18 Jun 1812 President James Madison signs the Declaration of War as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate.


The war would last almost three years. The most famous battle of the war will occur before word of the signed peace treaty reaches America.

Do you have ancestors who are veterans of the War of 1812?

The Mexican-American War?

The Indian Wars both before and after the Civil War?

The Philippine Insurrection?

This summer the Genealogy Center will have classes on locating military ancestors that tend to be a bit more difficult.

28 June – Locating Native American Soldiers

12 July – Locating African-American Soldiers

19 July – Locating Ancestors Who Fought in Lesser Known Conflicts

There are Genealogy Classes almost every week this summer.

There are classes on U.S. Census records, Fold3 and Archives, Obituaries and more.

Check out the Plano Library website – http://www.plano.gov/203/Library

Attend one of our classes and you may find a trick or two that allows you to identify that missing ancestor, military veteran or not, to break down that brick wall.

Good Hunting!




Today is known as the anniversary of D-Day 1944 – The Allied Invasion of France during World War II.

6 June 1944 was also my grandmother’s 40th birthday.

Grace Smiley Coleman had a very emotional day.  Birthday celebration was overshadowed by invasion news. Her only son, Billy S. Coleman, was serving in the U.S. Army.  He was NOT part of the invasion forces, but would soon be joining the forces on the European continent.

Grace wrote a letter to her son every day  Thirty years later she remarked, “I don’t know how I was able to make each letter different.”

My uncle, PFC Billy Smiley Coleman, served in Europe and was injured in a vehicle crash, along with his lieutenant, heading to the Battle of the Bulge.

Another uncle, Sgt. Stanley Edwin Rush, served with the 2nd Armored Division in Italy.

Both uncles rarely talked of their time in the war.  In the early 1990s I wrote a note of thanks to each uncle.  Both uncles replied with letters that included a few memories of their wartime experience.  I treasure both letters.

Take time today to remember those in YOUR family tree that served – in the military or kept things going here at home. Share those memories.

Here in the Genealogy Center we have histories, yearbooks, and other records of several men and women who served from Plano, from Collin County, from several locations in Texas and several other states.

Let us assist you in seeking out your Military Heroes or those who supported them from on the home front.

Good Hunting!

