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Advice on preserving family records in Fort Worth Genealogy Mar. 24- 30

Preserving family records
Suzanne Fritz

March 24: Grapevine Historical Society general meeting, 7 p.m., Grapevine Public Library Program Room (off the entry foyer), 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine, 76051. The program will be, “Living portrayal of the legendary Sam Houston” by Jack Edmondson. Noted historian, author, and story-teller Jack Edmondson will present a “living portrayal” of the legendary Sam Houston. Edmondson has performed for re-enactments and television documentaries for the History Channel and the “Unsolved Mysteries” television series. Meetings are open to the public and admission is free.

March 26: 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 fourth Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon.

March 27: This event was a late addition to the NARA calendar. From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Pamela Najar-Simpson, Preservation Program Officer from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., will be at the National Archives Fort Worth, Montgomery Plaza location, to present tips on preserving family records. She is also offering an opportunity for attendees to bring paper-based items and photos for advice on how to preserve them. Space is very limited so this is by reservation only. Contact NARA at or call 817-831-5620 to reserve a spot.

March 27: The Honorable Philip Livingston Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists; General Edward H. Tarrant Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812; Governor Thomas Hinckley Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century; and Texas Society, Daughters of Colonial Wars will host an awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Ridglea Country Club Garden Room, 3700 Bernie Anderson, Fort Worth, Texas.

March 27: Celebrate Women’s History Month with the National Archives at Fort Worth as they present, “HERstory: Women in the Records of the National Archives” at 6:30 pm. Join Archivist Ketina Taylor and Education Specialist Jenny Sweeney for a special look at records related to women at the National Archives. Time periods included range from the Revolutionary War Era to the current day. Space is limited, so email to reserve a spot. The address is 2600 W. 7th St., Suite 162 and phone is 817-831-5620.

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: 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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Preserving family records
Preserving family records Suzanne Fritz

Preserving family records

The National Archives of Fort Worth is presenting a late-breaking opportunity for genealogists to get advice from an archivist from Washington, D.C.

Women's History Month at NARA
Women's History Month at NARA Suzanne Fritz

Women's History Month at NARA

The National Archives Fort Worth presents the story of women in the archive records. This will be a unique opportunity to see which records about women are kept for posterity.

National Archives Fort Worth
National Archives Fort Worth Judy Everett Ramos

National Archives Fort Worth

The National Archives Fort Worth hosts its workshops in the Montgomery Plaza location. There are computers, printers, and access to software for researchers.

Fort Worth Public Library
Fort Worth Public Library Judy Everett Ramos

Fort Worth Public Library

The Fort Worth Public Library has an extensive genealogy section. The staff and volunteers can assist genealogists with research. The library also hosts the meetings of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society.

Arlington Family History Center
Arlington Family History Center Judy Everett Ramos

Arlington Family History Center

There is a research room next door to the church. Genealogists can order microfilm, use computers, and get free advice from volunteers. The church also serves as the location for the annual family history fair.