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

As I have over the past few months, I reiterate the plea for more material for publication in “Daltons in History”. You will have noticed that recently the number of articles in each issue has diminished considerably, and we urgently need your help. Most items that have appeared in recent months have been written by one of a very small number of regular contributors, usually officers and committee members. We are of course most grateful to this regular band, but they are beginning to feel very lonely without support from you, our DGS members and readers. Please do send me any Dalton related articles, notes or snippets of information which will be of general interest to our wide audience. “Daltons in History” is your newsletter and, without your contributions and your support, it cannot survive! This is a matter of great concern to us all and we look forward to your response. Do also please let us know if you have any suggestions for how we might improve “Daltons in History”.

As usual, you will find below all the latest news about DGS events and activities, together with other updates to keep you fully informed about what we are doing.

Future DGS events

For the 2013 Gathering and AGM we are returning to Ireland. We will be based in Dublin, as we were in 2005, and the event takes place over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 26th/27th/28th July 2013. We are staying at the Ashling Hotel, where we were accommodated in 2005. Since then the hotel has been considerably refurbished and I know that we will be very well looked after. You can see more about the Ashling Hotel on their website at The programme will concentrate on Dalton families with Irish ancestry. Full details about the Gathering have now been published and will be found in the "Forthcoming Gatherings" section of this website – just click here or follow the link on the left of this page or consult the article following these notes. The details have also been distributed to all members of the Society with Volume 57 of the DGS Journal for December 2012, which was sent out at the end of January.

Registration forms and deposits have been received from a number of you and others have been making enquiries and putting together plans to be in Dublin at the end of July. To date we have just over 30 registrations. Officially registrations have closed, but I have negotiated with the Ashling Hotel for a small number of rooms to be held for us until towards the end of May. If you still plan to register and wish to stay at the Ashling Hotel, you will need to book your room with the hotel by 25 May at the latest.

So, please register your interest and book your room as soon as you can and no later than 25 May. We will look forward to seeing many DGS members and their families in Dublin, and particularly those with Irish Dalton ancestry.

As announced at the last Annual General Meeting, plans are now being made for 2014 and 2015. It had been suggested that the Burgundy area of France might be a possibility for 2014 but further investigation has presented difficulties in making suitable arrangements. We have therefore decided to base the 2014 gathering in East Anglia, UK and we will announce further details soon. We still 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 gatherings, 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 September we published a DIDP Update and this can be found in the "Dalton DNA Project" section of this website. Click here. This includes an up to date list of genetic family coordinators and details of the new reports that we now plan to publish during the first half of 2013. I have recently been in contact with Chris Pomery about the more detailed structure and content of these, and we are working together on their preparation.

We are indebted to Chris for all his assistance with the project over the past seven years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most recently 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.

In March I spoke about DIDP at a Guild of One Name Studies regional meeting held at Wonersh, near Guildford in Surrey. A large audience heard from Maurice Gleeson, Brian Swann and myself about the benefits of DNA in running a one name study. The contrasts between our DNA projects were quite remarkable and I learnt some very interesting points from the other two presenters. Judging by the question and answer session at the end, I think the audience found the meeting informative and useful. There is no doubt that the interest in genetic genealogy is growing all the time – already this year the Guild has run a national one day seminar and DNA was a major topic at the Who Do You Think You Are Live show held at Olympia in London in February.

The DGS Journal

Volume 57 of the DGS Journal for December 2012 was printed and distributed to members in January. All members, both in the UK and overseas, should have received their copies a while back, but if not please contact your local DGS secretary.

As always this latest volume of our award winning Journal will contain much of interest and you will find details of the contents in a separate section below. If you are not a DGS member, please think about joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the Journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the "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 58 of the DGS Journal, due for publication by the end of June 2013, will be 31 May 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 the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the "DGS Journal Index" from the homepage or by clicking here. Here you will 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 57 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained through your local secretary using the order form that you will find on the link above. Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found there as well.

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:


Enjoy this month’s issue of "Daltons in History", your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again in June 2013.

Thank you for your attention and once again, please do send your articles, notes and snippets of information for publication in “Daltons in History” to me,, as Dairne has resigned from both the editorship of "Daltons in History" and the Committee.

