Recent additions to our Genealogy Center collection include two volumes of Jefferson County, Virginia Tax Lists and a single volume of Jefferson County, West Virginia Death Register.

I was curious as to the locations of these counties. What I found was very interesting – there is NO Jefferson County, Virginia at this time (September 2014.)

My research found that Jefferson County, Virginia created in 1780, became Jefferson County, Kentucky when Kentucky became a state in 1792.

I then found that a second Jefferson County, Virginia was created from Berkeley County, Virginia in 1801. This same Jefferson County, Virginia became Jefferson County, West Virginia in 1863 when West Virginia became a state.

Mason County, Virginia first established in 1788, also split off with Kentucky statehood in 1792.

Mason county, Virginia was again created in 1804 and eventually became Mason County, West Virginia.

Nelson County, Virginia was a bit different. Nelson County, Virginia became a Kentucky County in 1784 and then broke off with Kentucky statehood in 1792.

The second Nelson County, Virginia was created in 1808 from Amherst County, Virginia. It remains within present day Virginia.

So, should you have any ancestors from either Jefferson, Mason or Nelson County, Virginia, be extremely careful in checking both dates and states. If your ancestors came from Jefferson or Mason county, Virginia you may find their records in either Kentucky or West Virginia. If they came from Nelson County, Virginia be sure to look in both Kentucky and Virginia.

Still confused? Come in to the Genealogy Center and let us assist you in your search.

Good Hunting!

The Lock-in will be on October 17 from noon – 11 pm at the Haggard Library.  Supper break is from 5-6 pm.  It is a bring your own food or go out to a nearby restaurant.  This year there are eight webinars and several classes during the event.  The SAR (Sons of American Revolution), DAR (will provide a class on how to apply), Collin County Farm Museum (providing scanning of photographs and documents), McKinney Public Librarian, and a few other groups will be attending.  We will have volunteers and staff available for one-on-one assistance.  No registration is needed.

Here is the webinars’ schedule:

12:00 pm-1:30 pm FamilySearch.org Live: Search Strategies, Tools and Tips presented by Robert Lawrence Kehrer, Sr. Product Manager, Search Technologies

This live demonstration uses real research scenarios. Join expert Robert Kehrer as he shares his research strategies and experience in using FamilySearch.org website tools to find records and then link those sources to the Family Tree.

1:45 pm-2:50 pm Genealogical and Historic Records Available at the Texas Military Forces Museum by Lisa Sharik, Deputy Director

This program will provide information on the records which are available for research at the Texas Military Forces Museum and from Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. The material spans from 1910 to the present day and includes everything from WWI service records to material from the deployment of our Texas troops in the Global War on Terror.

3:00 pm-3:50 pm Building the West Texas Digital Archives presented by Edward J. Smith, Executive Director Abilene Library Consortium

The West Texas Digital Archives is a collaborative project run by the Abilene Library Consortium containing more than 50,000 digital items from many organizations across the region. ALC Executive Director Eddy Smith will highlight the Archives and discuss some of the experiences in building a large-scale, collaborative digital project.

4:00 pm-4:50 pm Using Evernote for your Genealogical Research by Melissa Meadows, Programming and Outreach Librarian at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library

This presentation will highlight the importance of embracing emergent technology to genealogists of all experience levels.  It will include a walkthrough of Evernote, as well as a discussion of the various ways in which the organizational platform can benefit anyone with their family history.  Please feel free to bring your devices with Internet access enabled.

5:00 pm-6:00 pm Break for Dinner

6:00 pm-7:20 pm Fundamentals for Beginning Genealogy Research by William D. Buckner. Manager Genealogy Center, Waco-McLennan County Library

This class covers the basic concepts, skills, search strategies and resources needed to become a proficient family history researcher.  Join us as we walk through the process of recording what you already know, getting organized, collecting information, and evaluating the information you find for additional clues about your ancestors.  Learn to use some of the more common records of ‘genealogical value’ – vital, cemetery, obituaries, census and immigration records.

7:30 pm-8:20 pm Five Civilized Tribe Indian Research presented by Aaron Holt, Archives Technician Fort Worth Regional Archives NARA

Learn how to research the Dawes Final Rolls.  This program will touch on aspects of researching for Indians and Indian records utilizing the US Census and Indian Rolls within the National Archives at Fort Worth.

8:30 pm-9:20 pm Think Like a Historian to Expand Your Research presented by Sara Gredler, Genealogist/Historian/Architectural Historian

Thinking like a historian puts your ancestors in their historic, social, and community context.  Sara Gredler explores the resources available to expand the “big picture” of your ancestors’ lives along with their location.

9:30 pm-10:30 pm DNA – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Jim Wright

Discussion will include what DNA results you can and can’t expect from an Ancestry DNA test (Autosomal test) with or without an Ancestry tree. Mr. Wright will use actual online Ancestry trees and DNA test results for the discussion.


We hope to see you there!

New Books in August

  • International Vital Records Handbook – Births, Marriages and Deaths
  • Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. IV Parts A & B Ohio
  • Jewish Vital Records, Revision Lists and Other Jewish Holdings in the Lithuanian Archives
  • The Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834-1835
  • Jews-Officers in the Polish Armed Forces 1939-1945
  • Dodge County, GA Newspaper Clippings Vol. XXII, 2009-2011
  • A Newspaper History and Genealogy of Dodge County, GA Vol. VIII, 1907-1909
  • Oglethorpe County, GA Newspaper Clippings Vol. X – XIII, 1888 – 1891
  • Wilcox County, GA Newspaper Clippings Vol. V, 1917-1922
  • Missouri Genealogical Records and Abstracts Vol. 3: 1787-1839
  • Civil War Missouri State Officers Vol. 1
  • Civil War Missouri Volunteer Union Officers Vol. 1
  • Civil War Missouri State Guard & Officers Vol. 1
  • Callaway County, MO (1844 Special Census, Misc. Vital Records 1883-1888) Vol. 11
  • Cole County, MO Birth and Death Records 1 Aug 1883 – 29 Jan 1906 Vol. 6
  • Marion County, MO Marriages 1827-1868
  • Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey Vol. 1-4
  • Ashland City and Ashland County (OH) Directory 1895
  • Ashland County OH Birth Records Vol. 1-3, 1867-1908
  • Ashland County OH Marriage Records Probate Court Vol. 4 – 5, 1870-1886
  • Ashland County OH Death Records Vol. 1- 2, 1867-1908
  • Ashland (OH) Cemetery Burial Records
  • Divorce Records of Crawford County, OH Common Pleas Court Records of the Early 1830’s to about 1977
  • Fulton County, OH Birth Records Bk 1-4, 1867-1908 & 1920-1951
  • Fulton County, OH Death Records Bk 1-4, 1868-1908 & 1920-1951
  • Fulton County, OH Marriages Vol. 1-4, 7 Aug 1864 – 1999
  • Marriage Records of Jefferson County, OH Bk 8, Part 1 1865-1874
  • Morrow County (OH) Births Vol. 1-3, 1856-1857 and 1867-1908
  • Morrow County (OH) Recorded Birth Certificates 1908-1983
  • Morrow County (OH) Early Death Records Vol. 1-4, 1856, 1857, 1867-1908
  • Morrow County (OH) Recorded Death Records Index 1908-2008
  • Morrow County (OH) Marriages Vol. 1-11, Feb. 1848 – Sep. 8, 1951
  • Death Records from the Probate Court Ottawa County, OH 1869-1908
  • Marriages from the Probate Court Ottawa County, OH 1840-1890
  • Pickaway County OH Marriage Records 1810-1862
  • Pickaway County OH Probate Court Marriage Records Vol. 6-11, 1862-1898
  • Union County, OH Birth Records Vol. I – II, 1867-1908
  • Union County, OH Marriage Record Index 1820-1950
  • Index to Recorded Deaths of Union County, OH Prior to 1909
  • Giles County, TN Cemetery Records
  • Lone Star Chapters – The Story of Texas Literary Clubs
  • Jefferson County, VA Personal Tax Lists 1802 – 1824
  • Soldiery of West Virginia
  • Union and Confederate Soldiers and Sympathizers of Barbour County, WV
  • Fayette County (WV) Deaths 1866-1888 Vol. 1
  • Fayette County (WV) Marriages 1830-1870
  • Fayette County (WV) Miscellaneous Records
  • Fayette County (WV) Wills Vol. 1, 1832-1866
  • Jefferson County, WV Death Register 1881-1903
  • Raleigh County’s (WV) School Days of Yesteryear Vol. 1
  • Historical Footprints (Raleigh County, WV) Vol. 1
  • Taylor County (WV) Marriage Register Number “0” Vol. 1, Series 2

As genealogists and family historians we rejoice in finding “lost” relatives. Locating, identifying and uniting ancestral families bring that same joy.

Using many of the resources of the Genealogy Center here at the W.O. Haggard, Jr. library and the online resources in our databases, I was able to locate a “lost” family, identify a veteran of the Spanish American War and complete a family unit not previously known to our branch of the family.

I found a book laying on the return cart in the Genealogy Center – Abandoned and Semi-Active Cemeteries in Kansas, Volume 1. Knowing that I had some distant family that had some connection to Kansas I searched the index. On page 189 I found a George W. Fugate, his wife Sarah and children – Theodora, Rosa Bell, William, Joseph and Josephine all buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. I went “digging” to see if I could find more information on this family.

In the 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 Federal Census I discovered four more children – George W. Fugate, Jr., Frederick M. Fugate, Benjamin M. Fugate, and James H. Fugate. All but Benjamin married and I was able to find the grandchildren of George W. and Sarah.

