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Conferences and local history program in Fort Worth Genealogy June 23 - 29

Western Migrations is the topic of the 2014 Fort Worth Genealogical Society seminar in August.
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June 23: General meeting of the Grapevine Historical Society, 7 p.m., program room of the Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way. The program is “170 Years of Grapevine History: 1844-2014” by Sallie Andrews and Pam Price. Andrews and Price will take Grapevine’s history decade by decade to present a pictorial and factual history of how the decades of development brought Grapevine from a little farming settlement to the international city that it is today. The year 2014 marks the 170th anniversary of the community of Grapevine. Andrews and Price actively participate in the Heritage Education Program presenting tours of Grapevine’s Main Street, Heritage Center, and Nash Farm as they share the rich history of the community of Grapevine as well as the history of the Grape Vine Prairie to both students and adults. Admission is free.

June 24: General Membership meetings of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society are conducted on the last Tuesday of each month with the exception of December. Meetings are at Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown), 500 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Contact Debbie Pearson for more information, or (817) 691-3257. As of June 22, this group’s website was down and this month’s topic could not be confirmed.

June 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. As of June 22, the group’s website was down and this month’s topic could not be confirmed. Contact the Fort Worth Public Library, 817-392-7701.

June 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. As of June 22, the group’s website was down and this month’s topic could not be confirmed. Contact the Fort Worth Public Library, 817-392-7701 or Debbie Pearson,

June 28-29: “Cherokee History” is free and open to all. There is limited seating. The event will be at 1261 Record Crossing Road. This event is hosted by Cherokee Community North Texas, 2911 Esters Road #3430, Irving, Texas 75062. To Reserve a seat, include attendee’s name and the names of all those in the party, attendee’s address, phone number, and the best time to be reached, and any questions about the event the attendee may have. Seating capacity is limited to 40 people. Address all questions by mail, or to CCNT's e-mail address, or Visit their website or Facebook page.

Registration now open: “A Genealogy Journey to Another Time, Another Place” at the 18th Annual Angelina College Genealogy Conference, Thur.-Sat., July 17, 18, 19, Angelina College Campus at Lufkin, Texas. Two optional all-day sessions are offered Thursday and attendees select one. Conference is Friday and Saturday with concurrent sessions throughout the day. There will be exhibitors, vendors and an opportunity to network with other researchers.

Registration now open: The Fort Worth Genealogical Society presents its annual summer seminar. This year’s speaker, Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck will discuss “Western Migrations.” The event is from 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., August 9, at Trinity Terrace Towers, 1600 Texas St. in Fort Worth. Registration fee is $40 per person through July 31 and $45 per person beginning August 1. For more information contact Debbie Pearson (817) 691-3257, or Roy Combrink (817) 292-5419,

Registration now open: The Dallas Genealogical Society presents its summer symposium July 11 and 12 featuring John Colletta, author and genealogy lecturer. The event will be held at the Dallas Public Library: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas. Registration details are online.

Registration now open: Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2014 will be Aug. 27-30 in San Antonio. Registration details and schedule are online.

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 Sheryl Rascher. By reading the Texas State Genealogical Society Journal, “Stirpes,” Sheryl was able to learn about Texas First Families and eventually obtain a certificate.

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 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, 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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