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Workshops start the new year in Fort Worth Genealogy Jan. 20 - 26

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Jan. 25: Fort Worth Genealogical Society begins the free 2014 Beginners Workshop with the first session, “How to get started and organizational hints,” presented by Terri Meeks. The Beginners Workshops are scheduled on the fourth Saturday of each month, January through August, 10:30 a.m.-12: p.m. Meetings are free and open to the public and do not require registration. Workshops are at the Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown), 500 W. Third St., in the Chappell Meeting Room, next to the auditorium. Contact terri.meeks@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Jan. 25: Fort Worth Genealogical Society Computer Users Group meetings deal with using computers and the Internet in genealogical research. They are hands-on sessions at the Computer Lab's 24 work stations. Meetings are free and open to the public. They are held from 2-4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month, January through August, at the Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown), 500 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth, at the Intel Computer Lab. For more information contact Debbie Pearson, debeejay@aol.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 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 mansfieldmuseum@sbcglobal.net

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, 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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