I searched for any additional family information at http://www.findagrave.com in Labette County, Kansas where they lived. I found a headstone for Benjamin M. Fugate, soldier of the Spanish American War. No dates of service or birth or death are visible. I went to the link http://www.fold3.com found in the Database section of http://www.planolibrary.org. In http://www.fold3.com I found the index card of Benjamin M. Fugate, Private, Spanish American War, from Labette County, Kansas. In checking the 1900 Federal Census, I found that both Benjamin M. Fugate and James H. Fugate were now residing with their brother George W. Fugate, Jr.

At http://www.ancestry.com I found the marriage of George W. Fugate to Sarah Cook. From the family lists in the 1870 and 1880 Federal Census records (found in http://www.heritagequest.com in the TEXSHARE databases of the Plano Library system) I was able to determine Sarah gave birth to 9 children prior to her death in 1889. I also found a marriage of George W. Fugate to Mrs. Annie Parker in Atoka, Oklahoma in 1894. (www.ancestry.com library edition is free when used in the Plano libraries through the Database link.)

The 1900 Federal Census showed that both George W. and George W. Fugate, Jr. had households in Labette county, Kansas. George W. Fugate was married to Annie with a step daughter – Bertha E. Parker.
When I located Annie Fugate’s headstone in Labette County, Kansas it was right next to a stone for Pearl W. Fugate daughter of G.W and Annie.

My curiosity of opening a book at the Genealogy Center has allowed me to not only find a “lost” family, but complete that family down two generations.

Come in and use the Genealogy Center materials. See if you can also find some “lost” ancestors. Feel free to ask assistance of any of our staff.

Good Hunting!

  • Where Once We Walked – A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust
  • The Anglo-American Texans
  • The Swiss Texans
  • The Belgian Texans
  • The Norwegian Texans
  • The French Texans
  • The Italian Texans
  • Pioneer Jewish Texans
  • The Syrian and Lebanese Texans
  • The Afro-American Texans
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Freeways
  • Out of Style – A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved
  • Commander-in-Chief’s Guard – Revolutionary War
  • A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire vol. 2
  • Historical Report of the Arkansas Secretary of State 1998
  • Georgia Genealogical Research
  • A History of Muhlenberg County, KY
  • History of Swansea, MA 1667-1917
  • Missourians in the Civil War vols. 6-11
  • Macon County, MO Marriages 1837-1856
  • Marion County, MO Wills & Administrations 1827-1863
  • Monroe County, MO Wills & Administrations Book A 1832-1850, Book B 1850-1870
  • History of Sierra County, NM
  • Plano, Texas Preservation Plan
  • Gone To Texas – Quilts from a Pioneer Woman’s Journal
  • Lizzie’s Legacy – More Quilts from a Pioneer Woman’s Journal
  • Cemeteries of Boone County, WV vol.1-11 (volumes 2,3,4 & 9 are annotated)
  • Cabell County, Virginia/West Virginia Marriages 1809-1853
  • Cabell County, West Virginia Marriages 1851-1899, 1900-1911
  • Cabell County, WV Births 1853-1859, 1865-1888
  • Cabell County, WV Deaths 1853-1859
  • Cabell County, WV Wills 1800-1900 Book 1
  • Cabell County, WV Annals and Families
  • History of Pleasants County, West Virginia to 1980
  • Roane County, WV Births Vol. A – Z
  • The Founder s of Roane County (WV)
  • Roane County, WV Obituaries 1905-1949 A-K, L-Z
  • Cemeteries of Roane County, WV vols. 1 – 5
  • Claimants to Royalty

The Collin County Yearbooks Collection on the Collin County Images at http://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ has been updated.  We have the Plano Elementary School – 1956-1958, 1960, and 1962; Collin County Community Schools, The Brave – 1948; Plano High School, The Planonian – 1914, 1923, 1943, 1945-1972; University of Plano, The Pagoda – 1972-1975; McKinney High School, The Bison – 1914-1917; and McKinney High School, The Lion – 1941-1943, 1945-1946, 1948, 1951, 1953, and 1955.  These are available online for you to view.

We do have other Collin County yearbooks available but not online.  Ask at the Genealogy Center Reference Desk.

By the way, we are missing one Planonian Yearbook to have a complete set.  If you have a 1973 Planonian you no longer need, please contact Cheryl Smith at 972-769-4240.  Thank you!


Do you know about the early settlers who moved to Plano? Who are the Harringtons, Haggards, Schimelpfenigs, Shepards, Carpenters, Kleppers, Formans and more? Where did they come from?  Why did they move here? How did Plano get its name?

We are having a class “Founding Fathers of Plano: the First Hundred Years…” on Thursday, August 14th from 9:30-11.  It’ll be in the Genealogy Center at the Haggard Library.  There’s even a contest for a speccial prize or two.

I love to tell the story of Plano and the early settlers of Plano.  I hope you can attend.


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