Grand Prairie Genealogical Society


Have you signed up to bring refreshments to one of our 2015 meetings?  Becky and Beau are seeking members to share in the hospitality at our upcoming meetings by providing refreshments.  They will have the sign-up sheet at our next meeting, so be sure to pick your date.  Expect a call after the meeting if you haven't taken your turn.


If you've been planning to join the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society but just haven't done it, now is the time.  There are still plenty of excellent programs and activities like our annual lock-in coming up!  With half the year gone, the membership rate is discounted by half also.  So join now at the bargain price and enjoy the rest of GPGS year with us!


The GPGS 2015 Lock-In will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Main Library of the Grand Prairie Public Library System.  So, save the date!  And, watch this space for more information as it become available.

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, quesitons and queries to 

Executive Board Directors

The j2014/2015 year brings us a hard-working group of Directors who will work along side President Bonnie Steever Cockrum and the other officers.  Returning to the Executive Board are Hospitality Chairs Becky and Beau Garland who always do an excellent job making sure we have food and drink to spice up our meetings; Library Liaison John Wylie who will continue the fantastic job he has been doing coordinating and communicating with the public library staff; and Cemetery Committee Chair Regina Shumaker who will be continuing her leadership of the hard-working Cemetery Committee as they close in on the home stretch of that important project.  Joining these returning directors will be John Tull who will be taking over as Historian/Reporter.  No doubt you will see John taking many pictures throughout the year.  He will also be publicizing our meetings and events.  The final member of Executive Board Directors will be our immediate past president, Ben Grimes, who will serve as our Membership Director.  This is a brand new position.  We are looking to Ben to increase our membership and support the membership.  Our organization has an impressive volunteer base, and we appreciate the time and effort these directors give to our Grand Prairie Genealogical Society.

2014/2015 Officers

For the 2014/2015 year, a new slate of officers took their positions in September.  The election was held at the August meeting and our members have voted in the follow Officers who were installed at the September meeting:
  • President:                 Bonnie Steever Cockrum
  • President Elect:       Mary Ann Hartsell
  • Secretary:                 Lee Ann Stone
  • Treasurer:                John Cockrum
  • Program Manager: Pam Knight
  • Newsletter Editor:  Richard Waller
  • Web Manager:        Kathy Ritterhouse

Kroger 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.


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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