As always, greetings to all readers of “Daltons in History”!!

Since the last issue of “Daltons in History” was uploaded in mid-October, the DGS officers and committee have been very busy working on a range of new developments for DGS members and the wider community of visitors to this website.

Of particular interest to all will be the new subscription and membership pages, where you can now join the DGS from all corners of the globe and use a variety of payment methods for your subscription – including PayPal, credit or debit card, bank transfer, standing order or cheque (check). For those who are already members you can renew your membership, again using the full range of payment methods, and for those who are UK taxpayers, you can Gift Aid your subscription, which will increase its value to the Society as a registered charity by 25%. All of this has been implemented to make it as easy as possible to join the DGS and continue to pay your subscription each year, with maximum value to you and to the Society.

We have also updated the page for ordering back numbers of the DGS Journal, offering significant savings on bulk orders and again offering a wide range of payment methods.

And we are almost ready to publish our latest DNA Report for all participants in our project, who are members of the DGS.

Last month, I announced the launch of the new DGS website, “Daltons in History” 2.0 (DiH2.0 for short). Further developments are in hand and there is more about this below, together with the usual updates on all aspects of the Society, its events, its publications and its projects. Please read on!

“Daltons in History” 2.0 (DiH2.0 for short)

Last month we commenced the launch of a completely new and additional DGS website. This is in response to the suggestions that we need something more interactive and attractive to a wider readership, and at the same time we need to provide added value for the members of the Society. The new website is called “Daltons in History” or DiH2.0 for short. It has both an unrestricted presence available to all, and sections for DGS members only. It also includes enhanced use of social media – Facebook, Twitter etc. DiH2.0 has now been rolled out to the whole DGS membership worldwide, with registration details, usernames and passwords being issued to all paid up members for whom we have an up to date email address registered with the Society. This enables members to access the restricted areas of the site and enjoy the substantial benefits that the new site will bring. Any DGS members who have not received an email notifying them of their username and password should email their local secretary with a request to be registered for DiH2.0.

Alongside this exciting new development, the main DGS website at, the Dalton Data Bank (, the Dalton Forum ( and the other North American DGS websites (accessed via all continue, and remain with open access for all. Each month we will continue to bring you “Daltons in History” on the main DGS website, in a revised format and this will evolve over the next few months. It will include Chairman’s Notes and other news items and articles, taken from DiH2.0 and made available in the public domain. There are still a number of more detailed decisions to be made about this, as there are about DiH2.0 itself and we want to be as responsive to our membership as possible. Therefore all members are invited to make observations and comments about the new website and thus contribute to its success. We want the site to serve all DGS members as well as it possibly can, and we also want to encourage more of those with an interest in Dalton family history to join the Society, and take advantage of what will be an ever growing and ever more valuable resource.

Future DGS events

An announcement was made at the Annual General Meeting in Dublin that the 2014 Gathering and AGM is to take place in East Anglia, UK over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 12/13/14 September. We have reserved accommodation and rooms for our meeting and dinner on the Saturday at the Park Farm Country Hotel which is at Hethersett in Norfolk, only a few miles outside Norwich.

The theme of the weekend will be Dalton families from East Anglia, of which there are several, and the programme will include our 2014 AGM, talks about Dalton family history and visits to places connected with East Anglia Daltons. As usual we will hold our Annual DGS Dinner on the Saturday evening.

I am most grateful to DGS Committee Member Mike F Dalton, who lives in Norfolk, for taking up the role of 2014 Gathering Organiser. Mike and I, together with DGS Secretary Pam Lynam and DGS Australian Secretary Maureen Collins, are meeting up in Norfolk in mid-November to visit the hotel and discuss the more detailed programme. Pam and Maureen both descend from a Norfolk Dalton family the study of which was a major element of the gathering based in Swaffham, Norfolk back in 1999.

Full details about the weekend, the outline programme and a registration form will be available here next month (December 2013) and they will also be despatched to all DGS members with Volume 59 of the DGS Journal, when it is published at the end of the year.

If in the meantime you have any questions please contact either Mike F Dalton, Gathering Organiser ( or Michael N Dalton, DGS Chairman and Gathering Coordinator (

We hope to return to the United States and visit Virginia in 2015. It has also been proposed that we return to South Wales, UK in 2016.

The DGS committee is actively taking these plans forward and we will be making further more detailed announcements in the coming months about locations and dates. So watch this space!

