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.

Mr. Bockstruck was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History, Southern Illinois University, 1967-69. He served as a secondary teacher and librarian at Mombasa Baptist High School in Mombasa, Kenya, 1969-71, and a Graduate Assistant in the School of Library Science at the University of Illinois, 1971-73. He joined the Dallas Public Library in 1973. From 1974 to 1991 he served as an instructor in the School of Continuing Education, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He is the senior ranking faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, having joined in 1974. He has been on the faculty of the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America, University of Illinois at Springfield, since 1994. He has authored the genealogical column, "Family Tree," in the Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, since 1991.


  • Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Delaware
  • National Society Americans of Royal Descent
  • Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
  • Colonial Order of the Acorn
  • Baronial Order of the Magna Charta
  • The Military Order of the Crusades
  • General Society of Colonial Wars (former Deputy Governor General for the Texas Society)
  • National Guild of St. Margaret (Genealogist General)
  • Jamestowne Society
  • Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons & Daughters of the Kings of Britain
  • Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (former Registrar General)
  • Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry (former Genealogist General)
  • Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts
  • Aztec Club of 1847
  • Order of Indian Wars in the United States of America
  • General Society of the War of 1812 (former President of the Texas Society)
  • General Society Sons of the Revolution (former President of the Texas Society)
  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (former Librarian General)
  • Hereditary Order Descendants Loyalists & Patriots American Revolution
  • Order Of Descendants of Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens
  • Sons and Daughters of the Colonial & Antebellum Bench & Bar 1565-1861
  • Order of the First Families of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
  • Order of First Families of North Carolina
  • Welcome Society of Pennsylvania
  • National Society of Descendants of Early Quakers (National Inquirer)
  • Hereditary Order of First Families of Massachusetts
  • National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (former Historian of the Texas Society)
  • National Society of Sons of American Colonists
  • National Society Sons of Colonial New England
  • National Society of Old Plymouth Colony Descendants (former President of the Texas Society)
  • Piscataqua Pioneers
  • Colonial Society of Pennsylvania
  • Descendants of Founders of New Jersey
  • Flagon & Trencher: Descendants of Colonial Tavern Keepers
  • Descendants of Mexican War Veterans
  • Sons of the Republic of Texas (Honorary Member)
  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Naval Order of the United States


Mr. Bockstruck is a member of Phi Alpha Theta; Beta Beta Beta; Phi Kappa Phi; and Beta Phi Mu. He became a Fellow of the National Genealogical Society in 1992. In 1994, Mr. Bockstruck was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research. He received the Filby Prize for Genealogical Librarianship in 1999, and in 2003, he received the Northeast Texas Library Systems Lifetime Achievement Award.