Grand Prairie Genealogical Society

ANNUAL LOCK-IN JUST DAYS AWAY!

What's in store for you at the GPGS Annual Lock-In?  Naturally you will get 3 hours of great Internet research and access to the Grand Prairie Main Library's genealogy resources, but did you know there will wonderful gift bags for everyone and a chance to win a great door prize?  And if you like raffles, you can buy a ticket for a chance for even greater prizes!
 
An example of some items in the free gift bags are:
  • Free Whataburger coupon
  • $50 gift card for a dental appointment at Bixon Clinic
An example of some of the door prize items:
  • $25 gift card to Reino dry cleaners
  • Water bottle
  • Roots Magic 7  CD
An example of some of the raffle items:
  • $50 gift certificate to Sam’s
  • An Ancestry DNA test kit and card for an Ancestry World Explorer subscription valued at $299.95
 
Friday, March 20, 2015, 6:00PM to 10:00PM
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, GP 75051.
The library will be closed to the public.  You will have 4 hours to “dig” into your roots   Attendees will have access to library computers for searching genealogy websites.  Wi-Fi is available so bring your laptop if you chose. Some fee-based websites will be free  for our use for the evening.  You will also have research assistance from members.  One of our very experienced members will spend time that evening in the genealogy room pointing you toward resources to help.  Refreshments are furnished. 
Registration is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members per person
Attendance is limited due to space, so please sign up early.  
Pre-registration is necessary.  Mail-in registration deadline is no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2015. 
 
Download the REGISTRATION form here and the brochure here.
 

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, quesitons and queries to  gpgstx@yahoo.com. 
 

IS IT YOUR TURN TO HOST?

Have you signed up to bring refreshments to one of our 2015 meetings?  Becky and Beau are seeking members to share in the hospitality at our upcoming meetings by providing refreshments.  They will have the sign-up sheet at our next meeting, so be sure to pick your date.  Expect a call after the meeting if you haven't taken your turn.

JOIN AT DISCOUNTED RATE

If you've been planning to join the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society but just haven't done it, now is the time.  There are still plenty of excellent programs and activities like our annual lock-in coming up!  With half the year gone, the membership rate is discounted by half also.  So join now at the bargain price and enjoy the rest of GPGS year with us!

Kroger 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.
 
 

Welcome

 
Brief History 
     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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