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton

Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

In the past several monthly issues of "Daltons in History" there has been a request from the editor, and also from the Chairman of the Dalton Genealogy Society (DGS) for articles written by members of the DGS, especially about any travels. Being unable to do any travel at this time due to my wife’s health, I thought I would write something about the Dalton family of Harriman, Roane County, Tennessee USA of which I am a proud member.

The information I write about is primarily from data researched by my father Grover Stanley Dalton, a long time DGS member until his death in 2010 at age 96, and my mother Mattie (Lee) Dalton who also died in 2010 at age 98.

In about 2005 my sister and I talked our father, who was in failing health at the time, into submitting a DNA sample and be a part of the DGS DNA data base. Results of his DNA showed that we are descendants of what is now classified as Genetic Family A, the Virginia Daltons. This information corresponded with the data that my father had researched showing that our family originally come from Virginia.

It is known that many Dalton researchers have traced their lineage back to a Timothy Dalton in Virginia, and my father’s findings were no different. Knowing that a true genealogist authenticates their findings with a credible trail, he was unable to verify information back more than a few generations.

However I will start with unverified information with a Timothy Dalton who was born about 1690, and died 6 February, 1767, and had several children, one being a Robert Dalton, born about 1711, and died 11 November, 1778, who was married to Mary Key. That union produced several children, one being John Flannagan Dalton, birthdate unknown, and death date 3 April, 1833, who married Mary Ann Flannagan. One of their children was Robert C. Dalton born about 1793 and died about 1845. He was married to Tabitha Hall.

Now from this point on we are fairly sure the information is correct. Robert C. Dalton moved from Virginia to Sumner County, Tennessee about 1810. However to complicate matters concerning legal documents, a new County was created out of parts of Sumner and adjoining counties in 1870. Living within this new county named Trousdale County was Robert C. Dalton who had settled there when it was called Sumner County. The new county seat of Trousdale County was Hartsville. All of the legal records for the residents of the new county were placed in the new courthouse in Hartsville. However due to a series of fires in the courthouse in 1874, 1877, 1900, 1902, and finally in 1905 when the courthouse burned to the ground, all legal records were lost.

Therefore what we have is credible "word of mouth" Dalton family information which was told to my father from his father, and from his father. Now going back to Robert C. Dalton; one of his sons was Locke Carson Dalton (1819-1892) who married Malvinia Pearson. One of their sons was John Booker Dalton (1858-1932) who married Mary Frances Barry. From that union came seven children, one being Grover Cleveland Dalton (1884-1959), my grandfather. He married Georgia May Floyd and they had seven children, one being my father Grover Stanley Dalton (1913-2010).

John Booker Dalton moved his family from their farm near Hartsville to Nashville, Tennessee about 1900 and opened a carpenter shop. My grandfather, Grover Cleveland Dalton, soon went to work on the newly chartered Tennessee Central Railroad which ran from Nashville to Harriman. It was in Harriman that he met my grandmother, Georgia May Floyd and they were married in 1910.

As a youngster growing up in the 1940s and 1950s I remember riding the passenger train from Harriman to Nashville with my grandfather Dalton on several occasions.

After graduating from high school in 1931, my father (Grover Stanley Dalton) co-owned a grocery store with one of his brothers, and then managed a clothing store here in Harriman prior to going to work during WWII on the Manhattan Project at nearby Oak Ridge, Tennessee where components for the first atomic bomb were made. He retired from that job as an Electrical General Supervisor in 1977. After a tour of duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War, I went to work at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant in 1968 and retired 35 years later as the Maintenance Division Manager in 2003.

Since all of my father’s six siblings married and moved away from Harriman over the years, my sister (Martha Dalton) and I are the only Daltons left here in Harriman. My son and his family live in a different part of the state and will probably never live in Harriman. My grandmother Georgia May (Floyd) Dalton moved to Harriman with her family when she was three years old in 1893, and my grandfather Dalton came to Harriman in 1908. So my ancestors have been in the same town for 120 years as of this writing.

Someone reading this may have more accurate facts on the information I have provided, if so, I would appreciate getting the correct information. Someday I hope to be able to obtain more information on the Trousdale County Daltons from other descendants of Robert C. Dalton.

