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Texas became the 28th state on December 29, 1845
Capital - Austin
Motto - Friendship
Nickname - Lone Star State
Song - Texas, Our Texas
Flower - Bluebonnet
Tree- Pecan
Bird - Mockingbird

In memory of
Luthur Malcolm (Mike) Basham
First TXGenWeb State Coordinator
25 May 1942
15 September 1997

Adjacent Counties
  Collin County, TX - N
  Denton County, TX - NW
  Ellis County, TX - S
  Kaufman County, TX - E
  Rockwall County, TX - E
  Tarrant County, TX - W
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Welcome to Dallas County Texas


Thursday, March 2, 2017 GPGS Monthly Meeting

Digital Photography for Genealogists by Tony Hanson (Monthly Meetings)

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Grand Prairie Memorial Library

Digital Photography for Genealogists by Tony Hanson

Scanners do an outstanding job of creating high quality digital images, but genealogist frequently encounter situations where a scanner is unavailable or unsuitable. This presentation will provide you with a basic understanding of how a digital camera works and a high-level understanding of digital images. Most of the presentation will provide you with simple, practical techniques that you can use to ensure that the pictures of documents you take will be of the highest possible quality using any camera, even the one in your phone. Advances settings, for cameras that support them, will also be discussed.

Tony has been active in genealogy since 1999. He is active in the Dallas Genealogical Society, having served as webmaster, technology SIG leader, VP of Education and President (his current position). He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BS) and Telecommunications (MS) and is an avid amateur photographer.

See  for more information on the society.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 : Sowers Cemetery

3101 W. Pioneer

Pioneer Drive was started around 1874 with land donated by Edmund Sowers. It is the final resting place of many prominent Irving pioneer families. Come by the cemetery on March 4th for a visit at our annual clean up day or any day (work is optional). Walk the cemetery and see how many names you recognize that are now the names of Irving streets, schools and parks.

For more information about the Sowers Cemetery Association, contact Gerald Farris 972-754-6547,

"It is worthy to note that from the Brazos River on which the Tuacanas are established, and until one reaches the river which bathes the village of the Taovayzes (Red River), one sees on the right a forest that the natives appropriately call the Grand Forest. is very dense, but not very wide. It seems to be there as a guide to even the most inexperienced, and to give refuge in this dangerous region to those who, few in number and lacking in courage, wish to go from one village to another."

 -De Mezieres

Dallas County (E-18), in north central Texas, is bordered by Kaufman and Rockwall counties to the east, Tarrant County to the west, Denton and Collin counties to the north, and Ellis County to the south. Dallas is the county seat and largest city. The county's center point is at 32°46' north latitude and 96°48' west longitude. Dallas County comprises 902 square miles of the primarily flat, heavy Blackland Prairie. Elevations in the county range from 382 to 850 feet above sea level. The Elm Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River meet near downtown Dallas. The county is drained by the Trinity River and its tributaries, including White Rock, Mountain, Fivemile, Tenmile, Muddy, Duck, Turtle, and Mesquite creeks. These streams feed reservoirs for municipal water and recreational use, including Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake North, Joe Pool, Mountain Creek and White Rock Lakes. The terrain is generally undulating. The eastern two-thirds of the county and the land along the western border is surfaced by slightly acidic clayey soils with loamy topsoil. The rest of the county's soil is alkaline and loamy. The county has tall grasses with pecan and oak trees along streams and mesquite on the prairies. Though the rich soil is the main mineral resource of Dallas County, gravel and sand have been mined from the Trinity floodplain,. . . . . . . . .

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