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Mid-Cities Genealogical Society
Welcome!
The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society was organized in June, 1978, and currently has approximately 60 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 National Genealogical Society.
 
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 page.
 
Scroll down this page to review our participation in the Kroger Community Rewards, Amazon Smile & Tom Thumb Good Neighbor programs.


Meetings
The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month.  We continue to check with the local libraries to ascertain when it will be possible to again meet in person.
NOTE: Our June meeting will be a virtual meeting using the GoToWebinar software.  Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/ tablet/cell phone will be sent to all members. All others, please email  webmaster @ txmcgs.org  for registration instructions prior to the meeting.
 
Please ensure your return email address IS NOT of the form: outlook_7B9BA37A2C4EABA2@outlook.com 
as we are unable to reply to such addresses.
 
Not a member?  Please join us ==>Membership Application<==
 
6:30 p.m. – Webinar bridge opens
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.



News
Mothers Day Sales:
LivingDNA: Save $20.00 on LivingDNA ancestry test kits – regularly $99.00, now just $79.00 during the Mothers' Day Sale!  Plus get free shipping when you purchase three or more test kits!  https://livingdna.com/compare
 
FindMyPast Sale:  New and returning subscribers can receive 20% off 1- or 12-month subscriptions to Essential and Ultimate packages.  Offer good through 4:00 am CDT on Saturday, May 15th.
 
National Archives Genealogy Series, May to June 2021.  Instead of the usual single-day event, this year the National Archives will broadcast individual sessions during May and June. You are invited to watch and participate in real time with the presenters and family historians from around the world on YouTube. Over the two months, the sessions will offer family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels. The May sessions are broad and will appeal to the beginner and beyond. The June sessions are focused on specific topics and may be better suited for the experienced researcher. All are welcome!  After the scheduled broadcasts, video recordings and presentation materials will be available online.  Link to session descriptions, videos, handouts, and participation instructions.
 
Save on Annual Memberships to GenealogyBank -- Only $55.95.  Find stories about your ancestors in over 13,000 big city and small town newspapers dating back to 1690.  Discover marriages, births, hometown news and obituaries.
Track your family back generations with U.S. Federal Census records 1790-1940. Find family facts like names, dates, residence, occupation and much more!
Plus! Search government publications and historical documents and discover casualty lists, revolutionary and civil war pension requests, widow claims, orphan petitions, land grants and more.
It is not clear when this offer will end.
 
Registration is now open for the 2021 Texas Institute of Genealogical Research!  Texas State Genealogical Society members automatically receive a discount.  Online registration and payment is available through May 31, 2021.
Four week-long courses from which to choose:
  • Texas Research Essentials, coordinated by Kelvin Meyers and Colleen Greene
  • Advanced Southern Research Strategies, coordinated by J. Mark Lowe
  • African American Research, coordinated by Ari Wilkins
  • DNA and Family History, coordinated by Patricia Hobbs
Seating in each course is limited to 40 participants.
 
Thomas MacEntee of GenealogyBargains.com 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!"
 
Access The Ancestry Library Edition From Home. ProQuest has announced that remote access to Ancestry Library Edition will continue through the end of June 2021, and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed. You must use your library card login to your public library to access the database.  The Fort Worth Library, Arlington Library, Irving Library and Dallas Library are among those participating.  Note the Euless Library IS NOT participating.
 
Free Online Family History Classes from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  See the Webinar Web page for details. 
  • What's New at FamilySearch (Beginner), Tue, May 11, 11:00 AM CDT
  • Overview of FamilySearch (Beginner), Tue, May 18, 11:00 AM CDT
  • Navigate, Add, Edit, Standardize, and Print on FamilySearch Family Tree (Beginner), Tue. May 25, 11:00 AM CDT
  • The Research Process, Research Help, and Searching Records on FamilySearch (Beginner), Tue. June 1, 11:00 AM CDT
Genealogical Institutes in 2021.  Many of the big institutes week long classes were conducted virtually this year.  Here are the schedules for next year.  The institutes, when virtual, are a great opportunity to attend without having to leave home.
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will next be held January 9-14, 2022. https://slig.ugagenealogy.org/index.php
  • Texas Institute of Genealogical Research is held every other year. The next institute will be June 13-18 in 2021. It will be a virtual institute with four courses. https://www.txsgs.org/featured-events/tigr-2019/
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh will be held virtually on June 20-25 and July 11-16, 2021. Registration was February 17th.  Wait lists are available for most courses. The list of courses is at. https://www.gripitt.org/grip-2021-course-schedule-announced/.
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research is held each year in Athens, Georgia.  The 2021 dates are 25-30 July. This year the Institute will be held virtually.  Course registration opened Saturday, 6 March 2021 on a rolling schedule and ends for all courses at 11:55 p.m. ET (Eastern Time) on Saturday, 3 July 2021.  https://ighr.gagensociety.org/ighr-2020/
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.



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.


June 3
Monthly Meeting: Open Fourm
Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/ tablet/smartphone will be sent to all members. An Open Forum is a meeting for the exchange of ideas and information, usually to better the common good.
July 1
Monthly Meeting: Tips and Tricks for Deciphering Foreign Language Records
Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/ tablet/smartphone will be sent to all members. Presenter: Katherine Schober, SK Translations Learn the must-know tips and tricks that will make reading those foreign-language genealogical records much easier. From Microsoft Word ...
August 5
Monthly Meeting: Election of Officers & Annual Ice Cream Social
Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/ tablet/smartphone will be sent to all members. Presenter: Sue Kaufman, Senior Manager of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library Sue has been a genealogy librarian for 22 ...
September 2
Monthly Meeting: Society of Sons and Daughters of World War II
Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/ tablet/smartphone will be sent to all members. Presenter: Savannah Brady, Assistant Director of Development and Membership, National Museum of the Pacific War The Society of Sons and Daughters of WWII Veterans ...
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