We like to plan ahead and explore other options for our annual gathering events, so if you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Our DNA project continues to attract considerable interest with a regular stream of enquiries about joining being received by myself and Karen Dalton Preston as administrators of the project. Last month we published a DIDP Update and this can be found in the “Dalton DNA Project” section of this website. Click here. This gives details of our new report on progress with the project, which is about to be published. This latest report has now been finalised and it will be made available to all project participants that are paid up members of the DGS before the end of November.

In order to strengthen the management of DIDP we have formed the DGS DNA Project Sub-Committee. The members are Melanie Crain, Mike F Dalton, myself and Karen Dalton Preston as the coordinators of Genetic Families A, B, C and D respectively, with Chris Pomery continuing to act as the project consultant.

For the successful progression of the project, we have agreed the following:

  • a shift away from DNA testing in isolation towards genetic genealogy and traditional research working in partnership
  • directed traditional research programmes for each genetic family
  • targeted recruitment into DIDP in order to identify the DNA signature of Old World Dalton families in both England and Ireland
  • a clear statement of the benefits of joining the project (even if you turn out to be a singleton)
  • more comprehensive follow up on enquiries to improve the rate of conversion into participants
  • more comprehensive write ups of the research work being undertaken in each genetic family

The sub-committee will work to put plans in place to achieve the above and will monitor the development of the project more closely with the remit of each of us extending outside the boundaries of our individual genetic family. It will be our aim to ensure that we cover the interests of and the enquiries from all participants in the project, and in the list of genetic family coordinators you will see that each of us already look after additional groups in the project. Those relatively few participants without a coordinator are invited to contact either Karen or myself in the first instance and we will involve others to assist as appropriate.

We are indebted to Chris Pomery for all his assistance with the project over the past seven years. In addition to our latest report referred to above, this has included the preparation of three earlier very comprehensive project progress reports, and then a series of six reports covering individual genetic families. He has also given informative presentations at our annual gatherings on several occasions. We now have some 180 participants in the project, and well over 80% are members of one of the 15 identified genetic families.

The DGS Journal

Volume 58 of the DGS Journal for June 2013 was printed and distributed to members in July. As always this most recent volume of our award winning Journal contains much of interest. If you are not a DGS member, please consider joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the Journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the newly updated Join the DGS section of this website, or just click here.

John Dalton, our Editor, always welcomes articles and other items for publication in the Journal, and material for publication should be sent to him as early as possible. This will enable him to plan the content of the next and future issues. The deadline for contributions for Volume 59 of the DGS Journal, due for publication by the end of December 2013, has been extended to 30 November 2013. John is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at

Back issues of all DGS Journals are available. These can be purchased individually, or in sets at attractive prices. Full details are available on the newly updated pages for the "DGS Journal Index" section of this website, or just click here.

You will also find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are given for Volumes 42 to 58 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course.

We are most grateful to DGS member Mrs Pat Robinson, who holds stocks of back numbers for the Society and arranges for their distribution in response to requests from the local secretaries (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email:

Membership and subscriptions

We have completely updated the arrangements for joining the Society and paying annual subscriptions to the DGS. Full details are in the newly updated Join the DGS section of this website, or just click here.

For the past few years, the DGS in North America has had a PayPal account to facilitate payments being made from members in the USA and Canada. We have now opened a DGS PayPal account linked to the bank account for the DGS here in the UK, and through the PayPal links on the membership and subscription pages new members can join the DGS and existing members can pay their subscriptions wherever they live in the world.


Enjoy this issue of “Daltons in History”, your regular update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again in mid-December.

Thank you for your attention and please do send your articles, notes and snippets of information for publication in “Daltons in History” to me (email:

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

Karen Dalton Preston, DGS North American Secretary writes:

It hardly seems possible that we are midway through November! Where did this year go? For those in Canada, belated wishes for your Thanksgiving. For our US members, best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

And, this means that Christmas is just around the corner. The perfect gift for the Dalton genealogist on your gift list is a DGS Gift Membership. Your gift will be accompanied by a lovely certificate, in PDF format, so that you can print it for gift-giving, or email it to the recipient. Why not combine the gift of membership with a DNA test kit from Family Tree DNA?

Once again, Family Tree DNA, our testing service for the Dalton International DNA Project, is offering special sale prices through December 31st. There is more information below in this issue of “Daltons in History”, or go to the Family Tree DNA web site at -

Daltons in History 2.0

We have now distributed log-in IDs to all members in the US, Canada and the UK who are members in good standing, for a total of 67 members in North America, 49 members in the UK, and all Committee members. Those for members in Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland are about to be emailed.

