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Denton County Genealogical Society Records

Identifier: G 2019.021

Scope and Content

The collection contains documents and records, correspondence, family histories, audio cassettes and printed materials created by the Denton County Genealogical Society. The Denton County Genealogical Society Records are housed in thirteen manuscript boxes totalling 5.4 linear ft.

The collection was maintained in good condition with family histories arranged by the donor and original order maintained by the archivist. Likewise, audio cassettes are maintained according to an accompanying sign-out sheet used by the Denton County Genealogical Society. The remaining material was in no discernible order and thus order was imposed by the archivist. The archivist identified four series.

The first series is the Organizational Files Series which contains Bylaws, minutes, awards, correspondence and other administrative records of teh Denton County Genealogical Society.

The second series is the Family Genealogical Information series which consists of research and records pertaining to families with some connection to Denton County.

The third series is the Printed Materials series which consists of newsletters, yearbooks, and published materials, or materials created for publication.

The fourth series is the Audio Media series which consists of audio cassettes of conferences, classes and programs that were recorded for the purposes of being checked out by Denton County Genealogical Society members.


  • 1966 - 2007


Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish materials from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections Department of the Denton Public Library.

Historical Sketch

The Denton County Genealogical Society (DCGS) organized as a result of a free series of genealogical classes taught by Vic and Marlene Nielson at the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At the end of the classes, participants decided to organize the DCGS, and Vic Nielson served as the organizing president. Diana White was elected the first president for a term of one year. She was reelected to a second term which set a precedent of many officers serving for two single year terms. In 1997, the Society changed the By-Laws making all terms two years. For the first several years, the Society met at the North Texas Savings and Loan building at 321 W. Oak, but it was difficult for many people to climb the steep, narrow stairs to the community meeting room. The First Christian Church, 1203 Fulton, became the permanent location for meetings until 1998, when construction made it difficult to meet there. The Society met at the LDS Church, 3000 Old North Road, through the May 2003 meeting. The Society then began meeting at the Denton Public Library’s North Branch in September 2003, and in January 2006 moved the meetings to the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland.


Denton County Genealogical Society


5.2 Linear Feet (Thirteen manuscript boxes and one cassette box.)

Language of Materials



Denton County Genealogical Society has been collecting information on Denton families since its beginning in 1979. Some of the information traces families back to the 18th century. This collection includes correspondence, society history, newspaper clippings, a 3.5 disk, a CD, photographs, books and booklets.

Series Description

The Denton County Genealogical Society papers are arranged in three series:

Series I. Organizational Files 2 Linear ft. (5 manuscript boxes), 1996-2005

Arranged by subject

Series II. Family Genealogical Information 2 Linear ft. (5 Manuscript box), 1966-1996

Arranged Alphabetically

Series III. Printed Material 1.2 Linear ft. (3 manuscript boxes), 1978-2007

Arranged by date and subject

Series IV. Audio Media 0.2 Linear ft. (one cassette box), 1983-2004

Arranged according to cassette identification number.

Provenance Statement

The Denton County Genealogical Society Collection was transferred to Special Collections, Denton Public Library by Denton County Genealogical Society.

Additional Sources

Further information about the Denton County Genealogical Society can be found in Special Collections at the Emily Fowler Central Library in Denton, TX under D.TEX 367.

Genealogical resources for Denton County can be found in Special Collections at the Emily Fowler Central Library in Denton, TX under G 976.4555 as well as through online resourced provided by the Denton Public Library. Some material may also be found at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum in downtown Denton.


It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Note to the Researcher

The materials for this collection are mainly in good condition. Researcher should not have to use protective devices when dealing with this collection. Be aware there are some news clippings and photos so care should be exercised when handling these items.

Audio series is missing these cassettes: F-24 Making Sense with Cents: Buying for the Genealogy Collection at the Public Library ; S-11 Families in Trans-Appalachia: Analyzing Problems in Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas

Material Remove List

1.5 linear ft. of duplicate materials and empty binders were deaccessioned and returned to the Denton County Genealogical Society.


Guide to the Denton County Genealogical Society Records, 1966-2007
Kay DeMeritt, Matthew Davis and Heather Butler
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
1st revision by Kay DeMeritt, 2019-11-07 2nd revision by Matthew Davis, 2019-11-08 3rd revision by Heather Butler, 2021-04-01

Revision Statements

  • 2019-11-07: 1st revision is a migration to ArchivesSpace
  • 2019-11-08: 2nd revision corrected errors
  • 2021-04-01: 3rd revision was an accretion of cassette tapes to the collection

Repository Details

Part of the Genealogy Repository

Emily Fowler Central Library
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX 76201 USA