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Local Genealogical Societies
  • Arlington Genealogical Society
    • Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm (September-June) at the George W. Hawkes Arlington Public Library in the "[re]Brary" meeting room on the ground floor.
  • Cedar Hill Genealogical Society
    • Meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm at the Zula B. Wylie Public Library, 225 Cedar St. Please check their Web site for other meetings and events.
  • Genealogy Association of Colleyville
    • Meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00 am at the Colleyville Senior Center, 2512 Glade Road.  Schedule of upcoming meetings.
  • Collin County Genealogical Society
    • Meets on the second Wednesday of every month September through June at 6:30 pm at the W.O. Haggard, Jr Public Library, 2501 Coit Road, Plano.  Meetings are free and open to the public.
  • Dallas Genealogical Society
    • Meets on the first Saturday of every month September through May at 10:30 am at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas.  Please check their Web site for the calendar of monthly meetings and other events.
  • Euless Senior Center Genealogy Group
    • Are you stuck up your family tree? This group is for all levels and those wanting more for their genealogy quest. If you are stuck on the ground under your tree, or just stuck, this group will help get you swing from branch to branch. Come join us and get busy discovering your rich family history and heritage! This group meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Euless Senior Center at 1:00 pm. Volunteer: MCGS member Peggy Poole.
  • Fort Worth Genealogical Society
    • Meets on the last Tuesday of every month except December at 6:30 pm at the Fort Worth Central Library, 500 West Third Street, Fort Worth.  Please check their Web site for other meetings and events.
  • Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
    • Meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie. Please check their Web site for other meetings and events.
  • Grapevine Name Droppers
    • Meets on the second Monday of every month at 10:30 am at the Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way. (Facebook)
  • Johnson County Genealogical Society
    • Meets on the second Thursday of every month (except December) at 6:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 303 S. Nolan River Rd.
  • Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society
    • Meets the second Thursday each month at 6:30 pm at the Mesquite Library, 300 W. Grubb St. (Facebook)

Local Resources
  • Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library
    • The Euless Public Library is home to a collection of local history and genealogy resources occupying their own room inside the library. In addition to computers with access to genealogical records, there are display cases filled with local historical artifacts.
  • Grapevine Public Library - Frances Pittman Malcolm Genealogy Room
    • The Grapevine Public Library has an extensive collection of over 12,000 books, several subscription databases, over 12,000 rolls of microfilm, and many other resources to encourage researchers in the discovery and documentation of their ancestors. The focus is on Texas and the South, but other areas will be built up as researchers’ interests indicate.
  • The Fort Worth Public Library
    • The Genealogy, History & Archives Unit contains a collection that focuses on Texas and the South, but also includes a considerable amount of information on the Midwest and the original thirteen states.
  • The Dallas Public Library
    • The Genealogy Section (8th floor) contains a collection for family history research that is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the southern half of the United States.
    • Texas and Dallas History & Archives (7th Floor) is the official repository for Dallas County Records. It also has old maps of Texas, city directories, newspapers, high school annuals, church records, funeral records, and more.
    • The History & Social Sciences Collection (7th floor) serves a variety of library users' needs from informational to recreational and includes books, magazines, videos, maps, and brochures.
    • The Government Information Center (6th Floor) houses one of the area's most comprehensive, public collections of topographic and city maps and atlases.
  • Local Family History CentersHurst | Arlington
  • The National Archives Southwest Region in Fort Worth has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, including Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930; military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications; passenger arrival records; and Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the Five Tribes of Oklahoma.

Regional Resources

National Resources

National Genealogical Institutes
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.

Blogs, Podcasts and YouTube Channels
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Getting Started in Genealogy (from the Allen County Library)
Getting Started in Genealogy (at

Genealogy & DNA
The International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki. This Wiki was established for the benefit and education of the genetic genealogy community.
The Genetic Genealogy Standards.  This document is intended to provide ethical and usage standards for the genealogical community to follow when purchasing, recommending, sharing, or writing about the results of DNA testing for ancestry.
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.
Kelly Wheaton’s Beginners Guide to Genetic Genealogy is a series of 19 lessons, progressing from the basics to more advanced topics.
The DNAGeek. Leah Larkin earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her background makes her uniquely qualified to apply your DNA results to learning about your family history.
An Introduction to Molecular Genealogy by the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center has a series of one-to two-minute videos that provide an introduction; an overview of the types of DNA; and then closer looks at autosomal, X-chromosome, Y chromosome, and mitochondrial DNA.
DNA Basics  MyHeritage is producing a series of articles with associated videos that describe the use of DNA tests for ethnicity estimates and cousin matcing.  Suggest you read the Chapter 5 entry first to understand how your test is processed.
Understanding DNA Matching Technology by MyHeritage Webinars Ran Snir, Product Manager, MyHeritage DNA Products.
DNA Painter provides a user-friendly online tool for chromosome mapping.
GEDmatch is a place to collaborate with others who have been tested at other companies and gain access to more genetic tools to try to figure out how you are related to others.
  • The Legal Genealogist. A genealogist with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer, educator and writer.
  • Your Genetic Genealogist -- Written for the non-scientist, a source for unbiased news on the major genealogy DNA testing companies by CeCe Moore, an independent professional genetic genealogist and television consultant.
  • The Genetic Genealogist.  The Genetic Genealogist Blaine Bettinger, JD, PhD, examines the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research.
  • Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems - Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems features the free Genealogy Gems Podcast, Genealogy Gems YouTube videos, and blog articles.
DNA Reference Works by Debbie Parker Wayne

Free Genealogy Classes and Webinars
As a supplement to our monthly meetings, here are some instructional resources:

Genealogy Related TV Shows
Roots Less Traveled (actually made for children 13 to 16)