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Federal court records research in Fort Worth Genealogy Sept. 1 - 7

The National Archives in Fort Worth has monthly Friday Freebies genealogy workshops, including one Sept. 5.
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Sept. 3: The Mansfield Historical Society meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center, 102 N. Main. Everyone is invited to attend. Contact 817-473-4250 or for more information.

Sept. 5: The National Archives of Fort Worth hosts its monthly “Friday Freebies” workshops the first Friday of the month. This month’s topic is “What Can I Find in Federal Court Records?” by Senior Archivist Barbara Rust. She will discuss the structure of the federal court system, a brief overview of civil and criminal proceedings, the type of documents genealogists can find, as well as some unusual finds. Workshop time is 12 noon-1 p.m. at the Montgomery Plaza location, 2600 W. 7th St., Suite 162, 817-831-5620. Space is limited, so contact 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.

Sept. 6: Exploring Más allá del Río Bravo: Breve Historia Mexicana del Norte de Texas (Beyond the Rio Bravo: A Brief Mexican History of North Texas) with Dr. Roberto Calderon, University of North Texas, Fort Worth Central Library.

Coming soon: The first presentation of the 2014-2015 Billy W. Sills Lecture Series, Sept. 13, at the Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD. Max Courtney will share his experiences in forensic science.

Registration open: The North Texas Genealogy Association, Wichita Falls TX, announces its fall seminar, Sept. 20, 2014. The guest speaker is D. Joshua “Josh” Taylor. For more than 15 years, Taylor has been an active genealogist, tracing the histories of families across the globe. He can be seen on “Genealogy Roadshow” (PBS), “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC and TLC). Seminar check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and the seminar is 9a.m.-4p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 909 10th St. (intersection of 10th St. and Travis), Wichita Falls, Texas. Deadline to register is Sept. 6. Visit the seminar website to learn more and to register.

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 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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