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


Need HELP on Your Family Tree?
             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 advance 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 
 
Thinking About Joining GPGS?
First time Members...now until end of August - 1/2 price!
Just $7.50 for individual or $10. for family (in one household).
 
 


Congratulations Grand Prairie Public System!

 
The Grand Prairie Public Library System has received the 2018 Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Director's Association (TMLDA.) TMLDA is an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League. Each year TMLDA confers awards for outstanding contributions to the public libraries. To successfully receive the Achievement of Library Excellence Award, the applicant must exhibit excellence in providing services to underserved and special populations, in enhancing services in marketing their programs and services in innovative ways, in promoting summer reading clubs, in pursuing collaborative efforts, in supporting workforce development, in providing digital inclusion and in comprehensively training staff.


"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

   Spring has sprung!  Well, on the calendar at least!  It won't be long before we can resume recording and photographing grave markers in Southland Memorial Park.  The finish line is in sight; and we are anxious to get back to work.

   You are sure to enjoy the experience of knowing you might be helping someone locate the grave of a loved one.  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 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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