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Mid-Cities Genealogical Society

A Proud Sponsor of the 2020 TxSGS Virtual Conference

The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society is proud to be a sponsor of the Texas State Genealogical Society's Annual Conference!  Please visit our virtual booth in the conference Exhibit Hall.  Since recordings of all the presentations will be available to conference registrants through February 14, 2021, there's still time to register for the conference.

Membership has its rewards!  Congratulations to MCGS members Jan Jones and Ann McKee, winners of the drawing for free conference registrations.  All members who recently attended one or more of our virtual meetings were eligible for this drawing.  Not a member?  Join us!

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.
 
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.
NOTE: Our December Meeting will be a virtual meeting.  Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/tablet/smartphone have been sent to all members.
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.



What's New
November Sales on DNA Kits:  AncestryDNA | FamilyTree DNA | 23andMe | LivingDNA | MyHeritageDNA
 
Euless Public Library to reopen on December 7th!  The newly remodeled Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library will open to the public on Dec. 7 at 9:00 a.m. Books may be checked out either curbside at the Westpark Temporary Library or the City Hall Book locker until Nov. 25. All services will be temporarily suspended Nov. 26 - Dec. 6 for staff to prepare to welcome patrons back into the beautiful new space.
 
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!"
 
The Autumn 2020 issue of Irish Lives Remembered magazine (61pp) "Ireland’s Premier Digital Genealogy Magazine" is now free to view at: irishlivesremembered.ie.
 
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 the time schedule information in the guest’s own local time to simplify making the connection across time zones.
 
Join the FamilySearch Live Community.  This series will be an opportunity for the family history community to connect virtually and interact while many are practicing social distancing, quarantining, or even self-isolating.  Instagram Live events (login required) are typically scheduled for each Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 noon Central Time.  Facebook Live events (login required) will happen each Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Central Time.
 
Access The Ancestry Library Edition From Home. ProQuest has announced that remote access to Ancestry Library Edition will continue through the end of March 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.  Upcoming topics include:
  • Using the Wiki and Scotlands People for Scots Research (Beginner)  Mon. Nov 30, 9:30 am CST
  • Scotland’s ‘Lost’: Researching Non-Church of Scotland Ancestry (Beginner) Mon. Nov 30, 11:00 am CST
  • Och Aye! Understanding Weird Scottish Words and Phrases (Beginner)  Mon. Nov 30, 12:30pm CST
  • Scotland Probate Records (Beginner)  Mon. Nov 30, 2:00 pm CST
RootsTech Connect 2021 to be a free, virtual conference for a worldwide audience.  The RootsTech 2021 conference previously planned for Feb. 3-6, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, will now be held Feb. 25-27, 2021, and called “RootsTech Connect 2021.” RootsTech is the world’s largest genealogy and technology conference of its kind.  More info.
 
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.
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.


December 3
Sharing Your Family History with Your Children and Grandchildren
NOTE: This will be a virtual meeting using the GoToWebinar software.  Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/tablet/smartphone have been sent to all members.  Presenter: Sunny Morton Sunny Morton is a popular lecturer for the global genealogy community. She's ...
January 7
Southern States Migration Patterns
NOTE: This will be a virtual meeting.  Instructions on how to connect using your home computer/tablet/smartphone will be sent to all members. Presenter: Mary E V Hill, MLS, AG® Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did ...
February 4
Colonial America Genealogy
Presenter: Beth Foulk, Genealogy Decoded Beth Foulk has turned a lifetime genealogy passion into an opportunity to share what she’s learned with genealogists across the country.  She has documented her Civil War, War of 1812, and Revolutionary War ancestors, mapped ...
March 4
Search Strategies for FamilySearch.org
Presenter: Lynell Bennett Moss, Plano Family History Center Lynell has been researching her family and other’s family histories for over 50 years.  She has served in the Plano Family History Center for 30 years, 12 of which as Director; 20 ...
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