Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
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             GPGS will help you ... FREE!
Assistance available!  Contact us at "quickhelp@gpgstx.org". 
  A volunteer will contact you OR come early to a meeting!
                       Let's Get Started!
 
 
MEETINGS 1st Thursday @ 6:30 pm
GPGS meets monthly at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive.
Our 'Quick Help' Desk is open at 6:00 prior to each regular meeting...no appointment necessary!
"Meet and Greet" begins at 6:30 pm  -  Program follows at 7:00 pm.
Check out the pictures of recent meetings on "Meeting Photos" page! 
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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
 


TxSGS Fellow Award

Texas State Genealogical Society Honors John V. Wylie as Fellow at its 2019 Family History Conference in Houston.

     John Wylie has generously served genealogy for over 25 years as a volunteer on boards for local, state, and national organizations, among them the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society, the Dallas Genealogical Society, TxSGS, the National Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Throughout his years of service, John communicated his conceptualization of genealogical research as it changed with the influence of technology and then channeled these new ideas into action. Foremost among John’s visionary efforts were: founding GenTech with four others in 1991; serving on the acclaimed GenTech Data Model Working Group; chairing three national GenTech conference committees; and guiding design of the TxSGS Preservation Capture System (PCS) from conception to completion with the assistance of the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society and the TxSGS PCS Committee.
John’s influence has been felt throughout Texas on the local and state level. His early work with GenTech positioned Texas as an important pioneer in digital preservation. His passion for acting locally on the broader genealogical landscape has shown through his creation of the Partner Society Sharing Sessions, development of the Preservation Capture System, and leadership of local societies and organizations. His vision for the future of TxSGS led to changes in the TxSGS bylaws, positioning TxSGS for growth, education, and records preservation in the 21st century. 
Capturing and sharing information is key to the TxSGS mission of preserving records for future generations. John led TxSGS to fulfill this mission by seeing the possibilities of technology and what volunteers can do with that technology. 
     See TxSGS Press Release for full article...
 


2019 Volunteer of the Year

             Since her membership in 1993, Ruth has taken the attitude of “paying it forward”. Ruth does extractions from old Grand Prairie newspapers to appear in the GPGS newsletter.  She has done so for more than two decades as well as posting Area Deaths to our website.  
            Several years ago, Ruth was involved in editing and indexing a society ancestral publication, Ancestry Connection, which is now in our local library as well as many homes.  She has served on the society Board of Directors in different capacities; Treasurer, Library Liaison and Newsletter Editor.  She has also served on different committees such as the By-Laws revision committee in 2007 and the Cemetery Committee.  Her efforts serve not only the Grand Prairie community and our society but genealogy as a whole.  
            You might find it hard to know all of the things Ruth has contributed as she is a quiet and humble lady.    Ruth was awarded a Lifetime Membership to GPGS in 2007 and her behind the scenes efforts continue as she is the Volunteer of the Year for 2019.  


"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

  Summer is now in our rear view mirror.  Now, we can continue recording and photographing grave markers in Southland Memorial Park before cold weather arrives.   There should be many pleasant days available to get back to work. The finish line is in sight!
  We 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. 


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. 
 


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 https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards 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  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. 
 
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! 
 
 


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