James Stanley Dalton (Jim)

27 April, 2013

1. From Karen Dalton Preston, North American Secretary

Mocavo Announces Genealogy Karma

from Dick Eastman's On-line Genealogical Newsletter - 5 May, 2013

I saw the following announcement, and thought this might be of interest to DGS members. As the announcement explains, the genealogy search engine web site Mocavo has developed a new free web site, Genealogy Karma, to offer something similar to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness site, which has gone off-line. Briefly, the new site brings together researchers who need help or have a question, usually in a distant location, with researchers in that locale that are willing to check a court house record or photograph a tombstone.

This might help someone who can't travel to track down information. It is also an opportunity for those who are willing to do research or provide local look-ups, with someone who needs their help. The announcement follows:

"What may become a major genealogy site has been announced. Genealogy Karma hopes to replace an earlier web site that has been missed by thousands. Many of us used Bridgett and Doc Schneider's Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) web site. The site went offline in 2011. Sadly, Bridgett passed away a short time later. Several people have tried to create replacements for RAOGK but none of the new sites have achieved the popularity of the original. Now a commercial company has created a new web site with similar aims and has dedicated the site to the memory of Bridgett Schneider. The new site runs on custom-written software that adds features not available on the original RAOGK web site. Best of all, the new site will remain available to all free of charge.

I invite you to check out Genealogy Karma at".

The following was written by

Back in 1999, a fantastic resource was established to bring together members of the genealogy community all around the world. The brainchild of Bridgett and Doc Schneider, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) was created to help genealogists collaborate with the genealogy community to document their research, while also offering genealogists a way to give back to a community that had helped them in the past. RAOGK quickly turned into a global organization. The group’s volunteers were able to help thousands of genealogists make progress in their family history research.

The ROAGK website went offline in 2011 because of a computer disaster. Sadly, Bridgett Schneider passed away later that year, and the website was never able to come back online. In tribute to Bridgett and Doc Schneider and all of the participants in RAOGK, many volunteers have created programs similar to ROAGK to help bring together the expertise of the genealogy community. Doc and Bridgett’s legacy and the efforts of thousands of volunteers inspired us to create a place for researchers to come together and collaborate to help other members of the genealogical community.

Today, at Mocavo, we are excited to announce the launch of Genealogy Karma - Modeled after Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, we hope to empower the Mocavo community and connect researchers all around the country. If you’re looking for documents, records, or photos from an ancestor who lived far away, we will connect you with family history volunteers who can do this research for you in other cities. Likewise, if you’d like to give back to the Mocavo community and have a little time to donate, you can sign up as a volunteer.
To begin visit

To request help:

• Simply click on "I need to request help."

• Select the county for your request.

• Create a short title and add a detailed explanation of your request so that others can help find what you’re looking for.

• Tag your request to help others discover it. For example, you can tag your request as “photo”, “birth record”, or “tombstone”.

• You can also select to be notified if someone replies to your request.

• Post your query.

To Volunteer:

• Simply click on "I want to be a volunteer."

• Select the counties that you can help with.

• Submit your information.

• We will then let you know when there are opportunities to help other genealogists in your area.

Similar to surname groups, genealogy karma has a new twist that allows the most valuable content to float to the top of the page.

You can vote positively or negatively on each question and answer. As a result, the most popular questions and most relevant answers rise to the top so that you don’t have to dig through heaps of information to find the good stuff. Next to each question or answer within a Surname Group, you will see arrows. If you find a request you are interested in or response that is particularly helpful, you can "vote it up" so that more people will see it. If you find a request to be wildly off topic or unhelpful or if you think an answer is inaccurate, you can "vote it down" so that it will migrate to the bottom of the page. The topics at the top of the page will be the ones with the highest number of "up" votes so that you can quickly see the most valuable questions and answers.

Check out Genealogy Karma and take advantage of the vast network of Mocavo community members spread far and wide. Let us know what you think in the comments at or by emailing us at

2. From Wendy Fleming, Australia

From 1788 The People of the First Fleet by Don Chapman, Cassell Australia 1981

ELIZABETH DALTON ALIAS BURLEY, a servant aged nineteen, was tried at the Old Bailey for stealing in 1785. She called two witnesses to her good character, but was sentenced to seven years transportation and sailed on the Lady Penhryn. On 20th April, 1788, her daughter, Francis Hannah, was baptised and John Clement was noted as the father. By September 1790 she had another child, William, to Surgeon Thomas Arndell. William died at nineteen months, but her association with Arndell proved a long and happy one. Seven children were born to them and in 1807 they were married by the Reverend Samuel Mardsen at Windsor. When Ardnell died in 1821, he left her an estate including 750 acres of land and over 400 domestic animals . Even so she applied for a pension of One hundred pounds a year immediately after his death, which was refused fourteen years later. She died at Caddi Crek on 30 January, 1843.