If you are in the US or Canada, and haven't already received your log-in credentials, this means that your membership is not up to date. To renew your membership, please check the membership page on the DGS web site, or send me an email at

New Members:

Please welcome new member Donna Silva-Fortuna in Hampton, NH.

With best wishes,

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Bernie Walsh, APGI was appointed as DGS Irish Secretary back in August. Here she takes the opportunity to introduce herself to readers of “Daltons in History” and tell you about her plans for the DGS in Ireland.

Bernie Walsh
DGS Irish Secretary

As I have only recently been appointed as the secretary of the DGS in Ireland, I would like to introduce myself to you and let you know what is happening in Ireland in relation to building up our Irish branch DGS membership.

As mentioned above my name is Bernie Walsh and I am an Irish Genealogist. I have a family history centre based in Gorey, Co Wexford and our team will carry out research for people preparing their family history, we take clients on guided repository tours and also assist with family gatherings through my company, Daulten Quaile Genealogy.

I have used this spelling of Dalton as it is the way my great great grandmother Sarah Dalton wrote her name on the census in 1911. I am at present working on my own Wexford Dalton line. Our Daltons seem to be a bit mysterious!

With regard to building up the DGS membership in Ireland, I have contacted all the present Irish members and introduced myself to them, and I gave them some free tickets to visit us on the stand at the “Back to Our Past” show held at The Royal Dublin Society over three days last month. The show is similar to the “Who Do You Think You Are” show in the UK, and it attracts about 20,000 people over the three days.

Daulten Quail Genealogy take a stand at this show each year to offer genealogical services to the public. We had 2000 visitors to the stand this year. At the stand we displayed a banner for the DGS and included some slides on our screen about the Society. We had several enquiries at the show, and I am following up on these – some of them may be in contact with me again over the coming weeks.

As Daulten Quaile Genealogy travels regularly to shows during the year, I hope to include all the information about the Dalton Genealogical Society on our stands and be better prepared next year for the “Back to Our Past” show which will take place again in October. If anybody is interested in assisting at the show or has any ideas about attracting new members, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Visit our website at
or email:

Bernie Walsh, APGI
Irish Secretary

Family Tree DNA, who provide the testing service for the Dalton International DNA Project have announced a holiday sale which is running through until 31 December 2013. Details are as follows:

Holiday Sale

The Family Tree DNA holiday sale has begun and is running through until 31 December. This sale includes new orders, upgrades and 23andMe/AncestryDNA transfers:

Y-DNA tests for new orders

  •  Y-37   for $119 (reg. $169)
  •  Y-67   for $189 (reg. $268)
  •  Y-111 for $289 (reg. $359)

Family Finder tests and Autosomal transfer

  •  Family Finder for $99
  •  Family Finder + Y-37   for $218 (reg. $268) (includes a free $100 gift certificate)
  •  Family Finder + Y-67   for $288 (reg. $367) (includes a free $100 gift certificate)
  •  Autosomal DNA Transfer for $49 (reg. $69)

Y-DNA test upgrades

  •  Y-Refine 12 to 37 for $69 (reg. $109)
  •  Y-Refine 12 to 67 for $148 (reg. $319)
  •  Y-Refine 25 to 37 for $35 (reg. $59)
  •  Y-Refine 25 to 67 for $114 (reg. $59)
  •  Y-Refine 37 to 67 for $79 (reg. $109)
  •  Y-Refine 37 to 111 for $188 (reg. $220)
  •  Y-Refine 67 to 111 for $109 (reg. $129)

If you wish to join the Dalton International DNA Project, go to our project page on the Family Tree DNA web site at:

If you are a Dalton male with descent in the male line from Daltons, we recommend that you take the 37 marker Y-DNA test, now priced at $119.

If you are an existing participant in the Dalton International DNA Project, go to your personal homepage on the Family Tree DNA website, where you will be able to order your upgrade at the special prices quoted above. We particularly recommend that all participants who have only taken 12 or 25 marker tests previously upgrade to 37 markers (the costs are only $69 or $35 respectively).

You might wish to consider a Family Finder test, an upgrade to 67 or 111 markers on your Y-DNA test, or a transfer of your results from 23 and Me or Ancestry DNA into our project at Family Tree DNA. Advice and guidance on all these various options can be found on the Family Tree DNA website. If you are not sure, or you need assistance with this, do please contact either Michael Neale Dalton ( or Karen Dalton Preston (, the joint administrators of the Dalton International DNA Project. We will be pleased to help you and the earlier you can contact us, the easier it will be for us to have time to do this. Do not leave it until the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, if you want to be certain of placing your order by the 31 December deadline, and thus take advantage of the sale prices.

