Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
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MEETINGS  1st Thursday @ 6:30 pm
The GPGS monthly meetings are held at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive,
"Meet and Greet" begins at 6:30 pm with the Program following at 7:00 pm.  
Visitors Always Welcome!
Check the Events page for more information about all our activities. 
We love to hear from our visitors. 
Please send us your comments, questions and queries to
March 2nd 2017 Program: Digital Photography for Genealogists
Presented by Tony Hanson, President of the Dallas Genealogical Society
See EVENTS for Details

2017 "Lock In"

  Our Annual Lock-In is coming up on March 24th from 6:00-10:00 pm.  We will be at the main library at 901 Conover, in Grand Prairie... and have the whole library to ourselves.   
     There are many questions we are all curious about in our families' past.  Some are easy to find----if you know how.  Some are not so easy but you can get help with your clues. Beginner, novice or expert, you are welcome to join us.  Questions?  The society members will be there to help answer your questions.  Need help searching?  Someone will be glad to assist you.  
     We're keeping things simple this year so everyone will have the opportunity to search the files, books and internet.  Gather your materials, grab your laptop and come for a night of research.  For those without laptops, the library computers will be available for your convenience.  You will be able to access certain websites where you would normally have to purchase a yearly membership. 
     Sharing family stories is an important part of living so bring another relative to join you in this adventure.  This is always a great night of fun and fellowship.  We hope you'll join the society members and guests to learn more about your ancestors. 
Don't be Late . . . Library Closes at 6:00 ! ! !  
Check In starts at 5:30.   Doors Will Be Locked at 6:00 ! ! !
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Preservation Capture Set Unveiled

TSGS unveiled the Preservation Capture Set at the recent 2016 Texas State Genealogical Society Annual Conference held in Dallas.  The PCS has been under development and beta testing at Grand Prairie Genealogical Society since April of 2016.  A lot of interest was generated at this showing and TSGS is anxious to get this project into full operation early in 2017.  Hear about it and see a short demo of it in use at 

Cemetery Committee in 2017

Our Cemetery Committee continues the recording of Southland Memorial Cemetery as weather allows.  Some above average temperatures and good conditions for "winter" have allowed us to keep working.  We continue to uncover an occassional marker hidden by grass and dirt erosion over time.
The quite rewarding task is moving along but we have room for more interested participants.  If you would like to help, contact Regina. Many levels of jobs are available...we're sure to find one to fit you! 

New "ROOTS ROOM" in Main Library

The new genealogy room at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, now known as the "Roots Room" is open. 

Volunteers from the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society worked hard to arrange the collection in the new room and add donated bound periodicals
to the collection. 

Stop by and see the new digs.

Kroger and Tom Thumb Shoppers!

We want to remind everyone that if you shop at Kroger or Tom Thumb -we'd love to have you designate GPGS on your Rewards Card!
    Visit Kroger website at and add the GPGS's Kroger Community Rewards number, 84534 to your card. Kroger shoppers, if you’ve already designated us, they do require renewal on August 1st each year.  
     To link your Tom Thumb Reward card to GPGS fill out the Tom Thumb Good Neighbor form found at   using our ID# 12309, then drop this form off at the courtesy desk at a Tom Thumb Store.  Members may visit secure downloads to get same form to fill out and take to store.
                                         Every little bit helps . . . Thanks for your help! 

Brief History   
     The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society was formed in the fall of 1967 by several
patrons of the Grand Prairie Memorial Library.    The first years formed a solid
foundation for this organization now celebrating more than 45 years.  
     The “DAR Patriot Index” was the first book our organization gave to the library,
who placed them in a barrister bookcase, for security.  By 1970 the collection of
research materials had grown significantly and a proposal was made to the library
that a separate section be established.  By 1971 GPGS had purchased a reader and
40 rolls of microfilm and various books for the library.  Over the years, the Genealogical Society
and it’s members have compiled and published a number of books.  Donating research materials
to the genealogical section continues to be a major focus for the Society.  Over the years, the Society
and the library have worked together to expand local research facilities and materials.

     In addition to the materials provided to the library, the
Grand Prairie Genealogical Society has
sponsored a number of workshops.  The first workshop was “How to get started in Genealogy” held
on Saturday, February 3, 1968.  A few in other years have included “Family Tree Climbing Can Be
Fun!” in 1977, A Civil War Workshop in 1988, “Organizing & Managing a Genealogical Project” in
1990, “Texas Our Texas” in 1997 and “A Day with Lloyd Bockstuck” in 2005.  We have also enjoyed
countless informative programs by Librarians, Professional Genealogists, Authors and a wide variety
of other speakers at our monthly meetings.  

     We manage to sneak fun in as well.  Besides all the talented speakers GPGS has benefited from
our own members who have shared their time, treasures, personal research materials and stories. 
The annual “Antless” Picnic held every July and the Christmas Potluck Celebration are always fun
and a hit with the members.   "What I did on my summer vacation" or "What I accomplished in my
genealogy research" are always interesting anecdotes.

     As technology provides greater resources for research  the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
faces new challenges for resources, equipment and training. 

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