3. From Gerri Dalton, Australia

I was just looking for burial information for one of 'My Mob' on the Hinchinbrook Council Website:

I found the following information that may be of interest to readers of "Daltons in History". The Cemetery is at the town of Ingham, a sugar cane town in North Queensland and not somewhere many people would be looking for missing ancestors or rellies!

This is what I found:

Name: Dalton, Alfred Brian

Date of death: 06/08/1993

Age: 82

Birth Place: Nova Scotia

Cemetery: New Ingham

Other details can be found on the link above. The other 2 Dalton's in that cemetery are 'My Mob'!

Hope this info can help someone solve a family mystery.

Whew, when "Daltons in History" comes out mid-month, it seems like the month just flies by.

We are still knee-deep in our kitchen renovation. But, we're making lots of progress. Our new countertop will be installed this week, and then it should be all down hill, as the saying goes.

A special reminder to North American members, I have had several membership renewal reminders bounce because I seem to have an old email address for you. If you have recently (or not so recently) changed your email address or have moved, please send me an email so that I can update our membership database. The next issue of the Dalton Journal won't be far off, and I am sure you don't want to miss an issue!

Now to the usual monthly inserts:

Web Sites Update:

For the period from 1 April to 26 April 2013

Updates to the Data Bank:

19 April, 2013: Wyoming - Corrected 2 SSID Entries Contributed by Amy Dalton Caldwell, Dixon, CA

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:

11,419 visitors came from 85 Countries / Territories

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics

Top 10 pages visited

NB: As of 21 April, 2013 we reached our maximum ad amount on one of the DDB Campaign Ads

Visits by date

Dalton Forum:

There are a total of 317 Posts in 200 Topics by 436 Members.

During the reporting period, there were 5 new topics added, 16 new posts and 3 new members added.

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:

1,288 Visits from 57 Countries / Territories

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics

Top 10 pages visited

Visits by date

Google Ad Campaigns:

Dalton Data Bank Site:

10,125 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 1,117,128 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

Visits to the Dalton Databank

DGS UK Site:

429 Visitors reached the DGS UK Site by clicking on one of the 81,191 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

"Join Us" Ad Campaign

And finally,

New Members:

Brenda Faye (Dalton) Craig: 220 Wallace St. Helena, MT 59601 - Brenda is related to a branch of Genetic Family A Daltons.

With best wishes,

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Now some additional information:

23 April, 2013 - FamilySearch Adds New Collections from Australia and the United States - from Dick Eastman's Genealogical Newsletter:

"FamilySearch has added more than half a million images this week from Australia, England and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 92,436 images from the new U.S., Ohio, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1852-1991, collection, and the 73,580 images from the new Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933, collection. You can search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at"

U.S. Naturalization records can be a great source for locating information on when your ancestor arrived in the United States, and in some case, even his place of birth.

The Tasmanian Civil Registration records are a new collection at, and should be of special interest to our members in Australia.

Thank you to those few who did contribute to May 2013's "Daltons in History."

This issue is really for information only as it is extremely late due to both technical reasons and continued late submission by some contributors. It has also been held back because Mel and I are away!!

This issue of "Daltons in History" is still short on content so, Please continue to contribute!

Please send any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research that could looked at. New ideas are definitely needed!! Maybe the DGS Committee could start putting something up about their Dalton family origins!! How about it?

Please consider contributing a short description of any Dalton-related travels you may have undertaken anywhere in the world. Also members who are travelling to do research, visit a Dalton-connected site, or have made a connection to a distant cousin through the DGS. might be interested in letting other members know what they are doing through "Daltons in History". Photos from your travels would be appreciated. Also, it would be a way of helping members get to know each other a little better, and might help members who are widely dispersed geographically to feel a bit more connected.

Contributions for the June 2013 issue need to be with Michael as and when. (e-mail:

PLEASE stick to the set deadlines!! There is no excuse for missing the deadline - PLAN AHEAD!!

Finally, with sadness I decided some months ago to resign both from the editorship of "Daltons in History" and the DGS Committee so this is goodbye from me.

Mel and I are now away but will keep in contact when we get chance.