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

As I write, it is just a month since the conclusion of the most successful weekend held here in Reigate for the 40th Anniversary Gathering of the Society. This has given us the time to prepare the more detailed record of the weekend and you will find it all included in this month’s edition of “Daltons in History”. Below you will find a note about the extensive coverage of the gathering now available, followed by the usual updates to keep you fully informed about all our various DGS events, projects and activities. But first I want to share another exciting development with you.

The British Library Web Archiving Programme

Recently the Society has been invited to participate in the British Library Web Archiving Programme. Based in London, the British Library is the leading library facility in the UK, holding copies of all published books and journals which legally have to be deposited under the copyright laws. The DGS Journal has of course been deposited thus since it was first published 40 years ago. The British Library has now turned its attention to archiving websites to represent aspects of UK documentary heritage. This means that the chosen sites will remain available to researchers in the future, and the British Library is working closely with leading UK institutions to collect and preserve permanently the UK web. The archive is freely available at The Dalton Genealogical Society is honoured to have been invited to participate in this programme and, following our recent AGM where I announced this, we have now authorised the uploading to proceed. We understand that it will take a few weeks before our main website, together with the Dalton Data Bank and the DGS North Americas site, are uploaded to the archive and we will make a further announcement when they become available. In the meantime you may be interested to look at the web archive site.

2010 40th Anniversary DGS Gathering

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. A full account of the weekend will be found in the section of this issue of “Daltons in History” immediately following. This includes links to the photo and video gallery on this website, where you will find many photographs of all aspects of the weekend together with videos and slides of the main presentations made at the Saturday conference and in the evening. Following in “Daltons in History”, you will find the minutes of the Annual General Meeting, including the Society’s accounts for 2009; and then some reminiscences, comments and thoughts from the delegates.

Future DGS events

For various reasons Maureen has had to postpone the proposed October 2010 one day meeting for Australian members ("Daltons in History" June 2010). The new date will probably be in early February 2011. Maureen will contact all her Australian/New Zealand members as soon as possible. Further information will be available in “Forthcoming Gatherings” on this website. If you would like to attend, you should contact Maureen by email (

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 a very special event and the gathering organiser is our North American Secretary, Karen Dalton Preston. At the 40th Anniversary Gathering and AGM, 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.

We have also now put the plans in place to hold the DGS Annual General Meeting for 2011 here in the UK on Saturday 18th June. This will be a one day event hosted by Geoffrey and Jane Dalton at their home in Catherington, Hampshire. Some of you will remember that the 2006 AGM was hosted by Geoffrey and Jane on a glorious summer’s day and we hope that, five years later, the weather will be as kind! The detailed programme for the day will be published on this website during the autumn, and there will be a flyer with all the details, enclosed with Volume 53 of the DGS Journal due to be published in December.

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)

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 are now available on the website, together with a full video recording of his talk. These are of immense value to all participants in DIDP, so please 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 included 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 were 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 is to be on providing updated reports on individual genetic families and we expect to start preparing these shortly.

Some of you may not be aware of the special webpages set up to enable genetic family groups to share data with one another. These have now been established for groups A, B, C 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 were despatched by airmail, so 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.

Our editor, John Dalton, is now turning his attention to Volume 53, due to be published in December 2010. As always, he will welcome articles and other items for publication in this and 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 October.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours very sincerely

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

In the August issue of “Daltons in History”, Michael Dalton gave 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. In this issue, he gives a more definitive and complete report. Further material relating to the weekend, including a photo gallery and videos of the presentations, will be found in the “Photo/Video Gallery” on this website, whilst the AGM minutes and some comments and thoughts from those who attended are included in this issue of “Daltons in History”. All of the material will be archived into the “Past Gatherings” section of the website as a permanent record.

Thursday 29th July, 2010

The advance party assembles

After all the preparations had been made over the past weeks and months, the day had finally come when the first of the delegates would be arriving in Reigate. Karen and David Preston flew in from Las Vegas on Thursday morning on schedule, picked up their hire car and successfully navigated their way to the Reigate Manor Hotel. Meanwhile Mel and Dairne Irwin drove down from Lancashire, and arrived at the hotel 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”, some of which he needed, but within minutes everything was working. What a relief – all the technicalities sorted out without a hitch! We really are indebted to David for his expertise in this area. Having made it all work in Orange last year, it is now “expected” that we will do this and I know that many members, particularly in the USA and Canada, appreciate the facility. It is great to be able to share what we are doing live with those who are prevented from attending by distance or other circumstances.

After making sure that all the other arrangements at the Golf Club were in order, we then went back to Reigate. I returned 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

Rosemary Dow, Jane and Geoffrey Dalton, Michael Dalton, John and Sheila Dalton

Delegates started arriving during the afternoon – first those staying with us at Harewood Close, and then delegates staying at the Reigate Manor Hotel. Mel and Dairne, and Pam ensured that those who needed transport had a lift in someone’s car, whilst others chose the option of a 15 minute walk. 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. Soon it was time to serve the buffet supper. Kate laid on a magnificent spread which was much enjoyed by all. She was ably assisted with the serving of everything by Sarah Fitzgerald, the perfect waitress! Meanwhile Howard Dalton took on the role of the perfect wine waiter.

