Greetings to all readers of “Daltons in History” !

I am writing this following the conclusion of a most successful weekend held here in Reigate for the 40th Anniversary Gathering of the Society. Immediately below you will find a brief note about the Gathering followed by the usual updates to keep you fully informed about all our various DGS events, projects and activities. In the next section of this edition of “Daltons in History” there is an initial account of the weekend, and in the September edition we plan to publish a much fuller report.

40th Anniversary DGS Gathering, 2010

Our special Gathering and Annual General Meeting here in Surrey, England was held over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 30th/31st July/1st August 2010. The main events took place on the Saturday at the Surrey National Golf Club, Chaldon, Surrey and included our conference during the day and a splendid celebratory dinner in the evening. Incorporated into the conference programme was our AGM.

Thank you to all the delegates who attended. We much enjoyed welcoming you to Reigate and to this special gathering. The weekend commenced on the Friday evening with a buffet supper hosted by Kate and myself at our home. The weather was kind and we were all able to enjoy ourselves outside in the garden. The Saturday conference was broadcast live over the internet on the Dalton Data Bank website and viewed by many of those unable to join us. It included the Society’s Annual General Meeting, where I announced the committee’s decision to make Chris Pomery, our DNA consultant, and Martin Fitzgerald and David Preston, our website consultants, honorary members of the Society. This was met with great acclaim and we are all greatly indebted to Chris, Martin and David for all the work they have done for the DGS over the past few years. Following the AGM Chris Pomery gave us a very stimulating presentation about the current status of the Dalton International DNA Project, and our plans for its development in the future. At the dinner in the evening, we were entertained by Michael Broadway and Vannine Parker of the Pianola Partnership, who brought us a delightful selection of songs with piano accompaniment. On Sunday we visited Chartwell, near Westerham in Kent, which was the country home of Winston Churchill. In the evening, we held our farewell dinner in the Skimmington Castle, a traditional old English country pub just outside Reigate. So ended a very enjoyable 40th Anniversary Gathering, which will be remembered by all who attended as a particular milestone in the history of the DGS.

A more detailed initial account of the weekend will be found in the section of this issue of “Daltons in History” immediately following. In the September issue, we will bring you the definitive and complete report including a photo gallery, videos of the presentations, the AGM minutes and some comments and thoughts from the delegates.

Future DGS events

For 2011 we have arranged for the DGS Annual Gathering to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 23rd/24th/25th September 2011.

This will be another very special event and the Gathering organiser is our North American Secretary, Karen Dalton Preston. At the 40th Anniversary Gathering and AGM last weekend, Karen gave us a taster of what is in store, and her team are busy putting the more detailed plans in place. Initial information can be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website and please keep a watch for further announcements during the coming months.

Plans are also being put in place to hold the DGS Annual General Meeting for 2011 here in the UK in June, and a more detailed announcement will be made in the September issue of “Daltons in History”.

For 2012 and beyond we have a number of suggestions already. 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)

As mentioned above, our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery made a presentation on Saturday 31st July at our 2010 Gathering. Entitled “Getting the best from traditional and genetic genealogy – the future for the Dalton surname project”, it provided the latest update on the project and stressed the importance of undertaking the traditional genealogy in order to extend and maximise our knowledge of the family history associated with each identified genetic family. The presentation slides used by Chris will be available on the website shortly, together with a full video recording of his talk. These will be of immense value to all participants in DIDP, so please watch out and make sure that you take a look at them.

Issue 3 of the Dalton International DNA Project Progress Report was published in October 2009. This includes all the new participants who have joined the project up to January 2009. There were 99 participants included in Issue 2 of the report published in January 2008 and Issue 3 has 126 sets of markers recorded and analysed. This represents an impressive expansion of the project. Additionally, many participants have extended their number of markers and this adds considerably to the value of the database as a whole to our Dalton family history researches.

The report is a landmark document and extends to 54 pages. The number of separately identifiable genetic families has increased from 10 to 13. The number of singletons has increased by just three, from 18 to 21. This reflects the high success rate that we are achieving, with nearly all new project participants finding matches with existing project members.

