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Genealogy Success Story

John McKenzie

John McKenzie began researching his genealogy at the Fort Worth Library in 1975.  John made an interesting discovery this year when he realized that his ancestor, Piety Sisk Smith, married a man named AT Ford (circa 1896 in Waco, TX)  and became both a mother-in-law and a step-grandmother to the same person.   This new information leaves John with an entirely new genealogical puzzle to sort out.   Even after years of successful research, one never knows when they will suddenly stumble across a new discovery.  All contributions to your family history are meaningful.

John has also been volunteering for the Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Library.  He is a dedicated volunteer who has single-handedly removed far too many rusty staples from the library’s archival documents to count.   John volunteers at least three days a week at the library.  We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to find out more about available opportunities.

The Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Public Library is located in the lower level of the Central Library. It has a large collection of family history data including federal census, books, periodicals, and online databases.  The Genealogy Collection’s emphasis is on the southern and Midwestern states and the thirteen original states, although most of the United States is represented.  Limited materials on foreign countries, particularly Great Britain and Western European nations, are also available.  The collection includes over 40,000 volumes, 9,500 rolls of microfilm (primarily U.S. Census and City Directories), 180,000 microfiche, 80,000 microcards, and several hundred maps. 

We invite you to visit the Central Library to begin or continue your family research journey.  Who knows, you may even meet John.

John McKenzie

Updated 27 November 2012


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