  • Black Regulars and Militiamen in the War of 1812
  • Eastern Cherokee By Blood 1906-1910 Vol. 13
  • The Huguenot Vol. 42, 2005-2007; Vol. 44-47, 2009-2017
  • Union Soldiers Buried in Arkansas
  • Index for Lake County, California Marriage Books 1-6
  • Kosciusko County, Indiana Cemetery Records Vol. 1-8
  • Index for Kosciusko County, Indiana Cemetery Records Vol. 8
  • Adair County, KY Death Records 1852-1878
  • Adair County, KY Marriage Records 1852-1859, 1861, 1893-1894, 1903-1904, 1906-1907
  • Bracken County, KY Births 1852, 1854-1857, 1859-1861, 1875-1878, 1893, 1904
  • Bracken County, KY Death Records 1852-1858, 1861, 1875-1879, 1904
  • Bracken County, KY Marriage Records 1853-1859, 1861, 1876-1878, 1904
  • Breckenridge Co., KY Births 1852-1853, 1855-1859, 1861, 1874-1878, 1893-1894, 1903-1904
  • Breckinridge County, KY Death Records 1852-1859, 1874-1878, 1903-1904
  • Breckinridge County, KY Marriages 1853-1859, 1861, 1875-1878, 1893-1894, 1904
  • Fleming County, KY Birth Records 1852-1853, 1855-1859, 1874-1875, 1878
  • Fleming County, KY Death Records 1852-1853, 1855-1858, 1860, 1874-1876, 1878
  • Fleming County, KY Marriage Records 1852-1853, 1855-1858, 1860, 1875-1876, 1878, 1907-1908
  • Green County, KY Births 1852-1853, 1855-1859, 1861-1879, 1904
  • Green County, KY Deaths 1852, 1854-1859, 1861, 1874-1878, 1904
  • Green County, KY Marriages 1852-1853, 1856-1859, 1875-1878, 1893-1903
  • Greenup County, KY Death Records 1852-1853, 1855-1859, 1874-1878, 1904
  • Greenup County, KY Marriage Records 1852-1853, 1855-1856, 1858, 1875-1878
  • Grayson County, Kentucky Births Vol. I – 1852-59, 1861, 1901-04, 1907; Vol. II – 1874-1878
  • Grayson County, Kentucky Marriages
  • Grayson County, Kentucky Deaths
  • Hardin County, Kentucky Marriage Records 1840-1851 & Some Cemeteries
  • Hardin County, Kentucky Marriage Records 1825-1835 & Death Records 1852-1860
  • Nelson County, KY Death Records 1852-1857, 1859, 1861, 1874-1878, 1904, 1907
  • Nelson County, KY Marriage Records 1852- 1859, 1860-1861, 1875-1878, 1903-1904, 1906-1907
  • Nicholas County, KY Birth Records 1852-1859, 1876-1878
  • Nicholas County, KY Death Records 1852-1858, 1876-1878
  • Nicholas County, KY Marriage Records 1852-1859, 1876-1878
  • Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Vol. 21, Parts 1 & 2
  • Mississippi Marriage Records Thru 1900 Vol. 12-15, Hi – L
  • Civil War Records Deaths Reported by Missouri State Guard & Missouri Confederate Units
  • Civil War Records – Union Troops – Enrolled Missouri Militia Vol. 1-8
  • Civil War Records – Missouri State Guard Infantry Regiments
  • The 49er’s As Reported in The Missouri Republican Vol. 1-10
  • Lafayette County, MO Deaths Reported in The Higginsville Advance, Vol. 1-2; 3 January 1891 to 24 December 1920
  • Lafayette County, MO Deaths Reported in The Concordian, Vol. 3; 1 December 1898 to 23 December 1915
  • Lafayette County, MO Deaths Reported in The Lexington Weekly Intelligencer, Vol. 4-7; 10 January 1872 to 26 December 1913
  • Lincoln County, MO Deaths from The Lincoln County Herald, The Herald & The Free Press Vol. 1, 5 January 1866 to 29 December 1899
  • Lincoln County, MO Deaths Reported in The Troy Free Press Vol. 2-4, 5 January 1900 to 25 December 1936
  • Moniteau County, Missouri Deaths Reported in Misc. Moniteau County Papers Vol. 1, 6 October 1858 to 28 December 1899
  • Moniteau County, Missouri Deaths Reported in The California Democrat Vol. 2 – 3, 4 January 1900 to 31 December 1931
  • Genealogical Abstracts from Pike Co, MO Newspapers Vol. 1-5, August 9, 1878 – July 9, 1896
