Discovering Our Families’ Heritage

Welcome to the Cedar Hill Genealogy Society web site.  We are a growing group of genealogists and family historians organized to help each other and our guests discover their family’s heritage.  We meet monthly in the Cedar Hill Library, 225 Cedar Street, Cedar Hill, TX    Admission is always free.  Our meetings  begin at 6:30 PM with a social half-hour with snacks and start at 7:00 PM with a short business meeting followed by a presentation about some aspect of family history research.

Check out our BLOG page for articles from your fellow genealogists who describe how they solved a research problem.  Click on the “Follow” icon at the lower right of your screen and we’ll send you an email when ever we add a new post.

We encourage you to email us using the “Contact Us” form with your questions.  We can even set up a meet to personally work with you on your family tree.



Our October meeting is Thursday the 12th at 6:30 pm.  Our program will be:

Finding German Ancestors: Their Information Is Not all on the Internet


Locating records about your family in Germany starts by determining their home town through an exhaustive search of U.S. records, as most German records are maintained at the local level (town or parish). Also, due to wars and boundary changes your family’s records may now be located in another state or country. In this presentation, Bernard will demonstrate the use of finding aids to identify where civil and church records might be located, and online resources for correspondence and reading/interpreting German printing and handwriting.

Over seventeen percent of Americans claim to have German ancestry.  Those of us who do not, will find our October program applies to research in the rest of Europe, as well.

Bernard is an amateur genealogist and popular lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort WorthBernard Meisner metroplex. He began researching his family over 25 years ago and enjoys sharing lessons learned from those experiences, including his mistakes. Although he knew only one grandparent (his maternal grandfather) he has successfully identified all of his great-great grandparents and several triple- and quadruple-great grandparents in Ireland and Germany. He is the president and social media chair of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society, and is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Bernard is retired from the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters where he was the Chief of the Science & Training Branch. He is certified as a consulting meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society and holds a teaching certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the Universities of Texas, Oklahoma and St. Thomas (Houston). Bernard earned a B.S. in physics/German from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Hawaii.


Our November meeting is Thursday the 9th at 6:30 pm.  Our program will be:

Military Records from the Revolution to World War II

Presented by LELA EVANS

How to find the military records of your ancestors and discover the biographical information in them.

Lela Evans was the genealogy specialist at a public library for 9 years and is currently the head librarian at El Centro College where she also supervises the college’s archives.  Lela has been researching her family for over 30 years and enjoys helping others find and preserve their family history.  She is a member of the Society of Southwest Archivists, Association of Professional Genealogists, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Lancaster Genealogical Society.



Gone with the Wind The 1856 Cedar Hill Tornado describes the town, the damage, and how it recovered and prospered after the storm nearly blew it off the face of the earth.  We name the victims, describe their lives and tell their family histories for family historians to connect their families with these pioneers.

Purchase this award winning book from the Cedar Hill Genealogical Society for $25, cash or check only, or from the Cedar Hill Museum of History at 607 Cedar St, Cedar Hill.  You may order the book by mail with the Tornado Book Order Form.  Please send $25 plus $10 for shipping and handling in check to The Cedar Hill Genealogical Society, 225 Cedar Street, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.  Please include your name and address and email address with your order.



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Handout from Last Thursday’s Program Added to RESOURCES page

I just added the handout for Bernard Mesiner’s presentation at our meeting Thursday, 12 October.  The presentation title was: Finding German Ancestors: Their Information is Not All on the Internet.  Click the above link  or go to the RESOURCES page of this site.   Then click on the title under the “Handouts” heading. Please note:  This … Continue reading Handout from Last Thursday’s Program Added to RESOURCES page

The Cedar Hill Genealogy Society Needs Volunteers

The Cedar Hill Genealogy Society is seeking volunteers to serve as officers and other needs of the society. Officers to Run in our February Election: President:  The president presides over all society meetings, makes recommendations, prepares agendas for the board of directors meetings, and appoints/approves all non-elected directors or chairs.  The president is the spokesperson … Continue reading The Cedar Hill Genealogy Society Needs Volunteers

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