On April 18, 1942 – Lt. Col. Doolittle led his squadron on a raid over Tokyo, Japan.

A memorial in their honor stands at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The following Raiders were from North Texas:

1Lt. Edgar E. McElroy – Ennis, Texas
Sgt. Douglas V. Radney – Mineola, Texas
Lt. Nolan Anderson Herndon – Greenville, Texas
Lt. Kenneth E. Reddy – Bowie, Texas
Maj. John A. “Jack” Hilger – Sherman, Texas

You are invited to come in, browse our collection, and use our materials here in the Genealogy Center.

You may find information on YOUR military heroes.

Good Hunting!


I received a notice from MyHeritage.com that I had a message.

I was contacted by a 3rd cousin to my father. I had previously uploaded his DNA results from Family Tree DNA (www.ftdna.com) to MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com).

I was informed, and then verified, that my 3G-Grandmother’s probate records were online on Ancestry library edition (www.ancestry.com). The probate file is 33 pages of information. Within these pages are the names of heirs, locations of property, and residence of heirs.

My primary reason for DNA testing – both my father and me – was to find cousins so that I might add or correct my family tree.

I have tested in Ancestry, 23andme and Myheritage. My father has tested in Family Tree DNA. I have uploaded all tests to http://www.GEDmatch.com, Family Tree DNA and My Heritage in the hope that fishing in all available ponds will allow me to catch some cousins.

With today’s message I can report that I have made a second “golden” catch.

In each case I have been able to break down a brick wall or confirm previously suspected lines.

DNA genealogy is not for everyone. For me it has produced (and continues to produce) desired results.

*** Before you purchase a DNA test from any company be sure you are comfortable with their policies and how they use or sell your DNA or personal information. ***

Good Hunting!

  • MAP – Oklahoma and Indian Territory – 1905
  • MAP – Texas – Cameron County 1913
  • MAP – Texas – Collin County 1861-62
  • MAP – Texas – Collin County – June, 1916
  • MAP – Texas – Cooke County – 1899
  • MAP – Texas – Grayson County – 1885
  • Crash Course in Family History 5th Edition – How to Discover Your Family Tree and Stories
  • Family History digging deeper
  • The Sleuth Book for Genealogists
  • Conquest of the Prairies
  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates – The Forgotten War that Changed American History
  • War for the Union Vol. 1-4
  • Confederate Soldiers Buried in Arkansas
  • Hempstead County, Arkansas Early Marriages Prior to 1875
  • Yell County, Arkansas Newspaper Abstracts 1880
  • Thousands of Idaho Surnames Vol. 1-5
  • Death Notices 1819-1899 reported in the Fredonia Censor and a few other sources Vol. I & II, A-Z
  • Chautauqua County (NY) Alms House and Asylum Book 1 & 2, 1833-1918
  • Oregon Pioneer Register Vol. I and II in one
  • Benton County (OR) Cemetery Records and Tombstone Inscriptions Vol. 2, 3, 5, & 6
  • Benton County, Oregon Marriage Records Vol. 1 & 2, 1850-1945
  • Early Marriage Records Clackamas County and Wasco County, Oregon
  • Douglas County, Oregon Birth Index 1921-1935, Book 6
  • Douglas County, Oregon Delayed Birth Applications Book 3 – 8, Files 1001-3631; 1800 Series & 1801 Series
  • Douglas County, Oregon Delayed Birth Applications Index
  • Douglas County, Oregon Divorce Suits Vol. 1-5; 1854-1930
  • Douglas County, Oregon Index to Divorce Suits, Books 1-5, 1853-1930
  • Umpqua County, Oregon Marriage Records Book A, 1851-1863 and Douglas County, Oregon Marriage Records Book 1, 1853-1871 Vol. 1
  • Douglas County, Oregon Marriage Records Vol. 2 – 6, 1871-1910
  • Douglas County, Oregon “Out-Of-County” Marriages Book 1-2: 1912-1960
  • Lane County, Oregon Marriage Records 1890-1899, Volume 4
  • Marriage Records from Linn County, Oregon Marriage Book A, 1850-1861 and Early Marriages 1846, 1847, 1848 Vol. 1
  • Marriage Records from Linn County, Oregon Marriage Book B, Sept. 19, 1861 to June 29, 1870 Vol. 2
  • Marriage Records from Linn County, Oregon Marriage Books C – Q, Vol. 3, 4, & 5
  • Marion County, Oregon Marriage Records 1849-1871, Vol. 1
  • Marion County, Oregon Marriage Records 1874-1879, Vol. 3
  • Marriage Records of Multnomah County, Oregon 1855-1873
  • Cemeteries of East Multnomah County (OR)
  • Early Cemeteries of Gresham, Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Deaths and Burials of Tillamook County, Oregon: Taken from the Kilchis Advance (1880-1882) and the Tillamook Headlight (1888-1898)
  • Marriages of Wheeler County (OR) 1899 through 1920
  • Texas Legends
  • Legendary Texas Vol. 1 Unsung Heritage
  • Famous Trees of Texas
  • Our Texas Heritage – Ethnic Traditions and Recipes
  • The Melting Pot – Ethnic Cuisine in Texas
  • A Bowl of Red
  • The Typical Texas – Biography of an American Myth
  • Talk of Texas
  • Translating the Prairie – Plano, Texas in Words and Pictures
  • 1920 Census Shelby County, Texas
  • Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery Vol. 1 & 2, A-Z – Vancouver, WA
  • Park Hill Cemetery Vol. 1-3, A-Z – Vancouver, WA
  • A History of SAAR Pioneer Cemetery and Its Inhabitants (WA)
  • Ferry County, Washington Birth & Death Records 1899-1911
  • Memorial Records of South King County, WA Vol 1, 3, 4, 5 bk2, 7 & 9
  • Skamania County, Washington Marriage Records
  • Skamania County, Washington Cemetery Records
  • Revised Harwood Cemetery (Snohomish County, WA) 1986-1996
  • Whitman County, Washington Marriage Records Vol. 1, Books A, B, and C; 1872-1892
  • Index to 1910 Whitman County (WA) Plat Book
  • Guide to Published Genealogies in the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Frank W. Mayborn – A Man Who Made a Difference
  • The National Guild of St. Margaret of Scotland – Membership Directory 2017-2019

