This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Feb. 1-7. 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.
Through March 31: The Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) will open its 2016 Writing Contest and begin accepting entries January 1, 2016. The contest will close March 31. This is the fourth year the Society has sponsored this contest, which comes with cash prizes. The contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS, as well as hobbyists and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Winners will be announced in May 2016.While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, subject matter for the competition may range beyond the local geographic area. Articles may include advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography), family histories and genealogies, particularly those linked to North Texas, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere, transcriptions, abstracts or indexes of record groups (including family records) not yet filmed or digitized that relate to Dallas or North Texas, and ethnic, house, or military histories related to Dallas and surrounding counties. Complete
Feb. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Feb. 4: 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 Laura Weekley, who will present, “What Can You Do With the Results of Your DNA Test?”
Feb. 4: The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings are being temporarily held at the Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Parkway due to the temporary closing of the library while it is being remodeled. This month’s program is “Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records,” presented by Ari Wilkins, who is a genealogist and family historian. Genealogists will learn about the Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records, including their value, how they are organized, and how to search the collection. The Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records are considered to be one of the most valuable collections to the study of African American slavery. The collection encompasses business and personal papers from numerous slaveholding families throughout the South. These records can potentially list slaves by name and include other significant information such as family relationships, dates of birth and death, bills of sale, and more. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting. The program begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m.
Feb. 5: The census records are quite possible the most popular group of records used in genealogical research. The National Archives Fort Worth will present a free “Census Records” program to teach genealogists new ways to use and decipher the golden nuggets of information within these documents. All programs will be held in the training room, 1400 John Burgess Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76140, from noon-1 p.m. Make reservations by email, email@example.com or call 817-551-2051 with questions. Workshop space is very limited, so prior registration is required.
Feb. 6: The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and the Fort Worth Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. This month’s presentation is “A Tale of Two Families:The Cheney-Sanders History in Fort Worth,” by independent scholar Drew Sanders, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The presentation will introduce attendees to the Garden of Eden neighborhood of Fort Worth. In commemoration of African American History Month, author Drew Sanders will share the history of the Cheney-Sanders family and of the freedman’s community they established. Drawing from personal interviews and exhaustive research, Sanders will recall life in that neighborhood from its early days as a flourishing farm to its 21st century role as the city’s first African American historic and cultural landmark district. A book signing will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public at Tandy Lecture Hall, Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. 3rd St. For more information call 817-257-6896.
Mark your calendar: The Arlington Genealogical Society presents, “Was Your Grandmother a Relict?” by Barbara Brixley Wylie on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Genealogists will find out what the term “relict” means to their research. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the West Arlington Police Service Center, 2060 W. Green Oaks. Blvd.
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 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, with 15,000 square feet of museum space, movie theatre for special documentaries, and a gift shop. 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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