This is the list of genealogy events in the Fort Worth area for Dec. 21-27. 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, especially through Dec. 31.
NOTE: There will not be a calendar article for the week of Dec. 28. There are no new events in 2015. The calendar will resume the week of Jan. 4.
Through Dec. 31: Fort Worth Genealogical Society members are asked to renew their annual membership. Members receive a discount if they use the Early Bird online form. An Individual Membership is $23 without the discount but $20 if paid before Dec. 31 with the Early Bird Discount. A Family Membership is $27 without the discount and $25 with the discount. A Sustaining Membership is $50 or more and a Contributing Membership is $250 or more.
Mark your calendar: 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 Rules are available at:
Mark your calendar: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Fort Worth has changed its “Friday Freebies” program to lunchtime learning. NARA had not held any such programs while they were moving from the Montgomery Plaza location to John Burgess location. The January lunchtime learning program, “An Introduction to Genealogy,” should certainly help anyone who has resolved to start working on their family tree in 2016. The program will be at noon on Jan. 8 at the National Archives at Fort Worth, 1400 John Burgess Drive, Fort Worth, 76140. Please RSVP by calling 817-551-2051 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendar: Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. 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. Visit their website for more information.
All year: “Preserve the Pensions,” presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives, and the genealogical community, to digitize War of 1812 pension files. At this time, the project has raised half of the funds necessary to digitize all its files.
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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