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Mid-Cities Genealogical Society
Welcome!
The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society was organized in June, 1978, and currently has approximately 100 members, primarily from the communities of Hurst, Bedford, Euless and Irving, Texas.  We are a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation and a member of the Texas State Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
 
Benefits of Membership:
In addition to our monthly meetings we conduct group research trips to local archives and libraries, one day seminars and occasional public help sessions.  Members receive our monthly newsletter, access to handouts from our speakers, genealogical forms and reference sheets, links to instructional videos, and the ability to post to our surname research and brick wall assistance pages.


Meetings
The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month.
NOTE: Our August meeting will be a virtual meeting.  Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/tablet/cell phone will be sent to all members.
 
6:30 p.m. – Webinar bridge opens
7:00 p.m. – General Meeting
 
The meetings start with the introduction of new members and visitors and a short business session, followed by a speaker on a topic of genealogical or historical interest.



What's New
MyHeritage: Free Access to 1 Billion Birth Records Through Thursday July 16.  Free access to all birth records on MyHeritage during the week of July 10–16, 2020. Click here to start your search.
 
Texas State Genealogical Society Virtual 2020 Family History Conference,
Friday, August 7 through Saturday, August 8Nationally recognized speakers with expertise in areas from methodology to DNA discuss timely topics and facilitate in-depth learning. Watch this event LIVE, or later at your convenience. View multiple times to catch details you may have missed. Your registration fee of $50 for TxSGS members or $70 for non-members entitles you to view these presentations LIVE and for 90 days after the event.
Conference speakers and topics
  • Colleen Robledo Greene: Taking a Closer Look at Immigration Records for Your Mexican Ancestor
  • Patti Lee Hobbs: Problem Solving with DNA: Case Studies
  • J. Mark Lowe: Mapping, Atlases & Documenting Paths
  • Sunny Morton: Collateral Kin: Indirect Routes to Direct Ancestors
  • Diane L. Richard: 50 Overlooked Online Genealogy Resources in 50 Minutes
  • Drew Smith: Organizing Your Genealogy
  • Michael Strauss: Researching Your World War II Ancestors
  • Ari Wilkins: Studying a Community Using Sanborn Maps and Other Resources
Visit the TxSGS Web site for details and to register online.
 
Registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Virtual Family History Conference.  The virtual event will begin with FGS "Live!" on September 2, 2020, starting at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) and concluding at 6:00 p.m. (CDT). In addition to the Live! event, all conference registrations will include a collection of 16 society management sessions assembled by FGS and more than 30 sponsored sessions. The registration packages allow you to further select either 10, 20 or 45 sessions from the On-Demand content from leading genealogists (more than 80 sessions from which to choose). For more information, visit the conference Web site.
 
Free 20 Minute Online Genealogy Consultations with A Family History Library Expert. Using the FamilySearch Research Wiki, guests can schedule specific time slots in English or Spanish for their 20-minute online consultation. The booking Web page provides time schedule information in the guest’s own local time to simplify making the connection across time zones.
 
Access The Ancestry Library Edition From Home. ProQuest has announced that remote access to Ancestry Library Edition will continue through the end of July 2020. You must use your library card login to your public library to access the database.  The Fort Worth Library, Arlington Library, Irving Library and Dallas Library are among those participating.  Note the Euless Library IS NOT participating.
 
Free Online Family History Classes from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  See the Webinar Web page for details.  July 2020 topics include:
  • FamilySearch Catalog (Beginner) Mon, Jul 6, 11:00am CDT
  • Tips and Tricks for Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch (Beginner) Tue, Jul 7, 11:00am CDT
  • Germans from Russia: Locating Church Records (Intermediate) Wed, Jul 8, 12:00 Noon CDT
  • Where There's a Will, There's a Probate: U.S. Probate Records (Beginner) Tue, Jul 28, 12:00 Noon CDT
RootsIreland.ie is offering a 20% discount on its 12-month subscription. The discount is available to both new and current subscribers until 11:59pm Irish Time on 14 July.  Details available here.
 
National Genealogical Society provides free access to their NGS Monthly archive through 31 July.  During this time when so many Americans must stay at home, the National Genealogical Society is offering non-members free access to five years of NGS Monthly.  The NGS Monthly’s articles offer family historians invaluable insights on methodology and digestible recommendations on genealogical research by considering the techniques of skilled researchers and scholars, and how they solved difficult research problems.Blaine Bettinger's YouTube Channel.  Covers DNA topics including the latest tools released by Ancestry and MyHeritage.
 
DNA Informed Consent Documents.  From the blog of Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, links to informed consent and beneficiary forms drafted by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne.
 
Find The Latest Sales and Discounts at GenealogyBargains.com!



Kroger Community Rewards, Amazon Smile & Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Programs
 
Linking your Kroger Plus Card to the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society is a painless way that you can provide a financial benefit of a percentage of your purchases at Kroger stores to the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society.
 
NOTE: We also participate in the Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program (Complete the form and enter MCGS as Charity #8617) and Amazon Smile (On your first visit to Amazon Smile specify Mid-Cities Genealogical Society as a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every subsequent eligible purchase you make at Amazon Smile will result in a donation.)
 
Mid-Cities Genealogical Society members can enroll their Kroger Plus Card online at: www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Every time an enrolled participant shops at Kroger using his or her Kroger Plus Card, the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society will begin accumulating credits.
 
To participate in this program, follow these instructions:
  • Register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Customers must have a registered Kroger Plus card account to link to Mid-Cities Genealogical Society.
  • If you don't have a Kroger Plus Card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger store.
  • If you are a new online customer, click on the “Create An Account” button.
    • You can sign up for a Kroger Community Rewards account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email address, creating a password, and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
    • You will get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
Already have a Kroger.com account?
  • Click on the “Sign In” button and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on “Edit Kroger Community Rewards” information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society Organization Number (90414) and click on the Confirm button.
  • To verify that you are enrolled correctly, you will see an orange "View Your Rewards Details" button on the page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for our Mid-Cities Genealogical Society until after you've registered your card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Plus Card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus Card or use their Alt ID (phone number) when shopping for each purchase to count.
You can confirm your enrollment by looking for "You are contributing to MID-CITIES GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY" at the bottom of your register receipt.


August 6
Monthly Meeting: Ice Cream Social & Election of Officers
NOTE: This will be a virtual meeting using the GoToWebinar software.  Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/tablet/cell phone will be sent to all members. Members are encouraged to enjoy their favorite ice cream and toppings at home ...
September 3
How To Make Your Family History Come To Life
Presenter: Rusty Williams, Author. Rusty Williams writes about history through the stories of the people who lived it. He is the author of four nonfiction books; three on Texas topics.  He began his career as a newswriter, and has written ...
October 1
Technology Enabled Collaboration for Genealogists
Presenter: Tony Hanson, Dallas Genealogical Society. Tony has been active in genealogy since 1999, focusing on his mother’s German branch and his father’s Norwegian ancestors.  He has served as the Dallas Genealogical Society's president, vice president of education, leader of ...
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