This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Aug. 31 – Sept. 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, especially with the holiday weekend approaching.
Sept. 2: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sept. 3: The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector, Euless. Visitors are welcome at 6:30 p.m. for the social and at 7 p.m. for the general meeting. This month’s speaker is Lynell Moss of the Plano Family History Center. Her topic is “Using FamilySearch.com for Your Genealogical Research.” Lynell Bennett Moss is a sixth generation Dallasite. She has been researching her family, as well as the families of others, since 1968 in courthouses, libraries, archives and online. Moss has held various leadership positions with the Plano Family History Center and has served as director of the “Great Family Search Conference.” She has been involved in beta testing programs for FamilySearch and indexing FamilySearch historical records. She is a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society, Texas State Genealogical Society, and National Genealogical Society. She is no stranger to Tarrant County, as she is a regular presenter at the annual Family History Fair each spring in Arlington.
Sept. 3: The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Main Branch 900 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, 75051. Attendees are asked to gather research documents for one ancestor they want help with and bring them to the meeting. Attendees will break up into groups to have different people examine research and offer tips and ideas.
Coming Sept. 10: The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society will meet 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. Attendees do not have to be members of the organization.
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- 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. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The 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. 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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