17 August 1786 – Birthday of David Crockett – Frontiersman, Congressman from Tennessee and Defender of the Alamo.

Come into the Genealogy Center and discover the fact from fiction.


If you have Tennessee to Texas ancestry we can assist you in your research.

And if you don’t have Tennessee or Texas ancestry, our collection covers all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Come into the Genealogy Center and allow us to assist you in your research.

Good Hunting!

It is the middle of August but time sure does fly.

October 21 and 22 fast approaches.

Friday October 21st is The Genealogy LOCK_IN. Plan to spend the Day and EVENING at the Genealogy Center in the W.O. Haggard, Jr. Plano Public library. There will be classes available both on-site or by internet streaming; plenty of space to research using our collection and lots of volunteers to assist you in your research.  NO CHARGE.  Look for additional details in the near future.

Saturday, October 22nd is the annual GreatFamilySearch at the Latter-Day Saint Family History Center on Round Rock Trail here in Plano.  NO CHARGE.  More details may be found at their website – http://www.greatfamilysearch.com.

Two days of Genealogy classes, research, meeting old friends and gaining new ones.  There is NO CHARGE to attend either event.

Plan now for a wonderful Genealogy Weekend.

Good Hunting!!

I was searching the internet the other day and found more information on my 3G-Grandfather – Charles Washington Fryrear.

I discovered Land Documents awarding him land in Northern Missouri.

Fryrear, Charles - Land grant 1856Fryrear, Charles - Land grant 1850Fryrear, Charles - Land grant 1848

I was delighted!

Another document said that Charles Fryer (a common misspelling) was granted land due to his service in the War of 1812. I was shocked.

I knew his father, Jeremiah Fryrear, served in that war. I had no indication that Charles was a soldier.

I opened the document. Charles Fryer was a Private from Pennsylvania. This did not sound correct.

I had my Fryrear line from Kentucky. I kept looking. Another document showed Charles Fryer enlisting in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

In the Genealogy Center in the basement of the W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library I found there were two men of similar names – Charles Fryer of Pennsylvania and Charles Fryrear of Kentucky.

Charles Fryer was born, lived, served in the War of 1812, returned to Pennsylvania and died there. This information was verified in both the MILITARY section and the PENNSYLVANIA section of the Genealogy Center.

Charles Washington Fryrear was born in 1808 in Kentucky. (No way could he have served in the War of 1812. He was only 4!!)

In the KENTUCKY section of the Genealogy Center I found the marriage record of Charles’ parents – Jeremiah and Susannah (Neafus) Fryrear in Nelson County, KY in 1803. (Since Charles was born in 1808, this makes sense.) Military records in the KENTUCKY section listed Jeremiah as a Lieutenant in the Kentucky 4th Division, 1st Brigade during the War of 1812.


Also in the KENTUCKY section, I found two different volumes that show Charles Fryrear (son of Jeremiah) married to Hannah Standiford (daughter of John W.) All of this information verified what I had.

To verify the land grants I found online, I went to the Scotland County, MISSOURI section. There I found a volume that verified and mapped out the locations of the grants issued to, and filed by, Charles Fryrear.

Another volume on Scotland County, Missouri provided marriage dates of a few of Charles’ children and the death of one of his sons.

The information I found in the Genealogy Center verified my previous information. It helped prove my Charles Fryrear came from Kentucky and moved to Missouri.

Searching the internet can provide excellent information. It can also lead you in wrong directions. Seek out the documents that verify your information.

Come on down to the Genealogy Center.  See if our collection can assist you in providing the documentation your seek.

Our collection contains volumes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We have an Immigration & Colonization section, Military section, Foreign records from Europe, Canada, Mexico and other locations, and Family Histories.

Our staff is ready to assist you in your research.

Good Hunting!



1789 – French citizens stormed the Bastille prison.


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


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.


French ancestors in Louisiana.

Gulf Coast bk

French ancestors in Texas.


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.

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.


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.


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


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