All members of the project have been circulated by email and invited to request their copy of the full report. If, as a project participant, you still wish to receive the report but have not advised me, please contact me by email immediately. We do ask that those who receive the report are current members of the DGS. The subscription contributes towards the cost of retaining our consultant and, of course, brings many other benefits as well.

On the “Dalton DNA Project” pages of this website you will find extracts from Issue 3 of the report giving a summary of the main conclusions; the foreword to the report, which includes a history of the project; and a description of the DNA process and how it assists the family historian.

Further participants continue to join the project and there are now approaching 150 sets of markers in our database. DIDP is one of the largest and most respected projects of its type internationally, but we still need to expand it further, particularly with individuals who have documented ancestral lines that take them back to known English or Irish Dalton origins. The strength of the database as a family history research tool lies in its size, and its continued growth is of paramount importance to us all. So, if you are a Dalton male and you have yet to take the plunge, please do think about joining this well established and exciting project.

We are indebted to Chris Pomery for all his assistance with the preparation of the progress report and the advice and guidance that we are now able to give to individual project participants. Over the gathering weekend, Karen Preston and I were able to discuss with Chris our priorities for further reporting during the remainder of 2010. The emphasis will be on providing updated reports on individual genetic families and we will give you further details on this in September.

Some of you may not be aware of the special webpages set up to enable genetic family groups to share data with one another. Initially these are for groups A, B and D. We have added a link to these from the “Dalton DNA Project” homepage here on the main DGS website. Webpages will be added for other family groups shortly.

The DGS Journal

Volume 52 of the DGS Journal for June 2010 was distributed in early July. Copies for overseas members are despatched by airmail and all members of the DGS should by now have received their copy. If your copy has not arrived, please contact your local DGS secretary in the first instance and we will investigate the matter. The list of contents for Volume 52 will be found in the DGS Journal Index on this website.

As always, John will welcome articles and other items for publication in future issues. He 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. 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 52 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained from DGS member, Mrs Pat Robinson (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email: Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found with the index.


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 at the beginning of September.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours very sincerely

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

Michael Dalton gives an abbreviated initial account of the Dalton Genealogical Society’s 2010 40th Anniversary Gathering & Annual General Meeting weekend held in Surrey, England from Friday 30th July to Monday 2nd August 2010.

The definitive and complete report, including a photo gallery, videos of the presentations, the AGM minutes and some comments and thoughts from those who attended will be published on this website in the September issue of “Daltons in History”.

Thursday 29th July, 2010

The advance party assembles

Karen and David Preston flew in from Las Vegas on Thursday morning and Mel and Dairne Irwin drove down from Lancashire, arriving in the afternoon. This created an opportunity for an “advance party” get together and Kate and I went out for dinner with Karen, David, Mel and Dairne at the Arkle Manor, a restaurant in nearby Betchworth. Apart from discussion about various aspects of the weekend plans, there was much else to catch up on and a convivial evening went by all too quickly.

Friday 30th July, 2010

Final preparations are made

It had been agreed that David Preston and I should go to the Surrey National Golf Club in the morning to check out the wireless connection for David’s laptop in order to facilitate the live webcast of Saturday’s conference. David had come prepared with all his “gizmos” and within minutes everything was working. What a relief – all the technicalities sorted out without a hitch!

Then back to 2 Harewood Close to finish putting out the display material and help Kate with the final preparations for the evening. This included arranging everything out in the garden for the buffet supper and then a moment of panic at around 4.00pm when it started to rain. This was not part of the weather forecast but fortunately it only lasted for a short time and then settled into a dry and overcast, but quite warm evening.

A beautiful English summer evening

Delegates started arriving during the afternoon – first those staying with us at Harewood Close, and then delegates staying at the nearby Reigate Manor Hotel. Before long there were 30 people in our garden all eager to have a glass of wine and chat with old friends and new acquaintances – the party was under way.

