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Using PERSI article index for research in Fort Worth Genealogy July 28 – Aug. 3

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July 28: General meeting of the Grapevine Historical Society, 7 p.m., Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way, “History of the Grapevine Fire Department” by former Fire Chief Bill Powers and current Fire Chief Steve Bass (who is retiring this July) and his successor Chief Darrell Brown. This meeting is free and open to the public.

July 29: 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. This month’s topic is PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index that indexes articles from genealogical and historical journals, magazines, etc. Attendees will learn how to access it to find more on their families. The speaker is Lela Golightley Evan, who is on staff as librarian at University of North Texas at Dallas since December 2009. She volunteers as a county coordinator for the USGenWeb Project and is a regionally known speaker for historical and genealogical subjects. Contact Debbie Pearson for more information, debeejay@aol.com or (817) 691-3257.

July 30: "Who Do You Think You Are?" airs on TLC in Dallas/Fort Worth, 8 p.m. each Wednesday. Genealogy experts help celebrities trace their ancestry. Viewers can watch previous episodes online.

Aug. 1: The National Archives of Fort Worth hosts its monthly “Friday Freebies” workshops the first Friday of the month. This month’s topic is “Preserving Your Family Papers” by Archivist Ketina Taylor. 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 ftworth.education@nara.gov 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.

Registration 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.

Registration 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 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 mansfieldmuseum@sbcglobal.net 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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