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Free workshops and free research help in Fort Worth Genealogy May 12 - 18

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May 12: Grapevine Namedroppers meet the second Monday of the month in the Presentation Room of the Grapevine Public Library located at 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine, at 10:30 a.m. for local area support, questions and answers. These programs are free and open to anyone interested in learning how to find out about their family history. This month’s speaker is Tresa Tatyrek about Ancestry’s Learning Center.

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May 13: The Arlington Genealogical Society meets the second Tuesday of months September through June at 6:30 p.m. in the Community room of the Arlington Central Library, 101 E. Abram St. This month’s topic is “Using media and technology to navigate genealogy’s changing landscape.”

May 15: The Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Main Branch 900 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, 75051 has volunteer genealogy members who introduce patrons to the genealogy room in the library on the third Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m.

May 17: 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.

May 17: National Archives Fort Worth hosts a free workshop, “Getting back to basics: A beginner’s guide to researching military records,” 10-11 a.m. at their Montgomery Plaza location, 2600 W. 7th St., Suite 162, 817-831-5620. The presenter is Archives Technician Lawrence Wright. Make reservations by email, ftworth.education@nara.gov.

May 17: Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD presents J’Nell Pate speaking on “Early Immigration and its Effect on Fort Worth,” 10 a.m.-noon, Billy W. Sills Center for Archives/FWISD (Metro Opportunity High School, second floor), 2720 Cullen St., Fort Worth, 76107. J’Nell Pate will share stories of early immigration to Fort Worth and its effect on the culture of the city. Pate is retired from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, where she taught history and government. She is the author of nine books, including “Livestock Legacy: The Fort Worth Stockyards, 1887–1987” and “North of the River: A Brief History of North Fort Worth.” Admission is free. Call 817-814-2040 for more information.

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, debeejay@aol.com or Roy Combrink (817) 292-5419, croycom39@yahoo.com.

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 mansfieldmuseum@sbcglobal.net http://www.mansfieldhistory.org/. 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, questions@texascivilwarmuseum.com 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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