This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for April 25-May 1. 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 26: The Fort Worth Genealogical Society presents “The DAR Genealogical Research System: Another tool in the toolbox,” by Sharon Katz. Katz will survey the records available in the Daughters of the American Revolution database, called the Genealogical Research System (GRS). She will reveal some hidden gems along the way and will demonstrate how genealogists can utilize the GRS to further their research, even if they not a member of DAR. The meeting will be at the Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown), 500 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Contact email@example.com for more information.
April 27: 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 fourth Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon.
April 30: 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.
April 28 and April 30: There are still slots open for the Fort Worth historic cemetery tour. Part one is a two-hour classroom session April 28 and part two is a six-hour bus tour April 30. From nearly forgotten pioneer burial grounds to the mausoleums of cattle kings, this course explores the rich history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County through the stories of the city’s historic cemeteries. Historian Quentin McGown leads this course organized by the Center for Texas Studies for TCU Extended Education. Discounts available for seniors and TCU faculty, staff, and students. The class will be held on TCU campus and the tour departs from and returns to TCU campus. The bus tour includes lunch. The cost is $138.
April 30: 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. They are held the same day as the Beginners Workshops. For more information contact Ed McCoy, Ed4McCoy@live.com
May 1: The show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns for another season. In this week’s episode, actor Chris Noth follows an ancestor’s path from Spain to Ireland. 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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