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14 July – BASTILLE DAY

1789 – French citizens stormed the Bastille prison.

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This day of violence is now celebrated in peaceful celebrations the world over.

Bastille-Day-celebrations

The French Flag is one of the Six Flags that have flown over Texas.

French Flag

Here in the Genealogy Center we can assist you in researching Your French Ancestry – Texan or not.

You can learn of French ancestors in Canada.

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French ancestors in Louisiana.

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French ancestors in Texas.

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So come visit the Genealogy Center and seek out Your French Ancestry.

Happy Bastille Day and

Good Hunting!

 

 

FamilySearch.org will be down on June 27th. The website states:
“The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12:00 am MDT (6:00 am UTC) and may be down for up to 24 hours as we test the system.”

We invite you to come into the Genealogy Center (or any of the Plano Libraries) and use our Ancestry Library Edition at no cost. (Just remember to bring your library card number to log-in.)

You can also spend the day here in the Genealogy Center researching or browsing through our growing collection. Our collection now consists of – All 50 States, Immigration and Colonization section, Military section, Foreign Countries section and the Family Histories along the back wall.

Bring your thumb (flash) drive and scan your family photos using the book scanner.

Our staff is ready to assist you in your endeavors.

Good Hunting!

American flag flying in the wind

American flag flying in the wind

On this day we commemorate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the National Flag – 14 June 1777. Come in and learn more of the history of the flag.

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It is also the birthday of the U.S. Army – 14 June 1775.

Plano and Collin County men and women have served this nation. We honor the sacrifices of all soldiers and remember the heroes such as SGT Casey Joyce.

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SGT Joyce was a native of Plano. He graduated from Plano High School in 1987.  SGT Joyce gave his life in Somalia.  One account of his heroism is detailed in the book Blackhawk Down.

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We invite you to celebrate Flag Day, remember the soldiers who are serving and honor those who have given their lives for our city, county, state and nation.

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army.

Scouting for Military Records: Learn What Databases, Books, and Other Sources are Available to Locate Your Ancestors

Haggard Library                             Jun 15                  9:30-11am

How to Join the DAR: Learn What it Takes to Become a Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Haggard Library                             Jun 18                  10am-1pm

Clues from Cemeteries: How Researching of a Cemetery can Lead to Your Family

Haggard Library                             Jul 14                   9:30-11am

Genealogy 101: How to Get Started Researching Your Family History

Haggard Library                             Aug 10                 9:30-11am

Legacy Research: Join the Legacy Users Group for Information Sharing, Research tips, Webinars and One-On-One Help

Haggard Library               Tuesdays            1:30-5pm    Jun 25 – Jul 26 – Aug 23

Classes are located in the lower level of the Haggard Library in the Genealogy Center

An Extra Treat!

Meet the Sons of the American Revolution (and the Daughters) The SAR and DAR will be in full uniform with rifles, flags, and other items used during colonial times. Meet Betsy Ross and take a picture by a cannon and soldier. (In the Program Room on the first floor)

