Dec. 5: The National Archives of Fort Worth hosts its monthly “Friday Freebies” workshops the first Friday of the month. This month’s topic is “New and Improved American Indian Online Resources” by Archives Director Meg Hacker. Workshop time is 12 noon-1 p.m. at the Montgomery Plaza location, 2600 W. 7th St., Suite 162, Fort Worth, 76107. Phone number is 817-831-5620. Space is limited, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to attend. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch to enjoy while attending this free workshop. Call (817) 831-5620 with questions.
Dec. 6: “Past meets present in downtown Fort Worth” with Rene Gomez, senior librarian, Fort Worth Library, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Tandy Lecture Hall, Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., 817-392-7701. Admission is free. Rene Gomez will highlight “Into the Past,” an upcoming library project merging historic photographs with recent images to illustrate changes to familiar locales over time. Also, find out how to help raise awareness of historic places in the Fort Worth area through online photography collaborations such as the National Register of Historic Places WikiProject and Historypin, which are always seeking volunteers. A native of Fort Worth, Rene Gomez is a senior library in the Genealogy, Archives, and Local History unit of the Fort Worth Library. He holds a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and has been with the library since 2001.
Coming Dec. 11: Mid Cities Genealogical Society (MCGS) will move its first Thursday monthly meeting to the second Thursday of December. The group will host its annual holiday party. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. The main course will be provided by MCGS. Attendees are asked to bring their favorite covered dish, serving utensils, a gift to exchange ($5) and a donation of non-perishable food for Six Stones Mission Network. (Six Stones particularly needs spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, crackers, Hamburger Helper, cereal, canned meat, and jellies.) They also need volunteers to assist with set-up, which will begin around 4:30 p.m.
Coming Dec. 11: Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society will meet from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Mesquite Main Library Meeting Room, 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite, Texas 75149. The topic is “Holiday Treats and Exciting Discoveries.” Attendees will have five minutes each to talk about their most exciting genealogical discovery this year.
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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