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“Google My Maps”
Thursday, March 7
“Google My Maps”  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 903 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie TX
Meeting in person and Virtual Via Zoom! 
Our March program, presented by Linda Debe, will be delivered via Zoom!  Linda is a well known genealogist and we are excited that she will be presenting on “Google My Maps”.  A way to use Google maps to trace your family.   
Bio:  Linda Debe is a lecturer, writer, and lifelong student with 40 years of genealogy experience. 
She has many genealogy passions, but she gets really excited when it comes to technology. Her motto is work smarter, not harder, and technology allows her to do just that especially when it comes to maps and time lines. She has spoken to numerous genealogy audiences and has a you tube channel where she creates short technology how-to videos.
She holds an AAS degree in Electronics Technology from the United States Air Force.  She is an alum of Pro Gen 54, a coordinator for Pro Gen 64, and she expects to graduate from the International Institute for Genealogical Studies in 2024. She has attended national genealogical conferences and week-long institutions to further her education.  She is a member of several state and local genealogical societies where she conducts research. 
Being Microsoft Office certified in Access and Excel, she applies her training by creating automated spreadsheets helping with genealogy research. Linda created a free Google calendar for genealogists to locate and register for genealogical educational opportunities.  Located on her website,

GPGS Lock In
Friday, March 22
GPGS Lock In  (Special Events)
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society invites you to research your ancestry at an after-hours lock-in.  If you've never tried a Lock-In, you need to!  If you have, we look forward to seeing you again!
      What is a Lock In? 
A time when we have the Grand Prairie Main Library all to ourselves for after hours research.  The Library provides a time and space exclusively for registrants.  The public is locked out and we are "locked in" (think secure).  This provides us an opportunity during extended hours to research and share without distraction.  "Special Fee-base, on-line resource sites" plus computer access to library data bases and the internet.  Roots Room access to the library’s print collection and lateral file photo archives.
We will have complimentary snacks, and cold drinks as well as a multi-item "bucket raffle" with great genealogical items totaling over $600.  You'll want to take advantage of these for sure!
Pre-Registration Recommended
     Best of’s FREE!

Thursday, April 4
"Lost in Your Genealogical Research? Perhaps, You Need a Map to Find Your Way."  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
GP Memorial Library, 903 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie TX
Meeting IN PERSON and... Virtual Via Zoom!  
 Presented by Bernard Meisner.  Bernard has spoken to our group in the past, but this time will be speaking about "Lost in Your Genealogical Research?  Perhaps, You Need a Map to Find Your Way." 
Bio:   Bernard is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He began researching his family over 30 years ago and enjoys sharing lessons learned from that experience, including his mistakes. Although he knew only one grandparent (his maternal grandfather) he has successfully identified all of his great-great grandparents, several triple- and quadruple-great grandparents, and his Meisner 8th great grandparents.
He is a past president of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society, a co-leader of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s German SIG, and is a member of the Texas State and the National Genealogical Societies. He has been invited to write several articles for the Texas State Genealogical Society’s quarterly magazine, Stirpes.
Bernard retired from the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters where he was the Chief of the Science & Training Branch. He is certified as a consulting meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society. He has taught at the Universities of Texas, Oklahoma and St. Thomas (Houston).
Bernard earned a B.S. in physics/German from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Hawaii. He has completed coursework of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research, and attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh each of the last seven years, completing courses in Irish, German, and Pennsylvania Research, Digital Research Skills, and Practical Genetic Genealogy.

Genealogy Jackhammers - Methods for Breaking Brick Walls
Saturday, April 13
Genealogy Jackhammers - Methods for Breaking Brick Walls  (Other Societies/Organizations)
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX 75202

Thursday, June 6
Walk Down Memory Lane  (Special Events)
6:30 pm
The Uptown Theater, 120 East Main, Grand Prairie

Using US Church Records for Genealogy
Thursday, June 13
Using US Church Records for Genealogy  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 903 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie TX
Meeting IN PERSON and... Virtual Via Zoom!    
Presented by Emily Richardson.
       Retired from full time leadership in higher education, I am now focused on my genealogy passion. Brought up by a genealogist who never used the computer, I understand the importance of finding original documentation to substantiate ancestors. Kinsearchers was my mother's business which I now operate to help others with their genealogy research.
BIO:  Emily is a professional genealogist and lecturer living in Denton, Texas.  She began her genealogy research working with her mother in courthouses and cemeteries finding records for her ancestors in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  In 2019, she retired from higher education as a faculty member and administrator, moved to Texas and opened up Kinsearchers, the original name of her mother’s business as a genealogist.  She has been the secretary of the Texas State Genealogical Society for the past four years and currently is the appointed Director-at-Large to the executive committee.  She oversees the production of the new TxSGS Podcast, Lone Star Family Trails.. She is the programming chair for the advisory council for Robson Ranch Genealogy Club.  She teaches genealogy courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) for the University of North Texas.  She speaks to multiple local genealogy societies throughout the state of Texas on a variety of topics.
Emily has participated in multiple SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy), IGHR (Institute of Genealogical Studies) and TIGR (Texas Institute of Genealogical Research) week-long courses, as well as ProGen34.  Emily’s clientele includes genealogists who have a brick wall, out -of-state inquiries for record pulls in Texas and research for those who are interested in joining one of the many lineage societies.

Show & Tell - Potluck Dinner
Thursday, July 18
Show & Tell - Potluck Dinner  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 903 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie TX
Our Annual "Antless Picnic" Potluck Dinner . . . featuring member presentations of one of their favorite genealogy treasures.  Share a family favorite dish . . . bring a dish to pass and enjoy an evening of fun and good food.  This is the chance to show and tell about one of your heirlooms or other family history discoveries.  
Here are some presentations from past years!