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Sunday, March 29 through Sunday, April 5
CENSUS ACCESS - Via My Heritage  (Special Events)
On Your Computer . . .

As a follow up to the "Color the Black & Whites" last week, and to mark the 2020 U.S. Census, MyHeritage is providing free access to its entire collection of U.S. censuses, from March 29 through April 5.

The MyHeritage collection includes the full set of U.S. census records from 1790 to 1940, which consists of over 700 million records.  Use link below for direct access.







U.S. census records are an invaluable resource for genealogists with ties to the United States. Conducted every 10 years, they typically record the members of a household, their ages, places of birth, residence, occupation, immigration and citizenship details, marriage information, military service, and more. The breadth of their coverage makes them a critical resource for researching family history in the U.S.

You can read more information about the U.S. census records on Heritage's blog.


My Heritage, Why Should I Use It?
Thursday, May 7
My Heritage, Why Should I Use It?  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
Come spend the evening learning about the MyHeritage website. While this website has it roots in Europe, it has a lot of features to offer genealogists from all over the World including DNA, colorizing photos, reducing/eliminating the need for an external genealogy program (no matter if you are a Windows or a Mac user), and a free consistency checker (on and off-line) to name just a few. This website also gives you the ability to generate eight different types of charts and a family book.

 Kelli Merk began working on her genealogy when she attended a Continuing Education course on family history at Tarrant County College in the 1990's.  Since then, she has become a life member of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society in Euless, Texas and the Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants in Horner, West  Virginia.  She has taught class on various topics such as Getting Started on the internet using websites such as Heritage Quest, Cindy's List and Family Search among others.  She lives in Arlington and assists in the Family History Center on Wednesday evenings.

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders
Thursday, June 4
Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
On Hold -
Will Reschedule (June 4?)
Many Couples choose to marry in a location away from their home.  Sometimes, this decision is based on a romantic location or a place that allows them to marry now without a three-day waiting period.  These locations are referred to as a Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English ran because of Scotland's sympathetic marriage laws.
As researchers, we first realize a couple chose a different location because we can't find their extant marriage record.  Let's determine an appropriate strategy to find those records.

 J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in Southern resources and researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the Southeast.
Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border. With family history in both states, a knowledge of the interaction of citizens along borders helps Mark resolve difficult issues using often overlooked records. As a national and regional speaker, he has brought these areas of expertise along with his unique humor and southern style to many diverse audiences
He also serves as a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Research in the South for IGHR at Samford University and Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2, Faces of America, uneXplained (BIO) and Who Do You Think You Are?