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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
 
Links to the DNA-related Web sites mentioned at last week's meeting have been added to "Our Favorite Links" page.

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives "is Your Trusted Resource for Immigration, Military, and Ocean Travel, as well as Fashions and the Epicurean Life Style of past eras, 1880s-1950s."

Heritage Quest is not longer available through the Euless Library Web site.  More information is available on the Texas State Library and Archives Web site.
 
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."
 
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.
 
Save The Date! Texas State Genealogical Society 2019 Family History Conference, Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 13, Omni Houston Westside, 13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079.  Registration informtion will be forthcoming.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 (#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.


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