Welcome to the Hurst, TX Family History Center

Library Building

The Hurst, TX Family History Center (or FHC as we like to call it) is your local gateway to the microfilm and microfiche resources of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. At the FHC, you can order and view films and fiche, use our database programs and computers, use our collection of books and other resources, and receive help with your personal family history research.

Please use the information and links below to navigate our site. We hope you enjoy your experience!

Center location and hours of operation

Hurst Texas Family History Center

4401 E Loop 820 North
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180-7375

Phone: 817-284-4472

Hours of Operation:
   Tuesdays 10am-9pm
   Wednesdays 10am-2pm
   Thursdays 6pm-9pm
   Saturdays 10am-4pm

Library is subject to closure without notice due to weather or other necessities. The Library is generally closed on major holidays.

To view our calendar in graphic form, please go to our 2007-2008 Calendar page. Please note - you must have "frames" enabled on your browser to view our graphical calendar.

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Getting Started with your Family History Research

  1. Start with what you know. Write down names, dates, and places for yourself and your immediate family.
  2. Ask family members for additional information to extend your baseline information.
  3. Document the information you have on a Pedigree Chart or Family Group Record form.
  4. Pick an ancestor to research. Search multiple sources to find information for that ancestor.
  5. Write down the resources you searched, including websites, in a Research Log form. This helps you avoid duplicating research later on.
  6. Update your Pedigree Chart or Family Group Sheet record with the new information.
  7. Repeat the cycle for a new ancestor.

There are many good lessons on the internet to help you get started on your family history research. If you would like more information or an additional tutorial, please reference the free Family History Course offered from Brigham Young University.

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Resources at our Family History Center

Our Center has many resources available for you to use when working on your family history research. Most resources are free, although there are nominal charges for renting microfilm and microfiche from our main library in Salt Lake City. Click here to go directly to our resources page, or select a link of interest below to go to the specific part of the Resources page to find what you need.

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Recommended items to bring to the library

To make your trip the best it can be, we recommend you bring these items with you to the Family History Center:

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Frequently Referenced Web Sites

Family Search Web Site

BYU's Center for Family History and Genealogy

Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Tutorial

Family History Library Catalog

Cyndis List of Genealogical Sites and References

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Common Genealogical Terms

The following are commonly used genealogical terms that may assist you with your research. These are pulled from a more comprehensive list found at About.Com's Glossary of Genealogy and Family History Terms

Ahnentafel Chart
A numbering system used to identify each individual in a family tree. A starting person is given the number 1, the individual's father is twice that individual's number (2), and the individual's mother is twice that individual's number plus one (3). So, to find the father of any person, double that number. To find the mother, double the number and add one.
Certified Genealogist
An individual who has passed a test administered by a certifying organization, and subscribes to a code of ethics.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a heritage society with a membership of almost 800,000 people from around the world. Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.
Family Group Sheet
A form which contains genealogical information about a nuclear family - a husband, a wife, and their children. It usually includes the dates and places of birth, marriage and death.
Family Tree
A chart that shows how the members of a family are related over many generations.
Acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. In simple terms GEDCOM is a standardized method of formatting your family tree data into a text file which can be easily read and converted by any genealogy software program.
An individual who pursues the science or study of family descent or ancestry.
Gregorian Calendar
In 1582, by papal decree, Pope Gregory XIII replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar (named after himself). This calendar was developed to make up for the deficiencies in the Julian calendar which caused it to depart from the natural solar cycle over time. To get back in sync with the solar cycle, the Gregorian calendar dropped 10 days from the month of October in 1582, and introduced Leap Years to keep this problem from recurring. Of primary importance to genealogists, is that the Gregorian calendar was not adopted by many protestant countries until much later. Great Britain and her colonies adopted the Gregorian, or "new style" calendar in 1752. Some countries, such as China, did not adopt the calendar until the 1900's.
NOTE: you may find dates listed as "1750/1751" to account for the difference in calendars in use at the time.
Julian Calendar
The calendar named for Julius Caesar in official use from 45 B.C. to 1582 A.D. It was named for Julius Caesar and is often referred to as the "Old Style" calendar. It was officially replaced by the Gregorian calendar in 1582, though many countries didn't adopt it until much later.
Acronym for National Archives and Records Administration, consisting of the main branch in Washington, DC research rooms and 13 regional facilities. The Archives hold millions of records of interest to genealogists - especially U.S. census, immigration and military records.
The practice of creating last names from the name of one's father, usually the father's given name, or from the paternal side of the family. Example: Robert, son of Tom would be Robert Tomson (Thompson); Robert Thompson's son, Edward, would become Edward Robertson.
Acronym for Personal Ancestral File. This is a free software program available from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family Search website. The software allows users to store genealogical data, including multi-media files.
1) A list of ancestors, a record of ancestry, family tree 2) A recorded or known line of descent from an ancestor
Pedigree Chart
A chart showing the lines of your direct ancestors.
Acronym For PERiodical Source Index. It is the largest subject index to genealogical and historical periodical articles in the world.
Professional Genealogist
An individual who compiles family histories and genealogies for clients for a fee.
Social Security Death Index
An index containing vital information for more than 64 million people (primarily Americans) whose deaths were reported to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).
A phonetic coding system used to group together surnames that sound alike, but have variant spellings. Every Soundex code consists of a letter (always the first letter of the surname) and three numbers

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Provide Feedback or Contact the Hurst FHC

If you would like to send us an email, please contact us at Family History Center and we'll respond within 24 hours.
If you would like to provide feedback, please use our Feedback Form to give us input on the additional hours, services, and materials you would prefer, so we can improve our services at the Hurst Family History Center.

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