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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.
Until the Euless Library remodel is complete, currently planned for April, 2020, we will be meeting in the Euless Police Department Training Room, 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
FamilySearch Family History Library free classes and webinars for October 2019. Highlighted classes this month incorporate a German/Slavic Seminar on October 21-25, as well as a Latin America Seminar from October 28-November 2. Handwriting sessions featured within the German/Slavic seminar will include the following languages: Latin, Polish, Russian, Dutch and German. Spanish beginner content will be available during the Latin America seminar. Attend in person or online. No registration is required.
If you cannot attend a live event, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars.
 
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.
 
RootsMagic 8 To Be Released Soon.  Announced features include:    
  • Make the software easier-to-use.  Fewer screens, fewer clicks, and less hunting around to find what you’re looking for and to do what you want to do.
  • Take advantage of more modern computers, operating systems, and devices. RootsMagic 8 supports better graphics, touch-screens, faster processors, and high-resolution displays.
While RootsMagic 8 is not yet available for purchase, every copy of RootsMagic 7 now comes with a free registration key for RootsMagic 8.  Just a heads up- there will be a modest price increase for version 8. But you can buy RootsMagic 7 now (even if you already have it) and get your RootsMagic 8 at today’s lower prices!
 
Findmypast Introduces Tree-To-Tree Hinting.  Shareable information from other members’ trees will include: facts and events, together with sources and attached records; timelines; and notes.  Hints will only be available for deceased individuals.  More details here.
 
Registration for RootsTech Salt Lake City, Feb 26-29, 2020, is now open, with Early Bird pricing of $169 through October 11th.
 
Selected MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Now Online.  Selected lectures from the conference, most dealing with applications of MyHeritage, are now available for viewing.
 
National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies announce Merger Plans. TIn a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies announced today their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non-profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society. The two organizations will continue to operate independently while all details of the merger are completed, no later than October 1, 2020.  More.
 
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.
 
RootsTech Recorded Sessions Available for Viewing.  Recordings of selected sessions from RootsTech 2015 through 2019 are available for viewing at this link.
IMPORTANT! Please observe the Terms of Use, including "Unless otherwise indicated, you may view, download, and print materials from this site only for your personal, noncommercial use."
 
RootsTech Conference Notes (Syllabi) Available for Viewing/Download.  The notes from many of the presentations given at the recent RootsTech are now available for viewing and download at this link.
IMPORTANT! Please observe the Terms of Use, including "Unless otherwise indicated, you may view, download, and print materials from this site only for your personal, noncommercial use."
 
Legacy Family Tree Webinars has announced their schedule for 2019.  Some are free; others require a subscription.
 
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.
 
How to Trace Your Irish Family History:  A Step-By-Step Guide, written by Irish genealogist John Grenham for The Irish Times.
 
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.


November 7
MCGS Meeting: Deciphering Old Handwriting
Presenter: Pearl Dill Pearl and her husband moved from Georgia to to Texas with their two small children in 1977.  While living in Georgia, the push to get county history books published for all counties across North America had inspired ...
December 5
MCGS Meeting: Annual Holiday Party
Please note we will begin dinner promptly at 6:30 pm! The Society will provide the meat.  Members are asked to bring a favorite holiday dish to share, and an inexpensive (~$10) wrapped gift for our traditional Wright Family gift exchange. ...
January 2
MCGS Meeting: Using the Power of Spreadsheets to Answer Genealogical Questions
Presenter: Bernard N. Meisner, MCGS Webmaster Learn how to import search results from Web sites into spreadsheets, use the spreadsheet’s built-in tools to format and manipulate the data, and process them to investigate possible group migrations and determine family relationships.  ...
February 6
MCGS Meeting: The End of The Line: The Peters Colony and Migration Into Texas
Presenter: Richard Monroe, MCGS Member & Peters Colony Historical Society The officials of the Peters Colony made a contract with the Republic of Texas in 1841 to bring six hundred families into the land that was designated for the colony ...
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