This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Aug. 24-30. Some listings include links to the sponsoring organization’s website. This listing serves as a guide for events and activities. Always check websites for genealogy organizations, historical societies, museums, libraries, and other groups for days and hours of operation. There is no meeting for the Euless Historical Preservation Committee in August.
Aug. 25: General Membership meetings of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society are conducted on the last Tuesday of each month with the exception of December. Meetings are at Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown), 500 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Contact Don Crews for more information, email@example.com or (817) 691-3257. This month’s topic is “The New Ancestry” with Bernard Meisner, where Meisner explains the new look, navigation, and features of Ancestry.com. There are mixed reviews among local genealogists regarding the recent changes to the Ancestry.com website. Meisner will use his experience to provide his own feedback to meeting attendees and answer questions.
Aug. 26: The Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Main Branch 900 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, 75051 has volunteer genealogy members who introduce patrons to the genealogy room in the library on the fourth Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon.
Aug. 30: “Who Do You Think You Are?” is back for a seventh season. The final celebrity featured is Tom Bergeron. The show airs Sundays at 8 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth on The Learning Channel. Episodes from this and previous seasons can also be viewed online.
Mark your calendar: The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Mesquite Main Library meeting room, 6:30-7:45 p.m., to hear Carl Oehmann discuss researching WWII records. There will be refreshments at 6 p.m. before the program. The library address is 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite, 75149. Guests are welcome.
Mark your calendar: Fort Worth Genealogical Society’s 2015 End of Summer Seminar, “Technology: Genealogical Skills for the Future,” featuring Lisa Louise Cooke, Saturday, Sept. 19. at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus.
Mark your calendar: The Mansfield Historical Society will have a yard sale fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will be held at 210 N. Smith St. Those who wish to donate to the event may contact Vern Raven, (817) 473-4250.
All year: “Preserve the Pensions,” presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives, and the genealogical community, to digitize War of 1812 pension files through 2015.
All year: The City of Arlington Central Library, serving patrons for the last 40 years, closed permanently December 23, 2014. The closure is a key step in the transition to a new George W. Hawkes Central Library at a site across Center Street from its present location and scheduled to open in 2017. In the interim, Arlington library patrons will use a temporary downtown library service center named “Central Express” located at 200 N. Cooper Street. This downtown library offers computer access, Wi-Fi, new and high demand materials for adults and children and holds pickup. Hours of service at the Central Express Library will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The genealogy collections will be divided among various library locations. Read about where the various collections are housed.
All year: The Euless Public Library has genealogy resources, including Fold3, formerly known as Footnote, which is an online military database, and Newsbank, which provides access to newspapers and other news sources. Hours are 10 a.m- 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5p.m. Sunday. Address is 201 N. Ector Drive, 817-685-1480.
All year: The Fort Worth Public Library houses an extensive genealogy collection and has software and reference material available for genealogists. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Address is 500 W. Third St., 817-392-7701.
All year: The Fort Worth Public Library publishes Genealogy Success Stories about local researchers and their genealogy discoveries. The most recent success story is about Gerry Gieger and the research he did on his wife’s behalf before she passed away.
All year: Civil War Veterans Memorial, on property owned by Bedford Church of Christ, 2401 Bedford Road, Bedford, Texas 76021, next to historic Bedford Cemetery. Open from dawn to dusk, free admission. Park in west parking lot of church.
All year: Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays. In addition to providing exhibits, museum staff and volunteers can help patrons with genealogy. Donations requested. Located at 102 North Main St., Mansfield, 76063, (817) 473-4250 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All year: Texas Civil War Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 760 Jim Wright Freeway North, Fort Worth, 76108. Adult admission is $6, students ages 7-12 are $3 and children 6 and under are free with adult admission. This is the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi. Contact (817) 246-2323, email@example.com
All year: Arlington Family History Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington, 76016, 817-446-7088. Volunteers provide free genealogy assistance. Genealogists may use computers to view microfilm or to use genealogy software and online programs. Hours of operation are Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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