Howard Dalton, Wine Waiter, and Gerald Milner

Some important connections were made, with Martin Fitzgerald and David Preston meeting for the first time and sharing their DGS website experiences; also Karen Preston and Chris Pomery with plenty to discuss about the Dalton DNA project.

Martin Fitzgerald and Chris Pomery discuss the dessert!!

As the evening shadows lengthened we lit candles and people continued sitting outside long after 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.

One of the various displays

It had turned out to be a perfect evening and Kate and I thought we had definitely got the weekend off to a good start – all the hard work had been worth it!

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.

The delegates assembling

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.

Michael welcoming delegates

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 are recorded in the minutes published in this issue of “Daltons in History”. You can also view an edited version of the proceedings in the “Photo/Video Gallery”. A very important AGM 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 the superb work undertaken by each of them for the DGS over the past few years. Many thanks to all three of you.

Chris Pomery giving his presentation

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 good old-fashioned 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 are available on the website, 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 was able to answer a few questions at the end of his talk, but all too soon it was time for me to propose a vote of thanks and present him with a small gift as a memento of the occasion. He stayed with us during the buffet lunch and many took the opportunity to have more detailed discussions with him informally.

After 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 of these presentations are also available on the website.

At around 3.00pm, the conference was brought to a close and delegates had some free time before the evening’s celebrations. For some of the more energetic, Maureen Collins had made some suggestions about local places to visit.

Let’s celebrate

In the evening we returned to the Surrey National Golf Club for our 40th Anniversary DGS Dinner.

The dinner begins

Kate and I arrived early to greet Michael Broadway and Vaninne Parker of the Pianola Partnership, our entertainers for the evening, who were already setting themselves up in the Sports Lounge. Fortunately the pianola and accompanying electronic keyboard just fitted into the lift! Michael is a fellow Liveryman of the Glaziers Company and indeed the Company’s Honorary Musician. We had heard Michael and Vaninne perform before, so we were confident that their entertainment would be much appreciated by all. 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 with Geoffrey Dalton saying grace. 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 and Michael Dalton

And so to the 40th Anniversary itself. I had deliberately not said too much about it earlier 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. Joyce, with all her energy and enthusiasm, was one of the original committee members back in 1978 and hosted several gatherings at her Brighton home. Morag was Treasurer for many years, and edited the Journal. She also organised two very successful gatherings, one in Yorkshire and the other in Lincoln. Dick, a committee member for many years, will be remembered for his prodigious output of well researched and very scholarly articles on so many aspects of Dalton family history, all preserved for posterity in the pages of the DGS Journal. Lucy first met members of the DGS in 1983 at the Lancaster and Thurnham Hall gathering and, very soon, she was persuaded to join the committee and become the Society’s executive secretary. In this role she maintained contact with all our members and also found time to write articles, edit the Journal and organise gatherings. And finally, Millicent who first came to England as a DGS member in 1993. Since then she has involved herself in every aspect of the Society’s work, as North American secretary, starting the DGS website and the Dalton Data Bank, founder of the Dalton International DNA Project and so many other roles. Of course there have been so many others who have helped to shape the Society over the past 40 years and we owe them all a debt of gratitude as well.

Michael reminiscing about the 40 years

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. One can only speculate about where the Society will reach during its journey over the coming 40 years. Judging by the experience to date, one hopes that there will be great progress, with unanticipated breakthroughs and no doubt a few surprises as well! With these thoughts, all present were upstanding and I proposed a toast to the 40th Anniversary of the Society and to the next 40 years.

The DGS Committee

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

Sunday saw 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 there before midday. This enabled us to take an early lunch in the restaurant without having to join too long a queue. For most it was a first visit to Chartwell, and everyone then enjoyed touring the house and gardens, and the studio where Churchill painted. However not everyone spotted the Dalton link!

Chartwell, country home of Winston Churchill

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.

The house from Churchill's 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. Geoffrey was very kind and proposed a vote of thanks to Kate and myself for arranging the weekend, which we much appreciated.

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.

The DGS AGM for 2010 was held in Surrey, England in July. The minutes of the meeting, together with the annual accounts for 2009, are published here. These will also appear in the forthcoming issue of the DGS Journal, Volume 53 for December 2010, due to be published at the end of the year.



held in the Sports Lounge at
Surrey National Golf Club, Chaldon, near Caterham, Surrey
on Saturday, 31st July 2010 at 10.30 am

1) Welcome and Opening Remarks by the Chairman

Michael Neale Dalton welcomed delegates to the 40th Anniversary Gathering of the Dalton Genealogical Society. The meeting was being broadcast live on the Dalton Data Bank website, which would enable many members at home and abroad who were unable to attend to view the proceedings. He and his wife Kate had been pleased to welcome delegates at an informal supper party at their Reigate home the previous evening. A special welcome was given to Rosemary and Charles Dow, Karen and David Preston, Wendy Fleming, Maureen Collins, and Mike Dalton, all of whom had travelled from abroad to attend; also to new member Jim Dalton and his wife Terry from Purley, Surrey, and to Gill and Peter Thurlby. The Chairman looked forward to a stimulating and enjoyable weekend.

2) Apologies for absence

Apologies were received from Millicent Craig, Jilly Warren, Margaret Milner, Joy Goater, Elaine Austin, Ruth Ralston, Edna Redpath, Gerry Dalton and Tom Wood, Howard Dalton, Ciaran Dalton, Rodney Dalton, Mike Dalton (Norfolk), John Prytherch, Geoffrey Robinson, and Arthur Whitaker.

The Chairman reported that Millicent Craig, Vice President of the Society, had sent her best wishes to everybody and he was sure it would be the wish of the meeting to reciprocate with their good wishes to her.

3) Minutes of the 2009 Annual General Meeting and matters arising

The Minutes of the 2009 Annual General Meeting were accepted by the meeting and signed by the Chairman as a true record with no matters arising.

4) Chairman’s Report

Michael Neale Dalton reported that the Society had been formed in 1970 and had achieved much greater success than could ever have been envisaged at that time. He thanked the Officers and Committee for their hard work; also Chris Pomery as the excellent DNA Consultant to the Society; and Martin Fitzgerald for the success of the website, together with David Preston for the enormous amount of work in expanding the DGS Data Bank and for instigating the live webcam coverage. He was pleased to announce that the committee had given its approval to the appointment of all three as Honorary Members of the Society.

The Chairman expressed his appreciation to John Dalton for producing the excellent Journal; Dairne and Mel Irwin for their dedication to the monthly “Daltons in History” web newsletter; and to Pat Robinson for overseeing the distribution of back numbers of the Journal.

He was proud of the expansion of the DGS website, the DNA Research Project website and Issue 3 of the Dalton DNA Report, the Dalton Data Bank and the Dalton Forum, all of which extended the boundaries of Dalton family history research.

The Chairman reported that the Society’s website had been “highly commended” in the Federation of Family History Societies Best Website Award announced in the Autumn of 2009. In April 2010, an invitation had been extended by the British Library to participate in their Web Archive Programme, the objective of which is to preserve UK documentary heritage so that it remains available to researchers in the future. The meeting gave its unanimous approval to taking up this invitation.

In conclusion, Michael Dalton congratulated the Society on forty years of great and continuing achievement, and confirmed that he would have more to say on this at the celebratory anniversary dinner that evening.

5) Treasurer’s Report

Mel Irwin referred delegates to the distributed Statement of Accounts for 2009 (reproduced below). These showed a small surplus for the year of £229, with subscription income and costs for printing and distribution of the Journal at similar levels to the previous year. The capital account balance at 31st December 2009 was £7,298. The Treasurer explained that Gift Aid Rebate forms were now available on the DGS website and he urged UK members to check that their standing orders have been updated to reflect the £10 annual subscription.

Maureen Collins enquired whether Australia and New Zealand membership payments were up to date and the Treasurer confirmed that they were. In reply to a question from Alicia Riley the Treasurer reported that there was still a small stock of DGS memorabilia available for sale. John Dalton highlighted the increasing costs of postage in distributing the Journal. Sir Geoffrey Dalton noted the drop in UK Membership subscriptions.

The adoption of the Accounts was then proposed by Gerald Milner and seconded by Audrey Dalton and carried unanimously.

The Chairman expressed gratitude to Mel Irwin for his work on behalf of the Society.

6) Secretary’s Report

Pam Lynam confirmed a slight drop in UK membership in the past year which now stands at 86 with two new members. She highlighted the difficulties created by recent email problems with enquiries and other communications not being received. These had now been resolved and more enquiries were being received. She requested that any unanswered enquiries be resubmitted and she will answer them. The Charity Commission Newsletter was received on a regular basis.

The Chairman thanked Pam Lynam for her work on behalf of the Society.

7) Election of Officers and Committee

The present members all offered themselves for re-election. No further nominations were forthcoming. It was therefore proposed by Alicia Riley and seconded by Mike Dalton that they be re-elected en bloc and this was carried unanimously.

8) Reports by the Editors of the DGS Journal and of “Daltons in History

John Dalton thanked those who had submitted articles for the Journal during the past year. There was a great need for more contributions and these do not have to be long in content. He suggested that new members should be encouraged to provide a brief paragraph on their family history to enable links to be made. He urged members to supply notes on family events such as Births, Marriages and Deaths, and to ensure that any change in address and email contact be notified. Black and white photographs as well as colour were welcomed to accompany articles and he looked forward to greater input in the coming year.

A similar plea was made by Dairne Irwin, editor of “Daltons in History”, who thanked those that had responded to her previous requests for contributions with a particular mention of Oregon, USA member Mike Dalton. She was indebted to her husband Mel for his invaluable help, and to Martin Fitzgerald for providing website support. The need for more contributions large or small in whatever format was stressed by both Editors.

9) Report on the Dalton DNA Project

The Chairman stated that a full report would be given by Chris Pomery in a separate session after the AGM. He looked forward to the illustrated talk which would highlight the importance of the project and the lead it gives to Dalton family history research. He thanked Chris Pomery for his professional guidance and enthusiasm.

10) Australian Secretary’s Report

Maureen Collins reflected on the past fifteen years since the 25th Anniversary of the DGS and her years as Australian and New Zealand Secretary. 2009 had seen a major step forward with the successful Gathering at Orange, New South Wales. She felt the branch had come of age with so many different Dalton families meeting up for the first time. Membership numbers had now levelled with 3 members in New Zealand, 2 new members in Australia giving a total membership to date of 33.

It was proposed to hold a meeting in Sydney with suggested dates 9th or 16th October 2010 yet to be confirmed.

Michael Neale Dalton thanked Maureen for her continued energy and enthusiasm.

11) American Secretary’s Report

This report was deferred until later in the afternoon. The Chairman thanked Karen Dalton Preston for her achievements in her position as North American Secretary since March 2009. These included obtaining tax-exempt status with the DGS now registered as a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in Nevada; and setting up the DGS in North America as a member of the PayPal on-line payment processing service, with more than half of USA membership renewals now being made using this method. Total present membership in USA and Canada stood at 174.

New content to the Dalton Data Bank was managed by David Preston, including a Google Ad Campaign from July 2009 – June 2010.

Planning had already begun for the 2011 Gathering at Salt Lake City, Utah, to be held from 23rd to 25th September, and Karen looked forward to a great event.

12) Irish Secretary’s Report

Ciaran Dalton sent his good wishes to the Society on its 40th Anniversary.

Michael Neale Dalton thanked Ciaran for his support and hoped that possible plans to return to Ireland for another gathering would help membership levels. It was important to remember that many USA and Australian members had Irish ancestry.

13) Future Gatherings and AGMs

Later in 2010, there is an Australian meeting planned for October.

In 2011, the USA Gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah is planned for the weekend of 23rd to 25th September. Additionally there will be a UK one day meeting, including the Annual General Meeting on a date to be confirmed in May or June.

Ideas were requested for the 2012 and future Gatherings.

14) Any Other Business

There was no other business. The Chairman closed the meeting at 11.30 am.

Those who attended the DGS 40th Anniversary Gathering appeared to enjoy themselves. Here are some of their comments together with a couple from members who were unable to attend.

From Mike Dalton, Portland, Oregon, USA

Kate’s fine dining at Harewood Close. “Oh, and you are the Chris Pomeroy; -- and oh, and you are the Mike Dalton”. Fascinated by Chris’s presentation of phylogenetic charting and by David’s explanation of how the DGS is setup. Walking back to the hotel from Michael’s home enmass from the garden party in almost total darkness….a bit surreal. Thanks to the transportation coordinators for carpooling etc. I would certainly have gotten lost, quite easily, in trying to get somewhere, especially after dark in an unfamiliar place. Thanks once again to Michael Neale for deftly hosting a busy weekend and for providing rare vintage entertainment by a soprano with pianola accompaniment on the Saturday night.

From Karen Dalton Preston, Las Vagas, Nevada, USA

My favorite part of the annual Gatherings is seeing old friends and getting acquainted with members I haven't met before.

One of the highlights were the lovely supper on Friday night at Michael and Kate's beautiful home. The weather was perfect and the food was delectable!

Meeting Chris Pomery was another memorable moment for me. I knew of Chris' work on the Dalton DNA project through his annual report on the project. It was so nice to finally put a face with the name, as especially nice to have time to chat with him during the weekend. I look forward to working with him as we add new participants to the Project.

From Gerald Milner, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England

For me, it was good to renew acquaintance with many other Members and spouses. Michael and Kate's reception at their home on the first evening was a great success; the weather was good and enabled us to mingle in the garden. There was also an interesting selection of publications on show in the Dining Room. Kate's catering was notable, and the wine flowed freely.

The presentation organised by Karen Preston and her husband was particularly memorable, with the proceedings of the AGM being sent world wide.

The Gathering was another fine example of the organisation and enthusiasm of Michael, ably supported by Members who give their time and talents freely. I am sorry that I was not able to participate in the events on Sunday.

From Maureen Collins, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

As usual it was lovely to get together with so many DGS friends from around the world and the 40th anniversary meeting in Reigate was no exception. Kate Dalton provided an excellent supper, helped by Sarah Fitzgerald, and the weather was kind so we could sit in Michael and Kate's garden. It has not been a good summer in Britain but it was reasonable for the whole weekend with just a little rain to help the brown lawns in Reigate and other parts of Surrey. I had a card from Wendy Fleming, back in Melbourne after her visit, and she has kindly sent me a copy of "Stolen Heath", a book of poetry by Anne Elvey and produced by Wendy on behalf of the Melbourne Poets Union. What a lovely thank you gift for acting as a bit of a tour guide.

There is always something to learn in family history and each time Chris Pommery speaks on DNA I feel I have a better understanding but he is certainly the expert and we are fortunate to have his input into the DGS project. The three new honorary members, Chris Pommery, Martin Fitzgerald and David Preston have all contributed greatly to the website and so on and the appointments are well deserved.

Dairne Irwin and the Norfolk Dalton Group

I am constantly amazed at the talents and organising skills of so many DGS members and the anniversary was no exception with wonderful entertainment at the Saturday dinner, good food and an interesting visit to Chartwell. Thanks Michael and Kate.

From Howard J Dalton, Poole, Dorset, England

The venue for our 2010 DGS Gathering was a most appropriate setting for the 40th Anniversary. Kate and Michael made us so welcome at the informal gathering at their lovely Reigate home prior to the weekend events. The Surrey National Golf Club proved to be an excellent venue for our AGM and Annual Dinner and the entertainment was an inspired choice. I have attended many performances of the "1812" Overture but never one that included the tinkling of glasses and bursting of paper bags!!

The visit to Chartwell was an added bonus and a first for me.

To Michael I add my congratulations on your forty years of dedication and enthusiasm as Founder, Chairman and Honorary Life President of this friendly and flourishing Society.

From David & Audrey Dalton, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England

Many thanks to you and Kate for your very kind hospitality at the Dalton Gathering. We both had a very enjoyable time, meeting old friends and making some new ones, visiting a Dalton cousin and having a wonderful day with them. The AGM was interesting and Chris Pomery’s talk was very exciting. The Anniversary dinner was excellent, and the entertainment so enjoyable. Well done! Hope you have enjoyed your holiday afterwards!

From John & Sheila Dalton, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, England

Just settling back into routine after a hectic few weeks………….Thanks once again for your generous hospitality over the Dalton weekend. We both had a lovely time. Our only disappointment was not getting the chance to waltz in your new ballroom!

From Wendy Fleming, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

Dear Michael and Kate,

Just a brief note to say thank you for your great organising of the meeting and attendant celebrations.

I particularly enjoyed the informal reception and Buffet Supper at 2 Harewood Close. The food was exceptional and the "serving maids" Kate and Sarah so perfect, not to mention the very pleasant company! and surrounds!

The weather was kind to us both on Friday and on Saturday. I am not sure how you arranged that. Well done.

The entertainment was delightful, just right, entertaining and informative. Sunday was also full of interest and nice food and company.

Thank you again to you and all the committee for what you did and continue to do.

All the best (recovering from the worst jetlag ever).

From Pat Robinson, Cambridge, England

Please excuse my belated but sincere thanks for a most enjoyable AGM weekend; the delicious supper and warm welcome on the Friday, the well organised meeting itself, at such a suitable venue, and the memorable Saturday evening, with ideal entertainment. And, of course, for the thought and effort which made it all such a success!

From Elaine Austin, Cromer, Norfolk, England

Congratulations on the anniversary of the DGS. It certainly must have fulfilled all your hopes over the years, and it is so nice that you and Kate can have an “agenda” to follow around the world in your retirement.

This is just to thank you for the invitation to the Gathering in July/August. I cannot of course attend………………hope all goes well. The trip to Utah in 2011 sounds interesting. The Mormons are “big” on genealogy aren’t they?!

Elaine is a founder member of the DGS and has membership number 1. She wrote a letter published in DGSJ Vol 51 (Dec 09) reminiscing about her first meeting with the Chairman, a third cousin once removed, and her own Dalton line. It concludes:

Long may the DGS flourish and proliferate from those small beginnings in 1970 as the families continue to grow. Congratulations to all who have made it what it is today.

From Millicent Craig, Palo Alto, California, USA

It would please me no end if I could attend this gathering and I certainly would have voted to honour the three splendid technical experts who are making such wonderful contributions to the image of the DGS. Please give my best to them………

……..Best wishes for a great 40th anniversary!

From Maureen Collins, Secretary for Australia and New Zealand

1) Find My Past News

In an exciting development for Australian genealogy, the leading British online genealogy company, (which is part of the brightsolid stable which also operates ScotlandsPeople, the 1911 Census and Genes Reunited) has just announced that it has taken over the Australian operations of World Vital Records (

They've just launched the new website with 35 million records, including many Australian directories, government gazettes, post office directories and other publications. When you find an item of interest you can view the full text of the original entry in PDF. They're offering a free 24 hour trial (no credit card required) and you can also subscribe to a free regular newsletter so you can keep up to date with this new site. Go to to find out more.

In separate news from, the British Library and brightsolid have formed a partnership to digitise up to 40 million pages of historic newspapers. The project will make these newspapers available online and in the Library's reading rooms and will include 52,000 local, regional, national and international titles. The project will enable the digitisation of a minimum of 4 million pages of newspapers over the first two years and over the ten years of the partnership aims to deliver up to 40 million pages. This project will be one to look forward to with material previously only available in the UK to be made accessible via a pay-to-view website for researchers from anywhere in the world.

2) Queensland Births, Death & Marriage Indexes

Queensland BDM indexes have been available online for some time but here are some recent changes and tips you may not be aware of. As of the end of June, wild card searching is now available which is a significant improvement for researchers trying to find ancestors whose names were often spelled in a variety of ways. The * symbol can be used as a wild card.

A second useful feature is the ability to use the indexes to locate the actual date of any event, not just the year. While this can take time, if you want to know the exact date of an event without purchasing a certificate it is possible to do so using the indexes. To do this, conduct a search and identify the event you're interested in and the year it took place. Then in the 'date range' fields, search one quarter at a time for the year in question. Once you've found the correct quarter, you can repeat this process to find the month, and then smaller ranges until you find the date.

Graeme Attrige, the manager of the Reigate Manor Hotel, has sent the Editor the following interesting information about the history of the building. The Editor has added further details.

The original building was known as The Brokes and was built in approximately 1780. The east and west wings were added in the 19th century becoming the Reigate Hill Hotel in 1906.

During World War II Reigate was a target for the German bombers. In Von Runstedt’s plans for the invasion of England the town was to be attacked before the main assault on London. This was probably because General Sir Bernard Montgomery, the Land Commander of the 21st Army, had his headquarters based in the large houses of Reigate Hill, the area where the hotel is situated. The Reigate countryside was the Headquarters of the Army’s South East Command. It is also recorded that Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower made visits to this area.

During the war Monty was billeted in nearby Beech Road and his officers were accommodated in the hotel. It is known that the hill was riddled with fortified tunnels, dug by Welsh miners, now inaccessible. It is said that there is a tunnel leading from his house to the Fort on Reigate Hill. A map of these tunnels can be seen in Reigate Museum.

Homes around Reigate Hill were fortified as defence posts with sandbags and gun holes covered with metal flaps.

How many of our delegates, to the 40th Anniversary Gathering noticed the plaque on the wall in the reception area commemorating the hotel’s use in WWII and that the North African campaign was planned there.

The building was handed back to its civilian owners in 1946. In 1972 it had a four year life as a Wayside Manor before becoming the Reigate Manor in 1976. In 1979 a 12 roomed motel block was added which was demolished in 1987 when the hotel was developed into the present shape. At the present time a friend of the manager is researching the history of the area and its properties which hopefully can confirm or expand what is known.

As we mark its 40th Anniversary, Michael Dalton starts his personal account of the history of the Dalton Genealogical Society. In this first instalment, he reviews his initial interest in family history and the period that led up to the formation of the DGS back in 1970.

So how did I first become interested in family history. Well, to answer that question, I have to go right back to my childhood days and the relatives by whom I was surrounded. On the Dalton side, my father and his two brothers, Uncle Boy and Uncle Douglas, had little interest in or knowledge of their Dalton ancestry. Their father, my grandfather, was rather remote and an infirm widower in his latter years, and he died at the age of 81 in 1962 when I was 15 years old. On my mother’s side, things were easier. My mother had two aunts, Gertrude and Elsie who I remember well, and between them they knew many cousins, some in America with whom I made contact, and others who I met.

On the Dalton side, it was to Great Uncle Eric and Great Aunt Muriel that I turned to satisfy my thirst for knowledge of my Dalton family history. Uncle Eric lived in Leigh, a small Surrey village not far from my then family home in Purley. He was 10 years younger than my grandfather and was knowledgeable and interested to share what he knew. Each time I visited him he had found more documents to show me. The most impressive was a printed pedigree chart which traced our ancestry back to John of Gaunt, through the Cooper and Presgrave families. My great great grandfather (Uncle Eric’s grandfather), Benjamin Neale Dalton, known as Neale, had married Eleanor Presgrave Cooper. Neale was a stockbroker and he lived in Stockwell and then in South Lambeth on the south side of the River Thames, with his business over the river in the City of London. Sadly, Uncle Eric and Aunt Muriel, a spinster five years Eric’s senior, knew little about their great grandparents and, they could not answer my questions about John Dalton the chemist of Atomic Theory fame, or Dalton’s Weekly, or Percy Dalton’s peanuts, or Dalton in Furness. But they filled in most of the details of Neale and Eleanor’s family, which included some interesting characters, and branches in America and in New Zealand, with which I was put in touch. They also knew of a few more distant cousins, who I later discovered to be descended from their great grandparents. The most illustrious of these was Hugh Dalton, the Labour politician who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in the post war government at the same time that Uncle Eric was Deputy Chief of Establishments at the Bank of England. They definitely did not see eye to eye!

So by 1964, when I went up to university, I had caught the family history bug and I was thirsty for more knowledge, particularly about the Daltons. But the excitement of university life left little time for pursuing family history and it was not until 1967 that I made a number of breakthroughs. These were meeting my fourth cousin, Penny Barltrop, the discovery of Mrs Leaning’s “Dalton Book” and the discovery of Mark Ardath Dalton’s “John Dalton Book of Genealogy”. The story of these breakthroughs is recorded in the “Introductory Notes to the Second Edition of the Dalton Book”, which I prepared in February 1968 and I reproduce it here.

During 1967, I did a certain amount of work on the Dalton family history endeavouring to discover as much as I could. Previous to this my knowledge was extremely limited. I only knew the names of my Dalton forebears as far back as my great great grandfather. However a number of coincidences increased my knowledge dramatically. The first brought about the discovery of a fourth cousin of mine, Mrs Roger Barltrop, formerly Penelope Pierrepont Dalton, now living at Oxted, Surrey. Ever since, she has shown a great interest in the family history and the work I have been doing. Indeed, before our meeting, she had established detailed information about her Dalton forebears. The second coincidence was the one through which I came across the Dalton Book and I shall relate it in full. My uncle, Douglas Neale Dalton, has a golf-playing wife. She has been playing for a number of years with Mrs John Dalton Forbes Watson, and one day, in the middle of a round of golf, my aunt discovered that her golf partner’s husband had Dalton as his middle name and that he possessed a large volume on Dalton family history. This information was passed on to me and so I saw the Dalton Book for the first time last July. The third and last important coincidence came about in October when I visited the Library of the Society of Genealogists. In the family history section, resting on the shelf next to the Dalton Book, I found that there were three virtually unopened copies of the John Dalton Book of Genealogy by Commander Mark Ardath Dalton. On perusing this volume, I discovered that I was the author’s seventh cousin once removed and that we had family history in common. A letter to the author prompted him to send me a copy of his book and we have been in correspondence ever since.

Well, suddenly I had a wealth of information on my Dalton forebears at my fingertips. What was just four generations of my family history had become twenty four! I tracked down Mrs Leaning’s family and her daughter kindly gave me her late mother’s working copy of the Dalton Book. This bottom carbon copy included many letters, notes, cuttings and additions which Mrs Leaning added between 1951 when the book was published, and 1959 when she died. So what was I to do with all this. Over the next two years I worked on it in my spare time, such as it was. Having graduated from university and started my career in the computer industry, time was limited. It was suggested that I should write a book carrying on from where Mrs Leaning had left off. The more I thought about this, the more I felt that it would just never come to fruition – and even if it did, how much would it cost and who would publish it? From these thoughts an idea began to emerge in my mind. I had been in correspondence with many new found more distant cousins both at home and overseas and I thought that they needed to become more involved, and on an ongoing basis. And so the idea of forming a family history society for Daltons and publishing an annual magazine or journal was born. I prepared a round robin letter and sent it out to some 50 or 60 people who I thought might be interested. Within a matter of weeks over half of them had responded positively and sent their initial subscription of two guineas (£2.10 in today’s money) – The Dalton Genealogical Society had been formed. Towards the end of 1970, Volume 1 of the Journal was prepared and printed, but its distribution was delayed because of a postal strike. Members actually received their copies early in 1971. Many people helped make all this possible. The content stemmed from working with many contacts, among them Major-General Sir Charles Dalton of the Yorkshire Dalton family, John Brooke-Little and Stella Colwell at the College of Arms, and John Charles Neale Dalton (Neale Dalton of Ealing). The production side was assisted by Valerie Evers (mother of a university friend), who typed the master copy, and by Kate Shrimpton (as she was then, now my wife), who designed the front cover and drew the map of Northern England.

DGSJ Volume 1 contained articles about the work to establish a link between the Dalton of Thurnham Line and the Yorkshire Daltons; the history of Thurnham Hall; a pedigree chart taken from a family bible; the computerisation of the family tree; geographical notes; and a piece about the Neale family. It extended to 52 A4 pages and was distributed initially to nearly 50 founder members of the Society. Sadly only a handful of these founder members are still alive today. Among them are Elaine Austin and Rosemary Dow, both current members of the Society.

So, for the time being we leave the story here. In the next instalment, I will look more closely at the early years of the Society and the various developments that took place during the early 1970s.

Our temperatures are finally starting to cool a bit here in torrid Las Vegas, and it feels like Fall might be around the corner! I have had enough of the hot weather and I'm definitely ready for a change in the seasons.

For those who didn't get to Surrey, you can view videos of the presentations that were given on Saturday, 31st July, 2010 on the Dalton Data Bank web site.

You can view the opening remarks and welcome given by Michael Neale Dalton, the presentations by the Committee Members, the presentation on the DNA Project given by Chris Pomery, and also Michael's look back at 40 years with the DGS, which was given at the dinner on Saturday night. We hope that you will enjoy watching the videos, and that they will help you to feel like you were there, too.

Use this link below to go directly to the 2010 Gathering page with all the video links:

Now that the 2010 Gathering is behind us, it is time to turn our attention to the Gathering in Salt Lake City in 2011!

Salt Lake City 2011:

I am very excited to announce that have already received the first attendee hotel request for the event in Salt Lake next Fall. We will be adding options to allow delegates to pay their deposit for the hotel and for the conference registration through PayPal. Just as soon as this available, it will be announced in "Daltons in History", and on the "Dalton Forum".

Birth Announcement! We Welcome a New Dalton!

Congratulations to William Francis Dalton and his wife Kristin of Ft. Myers, Florida on the birth of their daughter! Christina Marie Dalton was born 8 June, 2010, at 6 lbs. 13 oz. Look at that smile! Her parents must be very proud.

Christina Marie Dalton

Her father Bill is a member of Genetic Family D, so all Group D members have a new genetic cousin!

Dalton Data Bank Update:

For the period from 1 August to 24 August 2010:

This has been a very busy month with the addition of several new Ad Campaigns, attending the AGM in Surrey and updating the DDB with information from the AGM.

We will now be reporting on both the DDB ( and the main DGS site ( statistics.

For those wishing to see the presentations and some initial pictures from the 40th AGM, please click here: or visit the home page of the DDB and click on the "2010 Annual General Meeting of the DGS - Presentations, Videos & Pictures" link.

Reflecting the rise in non English-speaking readers (now greater than 10%), a considerable update has been added to the DDB - every page now has a Google translate feature that will translate the pages into French, German or Spanish.

Additions to the Data Bank:

14 August, 2010:

USA - Added Philadelphia Passenger Ship List Contributed by Karen Dalton Preston, Nevada

13 August, 2010:

Entire Site - Added French, German & Spanish Translator Contributed by David Preston, Nevada

7 August, 2010:

Dalton Chronicles - Sr. Sgt. Charles Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:

17,236 Visits from 137 Countries / Territories

Map showing August visitor distribution

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. UK - 8,032
2. United States - 3,491
3. Australia - 962
4. India - 753
5. South Africa - 894
6. Ireland - 658
7. Canada - 318
8. France - 179
9. Pakistan - 166
10. Spain – 143


Comparison Chart

Interesting Factoid - 232 Visitors have viewed Chris's AGM presentation.

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:

1,963 Visits from 68 Countries / Territories

Map showing DGS visitor distribution

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. United States - 861
2. UK - 505
3. Australia - 129
4. Ireland - 121
5. Canada - 68
6. France - 47
7. South Africa - 32
8. New Zealand - 31
9. India - 17
10. Germany – 14

Top 10 Pages Visited:

1. Home
2. Memberships
3. Daltons in History
4. Daltons in History Archive
5. Photo Video Gallery
6. Archive of Gatherings
7. Dalton International DNA Project
8. Clan Dalton
9. Forthcoming Gatherings and Events
10. Daltons in History (May)


DGS Comparitives

Interesting Factoid: The Membership pop-up box on the Data Bank generated an additional 330 visitors to the DGS Membership page.

Google Ad Campaigns:

9,822 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 1,505,972 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

24 Visitors reached the DGS site by clicking on one of the 54,792 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

Google Ads for new memberships:

This Ad Campaign generated 9 visits to the Membership information page on the DGS web site.

Philadelphia Passenger Lists - 1800-1945:

We have added a new searchable database to the Dalton Data Bank, Transcriptions of the Passenger Manifest Records for the Port of Philadelphia. If you have been searching for your ancestor's arrival in the records for New York City, and have had no success, they may have arrived in the US through another port of entry.

The information contained in the transcriptions varies widely, according to the required information for the year of arrival. In the early 1800's little was required to be listed on the manifest -- usually just name and age, plus the country they were a citizen of, and a destination. In some cases, the steamship company simply lists country of origin as "Great Britain" or "Britain & Ireland" for all passengers on the ship, and the destination was listed as "The United States". Occasionally the purser was more specific, and you will find a town or county in Ireland or the city and county for England. Some manifests list a city and State for the destination in the U.S.

Manifests after 1903 were required to provide much more data about the passenger. You may find a complete address in the US or Canada that was their destination. For passengers that were returning US citizens, the place and date of their naturalization is usually noted on the manifest, as well as a place of birth. Even if your ancestors originally arrived in the early 1800's, they may have made a visit back to the "Old Country" and their returning manifest will contain a vast amount of info.

The database is fully-searchabe by any category listed. And every name is included, even for families who were traveling with several children. Also listed are passengers with other surnames who listed a Dalton as a relative or as the person they were joining at their destination.

We hope that you will find the information helpful!

Dalton DNA Project:

There has been some new activity on the DNA front. In my other role as coordinator for Genetic Family A, I have been gathering info on the most distant ancestors of the Group A members. This information that I have to date has been input into a map that shows the origins of the Group A members. The information on the dates and places associated with the most distant ancestors has also been forwarded to our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery, to aid him in his analysis. If you are a member of Genetic Family A, and have not sent me the info for your own ancestry, as far as you have traced it, please contact me at

A web page has been add to the Dalton DNA web site for Genetic Family C at , and a mailing list has been created that includes all of the current members of this genetic family. We have also added a new Group C message board to the Dalton Forum site to make it easier for Group C members to share family information; to view the Forum home page go to

With best wishes for September!

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

It doesn't feel as if it is a month since the DGS Gathering in Surrey but it is, hasn't it gone quick!!

It was a very busy weekend for all those who attended and Mel and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a credit to Michael for all his organisation and to everyone else involved in making the Gathering such a success.

You can see the feedback from delegates in this issue.

Salt Lake City is the next destination as 2011 is not far away!!

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

As you can see, this month's issue is much larger but, we still 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 still 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 October 2010 issue need to be with me no later than 25th September, 2010. (e-mail: