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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.
NOTE: Our June meeting will be a virtual meeting using the GoToWebinar software.  Registration is required, using this link.  Additional instructions on how to connect using your home computer/tablet/cell phone will be sent to all members.
 
6:30 p.m. – Webinar link 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.



What's New
Free Access Each Day in June to One Recorded Webinar.  Throughout the month of June Legacy Family Tree Webinars is offerting free access each day to one recorded Webinar from their library.  There will be a seven-day rotating theme:
• Sundays – Methodology
• Mondays – DNA
• Tuesdays – Ethnic Genealogy
• Wednesdays – Technology
• Thursdays – Around the Globe
• Fridays – Beginners
• Saturdays – TechZone
 
MyHeritage: Each Day of June, a Different Record Collection Will Be Free!  Each day, MyHeritage is opening one of their paid-subscription-only historical record collections to the public, providing full, free access to view the collection. On some days, they will open two or three related collections for free. The collections they have chosen for this offer are not the collections you can find anywhere — they are rare and valuable, and many are exclusive to MyHeritage. The complete list of collections and days is available here.  They will post regular updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram about the collections, so be sure to follow them so you don’t miss anything!
 
National Genealogical Society provides free access to their NGS Monthly archive through 31 July.  During this time when so many Americans must stay at home, the National Genealogical Society is offering non-members free access to five years of NGS Monthly.  The NGS Monthly’s articles offer family historians invaluable insights on methodology and digestible recommendations on genealogical research by considering the techniques of skilled researchers and scholars, and how they solved difficult research problems.
 
Free Online Genealogical Resources from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
  • Guide to Proving Your Mayflower Ancestry
  • Organzing Your Resesarch
  • Roman Catholic Resources
  • Massachusetts Reources Guide
  • Getting Started in Genealogy
  • Choosing a Genealogical Software Program
  • Chinese American Genealogy
  • Atlantic Canadian Resources at NEHGS
  • French Canadian Resources at NEHGS
  • Advanced Searching on AmericanAncestors.org
  • Mining the Treasures in Newspapers
  • New York Resources at NEHGS
Register for a FREE Guest account to access forms, templates and other tools to help organize and present your family history research.
 
Free Access to Ancestry Academy® Courses. Ancestry Academy® is a collection of free video tutorials containing research tips, genealogy insights, and DNA tools. From any page on Ancestry®, click the Extras tab and select Ancestry Academy. Search for videos at the top or scroll through topics on the left side of the page.”
 
The National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City (ranked 5th in the nation by Yelp) has expanded the digitization and transcription of its collection of over 300,000 soldiers’ letters, diaries and journals.  Staff who previously interacted with museum visitors are supplementing those already engaged in the project. Read more here.
 
Free Access to Digitized Records from The National Archives on Ancestry®!  The National Archives has partnered with Ancestry® to provide free access to search their nearly 500 million records and images.  These records span across nearly 300 different collections, and include ship passenger and crew lists, naturalization and citizenship records, immigration records, and key military collections such as WWI and WWII draft cards.  Digitized by Ancestry® in partnership with NARA, these collections will temporarily be available to any researcher with a free registered account to Ancestry.com.
Creating a free account is easy; just enter your email to start your search:
Then search the collections on Ancestry® from the National Archives: https://www.ancestry.com/search/categories/nara/
 
Free Access to March/April Issue of Family Tree Magazine.  In light of recent events, the publishers of Family Tree Magazine are offering a FREE digital copy of their latest issue. Download yours here, and please share with other family history lovers who might need something to pass the time! Hope you enjoy it: http://bit.ly/2UbEL0k
 
Free 2020 MyHeritage & Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  MyHeritage and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2020 Legacy Family Tree Webinars series, now in its 10th year. Choose from 100 classes from genealogy's leading educators on topics ranging from Australia to England to Spain, from Snagit to Virtual Private Networks, from the Mayflower to the 1939 Register, and from DNA Painter to endogamy.  Click here to register (free).
 
Free Monthly Webinars from The Board for Certification of Genealogists.  The Board provides educational offerings to family historians of all levels of experience, and promotes public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence.   Thier Webinars are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  In order to accommodate those who might have schedule conflicts, the Webinars may be accessed by the public at no charge for a week after each live broadcast.  More info.
 
The newly formed German Genealogy Group of North Texas is open to anyone who is interested in German genealogy. Together, the group will explore the German origins of our ancestors who immigrated to the United States from the 1700’s through the 1900’s. The group is a special interest group of the Dallas Genealogical Society and is freely open to all.  The leaders of this group are Ann Broihier and Bernard  Meisner. You can send them email at ggg.dallasgenealogy.com.  Join the discussion on our Facebook Group.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 (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.


July 2
I Remember: Beginning Storytelling
NOTE: This 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. Presenter: Sandra Crowley, MCGS Past President. Many people have memories of their parents ...
August 6
Monthly Meeting: Ice Cream Social & Election of Officers
We will begin the evening with our annual Ice Cream Social.  The Society will provide the ice cream, bowls and spoons.  Members are asked to bring their favorite toppings to share.
September 3
How To Make Your Family History Come To Life
Presenter: Rusty Williams, Author. Rusty Williams writes about history through the stories of the people who lived it. He is the author of four nonfiction books; three on Texas topics.  He began his career as a newswriter, and has written ...
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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