The Portal to Texas History
The GPGS Monthly Meeting will be Thursday, May 5, 2016 at The Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, Tx
6:30 P.M. for Meet and Greet
7:00 P.M. Program
Visitors are always welcome!
The Portal to Texas History is a digital repository for historical and cultural heritage materials. The materials hosted on the Portal are the product of collaboration between the University of North Texas Libraries and Portal Partners, which include genealogical societies, museums, libraries, government agencies, and private collectors. The presentation will provide users with an overview of the Portal and how one could use it for their own research interests.
Jake Mangum earned both his BS in Information Science in 2013 and his MS in Library Science in 2014 from the University of North Texas. He became the Project Development Librarian for the Portal to Texas History at the University of North Texas Libraries in February 2015. In this role he works as a liaison with partners in the creation and digitization of collections for the Portal. An additional function of his role at the UNT Libraries is to perform outreach to various organizations and associations. These include genealogical societies, museums, libraries, and private collectors.
We are glad you discovered the page of the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society. Please look through our website and see what we do. Thank you for stopping by.
GPGS MEETINGS AT RUTHE JACKSON CENTER
Due to the temporary closing of the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society's monthly meetings will be held at the Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX until further notice. The main library is expected to be closed from January until sometime in June 2016 for remodeling.
MEETINGS 1st Thursday @ 7:00 pm
We always want to welcome visitors!. Check the Events page for more information about all our activities. And we love to hear from our visitors. Please send us your comments, questions and queries to email@example.com.
Kroger and Tom Thumb Rewards
We want to remind everyone that if you shop at Kroger we'd love to have you designate GPGS on your card. Every little bit helps. If you already have us designated, August 1st is renewal time! Visit the Kroger website at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards and add the GPGS's Kroger Community Rewards number, 84534 to your card.
Link your Tom Thumb Reward card to GPGS at www.tomthumb.com using our ID# 12309.
The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society was formed in the fall of 1967 by several patrons of the Grand Prairie Memorial Library. The first years formed a solid foundation for this organization now celebrating more than 45 years.
The “DAR Patriot Index” was the first book our organization gave to the library, who placed them in a barrister bookcase, for security. By 1970 the collection of research materials had grown significantly and a proposal was made to the library that a separate section be established. By 1971 GPGS had purchased a reader and 40 rolls of microfilm and various books for the library. Over the years, the Genealogical Society and it’s members have compiled and published a number of books. Donating research materials to the genealogical section continues to be a major focus for the Society. Over the years, the Society and the library have worked together to expand local research facilities and materials.
In addition to the materials provided to the library, the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
has sponsored a number of workshops. The first workshop was “How to get started in Genealogy” held on Saturday, February 3, 1968. A few in other years have included “Family Tree Climbing Can Be fun!” in 1977, A Civil War Workshop in 1988, “Organizing & Managing a Genealogical Project” in 1990, “Texas Our Texas” in 1997 and “A Day with Lloyd Bockstuck” in 2005. We have also enjoyed countless informative programs by Librarians, Professional Genealogists, Authors and a wide variety of other speakers at our monthly meetings.
We manage to sneak fun in as well. Besides all the talented speakers GPGS has benefited from our own members who have shared their time, treasures, personal research materials and stories. The annual “Antless” Picnic held every July and the Christmas Potluck Celebration are always fun and a hit with the members. "What I did on my summer vacation" or "What I accomplished in my genealogy research" are always interesting antidotes.
As technology provides greater resources for research the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society faces new challenges for resources and equipment and training.
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