Lloyd Bockstruck, R.I.P.

One of the giants of genealogy has passed away. Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck was a prolific author, genealogy scholar, librarian, educator, and lecturer. He died Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 73.

Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck, the son of Harry Earl Bockstruck and Olive Elsie Blakenship, was born at Vandalia, Illinois. He graduated cum laude with an B.A. in Biology and History from Greenville College in 1967. Mr. Bockstruck received an M.A. in Modern European History from Southern Illinois University in 1969, and and M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1973. He received a certificate from the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, in June 1973.

Lloyd was known throughout the genealogy community for his work at the Dallas Public Library. He joined the Library in 1973 and worked there until his retirement. From 1974 to 1991 he also served as an instructor in the School of Continuing Education, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He was the senior ranking faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, having joined in 1974. For many years, he authored the genealogical column, “Family Tree,” in the Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas. Many of his articles were published in the EOGN.com genealogy newsletter.

Lloyd was always a kind and gentle man, always quick to share his knowledge and to help anyone and everyone with their family history studies. While I met Lloyd many times, my favorite recollections were his telling a group of fellow genealogists over dinner one night about his adventures when he served as a teacher and librarian at Mombasa Baptist High School in Mombasa, Kenya from 1969 through 1971.

Lloyd will be missed but he left behind a great legacy in his writings and his work with thousands of genealogists.


So well stated. Lloyd was very generous with his knowledge and helped me so many times, helping me to stay on the right trail. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.


I sought advice from Lloyd for more than two decades. Each new client was a challenge and Lloyd seemed to always know how I should get started. I attribute whatever success I had, especially in speaking, to advice from this gracious, caring and superbly knowledgeable man. He will be missed more than most will ever know. However, we genealogists know how to pay forward. One way is to donate in his name at the Dallas Genealogical Society website. I did.


I met Lloyd about 10 years ago. I was aware of his reputation but was not familiar with the details of his accomplishments. He recently donated his personal genealogical research records and files from his many lectures to the Dallas Genealogical Society, and we are now working to get them organized and placed in archival storage containers so they can be turned over to the Dallas Public Library archives. Learning about all he accomplished in his life has done nothing but increase my sense of awe and admiration. The DGS has created a memorial web page with information about his life: http://dallasgenealogy.com/dgs/lloyd-bockstruck/


So thankful for his knowledge and gifts to the Genealogical Community.


I met Mr Bockstruck about 15 years ago at the Dallas Library. I was visiting from Australia, and my parents took me to the Library, knowing it would be a fabulous day for me. Mr Bockstruck came over and we talked so much about many topics. He was incredibly generous with his time and helped me with several of my ‘brick walls’. I will never forget him. RIP


Pamela Gregory Hall May 29, 2018 at 10:34 am

Lloyd Bostruck will be deeply missed by “all” that knew him. I first met him in 1980 at the Dallas Library in Dallas, Dallas County,Texas. He has helped me so many times through the years with my own family tree to keep me from getting off track with my findings. Lloyd Bostruck was never too busy to help regardless of his busy schedule. I am truly in debt to him for all of his advice and amazing information that he gladly shared with me through all of these years. He was such a wonderful man! R.I.P.


Pauline Ballentine May 31, 2018 at 1:40 pm

HE WILL BE MISSED. I took a week’s class that he taught at IGHR one year and attended many of his lectures over the years and I’m from CA. When in Dallas I sought him out at the Dallas Library.


Lloyd was like a sponge: he soaked up knowledge and was always glad to share it with others. He was also a dear friend; I will miss him greatly.


God bless Lloyd Bockkstruck!!!! He was a true gentleman!


I am so sorry to hear Mr. Bockstruck has passed. I worked with him at the Dallas Public Library in 1973. In spite of my youth and inexperience (20 years old), he was very nice and helpful to me always.


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