Charles and Rosemary Dow, Martin Fitzgerald, Wendy Fleming,

Sheila Dalton, Maureen Collins, Howard Dalton, John Dalton

Soon it was time to serve the buffet supper. Kate laid on a magnificent spread which was much enjoyed by all. As the evening shadows lengthened we lit candles and people continued sitting outside until it was dark. The smell of coffee brewing brought people in and many took a closer look at the various displays set out in our dining room.

The Friday evening supper Party in full swing

Saturday 31st July, 2010

Down to business

Delegates were invited to arrive at the Surrey National Golf Club at 10.00am when coffee and biscuits were served. We were joined by a few more local Daltons and at 10.30am I opened our conference proceedings in the Sports Lounge. It was a pleasure to welcome delegates from far and wide, both old and new DGS members. The live webcast so expertly organised by David Preston on the Dalton Data Bank website was received loud and clear in all corners of the world – the wonders of modern technology! Soon we were into the more formal business of the Annual General Meeting, the details of which will be published next month. One important announcement to be mentioned here is the decision of the committee to make Chris Pomery, our DNA consultant, and Martin Fitzgerald and David Preston, our website consultants, honorary members of the Society. This was met with great acclaim and we are all much indebted to Chris, Martin and David for all the work undertaken by each of them for the DGS over the past few years. Many thanks to all three of you.

Michael Dalton, Mel Irwin, Pam Lynam and Howard Dalton

taking the AGM minutes

The AGM was brought to a close at 11.30am and after a short break, I introduced Chris Pomery who gave his presentation entitled “Getting the best from traditional and genetic genealogy – the future for the Dalton surname project”. This was a most stimulating talk and it provided the latest update on the project. It also stressed the importance of undertaking the traditional family history research alongside analysing the results from DNA testing in order to extend and maximise our knowledge of the family history associated with each identified genetic family. The presentation slides used by Chris will be available on the website shortly, together with a full video recording of his talk. These will be of immense value to all participants in the Dalton International DNA Project.

Chris Pomery starts his presentation

After a buffet lunch, business was resumed with a presentation from Karen Preston, who gave us an update on the DGS in North America. This included some details of the next DGS Annual Gathering which is to take place in Salt Lake City in September 2011. Our appetites were whetted and I am sure that there will be a very good turnout for this exciting event. David Preston followed Karen with his report on the Dalton Data Bank, which continues to expand at an amazing rate. Slides and video recordings of these presentations will also be available on the website shortly.

At around 3.00pm, the conference was brought to a close and delegates had some free time before the evening’s celebrations.

Let’s celebrate

Back to the Surrey National Golf Club for our 40th Anniversary DGS Dinner. Kate and I arrived early to greet Michael Broadway and Vaninne Parker of the Pianola Partnership, our entertainers for the evening. At 7.00pm pre-dinner drinks were served on the terrace outside the Sports Lounge and at 7.30pm we took our places at dinner. The golf club chef had prepared a delicious meal and in between the courses, Michael and Vaninne brought us a delightful selection of songs with piano accompaniment. Their centrepiece was a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with chimes and cannons provided by us all clinking our glasses and bursting paper bags – what a performance!

Michael Broadway, Vaninne Parker with Michael Dalton

And so to the 40th Anniversary itself. I had deliberately not said too much about it at the conference, but now was the opportunity for a little reminiscing about the 40 years of the Dalton Genealogical Society, its formation and its development from small beginnings to the truly international organisation that it is today with some 300 members worldwide. I particularly wanted to remember the massive contributions to this journey made by five people – Joyce Parker, Morag Simpson, Dick Hamilton, Lucy Slater and Millicent Craig. We all owe each of them so much. We now look to the future with the Society in the capable hands of the present officers and committee, to whom I pay tribute, and I know that others will come forward to carry the work on in future years. With these thoughts, all present were upstanding and I proposed a toast to the 40th Anniversary of the Society and the next 40 years.

Michael Dalton proposes a toast to the 40th Anniversary of the DGS

Howard Dalton's table at dinner

This concluded the formal part of the proceedings and delegates then continued to circulate and enjoy the remainder of the evening. All too quickly it was time to return to the hotel or home. Discussions continued into the early hours back at our home and I suspect they did at the hotel as well.

