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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 at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector, Euless, Texas. Visitors are welcome.
 
Starting in September, 2018, we will be meeting in the Euless Police Department Training Rom, 1102 W Euless Blvd. (Hwy. 10), Euless, TX 76040.  We will meet at this location until the Library remodel is complete, currently planned for April, 2020.

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
 
Added links to webinars offered by the BYU Family History Library and the Swedish Genealogy Guide to Our Favorite Links page.
 
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.
 
Hotel Reservations Now Open for 2018 Texas State Genealogical Society Conference, November 2-4, 2018, in San Antonio. Make your reservations today at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, 9281 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio, TX. The Omni is offering the TxSGS rate three days before and three days after the conference, so participants can research or go sightseeing in the area. Come early or stay after the conference to enjoy San Antonio sites or research your family history.  Learn more and make your reservations online.
 
Recreating the Public Record Office of Ireland Before the 1922 Fire.  An 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.
 
FamilySearch No Longer Supports Internet Explorer Web Browser.  Beginning February 1, 2018, the entire FamilySearch.org Web site will no longer be supporting Microsoft's Internet Explorer, including Internet Explorer 11 and all previous versions. Those continuing to use the Internet Explorer browser may begin to experience bugs. Users of the FamilySearch.org Web site are being encouraged to use Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.  Note this does not apply to the Family Tree Maker software; only the Internet Explorer Web browser.
 
Legacy Family Tree Series of Free Webinars 2018.  MyHeritage and FamilyTreeWebinars.com have announced that registration is now open for its 2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from 106 classes from genealogy's leading educators on topics ranging from to Jamestown to England, from DNA to online privacy, and from Geni and MyHeritage to Legacy.  More info here.
 
National Archives Fort Worth 2018 Workshops.  The National Archives Fort Worth has published the schedule of their Genealogy workshops for 2018.  Check our Meetings & Events tab for the complete list of dates and topics.
 
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. Note you must re-enroll every year to participate.
 
Beginning in September, 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.


July 5
MCGS Meeting: Military Personnel Files
Military personnel records are primarily administrative records and can contain information such as: enlistment/appointment, duty stations and assignments, training, qualifications, performance, awards and medals, disciplinary actions, insurance, emergency data, administrative remarks, separation/discharge/retirement (including DD Form 214, Report of Separation, ...
August 2
40th Anniversary Celebration & Election of Officers
We will begin the evening with our annual Ice Cream Social, including a celebration of our 40th anniversary as a genealogical society,  The Society will provide the ice cream, bowls and spoons.  Members are asked to bring their favorite toppings ...
September 6
MCGS Meeting: City Directories and Newspapers
Note: We will be meeting in this new location until the Library remodel is complete! Presenter: Sandra Crowley, MCGS Seminar Coordinator Sandra Crowley is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who specializes in using technology for ...
October 4
MCGS Meeting: DNA Update
Note: We will be meeting in this new location until the Library remodel is complete! Presenter: Tresa Tatyrek Tresa Tatyrek has been interested in family history and genealogy since childhood. She began doing extensive research in 1997 on her and ...
November 1
MCGS Meeting: MyHeritage
Note: We will be meeting in this new location until the Library remodel is complete! Presenter: Kelli Merk MyHeritage is an online genealogy platform with web, mobile, and software products and services that was first developed and popularized in 2003.  ...
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