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“I was so sorry to here of the passing of my friend Lloyd. He was a humble and awesome friend that will be missed by all that knew him. I met Lloyd...Read More »
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“I remember visiting the Chestatee Regional Library in Gainesville, GA with my 8 year old daughter in the summer of 1988. We had traveled from...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Roger Springer - Arlington, TX

“It has been a true honor and pleasure to know Lloyd as a teacher, guide, and friend. Our conversations ranged wide and were not always about...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Suzan Younger - Dallas, TX

“I knew Lloyd as a member of my high school graduation class of 1963 in Vandalia, IL. I recently chatted with him by phone and learned of his...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Tim Merriman - Kealakekua, HI

“Lloyd was a titan in the field of Genealogy, whose influence and guidance touched legions. His legacy is preserved in the countless students of his...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Terri Bradshaw O'Neill - TX

“May God be with you till we meet again. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Rosann Sirody - Choose cities, TX

“Thank you for so many years of guidance in chasing my ancestors! You will be missed. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Leonard McCown - Irving, TX

“Good night Lloyd, we shall see and rejoice with you on resurrection morning. Rest well my friend. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Rocky Brown - Dallas, TX

“Sorry to hear of Lloyds passing he was a wonderful man. I quite enjoyed the library trip he set up. Janet Owen ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Janet Owen - Irving, TX

“Lloyd was an inspiration to me to go to library school and pursue genealogy. I won't forget him or what he did for the Dallas Public Library...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Davis


Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, age 73, passed away at Presbyterian Village North in Dallas, Texas May 27, 2018. Lloyd was a distinguished genealogical scholar, librarian, writer, educator, and lecturer. He was born May 26, 1945 in Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois to Harry E. and Olive E. (Blankenship) Bockstruck. He graduated cum laude with a B.A.in Biology and History from Greenville College. He earned a M.A. in European History from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.


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. It could be said he never worked a day in his life, as his work was his life. 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 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.


Lloyd is survived by his sister, Alice (Joe) Diveley of Lakeland, FL; a niece, Tiffany (Rick) Godden of Mattoon, IL; two nephews, Marc (Kellie) Diveley of Charleston, IL; and Jared (Franchelle) Diveley of Lakeland, FL. Family, friends, and others whose life has been touched by Lloyd are invited to a memorial service, held at the Peace Chapel / Cathedral of Hope Church, located at 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas at 3 P.M. on Monday June 11, 2018 to pay last respects. Burial will be at a later date in Illinois. The family would like to extend our deep gratitude to all the staff at Presbyterian Village North and Hospice for the excellent care of Lloyd. A special thanks to Robert Voelkle and Maurice Storey for their dedicated help and friendship these last few months. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the donor’s choice.