In Memoriam: LLOYD DE WITT BOCKSTRUCK

Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of distinguished genealogist, teacher, and author Lloyd Bockstruck. Lloyd wrote or compiled eight titles for Genealogical, and each one of them has become a classic in the field (see the following article). An expert on the records of the Revolutionary War and colonial military service, Mr. Bockstruck was a much sought after lecturer  and educator on those and a myriad of other genealogical topics. A trained librarian, he spent most of his career as the director of the genealogy collection of the Dallas Public Library and built that collection into one of the finest in the United States. He was an officer in more that twenty lineage and hereditary organizations, and he worked to sustain their membership, often serving as registrar. Most of all, Lloyd was a good friend to countless people in this field. His kindness, affability, and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.

Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck

We have reprinted below  the obituary for Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck published by the Dallas Genealogical Society on its website. Lloyd was a longstanding member there.

“Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck died May 27, 2018 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 73. Lloyd was a distinguished genealogical scholar, librarian, writer, educator, and lecturer. He was born May 26, 1945 in Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois to Harry Earl Bockstruck and Olive Elsie Blankenship. He earned an M.A. in European History from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne.

Lloyd joined the genealogical staff at the Dallas Public Library in 1973. During his 30-year tenure as Supervisor of the Genealogy Section (1979-2009) he oversaw the expansion of the collection. He deserves a lion’s share of the credit for establishing the library’s reputation as holding one of the leading genealogical collections in the United States. In 2009, Lloyd retired from the Dallas Public Library.

His educational and literary contributions to the genealogical community include: 11 books; 39 years on the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, Birmingham, AL; 17 years as a weekly columnist for the Dallas Morning News; 17 years as an Instructor at the School of Continuing Education, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; and 11 years on the faculty of The Genealogical Institute of Mid-America, University of Illinois at Springfield.

During his career Lloyd lectured throughout the country at genealogical society workshops, seminars, and conferences. His many honors include being named a Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (1992) and receiving the initial Filby Prize for Genealogical Librarianship (1999) from the National Genealogical Society.”

More information about Lloyd and his life is available on this website.

A memorial fund has been established to honor Lloyd: Donate to the Fund

Lloyd Bockstruck’s Publications
for
Genealogical Publishing Co. and Clearfield Company

Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers (1988)

Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants (1996)

Naval Pensioners of the United States (2002)

Denizations and Naturalizations in the British Colonies . . . 1607-1775 (2005)

Bounty and Donation Land Grants in British Colonial America (2007)

Revolutionary War Pensions Awarded by State Governments 1775-1874 . . .  (2011)

The Name is the Game: Onomatology and the Genealogist (2013)

American Settlements and Migrations (2017)

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  1. Elaine
    Elaine says:

    Oh, my gosh…I’ll never forget Mr. Bockstruck…he is the ONLY genealogist that ever accepted a transcribed sheet of paper wherein the info was taken from a Family Bible, not photocopied, as proof for a society. I always respected him for doing that. It is sad to read of his passing. I know his friends will miss him very much. Elaine

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