This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for April 11 – 17. 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 11: Grapevine name droppers, second Monday, Grapevine Namedroppers meet the second Monday of the month in the Presentation Room of the Grapevine Public Library located at 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine, at 10:30 a.m. for local area support, questions and answers. These programs are free and open to anyone interested in learning how to find out about their family history.
April 12: The Arlington Genealogical Society meets the second Tuesday of months September through June at 6:30 p.m. in the West Arlington Police Service Center Room, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd. Their April 12 meeting will feature Richard Selcer discussing “Life in Fort Worth, 1849-1853.”
April 14: The Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society will present, “A Drive Down Galloway Avenue” with Janice Houston. The founders of Mesquite have been honored with street and school names, and Houston will discuss the lives of Bedford Galloway, R. S. Kimbrough, Ralph H. Poteet, and others who are important to the history of Mesquite. The meeting will be from 6:30-7:45 p.m., with refreshments served at 6 p.m. The meeting will be at the Mesquite Main Library Meeting Room, 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite, 75149. The public is invited and do not have to be members of the society to attend.
April 17: The show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns for another season. In the third episode, actress Katey Sagal learns about Amish ties. The show airs at 8 p.m. every Sunday on TLC in Dallas-Fort Worth.
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 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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