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Mid-Cities Genealogical Society
MCGS welcomes all who share an interest in family history in the Hurst, Bedford, and Euless Texas area!
Old Bedford School, Bedford Texas, Miss Taylor's Class circa 1913The Mid Cities Genealogical Society invites you to explore our website and consider becoming a member of our society.
Organized in June 1978, MCGS supports genealogists living in and researching in the DFW Mid Cities area.
It is a society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced genealogist.
We are now meeting in person! Please join us on the third Monday of each month at 2 pm at the Bedford Public Library (2424 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford, Texas). For information about joining, please see our Join Us page.
All visitor's welcome!

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My Journey from Yesterday - Mid-Cities Genealogical Society Newsletter
Our newsletter needs your stories!
We have a great newsletter, but do you know what would make it even better? Your contributions!
Even though we love to see long family history articles filled with tons of research and details, they don't all have to be that. Do you have something interesting to share that you've discovered in your research? Have you found an online tool or research method that has been working well for you? Please share those things with our editor and the first thing you know you may be able to tell your friends and family you are a published author. Email

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Member Benefits:
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 page.
To learn more about membership, click here

Genealogy Resources

Need help with your research? MCGS has provided a variety of free resources.
FamilySearch Although the FamilySearch Web site might provide basic information from a document, frequently the original document contains more information. To use the Lookup service, use the online request form to request a copy of the image of the original document.
Requests may take a few weeks to process, depending on the volume of requests being handled at a given time. Click here for more info.
Thomas MacEntee of has made available over two dozen free easy-to-use "cheat sheets" covering wide variety of genealogical topics. He says: "Please SHARE these two-sided cheat sheets with your genealogy friends and fellow genealogy society members!"
Genealogical Conferences in 2023.  Many of the conferences were virtual again last year (2021). Here are some of the schedules for this year.  The conferences, when virtual, are a great opportunity to attend without having to leave home.
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will next be held January 22–26, 2024. It will be a virtual event via Zoom.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) Institute dates for 2023 will be June 23-28, 2023 (online), and July 14-19, 2023 (in-person in Pittsburgh). To signup for email notifications go to
  • RootsTech is held every year. The next institute will be Feb 29 - Mar 2, 2024. It is slated to be held at the Salt Lake Convention Center.
Blaine Bettinger's YouTube Channel.  Covers DNA topics including the latest tools released by Ancestry and MyHeritage.
DNA Informed Consent Documents.  The blog of Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, links to informed consent and beneficiary forms drafted by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne.

December 18
MCGS Holiday Social
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: The December 18, 2023, meeting is our annual Christmas social. We will begin around 2:00 p.m. As far as food is concerned, it will be Pot-Luck.   MCGS will provide the meat dishes and drinks. Everyone else is ...
January 15
Search vs. Research with Barbara Coakley
Search vs. Research –  Searching is just one step in the process of researching your family history. A case study based on a family story from Chicago in the 1920’s demonstrates the research process from beginning to end - how to develop a research goal, plan the research, document ...
February 19
Introduction to DNA by Patti Huff Smith
Patti Huff Smith is the Vice President of the Dallas Genealogical Society and holds her membership there. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Texas State Genealogical Society, AR-TX-LA Genealogical Society, Central Texas Genealogical Society in ...
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