This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Nov. 30-Dec. 6. 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.
Now: Fort Worth Genealogical Society members are asked to renew their annual membership. Members receive a discount if they use the Early Bird online form. An Individual Membership is $23 without the discount but $20 if paid before Dec. 31 with the Early Bird Discount. A Family Membership is $27 without the discount and $25 with the discount. A Sustaining Membership is $50 or more and a Contributing Membership is $250 or more.
Dec. 3: The Mansfield Historical Society meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center, 102 N. Main. Everyone is invited to attend. Contact 817-473-4250 or email@example.com for more information.
Dec. 4: The Mid Cities Genealogical Society will host its Annual Holiday Party and Gift Exchange. The Society will provide the meat entrees. Members are asked to bring their favorite holiday dish to share, plus an inexpensive ($5 limit) wrapped gift for our traditional, hilarious Wright family exchange. Members are also asked to bring one or more nonperishable food items for donation to 6 Stones Mission Network.
Dec. 5: Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meets the first Saturday of every month, September through May. This month’s meeting will be at 11:30 a.m., Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant, 1813 Highway 121 in Bedford. Members are asked to bring a $10 Wal-Mart gift card to donate to the DAR Tamassee School. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org; for information on membership.
Dec. 5: Community History Workshop presents, “The Evolution of Public Housing in Fort Worth,” with Rene Gomez, senior librarian, Fort Worth Public Library for a closer look at the local development of the federal public housing program. In addition to learning the general history of each of the projects in Fort Worth, attendees will hear how the housing authority participated in the war effort and assisted veterans of World War II. Gomez will continue the story through the present including the makeover planned for the Cavile Place neighborhood. This presentation is valuable for any genealogist who is a Fort Worth native. The event will be from 10:30 a.m.-Noon, in the Tandy Lecture Hall, Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street. Admission is free.
Mark your calendar: Dec. 10 is the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society annual holiday meeting, “Holiday treats and exciting discoveries.” Share this time with the group as they celebrate the ending of 2015 with food, fun, and visiting. Please bring a treat and be prepared to limit discussion to five minutes so everyone will have time to share their story. The meeting will be from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Mesquite Main Library meeting room, 300 West Grubb Dr., Mesquite, 75149. Guests are welcome. Visit the society’s 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. At this time, the project has raised half of the funds necessary to digitize all its files.
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: The Civil War Veterans Memorial is located on property owned by the Bedford Church of Christ, 2401 Bedford Road, Bedford, Texas 76021, next to the 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 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, with 15,000 square feet of museum space, movie theatre for special documentaries, and a gift shop. 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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