This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for April 18-24. Some listings include a link 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.
April 21: The Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Main Branch 900 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, 75051 has volunteer genealogy members who introduce patrons to the genealogy room in the library on the third Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m.
April 23: Long-time Dallas-Fort Worth journalist Bob Ray Sanders discusses “The Early Days of Public Broadcasting in North Texas” as part of the Bob W. Sills Center speakers series. This free event is from 10 a.m.-noon at Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD (Second Floor, Metro Opportunity High School), 2720 Cullen St., Fort Worth, 76107. Coffee and snacks will be served at 9:30 a.m. before the program. Contact Lenna Hughes for more information, 817-814-2040 or Lenna.firstname.lastname@example.org
April 23: The Texas Society Dames of the Court of Honor will meet at 11:45 a.m. at the Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. The guest speaker will be Vincent Rios on “One Marine’s Perspective of the Vietnam Era.” Membership is open to women who can trace direct lineal descent from a commissioned officer of any one or more of the earlier American Wars between the years 1607 through 1865 or from a Colonial Governor, during the period 1607-1775.
April 24: The show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns for another season. In the third episode, actress Molly Ringwald explores family stories of Swedish royalty. The show airs at 8 p.m. every Sunday on TLC in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Mark your calendar: The Beginners Workshop is a series of eight free presentations sponsored by the Fort Worth Genealogical Society that are open to the public. The sessions are typically scheduled on the fourth Saturday of each month from January through August. Workshops are held at the Fort Worth Public Library (main downtown branch), 500 W. Third St., from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This month’s workshop is being held the fifth Saturday. The topic is “Using Information from Archives and Libraries.” The workshop will address the resources available at archives and libraries; reference books, such as genealogies in the Library of Congress; Family History Centers; lending libraries; libraries worth going out of the way for; use of newspapers and how to find them; special collections; use of maps; migration trails; National Archives and Records Administration; and state archives.
Mark your calendar: Fort Worth Genealogical Society Computer Users Group meetings deal with using computers and the Internet in genealogical research. They are hands-on sessions at the Computer Lab’s 24 work stations. Meetings are free and open to the public. They are held from 2-4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month (subject to change), January through August, at the Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown), 500 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth, at the Intel Computer Lab. The meetings are held the same day as the Beginners Workshop. For more information contact Ed McCoy, Ed4McCoy@live.com
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 Dr., 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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