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.
The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month.
NOTE: Our February 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 email@example.com for registration instructions prior to the meeting.
Please ensure your return email address IS NOT of the form:
as we are unable to reply to such addresses.
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.
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
MyHeritage adds color restoration enhancement for faded color photos to its free MyHeritage In Color feature.
Unlike colorization, which simulates the colors of black and white photos, the new color restoration feature is ideal for restoring both original or scanned color photos from the 1950s to the 1990s that have faded over the years. Over time, the once bright and vibrant hues have turned different shades, mainly due to UV light affecting the chemical makeup of printed photos and causing them to turn grungy yellow and fade. Without guessing the original colors, the new technology 'revives' them. As a bonus, MyHeritage's color restoration feature also sharpens photos and improves their level of detail. Check out MyHeritage's new color restoration feature here.
MyHeritage introduces MyHeritage Photo Storyteller™
— an important new feature to record the stories behind your favorite family photos and attach the audio narrative to the photos. The Photo Storyteller™ is available on the free MyHeritage mobile app
and enables you to easily record yourself or interview your family members, describing the real story behind any of your family photos. Details are available here.
Ancestry.com discontinues AncestryHealth
, a physician ordered laboratory test that provides you a simple, affordable way to understand your own genetics and insights related to your health. AncestryHealth is no longer available for purchase as of Jan. 15, but they will continue to support customers through mid-2021. AncestryDNA, that provides ethnicity estimates and matches to other testers, will continue to be supported and enhanced. For more information, please visit https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Discontinuation-of-AncestryHealth.
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.
Free Webinar Series Announced. Registration is now open
for the 2021 series of free Legacy Family Tree Webinars, now in its 12th year. Throughout the course of the year they will offer 120 classes "from genealogy's leading educators on topics ranging from Prussia to Ireland to Samoa, from Zotero to WordPress, from The National Road to Angel Island to the 1890 census, and from the top 10 DNA do's and don'ts to the genealogy of your house.”
You may select your Webinars now, or register throughout the coming year, since they have increased the attendance to 3,000 folks for each Webinar. Each Webinar will be recorded and you can freely view those recordings for the first seven days after each broadcast. Note that a subscription is required to access the accompanying handouts and to view at your convenience any of their entire library of over 1400 Webinars.
Euless Public Library reopened on December 7th! The newly remodeled Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library reopened 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.
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!"
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.
Genealogical Institutes in 2021.
- Using the FamilySearch Catalog (Beginner) Mon, Feb 1, 9:00 AM CST
- Overview of FamilySearch (Beginner) Tue, Feb 2, 9:00 AM CST
- The Tired, the Poor, and the Huddled Masses: U.S. Immigration 1820-1954 (Beginner) Thu, Feb 4, 9:00 AM CST
- African American Records and Strategies: Post-1865 (Beginner) Thu, Feb 18, 9:00 AM CST
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.
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.
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