Sunday 1st August, 2010

A little bit of history

A more leisurely start both at 2 Harewood Close and at the Reigate Manor Hotel. At around 11.00am, those joining the visit to Chartwell, the country home of Winston Churchill, set off arriving before midday. This enabled us to take an early lunch in the restaurant without having to join too long a queue. Everyone then enjoyed touring the house and gardens, and the studio where Churchill painted. Not everyone spotted the Dalton link. In the museum, at the end of the tour of the house, the various phases of Churchill’s career are featured and there is a section devoted to the Second World War. When Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister in May 1940 and formed a coalition government, Hugh Dalton, already prominent in the Labour Cabinet, was appointed as Minister of Economic Warfare. The exhibit features Dalton’s quote at the time – “He was quite magnificent. The man, and the only man we have, for this hour”. Quite an accolade and of course, Hugh Dalton went on to work very closely with Churchill throughout the remainder of the war.

Chartwell - the main house from the studio

Down at the local

Delegates returned to Reigate in their own time, and in the evening we all met again for dinner at the Skimmington Castle, a traditional old country pub on Reigate Heath, less than a mile west of the centre of Reigate. We enjoyed another convivial evening in a room reserved for our party.

At the Skimmington Castle

Monday 2nd August, 2010

Time to say goodbye

After a whirlwind weekend, the time had come for departure. Some had already left and many were travelling on to visit other places before returning home. Kate and I bade farewell to those who had stayed at our house and we thought back over the enjoyable time that we had spent with everybody. We had certainly enjoyed it all and we trust that all delegates took away happy memories of their time in Reigate and the surrounding Surrey and Kent countryside.

From Sir Geoffrey Dalton

Open House London 2010

On Sunday 19th September, 2010 there will be a repeat of the Open House London Scheme when buildings of architectural interest are open to the public (no entrance fee). Included in the list will be the Drapers' Hall in the City. It is the Livery Hall of the Company which has great historic interest and a splendid interior. One of the Dalton families has been part of the Company since 1780.

More details can be found at:

A larger version is available on the Drapers' Company Website

From Mike Dalton of Portland, Oregon, USA

This article follows on from the one published in the June 2010 issue of "Daltons in History."

Forward: Interest in this Frank Dalton began with a forwarded email on 4 March, 2010 from a Portland, Oregon researcher who was doing an article on Martha A. Dalton, the wife of Frank Dalton. I quickly learned that little was known about Frank and that the family of Martha Angeline Cardwell, wife of Frank Dalton, was genealogically prominent in the history of Oregon and the City of Portland.

Martha Dalton was an Oregon Suffragist. Her friend Abigail Duniway was the activist who championed passage of the Oregon Women’s Suffrage Amendment (women’s right to vote) on 30 November, 1912. This became nationwide with the
ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution on 18 August, 1920.

At this point in time: when Frank Dalton died, where he is buried at, or who his parents were, is not certain. Martha Dalton is buried in the Cardwell Plot at Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Frank’s presence in her life seems to end in 1872.

Although the following is documented and referenced, it is always the onus of the researcher to verify details and do follow up research.

30 June, 1860: Census of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California – Frank Dalton, age 20, student of law, born IA (Iowa), single, living with others.

11 October, 1862 to 31 March, 1864: David F. Dalton enlisted in Washington State Guard of California State Militia, Second Brigade, First Infantry, Company A at Santa Rosa. By the end of March, 1864 he had been promoted to Senior Second Lieutenant. By July, 1865 the Civil War had ended, Andrew Johnson had become president and state militia units were disbanded. Reference: California State Militia – Index to the Muster Rolls – 1851 to 1866 by roots cellar of Sacramento Genealogy Society © 1999.

January, 1865: Portland, Oregon City Directory – D. F. Dalton residing at 235 Alder Street, also the residence of Mrs. M. A. Cardwell (widow of William L. Cardwell and mother of Martha A. Cardwell, his future wife).

12 January, 1865 to 22 November, 1865: Frank Dalton engaged in photography business at 89 First Street in Portland, OR with Byron P. Cardwell, son of Mrs. M. A. Cardwell. Reference: Oregon Photographers – 1852 to 1917 by Thomas Robinson, Portland, Oregon © 1992.

