Monday, April 25, 2016

Genealogy Resources

The Haltom City Public Library does not have a dedicated Genealogy collection, but we are lucky to have access to databases and many nearby collections and societies to help you with your research.

Genealogy Databases at HCPL

Heritage Quest Online
HeritageQuest Online is available at Haltom City Public Library and by remote access through the TexShare databases link on the Haltom City Public Library homepage. Contact the library for login and password. Search data/images from the U.S. Census (1790 to 1940) and more than 25,000 full-text family and local histories, Freedman’s Bank Records and much more.

Genealogy Websites

Portal to primary or secondary genealogy databases, records, how-to guides and handbooks.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). 

A comprehensive list of genealogy websites including over 309,000 links organized in 180 categories. 

Site maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Offers family genealogy records/resources free of cost.

Access Texas genealogy and history. Each county page is commercial free with helpful tips and database links.

Genealogy Collections 

Dallas Public Library

(214) 670-1433
One of the largest genealogy research collections in the region with 80,000 volumes, 42,000 microfilm rolls, vital records, census, military service records and over 500 genealogy journals.

Fort Worth Public Library

(817) 871-7740
The Genealogy, History & Archives collection includes over 40,000 volumes, 9,500 microfilm rolls, 100 CD-ROMs, state of the art equipment and much more.

Grapevine Public Library

(817) 410-3429
Frances Pittman Malcolm Genealogy Room.

Irving Public Library

(972) 721-2606
Local History and Genealogy Room.

Local Genealogy Societies 

 Mid-Cities Genealogical Society 
Meetings: 1st Thursday of each month starting at 6:30 PM with a Social and Beginners Workshop and the regular meeting starting at 7:00 PM at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector.

Fort Worth Genealogical Society 
Meetings: Last Tuesday of each month, except for December, at 6:30 PM at the Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street. Check the website for other meetings and workshops.

Grapevine Name Droppers

Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month at 10:30 AM at the Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way.
(817) 410-3429

Arlington Genealogical Society 
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of months September through June at the Arlington West Police Service Station, located at 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd. in their Community Room.

Dallas Genealogical Society
Meetings: 1st Saturday of each month September through May at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street.
(866) 968-2347

Texas State Genealogical Society
Meetings: Board Meeting in January and an annual fall state conference. The site offers access to issues of Stirpes (1960 to current) the Society’s quarterly Texas genealogy periodical.

The National Archives at Fort Worth 
1400 John Burgess Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76140
(817) 551-2051

Monday – Friday (except for federal holidays)
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The National Archives at Fort Worth is open to the public for historical/genealogical research. Records from the 1800s to late 1900s include letters, photos, maps and documents from federal agencies and courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Microfilm holdings include: Federal population censuses for all states, 1790-1940, military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications, passenger arrival records, Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the Five Tribes of Oklahoma.

Access to and from any computer in the research room. All computers and microfilm readers/printers are equipped with USB ports, so be sure to bring your thumb drives.


If you need further assistance, please contact us.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ladies' Night Out Early Bird Special!

3rd Annual Ladies’ Night Out Fundraising Event

Saturday, August 13, 2016

6 – 10 p.m.

As in past, Ladies' Night Out will offer a chance to enjoy a night out meeting new friends and mingling with old ones. Women 18 years and older will be treated to a scrumptious dinner catered by Chef Tyler. We have increased the number of vendors this year. Back by popular demand is the photography booth and handwriting analysts; Jerry Wenninger will draw your caricature; Brenda Groshcup will have paper crafts for you to make; this year you will be able to purchase directly from the vendors, if you so choose.

The tickets this year will be $45.00 but there is an Early Bird Special. For those who purchase a ticket between now and June 18th the price is $39.00 AND your name will be entered into a drawing for a diamond necklace. For those who purchase after June 1st the ticket price is $45.00 and you will not be eligible for the drawing.


Fruit Montage
Smoked chicken nachos
Pork tenderloin with brandy Dijon cream
Roasted garlic Yukon Gold mashed potatoes
Italian vegetables with balsamic glaze
Garden salad
Dinner rolls
Ice tea & water

Vendors (check back - more details coming soon!): 

Brenda Groschup - crafts
Handwriting analysts 
Jamberry Nails
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Monet – hair products
Pampered Chef
Photo Booth
Pink Zebra - fragrances
Planet Beach – spa
Premier Jewelry
Thirty-one Gifts

Jerry Wenninger - caricatures

Don't miss out on the fun! Check back for more details.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Haltom City Public Library is honored to have a special, interactive exhibit on loan from the University of Texas at Dallas: Inside Out! Patrons, young and old, can place the pictures of the animals on the light pad, mounted to the table, and see the skeleton. We also have “bones” books next to the table for check out. The exhibit will be available through the summer. Check it out!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Janie & Travis Royal Historical Mural Dedication and Open House

A couple weeks ago, we introduced you to Janie & Travis Royal.  The mural was installed on Friday, April 8, 2016. It was designed by Jeff Naukam of the Bubble.

On Sunday, April 10, 2016, the library opened for a special open house and dedication of the mural.  Refreshments were lovingly provided (and mostly handmade) by Bette Bronstad, Teresa Cabano, Loretta Dubois, Terri Grizzelle, Ella Patterson, Donna Peterson, and Bonnie Richards.

Over 80 people came on Sunday to honor Travis and Janie at the open house and enjoyed an exhibit of his photographs and historical objects from the Birdville Museum.

 Library Director, Lesly Smith, gave a history of the mural project.
 Betty Porter, Director of the Birdville Museum and Birdville Historical Society gave a brief history of the Birdville community and the Birdville Historical Society.

Drew Sanders was in attendance and signing his new book, The Garden of Eden (place a hold a library copy).

The mural was made possible by the generosity of the following donors: Ann Bastable, Rodney and Pamela Bland, Jesse (Pat) Brown, Mona R. Brown, Frances Burns, Dr. Norman and Mary Ruth Ellis, Michelle Emery, Don and Terri Grizzelle, Bonnie Jean Hensleigh, Betty Kurecka, Pack Optical, Bonnie Richards, Susan Roach, Ricky J. and Linda R. Roberts, Travis Royal, Lesly M. Smith and David W. Young, Pamela Sonderer, and Patsy Newton Sullivan. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

First Finds! April New Book Spotlight

The first of the month = First Finds! Here is the latest installment of new and interesting books from the collection. 
   The nest   Book Jacket

The Last Armada: Queen Elizabeth, Juan del Ɓguila, and Hugh O'Neill: The Story of the 100-Day Spanish Invasion by Des Elkin

"An account of the final great naval battle between England and Spain details General Juan del Águila's attempt to invade Elizabeth I's England, strategist Charles Blount's efforts to redeem himself against charges of treason, and Irish insurgent Hugh O'Neill's final effort to drive the English out of Ireland."-catalog
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
"A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives."-catalog
I'm Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork
"From a bold new voice in international crime fiction, a chilling debut in which two detectives must hunt down a vengeful killer--and uncover the secret that ties each of them to the crime."-NoveList

Want more? Click on the "First Finds" label below to see more recommended books.