Grand Prairie Genealogical Society

Celebrating 50 Years

    President Richard Waller welcomed founding member Mary Sinclair and Mayor Ron Jensen.  Mary was the second president of our society.  Mayor Jensen issued a proclamation honoring GPGS for our volunteer efforts over the years.  Guests enjoyed the beautiful cake (center photo) and punch and cookies served by event chair Bonnie Steever Cockrum and women of the society.
    Check out the "What's Happening in Grand Prairie Video" talking about our Celebration planning!  We are second on the program, so give it a few minutes.     https://youtu.be/J-bpMBgxhnA


WELCOME!
We are glad you discovered the webpage of the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society.
Please look through our site and see what we do. 
Thank you for stopping by.  Come back again!
 


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  info@gpgstx.org
 


Cemetery Committee in 2017

        We're back in the cemetery . . .
 
Our Cemetery Committee has resumed the recording of Southland Memorial Park Cemetery now that the heat of the summer is over.  Beautiful fall weather has begun and a prediction of a slightly above avergage temperature for the coming winter should allow us to make substantial progress.  We have made a good beginning to recording the 'eastern' portion starting at the north boundary and working our way south.  We have high hopes of getting all the way to the south end before winter sends us back inside.
This quite 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! 


"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. 
 
 
 
 
 


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 https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards 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  www.tomthumb.com/CMS/includes/docs/TomThumb-GoodNeighbor.PDF   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. 
 


A Proud Member of