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From the History of the Thursday Study Club, 1914-1984, we can learn what this club did for Plano. “In 1914, a group of young women, realizing the need for intellectual growth and aesthetic development, met in the home of Miss Vivian Gulledge and organized the first literary club in Plano. They named it The Thursday Study Club. They were all educated young ladies, and they wanted to keep informed.” They also organized a Junior Thursday Study Club for their daughters and friends in high school. They continuously functioned except for a short time during WWII – October 1944 to April 1945. They disbanded for that time to help the Red Cross and serve as Aides in the hospital. During 1942 they helped to make 529 garments, 400-500 knitted sweaters and other articles of clothing, gathered 114 lbs of rayon and nylon hose, 40 tons of scrap medal, and make surgical dressings for the Red Cross.
Some of the Club’s major projects have been to help clean and replant at Old Plano Cemetery; Contribute $100 to the Haggard Park; Contribute $100 to TFWC Club House; Gave $100 to Plano Youth Center; Gave $100 to the Public Library; Gave books to the Plano High School and Public Libraries; and so much more. The Club had their final meeting on May 9, 2002. They contributed their minutes, yearbooks, and other materials to the Genealogy Center of the Plano Public Library System. The items are available to view at the Collin County Images online.
Many women’s groups have been established in Plano throughout its history. Many groups were centered around the churches. There were social groups such as the ’05 Club which met for a study hour and an hour of recreation; the Mothers’ Club which led to Parent Teacher Association; Book clubs; Priscilla Club for fancy needlework and social activities; a Girls Knitting Club; the Bethany Canning Club; the Bridge Club; Order of the Eastern Star; Rejebian Book Club; Plano Garden Club; and the list goes on.

 

  • Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Indiana
  • Atlas of Rush County, IN to which are added various general maps, History, Statistics and Illustrations
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  • Great Ranches of the United States
  • Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America 1625-1825 Vol. II – VII
  • The Original Scots Colonists of Early America – Supplement 1607-1707
  • The Original Scots Colonists of Early America – Caribbean Supplement 1611-1707
  • More Scottish Settlers 1667-1827
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  • Scots in the Chesapeake 1621-1776
  • Scots in the American West 1783-1883
  • Understanding Revolutionary War and invalid Pension Ledgers 1818-1872 and the Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent
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  • Trace Your German Roots Online – A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites
  • American Vital Records from the Gentleman’s Magazine (GBR-ENG) 1731-1868
  • American Data from the Aberdeen Journal, 1748-1783
  • Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations 1650-1775
  • Scots Episcopalians at Home and Abroad 1689-1800
  • Scots-Scandanavian Links in Europe and America, 1550-1850
  • Scottish-American Heirs 1683-1883
  • Scottish-American Wills 1650-1900
  • Scottish Transatlantic Merchants, 1611-1785
  • Scottish Maritime Records, 1600-1850 – A Guide for Family Historians
  • Scottish Highlanders On The Eve of the Great Migration 1725-1775
  • The Jacobites of Angus 1689-1746
  • The People of the Scottish Borders, 1650-1800
  • Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration 1725-1775 The People of the Northern Isles
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  • Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration 1725-1775 The People of Argyll Vol. 1 & 2
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  • The People of the Scottish Burghs – A Genealogical Source Book – The People of Dumfries 1600-1699
  • Scotland During the Plantation of Ulster – The People of Dumfries and Galloway 1600-1699
  • Scots in the West Indies 1707-1857 Vol. I & II
  • The Place Names of County Derry (IRL)
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  • California Name Lists 1700-2011 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Connecticut Name Lists 1600s-2001 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • History of Ancient Woodbury, Connecticut, from The First Indian Deed in 1659 to 1854, including the Present Towns of Washington, Southbury, Bethem, Roxbury, and a part of Oxford and Middleburg.
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  • District of Columbia Name Lists 1600-1997 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
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  • It’s a Wonderfully Lovely Place: Jekyll Island (GA) as Seen through Kate Brown’s Fresh Eyes – The Letters of Kate Brown February – March, 1917
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  • Illinois Name Lists 1678-2009 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Yates Phalanx – The History of the Thirty-Ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Veteran Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865
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  • Applications for Marriage and Divorces Granted 1903-1912 Kosciusko County, IN
  • Delayed Birth Records Kosciusko County, IN records recorded during the period from June 14, 1941 to December 5, 1980
  • Index of Marriage Applications kept by County Health Officer Kosciusko County, IN 1923-1948
  • Iowa Name Lists Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1733 – 2004 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Kansas Name Lists Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1854 – 2012 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Doniphan County, KS Births May 1898 – Dec. 1910
  • Reno County, KS Early Marriage Records 1872-1913
  • Kentucky Name Lists Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1773-2000 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Louisiana Name Lists Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1679-2001 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Maine Name Lists Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1623-2012 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Maryland Censuses & Substitute Name Lists 1633-2013 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Index of Anne Arundel County, MD Death Certificates 1840-1920
  • Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland Dorchester County Vol. I – II
  • Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland Worcester County Vol. I – III
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  • The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629-1818
  • Michigan Censuses & Substitute Name Lists 1700-2015 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
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  • Leflore County, MS Centennial 1871-1971
  • Cemetery Inscriptions Andrew County (MO) Vol. 1
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Vols. 114-118, 1983 – 1987
  • New York City Municipal Archives An Authorized Guide for Family Historians
  • Pioneers of Steuben County, NY – Migrations from New England, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, 1722-1790
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  • A History of Florence City and County and of Portions of the Pee Dee Valley South Carolina
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  • Cemeteries of Wood County, Texas Vol. 4
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  • Founders and Patriots of America Index

