning entries are published in Pegasus, Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$900

Program 6

Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society

This is a scholarly journal, first published in 2012. There are two categories of publication: Research Issues and Records Issues. Articles are accepted through an annual Writing Contest that offers cash prizes as well as publication for selected articles.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$6,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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 or to its legal successor;

    To collect, preserve, copy, and index information relating to Dallas County and its early history.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We plan to focus on the long term viability of our society by focusing on three strategic goals:

    1) Improve communications: Within our leadership team and with our members

    2) Process Improvement: By documenting current roles & responsibilities, identifying areas requiring improvement and developing and implementing targeted improvements

    3) Increasing volunteer participation in society activities: To improve the quality & expand the scope of society activities, identify, develop and groom future leaders and increase the membership base.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have 447 members, are well funded and are developing a good base of knowledge in the utilization of social media.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will know we are making progress when more/different members become involved as volunteers in society activities and when our membership increases.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We recently redesigned our web site and integrated it with our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and have greatly increased the frequency of our blog posts. The new web site also provides with new tools for member engagement which we are starting to employ.

    We have also just completed migrating our board members and Special Interest Group leaders to a Google environment (prior to this each board members utilized their own personal email account). We are also taking advantage of the Google Docs tools to consolidate records and to facilitate cooperation and the exchange of information between board members.

    We are a new board and are just beginning our efforts to increase participation from our members.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Dallas, Dallas County and North Texas

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

DALLAS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Leadership

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President

Tony Hanson

Vice President

Kathleen Murray

BIO

Tony has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology and a M.S. in Telecommunications and has recently retired after a 32 year career as a manager at AT&T. He has held numerous positions in the Dallas Genealogical Society, including webmaster, Vice President of Education and serving as the leader of the Technology Special Interest Group.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Our strategic goal is to ensure the long-term viability of the Dallas Genealogical Society. We will accomplish this by focusing on three key areas:

1) Improve communications: within our leadership team and with our members
2) Process improvement: By thoroughly documenting roles & responsibilities, identifying areas requiring improvement and by developing and implementing targeted improvements
3) Increasing volunteer participation in society activities: This will help us identify and develop future leaders, increase our membership base and improve the quality and expand the scope of the organizations activities"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tony Hanson

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity