Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck is a wonderful genealogist from Texas, but so much more. He supervises the genealogy section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, Texas.
“Lloyd Bockstruck has been with the Dallas (TX) Public Library since 1973 and currently serves as the Supervisor of the Genealogy Section. From 1969 to 1971 he served in the Missionary Journeyman Program of the Southern Baptist Convention with assignment to the Baptist Mission of East Africa where he served as teacher and librarian in the Mombassa (Kenya) Baptist High School. He has been on the faculty of IGHR since 1974 and was the first recipient of the Institute’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
Mr. Bockstruck is the author of Bounty and Donation Land Grants in British Colonial America; Denizations and Naturalizations in the British Colonies in America, 1607-1775; Naval Pensioners of the United States, 1800-1851; Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers; Genealogical Research in Texas; Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments; and Family Tree: Weekly Newspaper columns from the Dallas Morning News 1991–1996. He received the Award of Merit from the NGS in 1982 and was named a Fellow of the society in 1993. In 1999, he was named the first recipient of the "Filby Prize for Genealogical Librarianship" offered by Scholarly Resources and the National Genealogical Society.
In 2003, Mr. Bockstruck was recognized by the North East Texas Library System with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, he was named an Honorary Member of the Hereditary Society Community. Bockstruck is active in numerous lineage societies and is featured in Who’s Who in America among others. His genealogical interests include Southside Virginia, Colonial America, and Germany.” (IGHR Faculty)
Active in numerous hereditary organizations, he has been the Librarian General of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution and the Registrar of both the Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry and the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. A sought-after public speaker on a number of topics, Mr. Bockstruck is widely recognized as one of our leading authorities on the genealogical sources of the American Revolution. In 1983 the National Genealogical Society recognized him with its Award of Merit and in 1989 the Daughters of the American Revolution gave him the History Award. His other publications include Virginia's Colonial Soldiers and Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants.
On a more personal note, I attended the IGHR genealogy conference in Birmingham, AL in June 2006. The coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy course I was taking was Lloyd Bockstruck. I learned so much from him and feel honored to have had him as a teacher. The thing I most liked about him was the seriousness he took in teaching his classes, yet he did it with such a sense of humor that the classes were so educational, but at the same time so enjoyable.
Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants: Awarded by State GovernmentsVirginias Colonial Soldiers