A close look at the 1870 U.S. Federal Census for Rowan County, North Carolina illustrates the stark reality of life after the Civil War. 1870 Federal Census, NC, Rowan - Cowan, Rebecca & Niblock, Nancy
The family matriarch Rebecca Cowan is head of house for three daughters and two grandsons. One of her daughters is also head of house for three sons and two sisters.

When you read each line of the census, families are without husbands and brothers. Some were killed in battle, died of disease or died on the return home, but all are missing. Looking at this particular page of the census, there are only FOUR white males above age of 27. We can’t tell if they were veterans, or if so, were they wounded/disabled. But the document paints a very bleak picture of the society in this area of western North Carolina.

My respect for the quality of my female relatives has been tremendously increased. Their day-to-day life was spent just trying to survive. When the only occupation of a family is “farmer;” and that title is held by the mother/widow/oldest sister with the only other males in their teens or younger, the physical, emotional, and spiritual strength of these women comes to life. I now realize that my male “soldier ancestors” were not the only heroes.

See what heroes – male or female – soldier or civilian are in your family tree.

Come search through our records here in the Genealogy Center and see what you can find.

Good Hunting!

  • Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory 2014
  • Civil War Genealogy Research
  • Old Southwest Genealogy Research
  • Applications for Enrollment of Chickasaw Newborn Act of 1905   vol. 4 & 5
  • Spain’s California Patriots in its 1779-1783 War with England During the American Revolution – Parts 1 & 2
  • Spain’s Louisiana Patriots in its 1779-1783 War with England During the American Revolution
  • Spain’s New Mexico Patriots in its 1779-1783 War with England During the American Revolution
  • Oxfordshire Family Historian   vol. 19-26, 2005-2012
  • Agualeguas, Nuevo Leon, (Mexico) Church Marriage Records, 1821-1844
  • Baptisms 1757-1791 & 1791-1804 of Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de la Punta de Lampazos (present day Lampazos de Naranjo, N.L.)
  • Deaths of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, 1802 to 1832, 1833 to 1834, Marin, Nuevo Leon, (Mexico) Volume I & II
  • Marriages of Monterrey, N.L. (Mexico) 1667 to 1740
  • Matrimonios de Sagrario Metropolitano – Tomo 1 10 April 1771 a 4 November 1776 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon (Mexico)
  • Matrimonios de Sagrario Metropolitano, Monterrey, N.L. (Mexico) May 7, 1791 to December 6, 1795
  • Marriages of Sagrario Metropolitano November 1776 – 31 January 1781 & 3 February 17981 – 4 May 1791Located at Monterrey, Nuevo Leon (Mexico)
  • Origen de los Fundadores de Texas – Nuevo Mexico Choahuila y Nuevo Leon (Mexico) Saltillo Tomo II
  • General Trevino, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Extracts-Birth Records—Civil Registry 1869-1883   vol. 1
  • Slaves of Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico
  • Baptisms in Tamaulipas (Mexico) Cruillas: 1800-1821 & San Fernando de las Presas: 1810-1824
  • Marriages Cruillas, Tamaulipas (Mexico) 1822-1897
  • Bautismos de San Isidro Labrador 1820-1901 (Present Day Arteaga, Coahuila)
  • Births of San Pedro de las Colonias, Coahuila (Registros Civiles) 1873-1884 (Mexico)
  • Matrimonios de San Isidro Labrador 1870-1902 (Present Day Arteaga, Coahuila)
  • Nuestras Raices: Bautismos Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Mexico) Tomoi 1840-1899
  • Nuestras Raices: Matrimonios Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Mexico) 1850-1899
  • Bautismos 1738 – 1804 Santa Rosa de Lima, Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila (Mexico)
  • Origen de los Fundadores de Saltillo, Coah. (Mexico) Tomo I
