Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
WELCOME!
We are glad you discovered the webpage 
of the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society.
Please check 'Events' page for what's happening;
then browse our site and see what else we do....
Thank you for stopping by.  Come back again!
 

Meeting in person again at the Library!
 MEETINGS on 1st Thursday
"Meet and Greet" begins at 6:30 pm  -  Program follows at 7:00 pm
Visitors Always Welcome!
We will also be on Zoom for those unable to attend in person!
        To request a "Zoom" link contact "info@gpgstx.org".
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Check the Events page for more information about our activities. 
We love to hear from our visitors. 
Please send us your comments, questions and queries to  info@gpgstx.org


Interested in Joining GPGS? 
Members - Login to RENEW online! 
"Online Join" now available for  NEW  members!  Click on it at the left! 
Forgot your password?  Contact "membership@gpgstx.org"


"ROOTS ROOM" in Main Library

   The genealogy room at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, now known as the "Roots Room", is ready for you to do your research.
 The room has a second computer dedicated to local historical images digitized by our GPGS volunteers.  These images include Grand Prairie Tax Rolls from 1913 until tax collections were handled by the county in the 1970's. 
   A "family tree" depicted in the window is a montague made up of photos submitted to the library during the 2015 remodel.
 

 

Cemetery Committee

We still have some work to do at Southland Memorial Park.
  We will have room for more interested volunteers.  You are sure to enjoy the experience of knowing you might be helping someone locate the grave of a loved one.   Many levels of jobs are available...we're sure to find one to fit you!  If you would like to help, contact Regina. 


Fundraising Opportunities for GPGS

We want to remind everyone that if you shop at Kroger  - we'd love to have you designate GPGS on your Rewards Card!     Visit the Kroger website at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards and add the GPGS's Kroger Community Rewards number, KE117 to your card.    REMEMBER!  Kroger shoppers, if you’ve already designated us, they do require renewal on August 1st each year.     
 
Are you an Amazon Fan?  Purchase with purpose. Now you can make all your Amazon buying at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7136076 and Amazon donates to GPGS!
 
 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 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.  
 
     As technology provides greater resources for research  the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
faces new challenges for resources, equipment and training. 
 

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