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Free art exhibits and lectures in Fort Worth Genealogy Feb. 3 - 9

Genealogists with French lineage will enjoy this presentation by Texas Christian University
Suzanne Fritz

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 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. 5: Genealogists with French lineage will be interested in Texas Christian University’s Women’s Studies Program, “Men and Guns: The Art of the Hunt in Eighteenth-Century France,” presented by Dr. Amy Freund. This program will be held at Texas Christian University at Moudy N 142 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 6: The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector, Euless. Visitors are welcome at 6:30 p.m. for the social and at 7 p.m. for the general meeting. This month’s speaker is Meg Hacker, director of operations, Southwest Region of the National Archives and Records Administration, speaking on “19th Century Fort Smith Criminal Cases.”

Feb. 7: The National Archives of Fort Worth hosts its monthly “Friday Freebies” workshops the first Friday of the month. This month’s topic “19th Century Fort Smith Criminal Cases,” presented by director of operations Meg Hacker. 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.

Feb 8: Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD presents Max Courtney speaking on “James Courtney: Soldier, Farmer, Enigma.” Max Courtney will introduce the audience to his great grandfather, James Courtney, a Civil War Union cavalryman. Presentation is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD, 2720 Cullen St., Fort Worth, 76107. For information contact 817-814-2040 or

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 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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