Plano’s FREE Genealogy Weekend – Is almost here. Friday and Saturday.

October 21st is the Genealogy LOCK-In (12 noon to 11p.m.) at the Genealogy Center in the Haggard Library – 2501 Coit Road.


October 22nd is The GreatFamilySearch (8-4) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 2700 Roundrock Trail.


Both events are No Charge and come and go events.

Hope to see you there.

13 Oct 1835 – Two Companies of New Orleans Greys are organized in Banks’ Arcade in New Orleans.


The Greys fought in just about every major battle during the Texas Revolution. There were at least seven still able to participate in the Battle at San Jacinto.


I was able to find an ancestor who fought with the Greys from my research here at the Genealogy Center.

Come in and see if you, too, can find a Texas Revolution Hero.  He may have been a member of the New Orleans Greys.

Good Hunting!

Four Weeks and Counting until…


TWO days of Genealogy fun, classes and research at NO CHARGE.

Make new friends, learn new ways to break down brick walls, find new resources to expand your research.

Reunite with genealogists and family historians from Plano, Collin County, North Texas and beyond.


Friday – October 21st – The Genealogy LOCK-IN at the Genealogy Center in the W.O. Haggard,Jr. Library, 2501 Coit Road.
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Saturday – October 22nd – The GreatFamilySearch at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2700 Roundrock.
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Looking forward to seeing you.

Good Hunting!

  • The Heritage of Chambers County, Alabama
  • Echoes in the Mist – An Illustrated History of the Niagara Falls (NY) Area
  • A History of the Upper Country of South Carolina from the Earliest Periods to the Close of the War of Independence Vol. 1 & 2.
  • The Boone Family
  • At Liberty on Bear Creek (AL)
  • Index of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Divorces in Fairbanks, AK Newspapers 1903-1930
  • Births, Marriages, Divorces and Deaths Reported in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, AK 1940-1955
  • Cemeteries of Upper Terrebonne Parish, LA
  • Maryland Public Service Records 1775-1783
  • Massachusetts and Maine in the American Revolution – A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians
  • Leading Facts of New Mexican History Volumes I & II
  • Mother Bedford and the American Revolution
  • Rhode Island in the American Revolution – A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians
  • Gift of Water, Legacy of Service – A History of the North Texas Municipal Water District
  • I Go To Prepare A Trail For You – Mikanakawa Lodge: 1937-1987 (TX)
  • Lone Star Justice – The First Century of The Texas Rangers
  • Camp County (TX) Cemeteries – Cemeteries in and around Camp County Volume 1
  • First United Methodist Church Plano, Texas – The First 150 Years
  • Friendly Farmersville – A History of Farmersville, TX 1845-1974
  • First African American Families of Dallas: Creative Survival – Volume I
  • First African American Families and Settlements of Dallas (TX): On the Inside Looking Out – Volume II
  • San Augustine County, TX Marriage Records 1837-1880
  • Abilene Christian University (TX) Alumni Directory 1995
  • Virginia in the American Revolution – A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians
  • In This Time of Extreme Danger – Northern Virginia in the American Revolution
  • Dennard Heritage
  • Elisha William Glass Family and A Genealogy of the Glass Family from Georgia to Texas Including Bickley, Borland, Burkhard, Cave, Chapman, Couch, Falls, Fowler, Guernsey, Harris, Hendrex, Howard, Jean, Kimzey, Massengale, McElyea, McMahan, Mobley, Morrow, Neilon, Ochoa, Pennington, Pitts, Ralph, Trice, Trimble, Wood, Wright – Volumes I & II
  • Upper Brandon – (Colonial Plantation of the Harrison Family of VA)
  • Hours and Days – (Hasenyager Family History)
  • Savage Roots and Branches

Missouri Adoptees born prior to 1941 are now able to obtain their Original Birth Certificates listing their birth, not adopted, parents.

This is unique, as most states Do NOT at this time make available original Birth Certificates for Adoptees.

Even more interesting and worthy of applause is effective 2 January, 2018 any Adoptee in Missouri born after 1940 and over 18 years of age will be able to order his/her Original Birth Certificates under certain conditions.

The new law removes the condition“… access of the birth certificates to lineal descendants — meaning the children and grandchildren of adoptees still cannot obtain the birth certificates after their deaths.”

Adoptees, for years, have and continue to face brick walls in trying to identify their birth parents.  With this new law, those Adoptees born in Missouri (or their descendants) will have one less brick wall to negotiate.

Nancy Cambria’s full article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is available at:


Good Hunting!

The Genealogy Center’s Fall Classes (no registration) are:

Where in the World are They? How to begin locating your immigrant ancestors – Sept. 14, 9:30am at Haggard Library in the lower level

Texas Wide Genealogy Lock-In – Oct. 21, Noon-11pm at Haggard Library. Spend the afternoon and evening researching at this 6th annual event featuring webinars, genealogy libraries from across Texas, one-on-one assistance, genealogy and history groups, and much more. It’s FREE. No registration is needed. The schedule will be posted soon.

Questions to Ask Your Family: How to start an oral history – Nov. 10, 9:30am at Haggard Library in the lower level

Legacy Research: Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips, webinars and one-on-one help – Tuesdays, 1:30-5pm, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22

As always, if you cannot attend the classes, you can contact us for a one-on-one session for help.

Are there specific events in your life that hold special meaning for you and your family. Have you shared these with your family members?

11 p.m. 30 August 1973 – Jacksonville, Florida.

I took the oath and was sworn in as a Private in the United States Army. I had no idea at the time that I would be serving for the next 20 years. No idea that I would meet and wed a young lady in the Virginia hills of the Shenandoah Valley. I had no idea that I would train some the best young men and women and see some of them off to Grenada, Panama, Somalia, and Iraq.

I encourage you TODAY to identify those times, dates and events IN YOUR LIFE that hold special meaning.

Pass Them On to your family.

In the days to come, these events will become family treasures.

Need help with your Family History? Stuck on a what happened to a particular ancestor?

Come over to the Genealogy Center and see if we can assist you in your search.

Good Hunting!