This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Sept. 28-Oct. 4. 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.
Sept. 29: General Membership meetings of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society are conducted the last Tuesday of each month with the exception of December. This month’s speaker is Lenna Hughes Recer. She will discuss the little jewel in Fort Worth that is the FWISD Archives. Recer knows the collection first hand because she is a volunteer there. She is a product of FWISD and has degrees from North Texas State University and Texas Christian University. Meeting attendees will enjoy Recer explaining the history of how Billy Sills saved and preserved this collection and where genealogists can find it. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 691-3257.
Oct. 1: The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of the month at the Euless Public Library. This month’s meeting will be held in the Genealogy/Family History Room. The speaker is society member Sandra Crowley, who will discuss “Digital Scrapbooking.” Crowley specializes in using technology for all aspects of family history. She is president of the Dallas Genealogical Society, former membership vice president of the Texas State Genealogical Society, past president of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society and a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and several state societies. There are refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Oct. 1: The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society (GPGS) presents Barbara Brixey Wylie’s presentation, “Curlicues & Chicken Scratch: Reading Yesteryear’s Handwriting.” Genealogists know that penmanship styles, shortcuts and dialect sometimes make old documents look like chicken scratch, but Wylie’s tips will help genealogists learn to read that handwriting. Wylie has served on the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Board of Directors and as Secretary of its Lone Star Chapter. She also served a term on the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Board of Directors. Barb belongs to several Dallas-Fort Worth genealogical and historical organizations. As a genealogical speaker and teacher for more than 20 years, Wylie’s speaking experience includes more than 200 genealogical audiences across the nation. The meeting will be 6:30-9 p.m., in the Great Room of Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie. Guests are always welcome. Visit the GPGS website for more information.
Mark your calendar: Tony Hanson will discuss “Protecting Your Technology” at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society. Hanson is a retired AT&T electrical engineer and an avid genealogist with many years of technology experience. He uses his technology experience with his volunteer work with the Dallas Genealogical Society as webmaster and Technology Special Interest Group Leader. Hanson will share valuable tips on how genealogists can protect themselves and their information from identity theft, malicious damage, and other threats. The meeting will be 6:30-7:45 p.m., with refreshments served at 6 p.m., at the Mesquite Main Library Meeting Room, 300 West Grubb Dr., Mesquite, Texas 75149. The meeting is free and open to the public. Attendees to not have to belong to the society.
Mark your calendar: The Billy W. Sills Lecture Series will begin October 10, with 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.
Mark your calendar: The Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) will hold its Fall Seminar Saturday, Oct. 24 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. The featured speaker is Dr. Michael Lacopo, who will present “Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death” as the theme for his four lectures. The lecture topics are “She Came from Nowhere – A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem,” “Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence,” “Incorporating Social History Into Your Research,” and “Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through.” Registration is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Attendees can save $10 by registering before Oct. 1. Program details and registration instructions are on the DGS site.
Mark your calendar: The Central Branch of the Fort Worth Public Library will offer a free HistoryGeo.com Class, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 24. HistoryGeo.com is a database that the library subscribes to that specializes in mapping original land owners. The database is an ongoing effort to accurately map the original landowners of the 23 public land states and Texas. It enables users to zoom in and see landowner parcels overlaid on top of our modern U.S. map. It is surname searchable. There is an antique map component as well. Genealogists are encouraged to learn about this free software.
Mark your calendar: Texas author, historian and archaeologist William E. Moore will talk about the role that calabooses, small buildings used for jails in early 20th-century Texas, played in Texas history and culture. At one time there were more than 200 calabooses throughout the state. The presentation will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 26, in the Program Room of the Grapevine Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.
Mark your calendar: The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) will host their 2015 Conference in Austin. The TSGS 2015 Family History Conference will be Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The conference is open to anyone, even if they are not members of TSGS. This three-day event will include research opportunities, insightful family history sessions for all skill levels, and a full exhibit hall. Visit the TSGS website for more information.
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. 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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