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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.
NOTE: Our April meeting 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.
 
6:30 p.m. – Webinar link 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
 
Free Webinars from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. During April the Society will be offering a number of live Webinars featuring nationally known speakers.  They are also making recordings of some previous Webinars available, also a no cost.
Topics range from “How to Find New York State Death Certificates” to “Online Family Trees: Avoiding Pitfalls and Maximizing Possibilities” to “Identifying and Examining DNA Outliers” and more.  https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/blog/upcoming-free-webinars
 
New Genealogy Show on NBC5 at 11:30 am CDT Saturdays. "Each episode of 'Roots Less Traveled' follows a new pair of multigenerational family members who bond on a joint quest to learn more about their family history. In partnership with Ancestry®, the series will feature relatives as they set out on an adventure to solve mysteries in their family tree, guided by host Faruq Tauheed."
 
Free Access Each Day to One Recorded Webinar.  Throughout the month of April Legacy Family Tree Webinars will offer free access each day to one recorded Webinar from their library.  There will be a seven-day rotating theme:
• Sundays – Methodology
• Mondays – DNA
• Tuesdays – Ethnic Genealogy
• Wednesdays – Technology
• Thursdays – Around the Globe
• Fridays – Beginners
• Saturdays – TechZone
 
Steep Discount on MyHeritage DNA.  This offer reduces the price from $79 to $39.  If you order two kits standard shipping is free, and the offer will be available until Thursday 30 April.  To find out more click here.
 
MyHeritage In Color™ is now unlocked for unlimited use until April 22, 2020 to provide people who are isolated at home a fun way to pass the time and enjoy genealogy.  Colorized photos can be shared with the whole family, and can help you see your historical family photos in an entirely new way, highlighting aspects you may not have noticed before.  Details here.
 
The National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City (ranked 5th in the nation by Yelp) has expanded the digitization and transcription of its collection of over 300,000 soldiers’ letters, diaries and journals.  Staff who previously interacted with museum visitors are supplementing those already engaged in the project. Read more here.
 
Free Access to Digitized Records from The National Archives on Ancestry®!  The National Archives has partnered with Ancestry® to provide free access to search their nearly 500 million records and images.  These records span across nearly 300 different collections, and include ship passenger and crew lists, naturalization and citizenship records, immigration records, and key military collections such as WWI and WWII draft cards.  Digitized by Ancestry® in partnership with NARA, these collections will temporarily be available to any researcher with a free registered account to Ancestry.com.
Creating a free account is easy; just enter your email to start your search:
Then search the collections on Ancestry® from the National Archives: https://www.ancestry.com/search/categories/nara/
 
Free Access to the 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon Recordings.  MyHeritage and Legacy Family Tree Webinars have announced extended free access to The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon presentations with over 20 webinars covering genealogy, DNA and more. The marathon took place Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th, 2020. Normally, they’d be free for the first week, but they have extended this so access to all marathon recorded webinars is available for free for two weeks (through April 6). https://familytreewebinars.com/24
 
Free Access to March/April Issue of Family Tree Magazine.  In light of recent events, the publishers of Family Tree Magazine are offering a FREE digital copy of their latest issue. Download yours here, and please share with other family history lovers who might need something to pass the time! Hope you enjoy it: http://bit.ly/2UbEL0k
 
Free 2020 MyHeritage & Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  MyHeritage and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2020 Legacy Family Tree Webinars series, now in its 10th year. Choose from 100 classes from genealogy's leading educators on topics ranging from Australia to England to Spain, from Snagit to Virtual Private Networks, from the Mayflower to the 1939 Register, and from DNA Painter to endogamy.  Click here to register (free).
 
Free Monthly Webinars from The Board for Certification of Genealogists.  The Board provides educational offerings to family historians of all levels of experience, and promotes public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence.   Thier Webinars are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  In order to accommodate those who might have schedule conflicts, the Webinars may be accessed by the public at no charge for a week after each live broadcast.  More info.
 
The newly formed German Genealogy Group of North Texas is open to anyone who is interested in German genealogy. Together, the group will explore the German origins of our ancestors who immigrated to the United States from the 1700’s through the 1900’s. The group is a special interest group of the Dallas Genealogical Society and is freely open to all.  The leaders of this group are Ann Broihier and Bernard  Meisner. You can send them email at ggg.dallasgenealogy.com.  Join the discussion on our Facebook Group.
 
The FamilySearch Digital Library has been updated!  Includes books from the Dallas Public Library, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, the Arizona State Library, the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library, the BYU Family History Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Midwest Genealogy Center of Mid-Continent Public Library, and more!
 
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.


May 7
MCGS Meeting: Genealogy Resources at the Texas General Land Office
Presenter: Kevin Klaus, Archives and Records, Texas General Land Office Did you know that the Texas General Land Office Archives has more than 35.5 million document and over 45,000 maps and sketches, dating back to 1561?  All dealing with the ...
June 4
Brickwall Busting Strategies: Hammering at the Wall
Presenter: Patti Gillespie, Genealogist & Personal Historian, Family Lines & Stories Patti will give a fun presentation with strategies, sources and a variety of documents that can hammer down that brick wall. Examples of brick walls broken will be ...
July 2
I Remember: Beginning Storytelling
Presenter: Sandra Crowley, MCGS Past President Many people have memories of their parents and grandparents to pass down to future generations but writing the story can be time-consuming and daunting. Learn how to get started telling your family’s story and ...
August 6
Monthly Meeting: Ice Cream Social & Election of Officers
We will begin the evening with our annual Ice Cream Social.  The Society will provide the ice cream, bowls and spoons.  Members are asked to bring their favorite toppings to share.
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