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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 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)
- 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 Centers: Hurst | 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.
- The National Genealogical Society provides education and training, fosters increased quality and standards, and promotes access to and preservation of genealogical records.
- The Family History Guide. Although much emphasis is on FamilySearch, Project #4: Discover, provides numerous links to records and tutorials for every state and many countries.
- Daughters of the American Revolution -The DAR Library collection contains over 225,000 books, 10,000 research files, thousands of manuscript items, and special collections of African American, Native American, and women’s history, genealogy, and culture.
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
- Social Security Death Index (on Ancestry.com)
- CastleGarden.org. Free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
- EllisIsland.org Includes all the ships that entered the Port of New York from 1892-1924. Registration is required but free, and you can view scanned images of actual passenger manifests.
- 19 Places to Research Your Family Tree for Free (from About.com).
- Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems features the free Genealogy Gems Podcast, Elevenses with Lisa YouTube show, and blog articles. Visit www.GenealogyGems.com.
- Bureau of Land Management - find federal land records from across the country, including historical documents to current interactive mapping tools
- National Archives - Resources for Genealogist
- How to Obtain Copies of Records - Click here
- Catalog Guide for Genealogists and Family Historians - Click here
- Electronic Records for Genealogy - Click here
- Online Research Tools and Aids - Click here
- Genealogy For Kids: Building A Family Tree - A great resource to help kids get involved with researching their family trees!
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
- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter -- A newsletter for genealogy consumers.
- The Genetic Genealogist Blog -- Blaine Bettinger, JD, PhD, examines the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research.
- The Legal Genealogist's Blog -- Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer, educator and writer.
- Genea-Musings -- features genealogy research tips and techniques, genealogy news items and commentary, genealogy humor, San Diego genealogy society news, family history research and some family history stories from the keyboard of Randy Seaver.
- Podcasts: Family Tree Magazine | The Genealogy Guys | Genealogy Gems | Genealogy Made Easy
- YouTube Channels:
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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.
. 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.
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.
DNA Painter provides a user-friendly online tool for chromosome mapping.
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.
Free Genealogy Classes and Webinars
As a supplement to our monthly meetings, here are some instructional resources:
Genealogy Related TV Shows