This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Oct. 19-25. 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.
Oct. 24: The Texas Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor will have a luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m. at the Lakewood Country Club, 6430 Gaston Ave., Dallas. The speaker is Diane Dyess, whose presentation will be about cemetery markers. Deadline for members to register is Oct. 17. Membership eligibility is granted to a woman who is descended from an ancestor who served in one or more of the American wars during the years 1607 through 1865 or who was a Colonial Governor who served in the Colonial Period 1607 to 1775.
Oct. 24: The Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) will hold its Fall Seminar 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.
Oct. 24: The Central Branch of the Fort Worth Public Library will offer a free HistoryGeo.com Class, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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: General Membership meetings of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society (FWGS) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 691-3257. This month’s speaker is FWGS president Debbie Pearson, whose program is “I Ain’t ‘Fraid of No Ghosts: Cemetery Searches Online.”
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.
Mark your calendar: Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society on Thursday, Nov.12, 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.
Mark your calendar: 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 Thursday, Nov.12 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. Cost of the luncheon is $25. Attendees should make luncheon reservations with Joye Evetts, email@example.com by Thursday, Nov. 5.
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 is located 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 the west parking lot of the 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 are requested. The museum is 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, 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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