Many facilities are closed in DFW Monday (no genealogy activity was scheduled today anyway), possibly through Wednesday, due to icy conditions. Contact all museums, libraries, and genealogical organizations to check their schedules this week.
Feb. 24: General Membership meetings of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society are conducted on the last Tuesday of each month with the exception of December. This month’s topic is “Tarrant County Land Records,” presented by Mary Louise Garcia, County Clerk of Tarrant County. Her presentation will cover changes coming to the Tarrant County Courthouse. These changes will be relevant to the use of land records. Meetings are at Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown), 500 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Contact Don Crews for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 691-3257.
Feb. 24: “Genealogy Roadshow” airs on KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, Tuesdays at 7 p.m., through Feb. 24. The final episode is a recap of the season.
Feb. 25: 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.
Feb. 28: 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 offered on the fourth Saturday (not the last Saturday) of the 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 topic is “Using the Federal Census for Family Research.” The session will include an explanation of each census, information available on each census, places censuses are available, suggestions for keeping track of the information, explanation of soundex coding, mortality schedules, 1890 schedule of union veterans from the Civil War, slave schedules, state and territorial censuses, agricultural census, Indian records, AIS (Accelerated Indexing System). Handouts can be downloaded here in advance.
Feb. 28: 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, January through August, at the Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown), 500 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth, at the Intel Computer Lab. For more information contact Debbie Pearson, email@example.com This month’s topic is “Using the Federal Census for Family Research,” presented by Ed McCoy. Attendees will explore many digital forms and places to find census records for free or paid subscriptions. They will also learn some tips on how to search these records and interpret them.
Feb. 28: The Texas State Chapter of the Dames of the Court of Honor will have a luncheon meeting for its members, 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. The program is “Lee in the Shadow of Washington” with speaker and author Richard McCaslin. The meeting will be at the Lakewood Country Club, 6430 Gaston Ave., Dallas. Visit their website to learn about membership requirements.
Through Feb. 28: The second annual Juried Art Show & Exhibition presented by the Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society will be held Feb. 1-28 at the Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum in Fort Worth. Exhibited art work will range from framed and canvas pieces to acrylic, watercolor, mosaic, wire and textile (quilt) and there will also be student art on display. The winners of the juried art show will be announced at a corporate reception, 6-8 p.m., Feb. 12. Admission is free. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and also on Saturday, February 21 and 28. Special tours can be arranged by contacting the museum at 817-332-6049.
Coming March 7: The 2015 Arlington Texas Stake Family History Fair, Saturday, March 7, 2015. They will have a full roster of experienced presenters with information to help in the search for ancestors.
Through April 30: The Dallas Genealogical Society is accepting entries for 2015 Writing Contest. This is the third year that 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 amateurs and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted January 1 through April 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in July, 2015. Visit their website for information and guidelines.
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 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, 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 Gerry Gieger and the research he did on his wife’s behalf before she passed away.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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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