Circa 1866 to July, 1867: Frank Dalton appointed District Attorney for 1st. District at Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho Territory. He placed an six month advertisement in the Lewiston Journal, dated 17 January, 1867: Frank Dalton, Attorney and Counselor at Law and Notary Public, Lewiston, Idaho Territory; Office – on 24th Street between D. and Montgomery; Special attention given to collecting.

References: Pacific Coast Business Directory; H. Bancroft Works, Vol. 13. – Idaho; Federal and Territorial Officers 1864 to 1884, US Federal Register, Idaho – Johnson; 1864 to 1869: depositions given by Frank Dalton dated 8 October, 1866 and 26 January, 1867.

24 July, 1866: Frank Dalton of Lewiston, Western Territory marries Mrs. Martha A. Barnhart of Portland, Oregon. The marriage took place at house of Mrs. Cardwell and witnessed by Byron Cardwell. George Henry Atkinson of First Congregational Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon performed the ceremony.

References: Multnomah County, Oregon Marriage Affidavits; Daily Oregonian of 26 July, 1866; Pacific Christian Advocate of 28 July, 1866.

6 July, 1867: Frank Dalton appointed Notary Public at Albany, Linn County, Oregon.

Reference: Message of the Governor of Oregon dated Sept. 14, 1868 – abstract.

3 August, 1867: Lalla Rookh Dalton born to Frank Dalton and Martha A. Cardwell at Albany, Linn County, Oregon. Lalla Rookh was named after a fictional Persian princess in poetic works by Irish born poet, Thomas Moore. Reference: State of Oregon Death Certificate for Lalla Dalton Thomas who died on June 14, 1933 in Portland, Oregon.

29 October, 1868 to 5 November, 1868: Frank Dalton convicted of forgery and sentenced in Albany and then pardoned and released from prison in Salem.

Reference: Frank Dalton vs. State of Oregon article in Daltons in History of June, 2010.

January, 1870: Portland City Directory - F. Dalton, life insurance agent at 89 First Street (also office of James R. Cardwell, dentist), residing at Sixth and Madison.

24 June, 1870: Census of Family # 567, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Frank Dalton, age 30, bookkeeping, born Kentucky;

M. A. Dalton (wife), age 29, music teacher, born Illinois;

Carrie Dalton (daughter of James Barnhart), age 9, at school, born Oregon;

Lalla Dalton (daughter of Frank Dalton), age 3, born Oregon.

July 29, 1870: City of Portland Council Ordinance # 829 passed for the relief of Frank
Dalton to pay $20 Tax Revenue Fee for occupation of Insurance Agent.

January, 1872: Portland City Directory – F. Dalton insurance agent, residence at North Alder between Tenth and Eleventh, also residence of Mrs. M. A. Cardwell.

Note: this is the last known citation about Frank Dalton. His wife Martha Dalton did a not show on a Multnomah County Court subpoena of June 2, 1872. A photograph of Lalla Dalton was taken during 1873 in Albany. Martha A. Dalton next appears in the Portland City Directory of 1878 and forward as Mrs. Martha A. Dalton. She is later listed as widow of David in the Census of 1880 and 1900 and in the Portland City Directory.

From Mike Dalton of Portland, Oregon, USA

Edwin Dalton died on 27 July, 1857 at age 29 of painter’s colic in Portland, Oregon. He had come from Coventry, Warwickshire, England. His wife Catherine Sadler, his children Emily Dalton and Edwin Dalton, his brother William Dalton of
Portland and his father Absalom Dalton survived him. His father had visited Portland but had returned home to England. He was buried at Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

Marker: Upright slab, typical of Protestant markers in England, Ireland and the
Eastern United States. Broken pillar - usually means a life cut short. Crossed
rulers - Freemason. It obvious to me that most of the markers on the Dalton/
Dowling Lone Fir Lot were placed sometime in early to mid 20th Century.
Photo by Mike Dalton

Edwin was born on 25 November, 1826 to Absalom Dalton and Amelia Jackson at Bedworth, Warwickshire, England. He was the second of their five children. Absalom and Amelia were married on 25 January, 1820 at St. Martin, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

Absalom Dalton was born on 12 May, 1793 to Robert Dalton and Ann Gilbert at Antsy, Warwickshire, England. He was the youngest of six children. Robert Dalton and Ann Gilbert were married on 1 May, 1775 at Bulkington, Warwickshire, England.

