Grand Prairie Genealogical Society

MEETINGS 1st Thursday @ 7:00 pm

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Incoming Officers

It's a new year for GPGS and we have a new slate of officers that will take their positions in September.  The election was held at the August meeting and our members have voted in the follow Officers to be installed at the September meeting:
  • President:                 Bonnie 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
Preparations have already begun to have a smooth transission.  The Board met on Tuesday night with both the current board and invited the incoming members as well.  Everyone gave a short explaination of duties and a more solid outline will be ready as soon as the Policies and Procedures Manual is finished.  It is expected shortly. 
 
Bonnie Cockrum certainly has the energy for the incoming President.  With all the Grand Prairie History books she has been able to sell in the last couple of months she's proven to be a real fire cracker.  She's acquired another box so Mary Ann will have a jump start on her fundraising for the upcoming year.  Lea Ann is a breath of fresh air for the Board.  As a new member it's great to see her getting involved.  John Cockrum and Richard are staying in the same positions they had but Pam is taking on the roll of Program Manager once again and Kathy Ritterhouse is going to learn all the in's and out's of our website. 
 
Congratulations to our new officers!  Here's wishing you a great year.

Membership Renewal

And speaking of renewal.  GPGS's new membership year is approaching September 1st.
 

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!  Next time you're in the store be sure to ask the cashier to renew your committment, or you can go on-line to update your information.  Check the Announcement Page for more details.
 
Also, August is renewal month!  It's a new membership year.
 
 

Welcome

 
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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