  • Burials in Tamaulipas (Mexico) San Fernando 1768-1795, Cruillas 1767-1868
  • Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico Baptismal Church Register 1764-1786
  • Baptisms of San Fernando de Austria (Present-Day Zaragoza, Coahuila) (Mexico) December 1, 1756 to July 4, 1797
  • Marriages of San Fernando de Austria (Present-Day Zaragoza, Coahuila) (Mexico) 1777-1812 and Records of Presidio San Luis de la Amarillas de San Saba (Present-Day Menard, Texas) Baptisms 1775-1781, Marriages 1757-1781, Burials 1775-1781
  • The Southern Watchman, Athens, GA Civil War Home Front Coverage 1861-1865
  • Jackson County, GA Newspaper Clippings, Jackson Herald 1886-1890
  • Allegany County, Maryland Rural Cemeteries
  • Sussex County, NJ Deed Abstracts Book A, B & C; Book D, E & F; Book G, H & I; Book K, L & M
  • Coroner’s Reports New York City (NY) 1823-1842, 1843-1849
  • Meigs County, OH 1900 Census Olive & Orange Townships
  • Meigs County, OH 1900 Census Lebanon, Letart & Chester Townships
  • Mayflower Quarterly   vol. 76-78, 2010-2012
  • Historical Atlas of Texas
  • If These Walls Could Speak – Historic Forts of Texas
  • Texas Forts – A History and Guide
  • East Texas Family Records   vol. 31-34, 2007-2010
  • San Fernando Cemetery No. 1 Located in San Antonio, TX vol. I, History & Tombstone Index; vol. II, Tombstone Inscriptions
  • Index to San Fernando Marriage Records (San Antonio, TX) 1742-1850
  • Index to the San Fernando Church Baptismal Records (Bexar County, TX) 1731-1812, 1812-1850, 1851-1858
  • Dallas (TX) USA
  • Houston (TX) A History
  • Houston (TX)
  • Baptisms of Eagle Pass, TX Our Lady of Refuge, Book I, 1863-1872; Book II, 1872-1875; Book II, 1875-1878; Book III 1878-1883; Book IV, 1883-1886
  • Deaths of Eagle Pass, TX Our Lady of Refuge, Book 1, 1864-1907
  • Marriages of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Refugio Dec 6, 1863 to Oct. 19, 1872, 1872-1893, 1893-1910 (vol. 1-3) Located at Eagle Pass, TX
  • Minutes of the District Court of Nacogdoches County (TX) Book A
  • Baptisms of Corpus Christi Cathedral, 1853-1872 (Present Day Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Capilla de La Mission de Roma Marriages 1853-1869 (Present Day Roma, TX)
  • Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church Roma, Starr Co., TX Baptisms Book I, March 20, 1853 to October 26, 1861
  • Marriage Record Trinity County, TX vol. 1, 1876-1893
  • Victoria County, TX Marriage Records 1838-1890
  • Baptisms 1854 to 1885 of the Graytown Church: La Capilla de Santiago (1854-1877) and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (1877-1885) (Wilson County, TX)
  • Su Vida Y Su Espiritu Webb County Family Histories Volume I
  • The Fighting Padre of Zapata (TX) Father Edward Bastien and the Falcon Dam Project
  • Calhoun County, WV 1860 Census
  • 1870 Census of Calhoun County, WV
  • Calhoun County, WV 1900 Census
  • Calhoun County, WV Marriages 1856-1927
  • 1850 Census of Doddridge County, WV
  • 1860 Census of Doddridge County, WV
  • 1870 Census of Doddridge County, WV
  • 1850 Census of Harrison County, WV
  • 1850 Census of Ritchie County, WV
  • 1860 Census of Ritchie County, WV
  • 1870 Census of Ritchie County, WV
  • Ritchie County, WV 1900 Census (with notes) Part 1 (Clay & Grant Districts)
  • Ritchie County, WV 1900 Census (with notes) Part 2 (Murphy & Union Districts)
  • Ritchie County, WV 1910 Census Clay & Grant Districts
  • Ritchie County, WV 1910 Census  Murphy & Union Districts
  • Ritchie County, WV 1920 Census  Clay & Grant Districts
  • Ritchie County, WV 1920 Census  Murphy & Union Districts
  • Ritchie County, WV 1930 Census   Clay & Grant Districts
  • Ritchie County, WV 1930 Census   Murphy & Union Districts
  • Ritchie County, WV Deaths 1918-1940, 1941-1955, 1956-1970
  • Ritchie County, WV Marriages 1843-1915, 1916-1945, 1945-1970
  • National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861, Lineage Book I 2011

In April and May, the Genealogy Center is displaying many of our archival materials.  These materials are usually protected in a temperature/humidity controlled room.  We brought out a few of them to show off.  One of our earliest documents is a Land Grant from 1844 for the Pegues Family.  We have items from the 1840s to 1980s.  They include:

  • An one hundred twenty year old doll
  • Mayoral Docket of the 1880s
  • Diary of Lizzie Carpenter, 1876-1880
  • Minutes and Yearbooks of the Thursday Study Club of Plano
  • The Planonian, Plano High School Yearbooks – 1914, 1923, 1943
  • Several items from the Aline Mayes Collection – Scrapbook, autograph book, photograph and quilt squares
  • University of Plano General Catalog, 1965
  • History of the Haggard Family, 1938
  • Autographed pictures of John Connally and Bill Clements to Pete Collumb
  • City of Plano budgets from 1965-1967

These are just a few of the materials we have in our archives.  We are scanning the items to preserve them.  We then put them online at http://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org.  This way everyone can enjoy them.  We have many more items to be added to the archives and to be put online.

Please stop by to see the display and we can tell you more about the archives.

The Genealogy Center has received a shipment of new books. The majority relate to the country of Mexico and the state of West Virginia.

To our Mexico collection we have added seventeen (17) new volumes for the areas of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulapis. These volumes include information on Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths and Cemeteries.

To our West Virginia collection we have added twenty seven (27) new volumes for four counties – Calhoun, Doddridge, Harrison and Richie. Volumes include Census records from 1850 to 1920, Marriages and Deaths.

In both cases these volumes make wonderful additions to their respective regions.

Even if your family lines do not come through either Mexico or West Virginia, come to the Genealogy Center and see if our collection can assist you in your search. We have volumes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as over 20 countries and/or regions outside the United States.

Good Hunting!

It’s March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day!

Celebrations are held throughout the world. People gather and have a good time with family, friends and strangers soon to be close pals. There is often often a large supply of Irish beer (maybe even Irish Potatoes or some favorite Irish meal) and jovial story telling.

Have you found your Irish grandparents? Did they arrive during the Irish Potato famine? Did they flee the British Isles after one of the many English power struggles? Perhaps they fled due to religious persecution; maybe it was to seek out their own fortune.

Come on down to the Genealogy Center and look through our Irish Immigration section or our IRELAND genealogy collection. Perhaps you can find your IRISH ancestry and be able to share your story with all of the family!

Good Hunting!

March (is) For TEXAS

How many Texas flags did you see flying last Sunday? (I noticed only one in our neighborhood.)

Texas flag

The date was March 2d – Texas Independence Day; the day the Texas Constitutional Convention signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.


March 1836 saw several historic events here in Texas.

Did you have an ancestor present when the Texas Constitutional Convention met on 1 March 1836? How about 2 March when the Declaration was signed? Did one fall at the Alamo on 6 March 1836? or at Goliad between 20 and 27 March 1836?

A new book has been added here in the Genealogy Center – Encyclopedia of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. It compliments the books and material within our collection to assist you in identifying your relatives that took part – willingly (soldiers and statesmen) or not (victims of marching/looting/fighting armies) in this revolution.

You will find various volumes that identify soldiers who volunteered and fought at Anahuac, The Alamo, Goliad

List of Texians at Goliad

and San Jacinto, as well as other less known locations.

Whether your family arrived before the revolution, during or after, let us assist you in your research.  Our collection is constantly growing. If you have not yet visited the Genealogy Center, come in and take a tour, or better yet, spend the day. If you have visited in the past march back in and see what has been added.

Good Hunting!

Marbles at Digging Up Your Roots

Family Tree at Digging Up Your Roots

The Genealogy Center is assisting with the family program – “Digging Up Your Roots!” It’s on March 14th from 3-4 pm at the Haggard Library. We’ll meet in the Program Room on the first floor before heading downstairs to the Genealogy Center. This is a program for children and family of all ages to make a family tree, play classic games, and explore the past. Parents and grandparents bring your children to explore the past with us.


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