This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Jan. 11-17. 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.
Jan. 11: 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 second Monday 1-3 p.m.
Jan. 12: The Arlington Genealogical Society presents Gayle W. Hanson, “Early Education in Texas and the Jeanes Supervisors/Teachers,” 6:30 p.m., at the West Arlington Police Service Center Community Room, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd. In 1907, Anna Jeanes, a Quaker, pledged $1 million to the betterment of basic education for black children in rural American schools. Hanson will discuss this piece of Durham County history.
Jan. 12: “Finding Your Roots” airs on PBS stations, including KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, at 7 p.m. This week’s episode features Bill Maher, Bill O’Reilly, and Soledad O’Brien. The first episode aired Jan. 5 and can be viewed, along with previous seasons, online. Other celebrities to be featured are Shonda Rhimes, Jimmy Kimmel, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Julianne Moore, Norman Lear, Senator John McCain, LL Cool J, Puffy Combs, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Keenen Ivory Wayans and, Gloria Steinem.
Jan. 14: The Hon. Philip Livingston Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Colonists will have a joint meeting with the Gen. Edward H. Tarrant Chapter of National Society United States Daughters of 1812. The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson Ave. in Fort Worth. The program will be “Tour of the NSDAC and NSUSD1812 Headquarters in Washington, DC.”
Jan. 14: Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the Mesquite Main Library Meeting Room 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite, 75149. Professional genealogist Paula Perkins will present “Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929.” One in every 25 Americans has a connection to an Orphan Train rider. Between 1854 and 1929, more than 200,000 children were relocated from east coast to west coast on trains. Some were so young that they lost knowledge and memories of their families, ages, and even their names. This is a vital part of history with research techniques and resources available that will assist genealogists in researching an Orphan Train Rider. The public is invited and welcome. Society membership is not required to attend the meetings.
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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