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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!

 

  • Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Saxony I & II, Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Brandenburg I & II; Volumes 25-26 & 41-42
  • 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
  • Brandenburg Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Braunschweig, Oldenburg, and Thuringia Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • 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
  • Kingdom of Saxony (with Anhalt) Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Mecklenburg Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Palatinate Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Pomerania Place Name Index – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Posen Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Province of Saxony Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • 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
  • Schleswig-Holstein (with Bremen, Hanmburg, and Luebeck) Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Silesia Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • West Prussia Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Westphalia with Hohenzollern, Leppe, Schaumburg-Lippe, and Waldeck Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Wuerttemberg Place Name Indexes – Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
  • Hessian Chaplains – Their Diaries and Duties
  • 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!

The Genealogy Center has many programs planned for January-May 2017. They are held in the lower level of the Haggard Library. Please be aware some programs are at different times. No registration is necessary.

  • How to Join the DAR: Learn what it takes to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Get help researching your Revolutionary War ancestor.

Saturday             Jan 14                  10am

Saturday             Mar 25                10am

  • Legacy Research: Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips, webinars, and one-on-one help.

Tuesday              1:30-5pm

Jan 24 – Feb 28 – Mar 28 – Apr 25 – May 23

  • Internet Genealogy: A two-part, hands-on class for searching Ancestry, FamilySearch, Fold3 and other internet sites.

Wed & Thu         Jan 25 & 26        9:30-11am

  • Genealogy Scrapbooking: Learn artful ways to preserve your family pictures, memorabilia, and documents. Some supplies provided. Feel free to bring your own.

Wednesday        Feb 15                 9:30-11am

  • Hidden Treasures: Discover what you can find in courthouses, libraries, and archives

Saturday             Mar 4                  10-11:30am

  • Obituaries, Society Columns, and News: How to use newspapers to find your ancestors

Saturday             Apr 29                 10-11:30am

  • Scouting for Military Records: Learn what databases, books, and other sources are available to locate your ancestors

Thursday             May 18                9:30-11am

 

Have you ever found a Family Tree online?  Was that tree (or were those trees) correct? — Possibly.

In our family tree, Charles F. Piner married Lydia Margaret Sheets. All of the Campbells know this, as Grandma Mary Frances (Mollie) Piner, their daughter,  married Grandpa Daniel Cambpell. This is a well documented fact.

I found Charles F. Piner married to Lydia Margaret Sheets on http://www.FamilySearch.org. Most of the family documentation is attached to their records. The SURPRISE was Charles’ father.

Someone has posted that George W. and Elizabeth Sarah Caldwell Piner are his parents. Even though the dates are possible (both George and Elizabeth were born in 1847), further investigation of this same post shows George and Elizabeth were married in 1846. Quite a feat!! NOT Likely. But don’t worry, there is NO documentation. None for the births, marriage or attaching any of the children (14 at this writing) born between 1859 and 1888.

My investigation found Charles Franklin Piner was the son of James and Johannah (Swartz) Piner. He was their last child, born in 1865 in Virginia. As a 5 year old he appears in the 1870 Census with his parents living with his step-sister (Sarah Frances Piner Sandy) in the Lorenzo Sandy family. In the 1880 Census Charles is living with his step-sister (Perkins Piner) in the Moses Joseph household. Online records at http://www.ancestry.com indicate Chas. F. Piner, son of James and Joanna, married Lydia M. Sheets in 1889.

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Charles F. Piner’s death certificate

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verifies his birth in Rockingham County, Virginia and names his widow Margaret Piner.

The Lesson Here  – NEVER take information found ONLINE as gospel. Check the sources. VERIFY the information.

I encourage each of you to double-check the sources. If the information you find has no sources – use it As A Guide Only until you can prove it is correct.

During the coming year, I invite you to visit us at the Genealogy Center.

Make 2017 the year you Build or Extend your family tree.

Good Hunting in the New Year!

 

75 Years Ago – December 7th, 1941, a quiet Sunday morning in Hawaii.

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Seaman First Class Raymond Clifford Tennell was born 18 September 1922 in Plano, Texas and had graduated from Plano High School. He enlisted in the US Navy on 13 November 1940.  Seaman Tennell was serving on the USS Arizona which was docked in Pearl Harbor.

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7:55  a.m. local time, the United States enters World War II as the Empire of Japan attacks the military bases of Hawaii.  Sea1c Tennell, serving on the USS Arizona, died on 7 December 1941.

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As a result of the attack, and in response to President Roosevelt’s call, several young men from Plano and Collin County enlisted, served and several died during the next four years.

The dedication page of the 1945 Plano High School Yearbook – Planonian – mentions graduates who gave their lives.

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Take the time to remember YOUR  ancestors – military or not – who lived during World War II.

Write their stories and pass it on to your family.

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Opened in 1892, over 12 million immigrants were welcomed and processed through the doors.

Ellis Island immigration records (1892-1924) are available to research at several sites.

A few are:

http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/

libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1368704

http://www.germanroots.com/ellisisland.htm

http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB/ellisgold.html

search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=40

https://www.archives.gov/nyc/finding-aids/passenger-lists.htm

Also available are New York Passenger lists (1820-1957):

http://www.genealogybranches.com/ellisisland/nypassengers.html

For additional assistance in researching your immigrant ancestors come visit the Genealogy Center.

Good Hunting!