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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 at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector, Euless, Texas. Visitors are welcome.

6:30 p.m. – Social and Beginners' Workshop
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
 
FamilySearch.org to Require Login. "Beginning December 13, 2017, patrons visiting FamilySearch.org will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or to sign in to their existing account to continue enjoying all the free expanded benefits FamilySearch has to offer."  More info here.
 
Added Kelly Wheaton’s Beginners' Guide to Genetic Genealogy and An Introduction to Molecular Genealogy short videos by the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center to Our Favorite Links page.
 
Findmypast Announces Plans to Publish Cincinnati & Chicago Catholic Sacramental Registers.  More info here.
 
Ancestry.com customers can now choose whether they want to see and be seen by their DNA matches.  More info here.
 
Find The Latest Sales and Discounts at GenealogyBargains.com!
 
Includes the presentations:
  • Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish Birth Marriage Death
  • Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing
  • Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy
  • Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information
  • Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies
  • How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren
  • Jewish Family Research Challenges
Includes the presentations:
  • Taking Care of your Family Heirlooms
  • 19th Century Ancestors in Tax Assessment Records
  • From the Cradle to the Grave: Birth, Childhood, and Death in the National Archives at St. Louis
  • A is for Archives, B is for Burn File: Accessing Burned Records at the National Archives at St. Louis
  • Locating the Relocated:  Deciphering Electronic Records on Japanese Americans Interned During World War II
  • Beyond the War Relocation Administration: Finding Japanese Relocatees in Other Records
Hotel Reservations Now Open for 2018 Family History Conference.  Reserve your hotels rooms for the 40th NGS Family History Conference, 2-6 May 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Added the Researching Newspapers tutorials from The Ancestor Hunt Web site as mentioned by Patti Gillespie to Our Favorite Links page.
 
National Archives Fort Worth First Friday Workshops:  The National Archives Fort Worth has published their schedule of first Friday workshops for 2017.  Check our Meetings & Events tab for the complete list of dates and topics.



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 (#8617) and AmazonSmile.
 
Mid-Cities Genealogical Society members can enroll their Kroger Plus Card online at: www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Note you must re-enroll every year to participate.
 
Beginning in September, 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.


January 4
MCGS Meeting: Family Tree Maker's New and Little Known Features
Presenter: Marilyn Hay, MCGS Membership Chair. Our recent membership survey indicated Family Tree Maker is the most popular program used by our members.  In this presentation Marilyn will brings us up to date on recent changes to the program, and ...
March 1
MCGS Meeting: State & Territorial Censuses: Underused Genealogical Tools
Presenter: Bernard N. Meisner, MCGS President. Genealogists researching American families are familiar with the decennial federal census records.  In this presentation Bernard will discuss the state and territorial censuses and their value in filling the gaps between the federal census ...
April 5
MCGS Meeting: The Texas Heritage Museum’s Historical Research Center in Hillsboro, Texas
Presenter: Peggy Fox Michaels. Texas Heritage Museum began with the personal collection of Hill College history professor Harold B. Simpson in 1963, and has continued to expand over the years. In 1997, state funding was secured to renovate the old ...
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