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!

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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.

Do you have Revolutionary War Ancestors who fought or may have fought at the Battle of the Cowpens?


There is a newly published book that looks at the battle from all sides – American, British, officer, enlisted, battle tactics, weather, terrain, etc.

A Devil of a Whipping – The Battle of Cowpens by Lawrence E. Babits is a military history book on the battle, but it is also a wonderful genealogical resource. His research included American and British official records, officers reports, pension records, personal histories, and maps drawn by participants. Some of these maps are reproduced in the book.

A Devil of a Whipping

What I found most valuable were the numerous names found within the volume. Mr. Babits refers by name to the commanders, from major units down to small groups of soldiers, and then references the various enlisted men who provided eyewitness accounts in their pension applications.

If you had ancestors that served in Virginia (Continental Army or state militia units), Maryland, North or South Carolina or Georgia militias or in Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton’s British unit during the American Revolution you may find this volume provides you valuable information either on your ancestor, his unit, or his commanders.

Take the time to review this volume and see if it can provide you with additional information on your ancestor. At the very least, you will come away with a greater appreciation of the type of service our ancestors experienced while serving in the Revolutionary War.

(A Devil of a Whipping – The Battle of Cowpens by Lawrence E. Babits is available for checkout from any of the 5 Plano libraries.)

Too often when I am searching for information I overlook a very valuable source. Have you ever subscribed to a genealogy magazine or quarterly historical journal?

Here at the Genealogy Center we have bound volumes of various genealogy magazines and journals. National, state, county, and area quarterly magazines are bound by year.

I found a family story from the early 1800s in the Holston Pathfinder. (The Holston River is in the east Tennessee, south Virginia area.) The story lead me to the court records in three counties where my ancestors had lived.

I found several references to family members.

When you are searching for information or relatives, check to see if the local county or county historical society publishes a journal or magazine. While you are browsing the collection here at the Genealogy Center, don’t overlook the various genealogy magazines/journals in our collection. (They have the spine label GEN PER.) These volumes are located at the end of the state or county reference sections. The newly received volumes can be found on our NEW BOOK shelves.

Good Hunting!


John Adams, future 2nd President of the United States of America,

John Adams

writing to his wife after the signing of the Declaration of Independence wrote – “…..It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States….”

Valley Forge

Take time this holiday weekend to REMEMBER the sacrifice of all those who both took part in the gaining of Independence and those who have followed after, maintaining it.


Celebrate but please be SAFE in all of your activities.


Make the FOURTH of JULY a truly positive and memorable celebration.


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