Welcome to the
Fort Worth Genealogical Society!
 
FWGS is a Society that is committed to the history and genealogy of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and surrounding counties in North Texas.  
 
Fort Worth has a rich and diverse heritage that FWGS strives to preserve and share for all generations.  We provide resources and education to help researchers in their quest to trace their heritage in North Texas, whether they live locally or far away.
 
 
 

    The May Issue of Footprints is now available!
 
Footprints is available for download to all FWGS Members in the Members Section or watch your mail for the printed edition for those who chose the Membership that provides publications in print
 
 

What's New?
First Week of July 2024 
Member's Only:
 
Publication Exchanges
Ark-La_Tex Genealogical Society 
The Genie Quarterly Journal June 30, 2024

Genealogical Forum of Oregon
E-News July 4, 2024
& The Forum Insider Newsletter
General Public:

Newsletters
FWGS June 2024 Newsletter
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then & Now
The meanings of words change through time.  What we believe now may have a completely
different meaning than it did several hundred years before. Believing that words mean the same now as they did then can lead us to believe something that is not true.
  Here is just one example:

The Suffix Senior and Junior (abbreviated as Sr. and Jr.)
 
THEN NOW
Terms that reveal the existence of another person of the same name living in the same area; applied to either males or females, not necessarily related. These suffixes were used to mean which is the oldest.
Usually father and son, e.g., "George Smith, Sr." and "George Smith, Jr." 
 
 
Source:  Drake, Paul J.D. 2013. What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New. Heritage Books.
 
 
 
 
 
Join FWGS for 2024
 
It is never too late to join FWGS for 2024.  There are two ways to submit your application and payment.  The easiest way is to click on the Online Join link on the left side of this page and follow the prompts. You will first choose which type of membership you want, then set up your membership account information. You will then access the secure payment portal which links you to Paypal.  The second way is to print the application form and mail with your payment to the address provided. 
 
 
 
 
All members receive access to all on-line content of this website and allows access to Footprints, the quarterly journal of FWGS, In addition, members have online access to other information provided by volunteers and the Fort Worth Public Library through their generous sponsorship of FWGS. Content is continuously being added and updated.
 
 

 

July 30, 2024
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Suzanne Fritz on Exploring the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Your Family Tree
Curious about how Artificial Intelligence is used in Genealogy? Do Ancestry and Family Search use it? Can it help with writing your ancestor's biography? Suzanne ...