Haggard Library                              Jun 25                  10am-12pm

  • The Great Migration Directory Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640  A Concise Compendium
  • Music in the Civil War
  • German Genealogical Digest Vol. 13, 1997
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry
  • Tracing Your Westmeath Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Roscommon Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Kildare Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Cork Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Dublin Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Clare Ancestors
  • Duty Station Northwest – The U.S. Army in ALASKA and Western Canda, 1867-1987 Vol. 1-3
  • The First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut
  • Columbus, GA Newspaper Clippings (Weekly Sun) Vol. 4, 1869-1870
  • Irwin County, GA Newspaper Clippings (Irwin County Courier) Vol. 2, 1903-1904
  • Oglethorpe County, GA Newspaper Clippings Vol. 20-21, 1898-1899
  • Des Moines County, IA Index to Indentured Children 1833-1920
  • Fremont County, IA Early Marriages 1849-1885
  • Wapello County, IA Birth Books Vol. 1 – 6 Jun 1880 – 1921
  • Wapello County, IA Births Delayed A – Z
  • Wapello County, IA Deaths Book Vol. 1 – 4 Jul 1880 – Jun 1919
  • Wapello County, IA Marriage Books A – C Mar 1844 – Mar 1855
  • Wapello County, IA Marriage Books 1866 – 1936
  • Warren County, IA Marriage Books 1849-1909
  • Wayne County, IA Marriages 1851-1902
  • Webster County, IA Marriage Licenses 1890-1900
  • Webster County, IA Marriages 1853-1900 Index
  • Webster County, IA Marriages 1901-1923
  • Webster County, IA Death Records Index 1921-1953
  • Webster County, IA Death Records Jun 1880-Jun 1919
  • Worth County, IA Marriages 1858-1899
  • Kentucky Genealogy and Biography Vol. 1-6
  • Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Volume 16 part 4
  • Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Volume 24
  • South Carolina’s State Grants Volume Four: Grant Books 16-20; 1786-1787
  • South Carolina’s State Grants Volume Five: Grant Books 21-24; 1786-1789
  • A Roster of (SC) Patriots who Served with Francis Marion
  • A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion and A History of his (SC) Brigade
  • Friday’s Winners (TX)
  • Who’s Who in Texas Football 1978
  • Texas Jewish Historical Society Membership Directory 2015-2017
  • Texas, Our Texas – 150 Moments That Made Us The Way We Are
  • Teachers of Franklin County, Mount Vernon and Black Schools (TX) 1888-1960
  • World War 1 Soldiers of Hopkins County, TX
  • Oral Memoirs of Sigmund Liberman – Baylor University Institute for Oral History (TX)
  • Pictorial History of Parker County, TX Vol. 2
  • Texas Frontier Tales – Fort Griffin, TX 1868-1878
  • Montgomery County, Virginia Plott Book A 1773-1782 Fincastle Surveys Plott Book B 1782-1783 Fincastle Grants from Lord Dunmore
  • Central West Virginia Obits 1934-1937
  • Selected Cemeteries of Marion & Monongalia Counties, WV
  • Quaker Genealogies: A Selected List of Books
  • Bullard and Allied Families
  • The Frederick Family
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  • A Thousand Years of Adventure – Norwood Family of England
  • The Strange Family
  • Yarbrough – Yarborough and Allied Families Vol. 1-2, 1961-1963
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  • The Tombstone Tourist
  • Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929
  • More Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929
  • Searching For Family History Photos – How to Get Them Now!
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  • Early New England Families 1641-1700, Volume 1
  • Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy: 2015 Edition
  • Tracing Your Galway Ancestors
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  • Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, Volumes 1-2
  • Johnson County, Missouri Tombstone Inscriptions Vol. 1-6
  • Johnson County, Missouri Surname Index to Tombstone Inscriptions Vol. 1-6
  • Abstracts of Vital Records From Raleigh, North Carolina, Newspapers 1820-1829, Volume 2
  • South Carolina Genealogical Society – Lineage Charts Vol. 4
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  • Pioneer Surveyor Frontier Lawyer – The Personal Narrative of O.W. Williams 1877-1902
  • Notes on the Republic (TX)
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  • The TEXAS Book – Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University
  • Wisconsin in the Civil War – The Home Front and the Battle Front, 1861-1865
  • Genealogical History of Brown, Styles and Related Families
  • Thomas Hooks, 1730-1803, His Antecedents and Descendants, and Allied Families of Harrison, Duggan and Smithwick

I feel privileged just to pass on this information!

What better way to celebrate Memorial Day and Honor your ancestors.

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Good Hunting!

8 May 1945 VICTORY IN EUROPE as seen on Page One of The Dallas Morning News.

V-E Day - DallasMornNews

Here in the Genealogy Center we have the complete issue on microfilm.

Also available are several books regarding the men and women who served during the Second World War.

Perhaps the most well-known is Maj. (then 1st Lieutenant) Audie Murphy who survived the war.

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Less known is the story of the SEVEN sons of Mr. and Mrs. P.O. Sonntag.

However their are several others that served and did not survive.

Come learn of the sailor who died at Pearl Harbor on the USS Arizona.

07 Dec 1941 --- Mortally Wounded and Sinking --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

07 Dec 1941 — Mortally Wounded and Sinking — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Read about the marine lieutenant who died on Iwo Jima.

Iwo Jima

Collin County men served in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany, Pacific Islands and sailed the oceans of the world.

As we begin the month of May which concludes with the Memorial Day remembrance, please come into the Genealogy Center and learn of the other heroes of Collin County, Texas who played a vital role which culminated in the celebration of —

Victory in Europe.  V-E Day!

Good Hunting!

 

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