Masonic Records are Topic of Mesquite H&GS Meeting on Sep 14, 2017

Using Masonic Records in Your Genealogy Research

Were your ancestors Masons? Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society on Thursday, September 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mesquite Main Library (300 West Grubb Drive) to hear John Sellers, native Texan, explain how to use Masonic records in developing your family’s history. John will show us how to use the records and tell us all the information available in this source frequently overlooked by many researchers.

John, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, has over twenty years of both research and lecture experience. He was President of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, and has been a national speaker for both FGS and NGS. Plus, he is a regional speaker throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The public is invited and welcome and you do not have to be a member to attend. Come early for visiting and refreshments.

Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society

Mesquite GenSoc Workshop – June 10, 2017 – Fred & Lynell Moss

The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society’s 2017 Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 10, at the Mesquite Arts Center. Featured speakers Fred and Lynell Moss will make four presentations:

  • Closing Death Records is Just Dead Wrong!
  • Finding Family in U.S. Land Records
  • Probing in U.S. Probate Records
  • Searching on FamilySearch

Program details, pricing, and registration form

Mesquite GHS website

Beginning Genealogy Program at the McKinney Public Library

On Sunday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. the McKinney Public Library is hosting its annual Beginner’s Genealogy Program which is free and open to all.

Interested in finding out about your ancestors? Not sure where to start? Feel overwhelmed just thinking about it? If you’ve wanted to start tracing your family tree, but don’t know quite how to get started, then this workshop is for you.

Please register with Susan at 972.547.7343 or

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library
101 East Hunt Street • McKinney, TX 75069


Mesquite HGS Meets Feb 11: The Eagle and the Raven

The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society meets Thursday, February 11, 6;30 pm, at the Mesquite Public Library, 300 W. Grubb Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149.

The Society will host an imaginary visit with novelist and researcher James Michener and two of his famous (or infamous) characters depicted in his novel, “The Eagle and the Raven“. Meet up with The Raven, the highly lauded General and President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, and his nemesis—The Eagle, the egotistical, powerful and irascible President and General of Mexico Santa Anna. Be a witness to an incredible meeting and see if the two enemies can reconcile their differences and realize their similarities as they meet in a Mesquite Cantina rather than at San Jacinto. Three members of the Hiram Bennett Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas – Marjorie Bays’ two daughters, Glenna Johns and Sue Corey, and Linda Attaway – will present this historic meeting.


Come early for visiting and refreshments. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Grand Prairie GS Meets Feb 4-Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records

The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society monthly meeting will be held Thursday, February 4, 2016 at The Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie. Meet and Greet begins at 6:30 pm with program at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Program: Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records

Learn about the Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records – their value, how they are organized, and how to search the collection.
The Southern Ante-Bellum Plantation Records are considered to be one of the most valuable collections to the study of African American slavery. The collection encompasses business and personal papers from numerous slaveholding families throughout the South. These records can potentially list slaves by name and include other significant information such as: family relationships; dates of birth and death; bills of sale; etc.

Speaker: Ari Wilkins is a genealogist and family historian. She serves as secretary of the Texas State Genealogical Society and a consultant for the Afrigeneas website. Ms. Wilkins is also a former board member of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

Guests are always welcome.


Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society Meets January 14

Join MHGS on Thursday, January 14, 6:30 pm, at the Mesquite Main Library, 300 W. Grubb Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149.  Map

MHGSProgram: “Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929”. One in every 25 Americans has a connection to an Orphan Train rider and between 1854 and 1929, over 200,000 children were relocated from the East to the West coast on trains. Some were young enough that they lost knowledge of their families, ages and even their names. This is a vital part of history with research techniques and resources available that will assist in researching an Orphan Train Rider.

Speaker: Paula Perkins, professional genealogical consultant, lecturer, and instructor of genealogy classes.

Everyone is invited and welcome, and you do not have to be a member to attend. Come early for visiting and refreshments.

Sandra Eckstein, Publicity

Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society

Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society meets Thursday, December 10

Celebrate the ending of 2015 with food, fun, and visiting starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Mesquite Main Library, . Map



Holiday Treats and Exciting Discoveries: Share a favorite holiday treat and your most exciting family discovery of the year. Please be prepared to limit your story to 5 minutes so everyone can participate.


Everyone is invited and welcome. You do not have to be a member to attend.

MHGS web site.

Mesquite HGS Meets 12 Nov: “Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, TX”



Join the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society on Thursday, November 12, at the Mesquite Main Library (Map) at 6:30 p.m. to hear Richard McCaslin discuss his book Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862 (LSU). His book was awarded the Texas State Historical Association’s Tullis Memorial Prize for the best book on Texas history.
Richard B. McCaslin, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of North Texas, is the author or editor of seventeen books, five of which, including his study of the Great Hanging at Gainesville, have won awards. He is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and an Admiral in the Texas Navy.
Come early for visiting and refreshments. You do not have to be a member to attend.