This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Feb. 29-March 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.
Through March 31: The Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) 2016 Writing Contest accepting entries through 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.
March 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.
March 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 L. Vaughn Oliver, Sons of the Republic of Texas.
March 5: The annual Family History Fair is sponsored by the Arlington Stake Family History Center. There will be numerous sessions, but the primary guest speaker will be certified genealogist and lecturer Warren Bittner. There will also be video seminars from RootsTech 2016. This conference is free. Pre-registration is not required but is helpful for the organizers. However, registrations for syllabus on CD and lunch orders must be received by February 25. The event will be held at 3809 Curt Dr., Arlington, 76016. Call 817-446-7088 for information or visit their website.
March 6: The Fort Worth Library will host “Ancestry-In-Action: Genealogy Workshop with Warren Bittner.” The free workshop will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Tandy Lecture Auditorium at the central library location, 500 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth. The first presentation will be “Understanding and Researching Illegitimacy,” followed by “German Research: Bads, Bergs, Burgs and Bachs.” The workshop is free but does require a reservation to attend. Reserve a spot by calling (817)392-7740 or e-mailing email@example.com
Mark your calendar: What happens to a genealogist’s digital assets when they can no longer access them or, ultimately, after their death? Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society on March 10, as Susan Younger presents “Your Digital Afterlife,” and reviews these issues. Digital assets include genealogy program files, research digital files, pictures, videos, genealogy websites, Facebook, blogs, cloud storage sites, etc. Susan will discuss issues to be considered for digital assets and will offer solutions for protecting a digital legacy. Susan, a local genealogist with more than 25 years of experience, holds two degrees in history from UT Arlington. She has supplemented that background with various genealogy institutes, conferences, and on-line continuing education. She is the leader of the Dallas Genealogical Society Technology Special Interest Group. The meeting will be in the Mesquite Main Library at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and time to visit will happen before the meeting. Meetings are open to the public, who do not have to be a member to attend. The library is located at 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite, 75149.
Mark your calendar: Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/Fort Worth ISD presents Susan Kline speaking on “The Familiar and Not-so Familiar: Properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Fort Worth,” March 12. Kline will explore the familiar and unfamiliar places in Fort Worth that are listed on the National Register, the benefits of listing, and will offer insights into how Fort Worth measures up to similar sized cities in the number of National Register-listed properties and will present suggestions for increasing that number. The presentation will be at the Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD (Metro Opportunity High School, 2nd Floor), 2720 Cullen St., Fort Worth, 76107. Contact 817-814-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
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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