Edwin apprenticed at his father’s paint and plumbing store in Coventry for seven years. He then left home and lived in Australia for a few years. He arrived in Portland, Oregon during 1851. He returned home to Coventry in 1853 and brought his future wife back to Portland. Edwin Dalton and Catherine Sadler, (of John and Maria Sadler) also of Coventry, were married in Portland, Oregon on 14 May, 1854. The wedding ceremony took place shortly after a five month, two-week journey by sea from England.

Edwin Dalton and Catherine Sadler had only two children:

Emily A. Dalton - born 1 April, 1855; died 27 April, 1915 as Emily A. Dowling. Emily married a James A. Dowling and had seven children by him.

Edwin M. Dalton – born 12 October, 1856; died 15 January, 1931. He never married.

After Edwin Dalton died in 1857, Catherine Sadler Dalton then married a James Stuart on 17 December, 1858 in Portland, Oregon and had three children by him.

Most of the said families of Dalton, Stuart (Stewart) and Dowling are buried near each other at Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in SE Portland, Oregon.

References: Dalton Databank: Oregon, USA; Warwickshire, England – baptisms and marriages, 1851 Census. "Daltons in History": Volume 4, June, 2001; Portland, Oregon – its history and its builders, Vol. 3, pages 675 to 677 published by Joseph Gaston in 1911. (Google books to read full text).

Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, Oregon started from burials on a private farm in 1846. It was then founded in 1854 on 10 acres and expanded to 30 acres in 1866 with the help of private investors. Lone Fir was named after a solitary lone fir, still standing today. The tree is about 100 feet east of the Edwin Dalton monument. Multnomah County government took over control and maintenance in 1923. Ownership was transferred to Metro in 1994. Metro Regional Government was created by a state election measure in 1979. Metro is the only directly elected regional government entity in the United States. Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery is one of, if not the largest, publicly owned cemetery in the United States.

References: – Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetrey; Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery,; The Metro cemetery website has searchable listings and cemetery maps

Note: It is the onus of any researcher to verify details. An article on William Dalton, brother of Edwin Dalton, will be forthcoming shortly.

From Jim Dalton, Harriman, Tennesse, USA

Mattie Lee Dalton age 98 of Harriman passed away on Monday, 28 June, 2010 at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of DGS member Stanley Grover Dalton, her husband of 72 years. Stanley passed away this February.

She is also preceded in death by: her parents James Blaine Lee and Texas Belle Heatherly Lee, sisters; Sue Powell, Bertha Sears, and Grace Lee, brothers; Horace, Bill, Jeff, and Jim Lee, half-brother John L. Lee, and half-sister Mary Thomas, daughter-in-law Wanda H. Dalton, and stepmother Della Lee. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Jim and Gladys Dalton, daughter Martha Lee Dalton, grandson and wife Steve and Jenny Dalton, great-grandchildren Hunter and Haley Dalton, brother Millard Lee, sisters-in-law Mildred Braden and Emogene Dalton, half-sisters Laura Cox, Lucille Smith, Frankie Huddleston, Mabel Caton, half-brothers George and Ewell Lee. She also leaves a host of nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. Her son Jim Dalton, also of Harriman, TN, is also a DGS member.

After graduation from Harriman High School in 1932, she attended Maryville College. In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she had been a Gray Lady at Harriman General Hospital, a member of Roane County Home Demonstration Club, a member of the Roane County Gideon’s Auxiliary, and a member of the Pellissippi Genealogy Society. She enjoyed doing crafts, and researching family history with her husband Stanley.

Burial was at Roane Memorial Gardens.

