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
February 2nd 2017 Program: Mining the Gems In A Civil War Pension File
Presented by Bernard Meisner, PhD CCM  - See EVENTS for Details
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"

Save the Date . . . Friday, March 24, 2017
Check the "Events Page" to learn more.

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

Our Cemetery Committee had a good 
day at Southland Memorial Saturday, 
November 6th.  Nine of our workers
showed up for a busy day of recording,
cleaning and photographing grave
markers.  A couple had left before we 
got the camera pointed in the direction
of "the crew".  We have many levels of
jobs available; 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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