The WEST Has Arrived

The Genealogy Center has recently added a large collection of resource books from the Northwest United States.

The majority of the new material is from OREGON and WASHINGTON.  Additional volumes have also been added to our California and Colorado collections.

Birth, burial, death and marriage records (in some cases indexes) are available from various counties of these states.

These volumes will provide excellent source material for your relatives that settled or moved through the Northwest.

Our collection includes, volumes from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, over 35 foreign countries as well as military and immigration records.

Come in and peruse our collection at the Genealogy Center. You just might find that “golden nugget” of information you have been searching for.

Our staff is always available to assist you in your research.

Good Hunting!

An ARKANSAS Family Success Story

Back in January 2018 I asked if you had ancestors who lived, died, or moved through Arkansas.

Did your spouse have ancestral lines that travel through Arkansas?

I found some answers to a few of my family questions here in our Arkansas genealogical material.

From family history records and the census records found on Ancestry.com, I determined that the Richard G. and Louisa J. Cowan family had travelled from Williamson County, Tennessee to Washington County, Arkansas about 1873.  Their son James King Cowan, born in 1861 in Tennessee, married Ollie G. Pass in Washington County, Arkansas in 1889.

Browsing through the new Arkansas material here at the Genealogy Center I found a collection of Cemeteries in Washington County, Arkansas by Byron Sistler. In volume 6, at the bottom of page 49 I found a record from the Mountain View Cemetery:

COWAN, Nellie   d of J. K.                 Aug 25, 1891   Nov 26, 1896

On http://www.findagrave.com I found a picture of the stone.

Here I had found a daughter to James K. Cowan who had married Olive G. Pass.

The 1900 Federal Census for Washington County, Arkansas shows James K. and Ollie Cowan, married in 1889. Ollie states she is the mother of THREE children with 2 children living. Their oldest child on the 1900 Federal Census is Eldridge born in November of 1894. From this information I was able to determine that Nellie was their first-born child.

Short of actually visiting cemeteries, volumes of  cemetery records are often the only way you can identify children born and died between Federal Census prior to the 1900s.