  • Pike County, Missouri Deaths Vol. 1-7, 9 August 1878 to 25 July 1903
  • Polk County, Missouri Deaths Reported in Miscellaneous Bolivar Papers (includes Marriages reported in The Papers) Vol. 1 – 2, 31 May 1856 to 31 December 1914
  • Polk County, Missouri Deaths from The Bolivar Herald Vol. 3, 5 April 1894 to 28 December 1911
  • Saline County, Missouri Deaths from Miscellaneous Marshall Newspapers (includes Marriages) Vol. 1, 15 January 1858 to 3 May 1895
  • Saline County, Missouri Deaths from Marshall Weekly Democrat News (includes Marriages) Vol. 2 – 4, 4 May 1895 to 26 December 1915
  • Vernon County, Missouri Deaths Reported in Nevada Daily Mail & Noticer (includes marriages) 10 July 1883 to 29 May 1918 Vol. 1-4
  • Long Road to Liberty – Oklahoma’s African American History & Culture
  • Benton County, Oregon Cemetery Records and Tombstone Inscriptions Index to Volumes One Through Five
  • Benton County (OR) Cemetery Records and Tombstone Inscriptions Vol. 1 & 4
  • Clackamas County, Oregon Marriage Records 28 July 1840 to 22 August 1900 & 13 August 1912 to 06 July 1915
  • Index to Marriage Returns Clackamas Co., Oregon 1929-1941
  • Divorces in Clatsop County, Oregon from the 1850s to 1913
  • Clatsop County, Oregon Marriage Records Index 1851-1915
  • Columbia County, Oregon Cemetery Records
  • Columbia County, Oregon Marriage Records 1855-1900
  • Small Cemeteries & Lone Graves of Deschutes Co., Oregon
  • Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery Deschutes County, OR
  • Douglas County, Oregon Births 1903-1933, 1936-1953 Vol. 1-5, 7-8
  • Cemeteries of Hood River County, OR – Frankton, Shelley, Jackson, Mt. Hood, Parkdale, Cascade Locks, Wyeth, County Cemetery, and St. Mary’s Cemetery
  • Index to Fir Grove Cemetery (Masonic – I.O.O.F.) Cottage Grove, OR
  • Lodge #51 A.F. & A.M. Membership Records 1895-1991 Masonic Temple Cottage Grove, OR
  • Lane County, Oregon Marriage Records 1852-1889, 1900-1904, Volumes 1-3, 5
  • Jane Umphlet Burial – Linn County, Oregon
  • The Cemeteries of Jordan Linn County, Oregon
  • Franklin Butte Masonic Cemetery Linn County, Oregon
  • Knox Butte Cemetery Linn County, Oregon
  • Luther White Cemetery Linn County, Oregon
  • Miller (Shelburn) Cemetery Linn County, Oregon
  • Pine Grove Cemetery, Linn County, Oregon
  • Early Marriages of Malheur County Oregon 1887-1911 (with some 1912’s)
  • Marion County, Oregon Marriage Records 1871-1874 & 1879-1884
  • Marriages Morrow County, Oregon 1885-1917
  • Cemeteries of Multnomah County (OR) – Brainard, Douglass, Havurah, Jones
  • A.R. Cemetery Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Multnomah County, Oregon Marriage Index Vol. 8-19, July 1890-1906
  • River View Cemetery Internments Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon Part 1
  • Mary’s Cemetery Portland’s Pioneer Catholic Cemetery
  • The Pioneer Cemetery – The Dalles, Oregon 1860-1964
  • Wasco County, Oregon Birth & Death Abstracts 1835-1879 & 1890-1895
  • Wasco County, Oregon Index to Circuit Court Cases 1854-1900
  • Wasco County, Oregon Index to Wasco County Court Records 1 February 1865 to 16 May 1881
  • Wasco County, Oregon Index to Wasco County Deaths 1903-1950
  • Wasco County, Oregon Marriage Records 1854-1914
  • Some Cemetery Records of Wasco County, Oregon
  • Dundee Cemetery Dundee, Oregon
  • Index to Publications of the Washington County (OR) Historical Society – Land of Tuality Vol. 1-3; Doorways to the Past; History is Carved in Stone
  • Washington County, Oregon Marriage Records Book 4 – 1896-1902
  • Five Small Cemeteries in Yamhill County, Oregon
  • Index to Masonic Cemetery Records 1840’s Through 1989 Yamhill County, Oregon
