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Thursday, July 11
Annual "Antless Picnic"  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie
   Bring a covered dish to share with everyone.  This is our time to share stories, photos, family search successes, or family treasures;  so bring something to show or a short story to tell.
   It's a fun and relaxing evening inside without the heat or ants.

Fundraiser-Roma's Italian Bistro
Thursday, July 18
Fundraiser-Roma's Italian Bistro  (Fundraisers)
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
101 W. Main Street, Grand Prairie
Grab a family member, a friend, even an enemy and come on out to GPGS October Fundraiser.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there!  The fundraiser is all day but you can find members present beginning about 5:00pm

Baking, Soil Erosion, Rats...Oh No.!
Thursday, August 1
Baking, Soil Erosion, Rats...Oh No.!  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
Jenny McMillen Sweeney will speak on Baking, Soil Erosion, and Rats...Oh My!: Records of the Extension Service
The Records of the Extension Service are some of the most interesting records held at the National Archives…and you just never know what you might find!  They provide a glimpse into local history and can even possibly aid individuals in genealogical research. Join Education Specialist, Jenny Sweeney from the National Archives at Fort Worth to explore these fascinating records.
Jenny McMillen Sweeney is passionate about genealogy.  She is an Education Specialist at the National Archives at FortWorth.  She has been with the National Archives for over 11 years and enjoys providing education/outreach programs to teachers, students, and the general public on using NARA's records.  While at NARA she has co-authored the eBook Baseball:  The National Pastime in the National Archives with her NARA Education colleagues.  Prior to coming to NARA, Sweeney worked as the Education and Tour Programs Manager at the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum for the Texas Rangers.  While in graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington, Sweeney was fortunate to be an intern at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  Sweeney lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband Tom, daughter Julia, and crazy English Pointer in Rosie the Riveter!


Friday, August 2 through Saturday, August 3
Walker County Tx G S. LOCK-IN  (Other Societies/Organizations)
10:00 am

Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2019 Summer Seminar
Saturday, August 3
Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2019 Summer Seminar  (Other Societies/Organizations)
10:00 am to 4:45 pm
J. Eric Johnson Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas, TX
The Dallas Summer Seminar will host Legal Genealogist Jury Russell.  She will be speaking on Their Day In Court: Tracing Your Ancestors Through Courthouse Records.  See the attached flyer for more details

DNA Workshop with Roger Cobb
Saturday, August 10
DNA Workshop with Roger Cobb  (Special Events)
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr. Inspire Room, Grand Prairie, TX

Roger Cobb will hold a “how-to” workshop on connecting your DNA with genealogy. He starts with very short general rules for finding matches, and then works with each individual or small groups.

To attend this workshop, you must have had your DNA tested, a laptop computer and be signed up for the class. Seating is limited. If you haven't signed up, send me an email at to put your name on the list.

If you don't have a laptop to bring, you can borrow one from the GP library with Ancestry on it. If you are borrowing a computer, please bring at least one flash drive with your raw DNA copied on it. Bring your lunch.

If you need a free genealogy program, one is available to download, either on your laptop, or on a flash drive. It is called MPAFUG. If you are borrowing one the laptops and you are not an Ancestry user, this free genealogy program could be of use to you.  But, be sure to have your family tree available.

Roger Cobb's instructions and information on this program are below:

The name of the program is “Personal Ancestral File”

  • MPAFUG stands for “Milwaukee Personal Ancestral File User Group”

  • My wife and I are members of the group.

  • To obtain the software program Google- MPAFUG .

  • Do not sign in or give your name.

  • On the left side at the bottom it will state “Download PAF”.

  • I would download it to a Thumb Drive or your Desktop. You now have your own Genealogy Software Program.

  • If you have problems with the program, I can show you at the Seminar how to use it. The best part of this is that its free, and does not have to be updated.

FWGS Summer Seminar
Saturday, August 17
FWGS Summer Seminar  (Other Societies/Organizations)
9:00 am
Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson Blvd., Fort Worth
The Fort Worth Genealogical Society is excited to announce our August seminar speaker will be Dr. Debbie Duay, the newly elected Florida State NSDAR Vice Regent. Debbie is also president of the Florida State Genealogical Society. She has helped more than 500 people join the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, but her research experience goes far beyond that. Whatever your research goals and experience, this is the seminar for you.
     Details:  Check-In begins at 8:15 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 (4 presentations) Cost: FWGS Members - $50; non-members $60 Late registration: From August 1 st through 9 th , please add $10. Absolutely no registrations accepted after August 9 th . Lunch: Included. For more information: Contact: or 817-847-5579 (Please leave a message.)

Annual FGS Conference
Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24
Annual FGS Conference  (Other Societies/Organizations)
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC

Visit the conference page to reserve your spot for:

  • Guided pre-conference research at NARA, Library of Congress, and DAR Library
  • Librarians' Day at Library of Congress
  • Sessions on topics like Mid-Atlantic Region, Women’s Studies, Colonial History & Settlement as well as three separate DNA tracks 
  • Sponsored luncheons
  • FGS Focus on Societies dinner
  • "Swing Back to the 30s with Your Ancestor" event

Hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies in cooperation with sponsoring local societies, corporate sponsors, and partner organizations, FGS 2019 offers a new full four-day format jam-packed with topics of interest to every genealogist. Whether you’re a beginner just starting to explore your family history or an old hand at research, the wide variety of new and inclusive topics offers something for you. And true to its own roots as a federation composed of genealogical societies, FGS offers society management topics throughout all four days of the conference rather than a Wednesday-only focus as in years past.

Come early and stay late!

Build Our Flag
Thursday, September 5
Build Our Flag  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
It is with great honor that GPGS welcomes these three Sojourns as they Build Our Flag.  The program will be narrated by Ed Chandler, a retired Major in the United States Air Force.  He is joined by Jerry Hudson a retired Air Force Captain and the Honorable B.J. Young also retired.  All three men are Masons and Past Presidents of the National Sojourners General Wm. J. Worth Chapter 463 as well as past Commanders of the Cowpens Camp of Heroes of ’76. 
Delightfully dressed in Revolutionary Style Uniforms, they present a stirring presentation of the history of the American Flag.  They Build Our Flag stripe by stripe and star by star giving the history behind each change that is made.  Learn more about our country as you see the history of our flag unfurled. 
Ending with a patriotic oration, the group will then be happy to answer questions.  Join us for this wonderful history lesson presented by three patriots who served our country.

Writing a Family History: Layout
Thursday, October 3
Writing a Family History: Layout  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr. Inspire Room, Grand Prairie, TX

You’ve organized your ancestors in group and pedigree charts, written their stories, cited sources, stacked photographs into piles, collected pertinent maps, scanned copies of original documents—now what are you going to do? It is time for the next step: Arranging all of this work into a publishable family history.

While this task can seem dauting, it doesn’t have to be. Learn the do’s and don’ts of page layout and design to create a professional looking book as well as one that invites the reader to keep on reading. Your ancestors—past, present and future—will thank you.

PAT GORDON was on the staff of the defunct annual Angelina College Genealogy Conference and still does occasional society seminars. She is past president of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from University of Texas at Arlington and a M.S. in Media Studies from Texas Christian University.



2019 TSGS Family History Conference
Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13
2019 TSGS Family History Conference  (Other Societies/Organizations)
Omni Houston Hotel Westside, Houston, TX
Blazing Family Trails