Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
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Volunteer of the Year Named

Volunteer of the year 2016 - JOHN WYLIE
     John Wylie was chosen as this year's volunteer of the year
as he has worked relentlessly on many projects this year for
our Society.  Digitization of GP Tax Rolls, GP Woman's Club
scrapbooks, reshelving of genealogy books in the Roots Room
of our library, the Melba Woodson collection, are just a few of
the projects he has headed up the with help of many volunteers.
Although it was difficult to choose one person, in the end we chose
John Wylie for all of the above reasons & many more.
      And, of course,  "Thank You" to ALL of the GPGS volunteers throughout the year. . . we could not get anything done without our volunteers.

2016-2017 Board Installed

At the September monthly meeting, the GPGS Board members for the 2016-2017 year were installed.
We wish them well leading our society in the ongoing quest for new discoveries about our ancestors.
The newly installed board is 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
Historian/Publicity:         John Tull
Hospitality:                        Becky Garland
Library Liaison:                 John Wylie
Membership:                     Carol Franklin
Cemetery Coordinator:    Regina Shumaker

September "FundRaiser"  
September's Fundraiser Event was held at Dickey's Barbecue Pit On Carrier Parkway.  We had a really good turnout and a lot of "yummy" food was consumed.  We mixed the good food with plenty of conversation and everyone went home full.  Some of the group had gone home before the camera came out...sorry!  If you missed this event, be sure to watch for the next one in ‚Äčyour newsletter and your e-mail box.
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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,
Grand Prairie.   "Meet and Greet" begins at 6:30 pm with the Program following at 7:00 pm.
Visitors are always welcome!
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 

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.

Bonnie Cockrum on Library Video!

GPGS Past-President Bonnie Cockrum is one of the stars of the Grand Prairie Public Library's July
"Check It Out" video.  She does a great job explaining our organization and describing our activities.
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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 anecdotes.

     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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