Here in the Genealogy Center we have volumes of cemetery records from various counties throughout the United States.

Come in and browse our collection.

  • American Settlements and Migrations
  • America Heraldica: A Compilation of Coats of Arms, Crests and Mottoes of Prominent American Families Settled in the Country Before 1800. Supplement 1889.
  • International Vital Records Handbook – Births, Marriages, Deaths
  • Directory of Photographers in the United States 1888 & 1889 and Canada 1889
  • Understanding Cemetery Symbols – A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards
  • America 1900 – The Turning Point
  • Black Regulars in the War of 1812
  • Thirty-One English Emigrants Who Came to New England by 1662
  • Emigrants from Fellbach (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany), 1735-1930
  • Emigrants from the former Amt Damme, Oldenburg, (now Niedersachsen), Germany, Mainly to the United States, 1830-1849
  • German Immigrants in American Church Records Vol. 19: Missouri (including St. Louis County)
  • German Immigrants in American Church Records Vol. 20: Missouri (St. Louis County and City I)
  • German Immigrants in American Church Records Vol. 21: Missouri (St. Louis II)
  • National Geographic Guide to the Civil War National Battlefield Parks
  • The Ideals Guide to American Civil War Places 1861-1865
  • The Civil War Sourcebook – A Traveler’s Guide
  • A Pictorial History of The Civil War Years
  • Don’t Know Much About the Civil War – Everything You Need to Know About America’s Greatest Conflict but Never Learned
  • Civil War Prisons & Escapes – A Day-by-Day Chronicle
  • Blood & Treasure – Confederate Empire in the Southwest
  • Bound for Botany Bay – British Convict Voyages to Australia
  • Marriage Records of Independence County, Arkansas 1826-1877, Books A-D
  • Jefferson County, Arkansas U.S. Census of 1850 and Marriage Books A & B, February 1830 – August 1861
  • Johnson County, Arkansas Marriages 1890-1908
  • Lawrence County, Arkansas Tax Records 1829-1854
  • Historical and Genealogical Abstracts from Randolph County, Arkansas, Newspapers of the 1800s & 1903
  • Randolph County, Arkansas Marriages 1821-1923
  • 1890 Census of Randolph County, Arkansas – Reconstructed from the Personal Property Tax List
  • Vital Records Abstracts from Randolph County, Arkansas, Newspapers of 1928 through 1932
  • Index to St. Francis County, Arkansas Marriage Books, D, E, F, G, H, I, and K; 1875-1911
  • Yell County, Arkansas Newspaper Abstracts 1881
  • Record of Deaths in Alameda County California from 1889-1901: A Transcription of Volumes C & D Alameda County Record of Deaths
  • Pre-1905 Death Index – Alameda County, California
  • Raking the Ashes – Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco (CA) Research
  • San Francisco, California I.O.O.F. Crematory Records
  • San Francisco (CA) Deaths 1865-1905
  • San Francisco (CA) Probate 1906-1842 Register of Actions
  • Boulder County, Colorado Marriage Records, 1861-1900
  • Burials in Park (Columbia) Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado, 1910-1965
  • Early Days of Boulder, Colorado Vol. 1-3
  • The Heritage and History of First United Methodist Church – Taylorville, Illinois 1844-1997
  • The Heritage of Hopkins County, Kentucky 1806-1988 Vol. 1
  • Dennis, Massachusetts – Vital Records 1793-1900 Vol. 1-3
  • Adams County, Mississippi Minutes of the County Court 1802-1804
  • Wintergreen Cemetery – Port Gibson – Claiborne County, Mississippi
  • Cemeteries of Smith County, Mississippi – Completed through 1967
  • Nevada Biographical and Genealogical Sketch Index
  • Cemeteries and Burial Sites in the Town of Clymer, Chautauqua County, New York
  • Emigrants Aided in Chautauqua County, New York 1853-1876
  • Genealogical Information extracted from existing copies of the Forestville Free Press (NY) 1890’s through 1950
  • Genealogical Information reported in the Fredonia Censor, Fredonia, New York 1900-1926
  • Genealogical Information (births, deaths & marriages) reported in The Grape Belt 1893-1899
  • Forestville Cemetery – Prospect Road – Forestville, NY
  • Pioneer Cemetery – Bennett State Road – Forestville, NY
  • Militia Enrollment List June 1917, Dunkirk, New York
  • Mary’s Cemetery – Bennett Road at Williams Street – Dunkirk, NY
  • Cemeteries and Burial Sites in the Town of Harmony, Chautauqua County New York
  • A Comprehensive Index to Records from the Town of Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York
  • Jamestown (NY) Journal – Jamestown News Clippings 1843-1868 – Marriages and Deaths 1826-1868
  • The Cemeteries of the Town of Sherman, Chautauqua County, NY
  • Civil War Veterans – Town of Harmony, Chautauqua County, NY
  • Gleanings, II & III (Chautauqua County, NY)
  • Nineteenth Century Marriages reported in the Fredonia Censor, Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York
  • Town of Mina (NY) Cemeteries
  • Portland Evergree Cemetery – Webster Road at Cemetery Road – Portland, NY
  • An Index to the Gravestones of the Westfield Cemetery, Westfield, New York
  • The Settlers of the Beekman Patent – Spencer to Swift – Vol. XIII
  • Phillips Cemetery, U.S. Rt 20, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Circling Windrock Mountain – Two Hundred Years in Appalachia (TN)
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1806-1817
  • Teaching Them… A Sesquicentennial Celebration of Texas Baptist Education
  • Texas Quilts, Texas Treasures
  • Flying the Colors – Texas Facts – A Comprehensive look at Texas today, County by County 1836-1986
  • Texas State Directory, 3rd Edition, 1990
  • Ector’s Texas Brigade and the Army of Tennessee 1862-1865
  • Women in Texas – Their Lives, Their Experiences, Their Accomplishments
  • Images of America – Anderson County (TX)
  • I’ll Gather My Geese (TX)
  • Engineering the World – Stories from the First 75 Years of Texas Instruments
  • Images of America – Denton (TX)
  • From Circuit to St. Luke’s – The Story of Methodism in Kilgore, Texas 1873-1984
  • Boom Town: Kilgore, Texas
  • 1895 Hopkins County, Texas – An Authentic History of Her Lovely Capital Sulphur Springs and the Queenly Young Cities Now Flourishing in Her Domain with Sketches of the Lives of Their Pioneer and Representative Citizen Elaborately Illustrated
  • Following Old Fencelines – Tales from Rural Texas
  • Mills County (TX) – The Way It Was
  • 100 Moore Years – A History of Moore County, Texas 1892-1992
  • Abilene…on Catclaw Creek – A Profile of a West Texas Town
  • Selected Cemeteries of Tyler County, Texas
  • Virginia County Records Volumes III, VI, IX & X
  • Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776
  • A Genealogy of the Known Descendants of Robert Carter of Corotoman
  • Remembering Gussie Nell founder and first director of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes
  • A Kineno Remembers from the King Ranch to the White House
  • Secrets Under the Bridge
  • Lines of Succession – Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe
  • Magna Carta Ancestry – A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families Vol. 1-4
  • Plantagenet Ancestry – A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families Vol. 1-3
  • Royal Ancestry – A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families Vol. 1-5

Here at the Genealogy Center we have increased our Royal holdings.

Was one of your ancestors one of the Twenty Five Barons of the Magna Carta, 1215?

We now have the 3 volume set of Magna Carta Ancestry available for your research.

Perhaps you may trace one of your family lines back to Geoffrey Anjou

who was known to wear a sprig of the planta genesta in his hat.

The Plantagenet royalty descend from him.

We now have the newly published Plantagenet Ancestry.

(The previous one volume has been updated and expanded to 3 volumes.)

We also have a new set for those who may descend from European Royalty.

It is possible that you descend from one of the nine children of William the Conqueror

and his wife, Matilda of Flanders.

They both trace their ancestry back to Charlemagne.

This is the 5 Volume set of Royal Ancestry.

(Some of the Kings and Queens of France, Spain, and Scotland are included.)

Our Genealogy Lineage section includes volumes on descendants of Pocahontas,

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence,

and The Signers of the Constitution.

Come in and browse our collection. You may discover royal ancestors in your family tree.

The staff here at the Genealogy Center will be happy to assist you in your family history research.

Good Hunting!