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.
Check out the pictures of recent meeting on "Meeting Photos" page! 
Visitors Always Welcome!
Check the Events page for more information about all our activities. 
We love to hear from our visitors. 
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2017-2018 Volunteer of the Year

 The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society Executive Board is proud to announce that Lee Ann Stone has been selected as the 2017-2018 Society's Volunteer of the Year.  Lee Ann volunteers as Editor of Roots and Branches, the GPGS Monthly Newsletter.  In addition, Lee Ann is a regular volunteer to the cemetery committee at Southland Memorial Park.  Lee Ann also works on the Preservation Committee; doing not only "shooting" and related tasks at Turner Library, but additionally keeps records of hours spent and documents digitized by the volunteers.  She learned the "QC process" and is currently tending to that "extra" task at home.  Lee Ann assisted John Wylie with Library Liaison duties and has provided volunteer hours receiving, tracking and sorting in the book exchange program that GPGS has created.  Additonally, outside of society operations, Lee Ann also volunteers at one of our area hospitals.
   Congratulations to Lee Ann Stone, our GPGS Volunteer of the Year.

"ROOTS ROOM" in Main Library

The genealogy room at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, now known as the "Roots Room", is open and ready for you to do your research.

Volunteers from the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society worked hard to arrange the collection in the room and added donated bound periodicals to the collection. 

Cemetery Committee

   Summer is over and our Cemetery Committee is ready to get back to work.  We made good  progress recording the 'eastern' portion but were not able to finish before the Texas heat drove us back inside.  We have begun recording the last four sections and now have to wait for the rain to give us a break so work can continue. 

   This very rewarding task is moving along but we have room for more interested volunteers.  If you would like to help, contact Regina.  Many levels of jobs are available...we're sure to find one to fit you! 

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 50 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. 

Fundraising Opportunities for GPGS

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, KE117 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. 
Purchase with purpose. Shop for back to school supplies at and Amazon donates to GPGS.
 Every little bit helps . . . Thanks for your help! 

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