Grand Prairie Genealogical Society

GPGS Monthly Meeting - September 1, 2016

The GPGS monthly meeting will be held at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library on Sept. 1, 2016.
Meet and Greet begins at 6:30 pm with the Program at 7:00 pm.
Visitors are always welcome!
"Preparing Your Shoe-Box for The Shoot"             
Everyone has a shoe-box--that collection of family photos, letters, documents, diaries and other papers that help tell the story of their family. The single most important thing any family historian can do is to preserve their shoe-box for posterity. The best way to preserve these items is to digitize them and then share the files with family, and some of them with the world. The GPGS Preservation Capture Set project has the tools and the skills to create high resolution images of most of your shoe-box. This talk will tell you how to prepare your shoe-box for digitization and, this may be even more important, some things we've learned about how to properly store these treasurers. Learn how to prevent newsprint from ruining photos; how to "iron" creases in folded documents; and which scrapbooks slowly destroy your stuff. Learning a better way to get your material ready will not only save time, but also prolong the life of your treasures. I'm not an archivist but I've helped archive a lot of shoe boxes. This talk, while not exhaustive, will include valuable lessons I have learned.  
Bio: John Wylie is the GPGS Library Liaison, Texas State Genealogical Society Outreach Chair
and Secretary of the Grand Prairie Historical Organization.

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The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society monthly meetings are back at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library,
901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie. 


Our GPGS President Bonnie Cockrum is one of the stars of the Grand Prairie Public Library's July "Check It Out" video.  She does an excellent job explaining our organization and describing our activities.  Visit the library's website at|||1|||1|||true to view the video.


At the August monthly meeting, the GPGS Nominating Committee's recommended slate of officers for the 2016-2017 year was unanimously elected.  Serving on our hardworking Nominating Committee were:  Mary Ann Hartsell, Chair, Owen (Beau) Garland and Rena Yarek.  The newly elected officers are as follows:
President:                         Mary Ann Hartsell
President-Elect:               Richard Waller
Secretary:                          Tetinia Savage
Treasurer:                         Marilyn Waters
Program Manager:          Barbara Wylie
Newsletter Editor:           Lee Ann Stone
Web Manager:                 Lynn Shumaker
Their terms of office begin September 1, 2016.
The Nominating Committee also recommended the following members to serve as Directors in the following capacities:
Historian/Publicity:         John Tull
Hospitality:                        Becky Garland
Library Liaison:                John Wylie
Membership:                     Carol Franklin
Cemetery Coordinator:    Regina Shumaker

MEETINGS 1st Thursday @ 7:00 pm

We always want to welcome visitors!.  Check the Events page for more information about all our activities.  And we love to hear from our visitors.  Please send us your comments, questions and queries to 


The new genealogy room at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, now to be known as the "Roots Room" is open.  Volunteers from the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society are working 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 Rewards

We want to remind everyone that if you shop at Kroger we'd love to have you designate GPGS on your card.  Every little bit helps.  If you already have us designated, August 1st is renewal time!  Visit the Kroger website at and add the GPGS's Kroger Community Rewards number, 84534 to your card.
Link your Tom Thumb Reward card to GPGS at using our ID# 12309.


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 antidotes.

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

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