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Mid-Cities Genealogical Society
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.

The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month.
In March and April 2020 we will be meeting in the Euless Municipal Courtroom, 1102 W Euless Blvd. (Hwy. 10), Euless, TX 76040.
6:30 p.m. – Social
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
Beginners' Classes again offered by the Fort Worth Genealogical Society.  These interactive genealogy classes are typically scheduled from 10:30am to 12:30pm on the 4th Saturday of each month, January through August. Refer to the schedule for dates. The classes are open to the public and registration is not required. Best of all... they are entirely free!  After each class, you are welcome to spend time in the Library's Genealogy and Local History Department putting your new skills to work.
MyHeritage 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon starts Thursday, March 12 at 4:00 pm CST; ends Friday March 13 at 4:00 pm CST.  All recordings will be available absolutely free for a week.  Beyond that, you can watch them anytime with a Webinar membership to  Details and schedule.
New Greek Genealogy Website Has Launched! is the first digital platform created to meet the needs of people who are researching their families in Greece. The site is bi-lingual, and people can search by name or village, in either English or Greek. For those who struggle to read Greek script, this feature is priceless.
Registration for RootsTech Salt Lake City, Feb 26-29, 2020,  Register here.
Free 2020 MyHeritage & Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  MyHeritage and 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.
Beyond 2022: Ireland's Virtual Record Treasury research project has receivd a capital grant funding allocation of €2.5m from the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltact. Beyond 2022 is an all-Ireland and international collaboration to launch a Virtual Record Treasury for Irish history in June 2022—an open-access, virtual reconstruction of the Record Treasury destroyed in 1922.  Read more. | Video
Selected Recordings From RootsTech London 2019 Now Online.  Includes four keynote addresses plus six presewntation.  Video recordings from all previous RootsTechs are available here.
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  Join the discussion on our Facebook Group.
FamilyTree Maker 2019 Released  More than two years in the making, FamilyTreeMaker 2019 has been released.  To ensure that we don't overwhelm the new TreeVault cloud service servers, Mackiev is rolling out email notifications over the next week or so to those who have pre-ordered – ten thousand emails at a time. 
To compare features of FTM 2019 with recent versions click here.
If you haven't ordered your copy of FTM 2019 yet, FTM 2017 users click here.  All others click here.
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.
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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: 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
  • 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 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.

March 5
MCGS Meeting: Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records and City Directories
Presenter: Air Wilkins, Dallas Public Library Recreating communities can provide rich and insightful details about an ancestor’s life and surroundings. This presentation will demonstrate ways to combine data from census records, Sanborn maps, and city directories.
April 2
MCGS Meeting:, Unlocking the Past
Presenter: Greg Boyd Greg is the founder of and Arphax Publishing Co. He is a historian, genealogist, software designer, and attorney. is a family history software service for linking old maps and land records to your genealogy research. ...
May 7
MCGS Meeting: (Presentation Title Forthcoming)
Presenter: James Harkins, Manager of Public Services, Archives and Records, Texas General Land Office James graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2005, with a double minor in history and business. In ...
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 ...
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