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Mid-Cities Genealogical Society
Welcome!
The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society was organized in June, 1978, and currently has more than 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 at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector, Euless, Texas. Visitors are welcome.

6:30 p.m. – Social and Beginners' Workshop
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
Cancellation of TxSGS Conference.  The Texas State Genealogical Society has been notified by the conference hotel that their meeting space will not be ready in time for the conference scheduled for 20-22 October. Based on previous discussion of options, relocation to another hotel in Houston or to another Texas city is likely not feasible at this date and that the remaining option is to cancel for this year.
 
Free access to Legacy Family Tree's 15 most popular Webinars from September 14-22, 2017
 
Added the Researching Newspapers tutorials from The Ancestor Hunt Web site as mentioned by Patti Gillespie to Our Favorite Links page.
 
Special Podcast: The End of FamilySearch Microfilm Lending Program.  Lisa Louise Cooke interviews Diane Loosle, Director of Patron Services at FamilySearch, regarding the end of the microfilm leanding program, with a focus on what it means for you, and what your options are for records access going forward.
 
 
Ancestry’s Revision of DNA Roles.  This from the Ancestry Blog: “We recently made some changes that allow for better and more varied roles in managing, collaborating, and viewing DNA results—as well as a change to how DNA kits are activated to increase personal control. ... As of July 18, 2017, our process for activating multiple DNA kits will provide DNA test takers enhanced control over their information by limiting activation to one test per account. The one exception to this is parents who will continue to be able to activate tests for their minor children.”
Library of Congress Adding Sanborn Fire Maps.  "The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900. The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s. By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s."  https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-074/?loclr=fbloc-new.
Diane Haddad (Family Tree Magazine) has published a short tutorial: “How to Use the Library of Congress' New Sanborn Maps for Genealogy.
 
Interactive County History Maps.  The Interactive maps are once again available on the Newberry Library in Chicago's Web site.  Use the maps to determine when county boundaries changed, new counties were formed and -- in some cases -- when old counties disappeared over time.
 
Strategy for Addressing a Brick Wall:  In the show notes for the Genealogy Gems Podcast #201, Kate Eakman of Legacy Tree Genealogists, in response to a listener’s question, describes how to conduct a reasonably exhaustive search when a family can’t be found in a particular census enumeration.  http://lisalouisecooke.com/2017/01/missing-census/
 
Family Tree Magazine's 30 Ways to Overcome Genealogy Brick Walls.  "All family historians get genealogy research block sooner or later...30 Family Tree Magazine readers came up with creative solutions to some of the most common genealogical conundrums—and their methods are remarkably easy to employ."
 
RootsTech 2017 Videos.   Video recordings of selected presentations are now available online at: https://www.rootstech.org/.  The 42 presentations are organized by day of the week.
 
National Archives Fort Worth First Friday Workshops:  The National Archives Fort Worth has published their schedule of first Friday workshops for 2017.  Check our Meetings & Events tab for the complete list of dates and topics.
 
Free Webinars!  Legacy Family Tree has released their schedule of 2017 Free Family History Webinars.  All 76 live webinars are free and their recordings are free to watch for the first 7 days.



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 (#8617) and AmazonSmile.
 
Mid-Cities Genealogical Society members can enroll their Kroger Plus Card online at: www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Note you must re-enroll every year to participate.
 
Beginning in September, 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.


October 5
MCGS Meeting: Genealogical Resources at the Fort Worth Public LIbrary
Presenter: Suzanne Fritz, Fort Worth Public Library Suzanne Fritz is a librarian with the Genealogy, History and Archives Unit at the Fort Worth Library. She is interested in a variety of topics including Italian-American immigration, German-American genealogy and Native-American records.
October 8
MCGS Event: Group Research Trip to Fort Worth Library
The Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Library has a large collection of family history data including federal census, books, periodicals and online databases. The collection focuses on Texas and the South, but also includes a considerable ...
November 2
MCGS Meeting: Euless Historical Preservation Committee
Presenter: Mavy Trigg Wright, Euless Historical Preservation Committee The mission of the Euless Historical Preservation Committee is to preserve and promote an awareness of the historical heritage of the area and to demonstrate how it defines current culture and provides ...
December 7
MCGS Meeting: Annual Holiday Party
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