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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
Free access to Ancestry's Irish & UK record collections through Monday, February 18th.  Ancestry has opened up its UK and Ireland collection today for a long weekend of free access to all researchers. It runs until 6:00pm CST on Monday 18 February.  You'll find a full and very long list of all the record sets featuring in the free access promotion here.
You need a registered account to view the records. If you don't already have one (you don't need a current subscription), you'll be prompted to do so when you start to search for records. It's free, quick and easy to register, and you have only to provide your name and email address.
 
They Shall Not Grow Old.  Those who did not attend our February monthly meeting might find this message somewhat unique.  We heard a recommendation for a current film about World War I entitled, “They Shall Not Grow Old.”
 
From Wikipedia: “The film was created using original footage of World War I from the Imperial War Museum's archives, most of it previously unseen, alongside audio from BBC and IWM {the Museum’s} interviews of British servicemen who fought in the conflict. Most of the footage has been colourised and transformed with modern production techniques, with the addition of sound effects and voice acting to be more evocative and feel closer to the soldiers' actual experiences.”
 
Director and producer Peter Jackson has dedicated the film to his grandfather, who was a veteran of the war, and many of us have ancestors who participated in that war. 
 
The movie, rated R for some disturbing war footage, is currently playing in 2-D and 3-D at North East Mall and Tinseltown Grapevine.  Here’s the link to a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrabKK9Bhds
 
Added link to Dr. Leah Larkin, The DNA Geek, to the DNA section of Our Favorite Links page.
 
Legacy Family Tree Webinars has announced their schedule for 2019.  Some ar free; others require a subscription.
 
Texas Institute of Genealogical Research.  Registration for the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research, to be held June 9-14, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Austin, opened on November 30th.  In addition to a track focusing on Texas Research, coordinated by Kelvin Meyers, a second track will be coordinated by J. Mark Lowe and will focus on Southern Research.
 
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.
 
DNA Basics MyHeritage is producing a series of articles with associated videos that describe the use of DNA tests for ethnicity estimates and cousin matching.  Suggest you read the Chapter 5 entry first to understand how your test is processed.
 
How to Trace Your Irish Family History:  A Step-By-Step Guide, written by Irish genealogist John Grenham for The Irish Times.
 
Recreating the Public Record Office of Ireland Before the 1922 FireAn exciting new project – Beyond 2022– has launched with ambitious aims to digitally recreate the six-storey building and contents of the Public Record Office of Ireland at the time of its destruction on 30 June 1922.
The project will include a virtual reality reconstruction of the building. It will also assemble a complete inventory of loss and survival from the fire and serve as a vital hub to present surviving records and substitute copies identified in archives and other repositories around the world.
 
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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 (#8617) and AmazonSmile.
 
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.


March 7
MCGS Meeting: The Key To Discovery - Review and Research
Presenter: Terri Bradshaw-O'Neill MCGS  
April 4
MCGS Meeting: Show and Tell
Several MCGS members will share the experiences about their recent genealogy trip.  
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