This is something that has recently arrived in the Chairman’s email inbox from the Jewellery Quarter Research Group – Birmingham, England (JQRG):

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has a world-wide reputation for its manufacturing firms but it also has two cemeteries, both grade 2 listed, namely Key Hill and Warstone Lane.

Both opened in the 1830's and are of national importance particularly Key Hill Cemetery which is the last resting place of many notable people including Joseph Chamberlain, the father of Neville Chamberlain (Prime Minister) but there are many more. Many families worldwide have ancestors who are buried at these cemeteries.

JQRG volunteers have recorded the surviving headstones and this database is freely available on our website together with a database of all the nearly 170,000 burials there. We are also keen to hear from any relatives with connections to the cemeteries and will respond to any email requests for help with any research if required.

We wish to make sure that this information is as widely used as possible and would appreciate it if you could let your members know that this resource is freely available at no cost. There are further details on our website including the beginnings of a new Online Tour project.

Kind Regards
Douglas Wilks (Chair)
Jewellery Quarter Research Group (a not-for-profit group of volunteers)

I have taken a quick look at the website and done a Dalton search which brings up a number of records. Take a look yourselves. You might just find someone you are looking for!

This has come to the DGS from the Federation of Family History Societies and is about a new project to record place names. Any Dalton who has Welsh Dalton ancestry, as I do, and who likes looking at old maps will find the website for the project absolutely fascinating. You are invited to record all the Welsh place names with which you are familiar, and their location, as a result of their association with your family history. Here are the details:

“What’s in a name? Historians and Linguists need your help!”

October 22nd 2013 saw the launch of a new website which hopes to harness the power of volunteers to record all the place-names of Wales as they appeared on Ordnance Survey maps at the end of the Victorian period. is a ground-breaking collaborative project, developed jointly by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, The National Library of Wales, University of Wales and the People’s Collection Wales. Visitors to are being asked to study historic mapping of Wales, published by the Ordnance Survey between 1899 and 1908, and to record the location of all text shown on the maps; the names of towns, villages, woods, farms, rivers, springs, mansions – everything! There is even a competitive element to this mildly addictive process; the more place-names recorded by a volunteer, the higher their position in the Contributors’ Chart.

Dr. David Parsons, Senior Fellow on the Place-Names of Wales Project at the University of Wales said “We hope to use the power of online volunteers to capture historic forms of place-names, and also to tell us about modern variations or alternatives that are used locally. There is no software that can collect this information automatically, so we really need people to go online, register and help us out.”

Tom Pert, On-line Development Manager at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to gather a massive amount of information very rapidly. Through this process the location of every mill, milestone, smithy and dock will be captured and used to enhance the National Monuments Record of Wales. Every volunteer will be helping us to create a complete record of the cultural landscape of Wales at the end of the Victorian period”.

Prof. Lorna Hughes, Chair in Digital Collections, The National Library of Wales said “This is a groundbreaking website, with Wales leading the way for the rest of the United Kingdom. Crowd-sourcing projects of this sort have proven very successful when used to gather information for astronomers or biologists. We are sure this project will prove to be equally successful, and will pave the way for further collaborative research and online volunteering projects in the future”.

Further Information:
Elin Hâf or (01970) 632471

This is a note that has been received by the DGS from Sue Bowen, Moderator for “TOP DOG” – Tracing Our Past, Discovering Our Genes.


I am writing to let you know about a new Family History forum, created by Jan Pearson and Doug Johnson called Genealogy Specialists – Tracing Our Past, Discovering Our Genes, which is affectionately known as TOP DOG.

Our aim is to offer mutual FREE help to each other in tracing our ancestors, following our family trees, and putting flesh on the skeletons that we discover. With a membership that stretches through 18 time zones around the world, and helpful moderators/admin on both sides of the globe, members will belong to an international, but friendly community. Our membership ranges from enthusiastic amateurs to professional genealogists, and if we do not know an answer we will certainly be able to point members in the right direction to find one.

As the Dalton Genealogical Society could be one of the directions in which we point people, we would be happy to have a clicky link to it on TOP DOG so that we could easily signpost people to you. However, in exchange, we would also like a clicky link on the Dalton Genealogical Society website to TOP DOG.

Based in the UK, our website is:

If you would be willing to post a link to TOP DOG on the Dalton Genealogical Society website I would be most grateful.

Please contact us via to let us know if this would be feasible.

Thank you.

Sue Bowen