FWGS - Computer Users Group Meetings

Computer Users Group Meeting

These meetings deal with using computers and the Internet in genealogical research.  They are hands-on sessions at the Intel Computer Lab's 24 work stations. Though it may vary, meeting topics generally follow the same lesson that the Beginners Class taught that morning, but focused on using computers and the Internet.

Meetings are free and open to the public and are typically held on the 4th Saturday of each month, from January through August.

Meeting topics often mirror what the Beginners Class does earlier in the day, only the Computer Group focuses on the topic as it applies to internet research.

Click here for a printable 2018 schedule for the Beginners Class.
The dates on this schedule also work for the Computer Group.


Fort Worth Central Library
500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth, Texas
Intel Computer Lab (near the auditorium)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

For more information, or if you would like to host a presentation for this group, please contact:

Debbie Pearson

2017 C.U.G. Schedule

27 January

Session I

Topic: How to Get Started and Organizational Hints

Today we will focus on why use the computer in your genealogical pursuits and how to begin. We will also explore what is available free in the Library or at home on your own computer. We’ll discuss some genealogy software too and other equipment genealogists might need.

24 February

Session II

Topic: Using the Federal Census for Family Research

Census records are one of the most useful records available to genealogists. We will explore many digital forms and places to find them for free or paid subscriptions. We will also cover some tips on how to search these records and interpret them.

24 March

Session III

Topic: Researching at the County Courthouse

Records available at the county with explanations of each, legal terms, places these records can be found (publications, Family History Centers), how to find the correct county and county seat, etc.

28 April

Session IV

Topic: Information from Archives and Libraries

Resources available at archives and libraries, reference books such as Genealogies in the Library of Congress, Family History Centers, lending libraries, libraries worth going out of your way, use of newspapers and how to find them, special collections, use of maps, migration trails, National Archives & Records Administration, State Archives.

12 May

Session V

Topic: Church, Cemetery and Vital Records

Where and How to find vital records; finding church records and cemeteries; clues that are available in each.

Note the break in the routine this month, as this is not on the normal 4th Saturday.

23 June

Session VI

Topic: Immigration, Emigration & Naturalization Records

Explanation of each, useful websites, available helpful publications and indexes.

28 July

Session VII

Topic: Using Military Records As A Research Tool

Review of American Wars, records unique to each, WW I and WW II Draft Cards, types of pensions, DAR records, The Confederate Research Center in Hillsboro, which censuses can help.

25 August

Session VIII

Topic: Leaving a Legacy

Unique ways of sharing your research with family members, publication hints, choice of numbering systems, indexing, proof reading, how to secure a copyright, acquiring a Library of Congress Catalog Card Number, suggestions for the design of your publication.


Meetings are not typically scheduled from September through December.


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