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Mid-Cities Genealogical Society
Welcome!
The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society was organized in June, 1978, and currently has approximately 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 page.


Meetings
The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month.
NOTE: Our August Annual Business Meeting will be a virtual meeting using the GoToMeeting software.  Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/tablet/smartphone has been sent to all members.
 
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.



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Registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Virtual Family History Conference.  The virtual event will begin with FGS "Live!" on September 2, 2020, starting at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) and concluding at 6:00 p.m. (CDT). In addition to the Live! event, all conference registrations will include a collection of 16 society management sessions assembled by FGS and more than 30 sponsored sessions. The registration packages allow you to further select either 10, 20 or 45 sessions from the On-Demand content from leading genealogists (more than 80 sessions from which to choose).
Early Bird registration through August 15th.  For more information, visit the conference Web site.
 
 
Free 20 Minute Online Genealogy Consultations with A Family History Library Expert. Using the FamilySearch Research Wiki, guests can schedule specific time slots in English or Spanish for their 20-minute online consultation. The booking Web page provides time schedule information in the guest’s own local time to simplify making the connection across time zones.
 
Access The Ancestry Library Edition From Home. ProQuest has announced that remote access to Ancestry Library Edition will continue through the end of August 2020, 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.  Upcoming topics include:
  • Switzerland Records: The Zürich Census (Intermediate), Tue, Aug 11, 2:00 pm CDT
  • The Research Process (Beginner), Thu, Aug 27, 2:00 pm CDT
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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.
 
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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 (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.


September 3
How To Make Your Family History Come To Life
NOTE: This will be a virtual meeting using the GoToWebinar software.  Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/tablet/smartphone will be sent to all members.  Presenter: Rusty Williams, Author. Rusty Williams writes about history through the stories of the ...
October 1
Technology Enabled Collaboration for Genealogists
Presenter: Tony Hanson, Dallas Genealogical Society. Tony has been active in genealogy since 1999, focusing on his mother’s German branch and his father’s Norwegian ancestors.  He has served as the Dallas Genealogical Society's president, vice president of education, leader of ...
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