Mary Alice Terry was born in 1908 in Celina. She passed away at the age of 100 in Celina. She graduated from high school in 1925 and graduated from college with a BA and MA in English, Greek, and science. She first taught at Gunter from 1927-1929 and then for 31 years for Plano High School. She married James Harold Skaggs in 1931. She was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ. She sponsored the Junior Study Club at the high school for 50 years. She was a member of many clubs and organizations – Texas State Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, General Federation of Women’s Club (Life Member), and Plano Retired Teachers just to name a few. Mrs. Skaggs was the first teacher in PISD to hold a masters’ degree. The Mary Alice Skaggs Elementary School is named after her. In the history of the Thursday Study Club it says “It is her voice, mind, heart, and hand that has lead the high school girls to become leaders in their schools and later in life.” The dedication in the 1967 Planonian (yearbook for Plano High School) she was recognized for her outstanding services, both as a teacher and a sponsor of the Planonian. She gave unselfishly of her time to prepare the annuals. Her collection of the Planonian yearbooks was given to the Genealogy Center of the Plano Public Library System. skaggs

The early women were wives, sisters, mothers, daughters, students, brides, athletes, hog killers, farmers, teachers, historians, and much more. These women led the way for those of us today. Ammie Wilson showed the world a woman could raise sheep and compete in fairs and win. Nannie Haggard could raise a family and work along side her husband. The students in high school were athletic and intelligent. Women had to work on the farms and kill the hogs and prepare for the harsh seasons. They were our teachers and leaders. Mrs. Frances Wells was a historian that provided many of the stories, photographs, and documents of early Plano and Collin County. Throughout the month on Thursday Throwback we will spotlight some of these women.women-of-plano

It is February and the Scottish Society of Dallas (www.scotsindallas.org) has provided a spectacular display in the Genealogy Center.

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Not only do we have a wonderful display that includes original Scottish military uniforms and weapons…

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We also have new books on Scottish military units including personnel rosters and Scottish military burial memorials and gravesites.

Our collection has recently added over 30 volumes of records from Scotland,

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and both Scottish and Scots-Irish immigration records.

Here a the Genealogy Center we have records preceding the Great Migration from areas all over Scotland.  Also in our collection are immigration lists from Scotland to various localities in the Americas – New England, Georgia, and all points between. Volumes regarding Scots moving to Barbados, Jamaica and other locations in the West Indies.

There are volumes of Scottish Episcopalians, Scottish Presbyterians, Scottish burghs and specific regions of Scotland.

Come view the display.

While you are here, seek out your Scottish or Scots-Irish ancestors.

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

Good Hunting!

 

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  • DART (TX) – North Central Corridor – LRT Extension
  • Dictionary of the American West – 5,000 Terms and Expressions from “a-going and a-coming” to Zuni
  • Dictionary of American Family Names
  • Encyclopedia of the Confederacy
  • United States Catholic Chaplains in the World War (WWI)
  • American Genealogist Vol. 15, July 1938-April 1939, Vols. 36-37, Nos. 141-148,1960-1961 & Vols. 62-63, Nos. 245-252, 1987-1988
  • National Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 46,47,56 & 59; 1958, 1959, 1968 & 1971
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vol. 129, 131-133 & 140; 1975, 1977-1979 & 1986.
  • Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America 1625-1825
  • Scots-Irish Links 1825-1900
  • The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide – How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Imperial Province of Alsace-Lorraine I – VI (Elsass-Lothringen) District of Unterelsass I – VI
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Brandenburg III City of Berlin
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of East Prussia I Regierungsbezirk Allenstein
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of East Prussia II Regierungsbezirk Koenigsberg
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of East Prussia III Regierungsbezirk Gumbinnen
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Provence of Hanover I & II & III
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Pomerania I Regierungsbezirk Koeslin
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Pomerania II Regierungsbezirk Stettin and Regierungsbezirk Stralsund
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Posen I Regierungsbezirk Bromberg
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Posen II Regierungsbezirk Posen
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Provence of Sachsen I & Duchies of Anhalt & Brunswick
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Sachsen II
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Provence of Sachsen III
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Silesia II Regierungsbezirk Breslau
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Silesia III Regierungsbezirk Oppeln
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of West Prussia I (Regierungsbezirk Danzig)
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of West Prussia II (Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder)
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Westphalia I and the Principalities of Lippe & Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Westphalia II
  • German Census Records 1816-1916
  • Alsace-Lorraine Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Baden Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Bavaria Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
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  • East Prussia Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Hanover Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Hesse Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Hesse-Nassau Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
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  • Mecklenburg Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
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  • Rhineland Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia – Provence of Sachsen III
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  • Grain and Chaff – Threshing out the history of Felmersham, Bedfordshire (ENG)
  • Noble Families of Portugal – Abreu
  • Alabama Name Lists 1702-2006 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Early Settlers of Barbour County, Alabama Vols. I & II
  • History of Walker County, Alabama – Its Towns and Its People
  • Alaska Name Lists 1732-1991 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Colorado Name Lists 1858-1998 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • “Fire Cake and Water” The Connecticut Infantry at the Valley Forge Encampment
  • Georgia Name Lists 1733-2010 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and many Early Settled Families in These States
  • Hancock County, Indiana Civil War Soldiers Plus Related Facts
  • History of St. Joseph County, Indiana Vols. 1-2
  • Jackson County, Georgia Newspaper Clippings, The Jackson Herald, 1891-1895
  • Hawaii Name Lists 1700s-2011 with a selection of National Name Lists 1600s – Present
  • We Enlisted As Patriots – The Civil War Records of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery
  • Kosciusco County, Indiana 1836-1986
  • Linn County, Kansas – A History
  • Muster Rolls and other records of service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution 1175-1783
  • Mayflower Families Through Five Generations – Volume Sixteen Part 5 – Family of John Alden Fifth Generation Descendants of his daughter Sarah (Alden) Standish
  • Michigan Military Records – Records of the Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Michigan; The Pensioners of Territorial Michigan; and the Soldiers of Michigan Awarded the Medal of Honor 1814-1918
  • Williams Landing Carroll County (MS) 1833-1933
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Vol. 97-106, 109-113, 119-120, 122-126, 128-129 & 139; 1966-1975, 1978-1982, 1988-1989, 1991-1995, 1997-1998 & 2008
  • Patriot Soldiers of 1775-1783 The Veterans of the War for American Independence of Chautauqua County, New York Vol. 1-2
  • North Carolina Bastardy Bonds
  • The Choctaw of Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania – The Heritage of a Commonwealth Vol. 1-4
  • Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania 1755-1855
  • “Death Seem’d to Stare” The New Hampshire and Rhode Island Regiments at Valley Forge
  • Index of the Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War
  • Settlement of the Pendleton District, South Carolina
  • A History of Jerauld County, South Dakota – From January 1st, 1909 to December 31st, 1961 Fifty-Two Years of Progress
  • The Confederate Soldiers of Hamilton County, TN – An Alphabetical Listing of the Confederate Soldiers who lived at one time in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
  • With the 18th Texas Infantry – The Autobiography of Wilburn Hill King
  • History of Bell County (TX)
  • Death Records 1903-1931 Comal County, Texas A-Z
  • Index to Naturalization Papers March 1847 thru January 18, 1927 Comal County, Texas
  • Birth Records 1910-1917 New Braunfels, Texas
  • Marriage Records of Comal County, Texas 1846-1929
  • Index to Probate Minutes Comal County, TX Books A-Z, 1846-1940
  • Rusk County, Texas Commissioner’s Court Minute Book One 1843-1870
  • Abstracts of Rusk County, Texas District Court Civil Suits, 1845-1905
  • Rusk County, Texas Death Ledger 1903-1917
  • Rusk County, Texas Probated Births Occurring Before December 31, 1899 Volume I
  • Virginia Soldiers in the United States Army 1800-1815
  • 1812 Militia of Virginia for the Shenandoah Valley
  • Loudoun County, Virginia Militia Journals 1793-1829
  • Gates to Glory – Cemeteries of Pulaski County, Virginia
  • West Virginia Governors
  • The Family of Clyde Mulford Eldridge and Other Descendants of William Eldred of Yarmouth

Sometimes reading history books can lead to your finding family history information.

When I was in high school I read a book about the 36th Infantry Division (known as The Texas Division or “T-patchers”) during World War II.

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Recently, I was researching a project where I sought out World War II Texas veterans. It turns out the 36th Infantry Division (The Texas Division) which fought in Italy in World War II had several possible relatives.

According to the published roster of the 36th Infantry Division I have located the following soldiers who I am now confirming as distant relatives:

Captain George C. Fugate from Hazelhurst, MS., was Commander of Company C, 1st Battalion, 142nd Infantry. He was killed in action 27 Aug 1944 and is buried in Hazlehurst, MS.

Private First Class George C. Fugate from Waco, TX, served in the Anti-Tank Company, 143d Infantry. He survived the war and died in 1971 and is buried in the Colorado City Cemetery, Colorado City, TX.

Private Robert L. Fugate, served in Company F, 141st Infantry.

Sergeant Russell E. Cowan from Horseheads, NY., served in Company B, 141st Infantry. He was killed in action May 29, 1944 and is buried in the Sicily-Rome-American Cemetery and Memorial.

Private Cecil C. Cowan from Vernon, TX., served in the Medical Detachment, 142nd Infantry survived the war, died in 1967 and is buried in Crestview Memorial Park, Wichita Falls, TX.

Private First Class Arthur Cowan from Cleveland, OH., served in Company F, 142nd Infantry.

Private First Class Burton M. Cowan from Deckerville, MI., served in the Service Battery, 155th Field Artillery Battalion survived the war, died in 1979 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Sanilac County, MI.

Pvt. Carlton R. Cowan from Wichita Falls, TX., served in Company C, 111th Engineer Combat Battalion survived the war, died in 200 and is buried in Maple Springs Cemetery, Camp County, TX.

Quick searches using my Plano library card to access http://www.fold3.com  and then browsing http://www.findagrave.com, resulted in additional information.

I am now able to expand my search for other possible relatives – Fulton, Faucett, Huggans, Fryrear and others who may have served in the 36th Division.

Sometimes, reading history books, can give you a better understanding of the time, the place, the environment and activities of ancestors.  In my case, I have a better idea of where these men served and when they were in Italy during World War II. I can now research unit reunion websites and other unit information.

In each case, I am expanding my family tree, finding previously unknown relatives and getting connected with present-day living cousins.

Expand your reading and you may also be successful in expanding your family tree.

Good Hunting!