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Workshop on telling your own story in Fort Worth Genealogy Feb. 24 – Mar. 2

Robyn Conley will help genealogists tell their own story at the February meeting of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society.
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. The museum’s hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment by calling 817-332-6049.

Feb. 24: General Meeting of the Grapevine Historical Society, 7 p.m., Grapevine Public Library, Program Room (near the foyer), 1201 Municipal Way. This month’s program is “Tales of Adventure: The Adventures of Zippy and Fuzzy” by Mark Lucas Kelly. All Grapevine Historical Society general meetings are open to the public. There is no admission fee.

Feb. 25: General Membership meetings of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society are conducted on the last Tuesday of each month with 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. This month’s speaker is Robyn Conley on “Writing Your Life’s Story.” This will be an interactive session to learn tips on writing a personal story. Genealogists often concentrate solely on their relatives’ past lives, but this session will help each genealogist focus on their own life story. Attendees will learn secrets published authors use when telling good stories, as well as a few organizational ideas to help the task feel less daunting.

March 1: Genealogists will learn from local speakers and from pre-recorded 2014 RootsTech workshop sessions at the fourth annual Arlington Family History Fair. The free event will be at Arlington Family History Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington, 76016. The event will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. It features general sessions and concurrent workshops on topics such as German emigration to Russia, using, U.S. ports of entry, American Indian research, finding African American ancestors, scrapbooking, using genealogy apps, and more. No pre-registration is required to attend the conference, but it requested so that organizers have an idea of how many people will attend each session. There is a charge for a complete syllabus and/or box lunch and a deadline of Feb. 25. Registration forms are located on the Arlington Family History Fair website. The Family History Center hours of operation are Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 817-446-7088.

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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