This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Nov. 9-15. Some listings include links to the sponsoring organization’s website. This listing serves as a guide for events and activities. Always check the websites of genealogy organizations, historical societies, museums, libraries, and other groups for days and hours of operation, especially with Veterans Day this week.
Nov. 10: The Arlington Genealogical Society meets the second Tuesday of months September through June at 6:30 p.m. in the West Arlington Police Service Center Room, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd. This month’s speaker is Tarrant County Archivist Dr. Dawn Youngblood, whose topic is “The Treasures in the Tarrant County Archives and How to Research Online.” Youngblood will share stories about some of the interesting finds in the Tarrant County Archives. The Archives is currently undergoing a major preservation and digitization effort and Tarrant County recently invested in a new web platform. This presentation will cover what genealogists need to know to make their research experience more pleasant and rewarding.
Nov. 12: Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society at the Mesquite Main Library, 300 West Grubb Dr., Mesquite, 75149 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Richard McCaslin discuss his book, “Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862.” His book was awarded the Texas State Historical Association’s Tullis Memorial Prize for the best book on Texas history. On Oct. 1, 1862 the Texas militia, scattered through several counties along the Red River, arrested more than 200 suspected Unionists. In Gainesville, vigilantes executed at least 42 men for conspiring to commit treason and foment an insurrection. Few of these victims had plotted to usurp Confederate authority, and most were innocent of abolitionist sentiments, but their pleas made little difference. Others were lynched in nearby counties as well, but the Great Hanging claimed the most lives in Gainesville, which became the community most closely identified with the atrocity in subsequent accounts. Attendees are encouraged to come early for visiting and refreshments and do not have to be a member to attend.
Nov. 12: The Honorable Philip Livingston Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists and the General Edward H. Tarrant Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812, will have a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson, Fort Worth. The meeting theme will be “A Salute to Veterans” with special guest LTC Sean B. Partee, USA, Observer/Controller, 75th Training Division, US Army Reserves, Fort Hood. Members are asked to bring books, puzzles, books on tape, and similar items for the Veterans Hospital in Dallas.
Nov. 12: The Cedar Hill Genealogical Society meets monthly on every second Thursday. There is a general social time with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. there is a membership meeting and program time, which lasts approximately one hour. This month’s speaker is Glen Kinkade, who will discuss “Perils, Paradoxes and Pitfalls in Probate Records.” Probate records are often the most valuable records to locate, but also misunderstood and confusing. Glenn will help attendees learn how to find, understand, and analyze these useful documents as part of their own research.
Nov. 14: Visit Heritage Park, 201 Cullum Drive in Euless. Free tours second Saturday of every month from 1-5 p.m. Group tours can be scheduled on a different day depending on staff availability. Tour the Fuller House, the first brick home in Euless which is now a museum; the Himes Log House, built in the 1850s; and the McCormick Barn, built in 1919. For more information call 817-685-1649 or email Ofa “Mary” Faiva-Siale, email@example.com.
Nov. 14: The Billy W. Sills Lecture Series includes presentations each month, except for January, through May 2016. Lectures are free and begin at 10 a.m. Coffee and snacks are served at 9:30 a.m. Lectures are presented at Billy W. Sills Center for Archives, 2720 Cullen St., Fort Worth. For more information call 817-814-2040. This month’s speaker is Carmen Goldthwaite, author and historian, who will present, “Telling the Stories of Texas Ranch Women & Other Sassy & Savvy Dames.”
Nov. 14: The North Fort Worth Historical Society invites the public to the dedication of the historical marker for the Fort Worth Belt Railway. The program will take place at 9 a.m. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District,at the east end of E. Exchange Avenue. After the unveiling of the marker, there will be refreshments in the Stockyards Museum, located in the Livestock Exchange Building, Suite #113. The historical marker is sponsored by the North Fort Worth Historical Society. Parking is available on the east end of E. Exchange, on the north side of the street.
Nov. 14: The Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society presents “Leaving a Legacy – Empowerment Planning For Your Family,” at free event from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum, 1020 E. Humbolt, Fort Worth, 76104. The presenter is Helena “Le Juene” Montgomery. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 817-332-6049.
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, which is an online military database, and Newsbank, which provides access to newspapers and other news sources. This library is also the meeting place for the Mid Cities Genealogical Society. Hours are 10 a.m- 5p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5p.m. Sunday. The 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. This location is also the meeting place for the Fort Worth Genealogical Society. 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. Soldiers honored at this memorial served on both sides of the Civil War. The memorial is open from dawn to dusk, with free admission. Visitors may 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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, including Ancestry.com and Fold3. They can also ask for help ordering microfilm. 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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