Nov. 10: 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. This month’s speaker is Tresa Tatyrek on the subject of Tying Families together before vital record availability.
Nov. 10: 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 from 1-3 p.m.
Nov. 11: “Finding Your Roots with Louis Henry Gates, Jr.” at 7 p.m. on KERA, Channel 13 in Dallas-Fort Worth. Sally Field, Deepak Chopra and Sting each learn about their ancestry.
Nov. 11: Arlington Genealogical Society presents Lance Tahmahkera, the great-great grandson of Comanche Chief, Quanah Parker. Tahmahkera was raised with Comanche traditions, and has for the past 20 years shared stories, such as the origins of the tribe, life on the plains and reservation, Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker, all the way to current-day events. The presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the George W. Hawkes Central Library, 101 E. Abram, Arlington, 76010. The public is welcome.
Nov. 13: “Writing Your Family’s Story” by Janet Paulos Khashab, presented by the Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society, in the Mesquite Main Library Meeting Room, 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. The workshop is 6:30- 7:45 p.m., with refreshments beginning at 6 p.m. The Public is invited and welcome to attend. Visit the organization’s website for more information.
Nov. 15: There will be an Ancestry in Action Workshop Series highlighting “DNA Solutions to Common Genealogical Problems” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fort Worth Public Library, 500 W. Third St. Speakers will be Michael Bassett and Randy Whited. Bassett will present, “DNA Testing for Genealogical Purposes.” Learn how DNA testing can be used to help family researchers overcome genealogical brick walls, make ancestral connections and provide useful information on biological and geographical heritage. Bassett discusses Y, MT and autosomal DNA, providing real-world examples. Speaker Randy Whited will present, “Evaluation of DNA Test Results to Support Genealogical Research.” Just as with any other source of genealogical records, DNA tests require an understanding of how the information was created and how to correctly interpret the evidence. Whited presents case studies highlighting how the three primary DNA tests (Y, MT and autosomal) are used to enhance genealogical research and discover relationships. Please, call (817) 392-7740 or email: email@example.com in order to reserve a seat. This workshop is free and light refreshments will be provided. Participants will break for an independent lunch. Please, also note that no experience with DNA research is necessary.
Nov. 15: The Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD presents Emily Youree as one of their “Legendary Locals of Fort Worth.” What makes a city vibrant, cultivated, interesting and exciting? What makes it different from all the rest? Its people, of course. The famous, the infamous, the ordinary, the extraordinary, the movers, the shakers – – the ranchers, the artists, the spiritual leaders, the outlaws, the politicians. All of them contributed to the tangy mix of cowboys and culture that is unique to Fort Worth. Emily Youree will share stories of Fort Worth’s legendary locals and their effect on the history and culture of this city. Youree is a freelance editor and writer with experience in all things editorial. She is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and blogs across the country. Coffee and snacks are served at 9:30 a.m. and the program is from 10 a.m.-noon. At the Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD (Second Floor, Metro Opportunity High School), 2720 Cullen St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Call 817-814-2040 or contact Lenna.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Admission is free.
Nov. 15: National Archives Fort Worth is open the third Saturday of every month, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Computers, microfilm machines, and free printing available. The NARA’s address is 2600 W. 7th St., Suite 162, 817-831-5620.
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 through 2015.
All year: The Arlington Public Library has a genealogy and local history department that includes a print and microfilm collection. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Sunday. Address is 101 E. Abram St., 817-459-6900.
All year: The Euless Public Library has genealogy resources, including Fold3, formerly known as Footnote, which is an online military database, and Newsbank, which provides access to newspapers and other news sources. 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. 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 Donald Crews and his discovery.
All year: Civil War Veterans Memorial, on property owned by Bedford Church of Christ, 2401 Bedford Road, Bedford, Texas 76021, next to historic Bedford Cemetery. Open from dawn to dusk, free admission. Park in west parking lot of 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 Like them on Facebook.
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. Contact (817) 246-2323, firstname.lastname@example.org or join them on Facebook.
All year: Arlington Family History Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington, 76016, 817-446-7088. Volunteers provide free genealogy assistance. 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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