  • Yamhill County (OR) Death Records 5 January 1907 – Decmber 31, 1921
  • Yamhill County (OR) Marriages 1844-1912
  • Tennesseans in the Cherokee War
  • Calico Chronicle – Texas Women and Their Fashions 1830-1910
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Texas – A Year in the Life of Lone Star Football from High School to College to the Cowboys
  • Tales With A Texas Twist
  • Texas Siftings
  • History of the Tenth Texas Cavalry (Dismounted) Regiment 1861-1865
  • Exploring The Alamo Legends
  • Sam Houston with the Cherokees 1829-1833
  • History of Bell County, Texas (with a list of Bell County Confederate Veterans)
  • One Hundred Years of The Owl Club (Collin County, TX)
  • The Unauthorized History of Dallas, Texas – The Scenic Route Through 150 Years in “Big D”
  • Dallas Then & Now
  • Postcard History Series – Denton County, Texas
  • Land Certificates from Shelby & Harrison Counties, Texas 1838-1840
  • 1860 Census, Shelby County, Texas
  • 1880 Census, Shelby County, Texas
  • 1900 Census, Shelby County, Texas
  • 1910 Census, Shelby County, Texas
  • Clark County, Washington Marriages Vol. 1-13; 1852-1923
  • Cemeteries of the Northern Half – Ferry County, Washington
  • Ferry County, Washington – Index to Marriage Returns November 1900 – July 1932
  • Kent Area Marriages Extracted from Early Kent, Washington Newspapers Vol. 1; 1893-1917
  • Kent Area Obituaries Extracted from Early Kent, Washington Newspapers Vol. 1-4; 1893-1934
  • Obituaries extracted from the Renton, WA Record Chronicle newspaper Vol. 1, 1927-1932
  • King County, Washington Marriage License Registers Vol. 5-10; 1889-1895 & Vol. 38-39; December 1916 – September 1917
  • Memorial Records of South King County, Washington Vol. 2, 5 (Books 1 & 3), 6 (Books 1 & 2) & 8
  • City of Roslyn Death Records 1907-1955, Kittitas County, WA
  • Early Birth Records of Kittitas County, WA 1889-1907
  • Register of Deaths Kittitas County, WA 1882-1907
  • O.O.F. Cemetery Records Through 1987 Ellensburg, WA
  • O.O.F. Cemetery Records Update Early Lot Owners Additional Burials 1988-1992 Ellensburg, WA
  • Marriage Records of Klickitat County, Washington 1867-1917
  • Lewis County, Washington Newspaper Abstracts Vol. 1-3, 1884-1893
  • Lewis County, Washington Birth Register 1891-1906
  • Lewis County, Washington Territorial Marriages 1847-1889
  • Lewis County, Washington Death Records 1891-1906
  • Lewis County, (WA) Mortuary Records 1895-1910
  • Skamania County, Washington Births 1893-1926 – Deeds & Miscellaneous Records 1855-1894
  • The Arlington Cemetery Arlington, WA
  • The Arlington Times Obituaries (WA) 1895-1939
  • Early Spokane County, Washington Territory Marriages Book –A-1880-1890
  • Civil War Veterans Buried in Stevens County, Washington
  • Stevens County, Washington Births & Deaths 1890-1907
  • Stevens County, Washington Cemeteries Books 1 & 2
  • Newspaper Genealogical Abstracts The Morning / Daily Olympian Thurston County, Washington 1891-1907\
  • Register of Births – Thurston County, State of Washington 1891-1907
  • Looking Back (Vol. 2) Whatcom County, Washington
  • Tombstone Inscriptions Whitman County, Washington Vol. 1-3
  • Whitman County, Washington Birth Records 1895-1907
  • Whitman County, Washington Death Register Records 1891-1907 and Death Records extracted from the Pullman Herald Newspaper 1888-1929
  • Whitman County, Washington Marriage Records Book D 1892-1897 and Marriage and Divorce Records extracted from the Pullman Herald Newspaper 1888-1929
  • Whitman County, Washington Territory: Gleanings from Selected Newspapers with Every Name Index 1877-1886