From Ruth Roberts, Llanteg History Society, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Just thought I'd let you know our latest book is out - with the article on the Dalton family connected with Carmarthen and Llanteg. (The books are 200+ pages and cost £4.99 each plus £1 postage - Cheques made payable to Llanteg History Society).

The article is called "The Dalton Family - Royal Connections?"

If anyone is interested copies can be obtained from:

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David and I have just returned from our short trip to England for the 40th Anniversary Gathering in Surrey. The Gathering in Surrey was a fabulous success! Thank you to Michael for organizing such a wonderful weekend.

The weekend was kicked-off with an evening at the home of Michael and Kate. The weather was very cooperative, and we enjoyed a fine evening in their garden, followed by a lovely buffet supper. It was a wonderful way to meet and greet all the delegates to this year's Gathering, and to catch-up with members that we have met at previous events.

On Saturday morning, we all reassembled for presentations and our AGM, the business portion of our sessions. The sessions were broadcast live over the internet, to make the Gathering accessible to our members who could not attend in person. I know that, with the time difference, this was a rather inconvenient hour for our North American members. We will be posting video clips of the presentations on the web site for those of you who missed the live broadcast. We will post a link to the videos as soon as they can be edited and made available.

One of the highlights of the morning was a presentation by our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery. Chris gave a brief update on the Dalton International DNA Project, and talked about the importance of using traditional genealogical research in conjunction with the DNA test results to get the best result from the DNA testing.

The video of Chris' presentation will be posted to the web site shortly. I am sure that all of you who are participating in the DNA Project will find it very interesting!

New Members for July:

July was a busy month for membership activity, with 4 new members joining our ranks! Please join me in extending a warm welcome to all of them!

Summer Chandler, Houston, TX
Edna Quichocho, Glendora , CA
Richard Dalton, Reno, NV
Garland Dalton, Williamsburg, VA

Dalton Data Bank Update:

For the period from 1 July to 31 July 2010:

Google Ads for new memberships:

This Ad Campaign generated 31 visits to the Membership information page on the DGS web site.

In addition, the Membership pop-up box on the Data Bank site was viewed by 8,797 visitors. Using a new analysis tool for the web site traffic, we have been able to determine that 2,424 people have gone to the main DGS web site and viewed the Membership page.

Additions to the Data Bank:

14 July, 2010:

Georgia, USA - Updated Gwinnett County Deaths Contributed by Vivian Alcott, Florida

2 July, 2010:

Dalton Chronicles - Ben Dalton Interview Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah
Dalton Chronicles - Frank Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

DDB Usage Statistics 1 July to 31 July 2010:

18,399 Visits from 141 Countries / Territories

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. UK - 7,675
2. United States - 4,193
3. Australia - 1,317
4. Ireland - 989
5. South Africa - 894
6. India - 467
7. Canada - 364
8. France - 144
9. Argentina - 144
10. New Zealand - 139

Google Ad Campaign:

9,325 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 1,926,566 Google Ads served during the reporting period. This increase reflects several new Ad Campaigns that were started in July.

We have also begun an Ad Campaign for the main DGS website, which commenced on the 1st of August. Next month's report will include informtion on this.

Live Video Feed for DGS Annual General Meeting in Surrey:

We had 8 people that watched the proceedings from around the world.


Here are this month's comparisons.

Comparison Chart

Map showing July visitor distribution

Now that we have returned from Surrey, I will be focussing my attention on finalizing the details for the 2011 Gathering in Salt Lake City. I hope that many of you will plan to join us there!

I hope that you all enjoy the remainder of your Summer!

With warm regards,
Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

It's gone - The 2010 Gathering in Surrey celebrating 40 years of the DGS is over.

It was a very busy weekend for all those who attended, not much time to sit and contemplate. Out every night partying!! I think everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. It was a great success.

I will be contacting all those who attended for their thoughts to include in next month's issue.

Salt Lake City here we come!! 2011 is not far away!!

Thank you to all who have contributed to the August 2010 issue of “Daltons in History”.

Although this month's issue is larger - we really do need your contributions!!

Please send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are needed!!

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 nice, too. It would also 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 September 2010 issue need to be with me no later than 25th August, 2010. (e-mail: