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Ancestry research for teens in Fort Worth Genealogy Feb. 17 - 23

Teenagers will learn to use social media for genealogy research in this free workshop.
Suzanne Fritz

Some venues, such as public libraries, may be closed for Presidents Day. Call or check websites first.

Through Feb. 28: The Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society presents an art exhibition, “Preserving the Past in the Present for the Future.” This exhibit will be held at the Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum, located at 1020 E. Humbolt St., Fort Worth, 76104. It will run Feb. 1-28. A free public reception will be held Feb. 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. The museum’s hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment by calling 817-332-6049.

Feb. 19: Isaac Low Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas monthly meeting, 10 a.m. Contact Registrar Rita Bryan for more information,

Feb. 22: 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.

Feb. 22: The Beginners Workshop is a series of eight free presentations sponsored by the Fort Worth Genealogical Society that are open to the public. This month’s workshop 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). 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. and are hosted by Terri Meeks. Contact for information.

Feb. 22: 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,

Feb. 22: Second in the free, “History Anonymous” series at the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. This series tries to bring a deeper and better understanding of the people, events, and forces that have shaped people and history. The topic for this session is, “Connection and Intersection: The Highways of the West,” presented by Robin Jett, who will speak about “The Hunt for the Red River” and Kevin Eades, speaking about “The Story of the Short Line.” The session will be 10:30 a.m.-Noon, in the Northwest Campus Library Foyer, 3rd Floor WTLO.

Feb. 22: The Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, along with genealogist and family historian, Anna Guy-Burroughs, presents: “Who’s in Your Genes? For Teens,” 10 a.m. at Baker Chapel AME Church, 1050 Humbolt St., Fort Worth, 76104. Attendees will learn more about themselves by discovering their ancestors. Attendees will learn how to use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to learn more about their ancestors. Attendees are asked to bring information about an ancestor to discuss. To register for this free event or for more information, contact the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society at: INFO@TARRANTCOUNTYBLACKHISTORY.ORG or call(817)332-6049.

Feb. 22: Texas Society Dames of the Court of Honor will have its second Luncheon and Meeting of the 2013-2015 Term, 11:45 a.m., Lakewood Country Club, 6430 Gaston Ave., Dallas. Guest Speaker is Elizabeth Cawthon, Ph.D. of the University of Texas at Arlington, “The Boston Massacre Trials.” Reservations must be made by Feb. 18. Contact Collenn Petosa,, 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 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 latest story is about local genealogist Debbie Pearson.

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 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

All year: Military Museum of Fort Worth, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 712 Dorothy Lane, Fort Worth, 76107. Admission is free. Closed major holidays. The museum focus is the military as it pertains to Texas veterans. The museum presents military artifacts and the stories about them in order to educate the public. Call (817) 386-9498 or visit their Facebook page to learn more.

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, 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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