The Genealogy Center is offering a class a week this summer. We also have a DNA Interest Group that meets on the first Tuesday of each month. We have a Legacy Users Group that meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. And we are adding a Microsoft OneNote for Genealogy User Group that will meet on the third Monday of each month. Check out the list of classes:

Weekly Programs

Genealogy 101: How to get started in genealogy research
Haggard Tue Jun 5 9:30-11am
Haggard Tue Aug 14 9:30-11am

Genealogy 201: How to find Vital Records
Haggard Tue Jun 12 9:30-11am
Haggard Tue Aug 21 9:30-11am

U.S. Census Records: Learn how to search the U.S. Census, 1790-1940, to find information
about your ancestor
Haggard Tue Jun 19 9:30-11am

Locating Native Americans Who Served in the United States Military: How to find ancestors who served in the military from The American Revolution to World War II
Haggard Thu Jun 28 9:30-11am

Locating African Americans Who Served in the United States Military: How to find ancestors who served in the military from The American Revolution to World War II
Haggard Thu Jul 12 9:30-11am

Finding Ancestors Who Served in the United States Military in Lesser Known Conflicts: How to find ancestors who served in the military during lesser known conflicts
Haggard Thu Jul 19 9:30-11am

FOLD3 and Archives.gov: How to search, find records, and print
Haggard Thu Jul 26 9:30-11am

Brick Walls: Bring your “brick wall” and let us help you break it down
Haggard Thu Aug 2 9am-9pm

Obituaries, Society Columns, and News: How to locate & use newspapers to find your family
Haggard Tue Aug 28 9:30-11am

Monthly Programs

DNA Interest Group: Discuss and explore the use of DNA in genealogy research
Haggard Tuesdays Jun 5 • Jul 3 • Aug 14 7-8pm

Microsoft OneNote for Genealogy User Group: The group will focus on how to use Microsoft OneNote electronic notebooks to organize all aspects of Genealogy
Haggard Mondays Jun 18 • Jul 16 • Aug 20 7-8:30pm

Legacy Research: Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips,
webinars, and one-on-one help
Haggard Tuesdays Jun 26 • Jul 24 • Aug 28 1:30-5pm

When I married in 1979, my wife knew that one of my hobbies was family history.

She provided me names and dates to help fill out her side of our family tree.

We came to a brick wall with her 2Great-grandfather – David Lucas.

Questions arose from the transcriptions of the Rockbridge County (Virginia) Marriage Record.

In all of the typed transcriptions, the record states:

Lucas, David   64   W   Cumberland, PA   Rockbridge   Farmer
Lucas, Danl.   Lucas, Edith   8/3/1869   Schreckhise, J.W.
Reece, Mary M.   28   S   Augusta   Rockbridge
Reece, C.   Reece, M.A.

This record states that David Lucas was a 64 year-old widower, born in Cumberland, Pennsylvania. He now lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He is a farmer. His father is Danl Lucas and his mother is Edith Lucas.
David Lucas and Mary M. Reece were married on 3 August 1869 by J.W. Schreckhise
Mary M. Reece is 28 years old, single and born in Augusta County, Virginia. She now lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Her parents are C. Reece and M.A. Reece.

Before I began my record search I questioned my in-laws for any information or stories they might have about David. Results were – NONE. Some did recall a grandmother Reece, but I determined these were all about the daughter Georgianna Reese (Mary’s daughter) who married their great-grandfather Daniel Campbell.

David and Mary were married in 1869 and I found them in the 1870 Federal Census in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Both David and Mary state their place of birth is Virginia.

David appears in the 1860 Federal Census in Rockbridge County, Virginia married to Elizabeth (Strine) with nine children ages 23 – 9. Here again David, Elizabeth and all nine children were born in Virginia. I found the marriage record of David Lucas to Elizabeth Strine in Augusta County, on 29 Nov 1832. From the transcribed record there was no indication of place of birth.

I found no record of David and Elizabeth in the 1850 Federal Census – in either Augusta or Rockbridge County, Virginia. I did find David listed in the 1840 Federal Census in Augusta County, Virginia.

The challenge was to find Daniel and Edith Lucas, David’s parents. Were they in Virginia or Pennsylvania?

I was successful in finding a Daniel and Elizabeth Lucas in Augusta County, Virginia. I was also successful in finding a Daniel and Eva Lucas in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. In neither case did I find a marriage record.

A trip to the Rockbridge County Courthouse to VIEW the original marriage document would allow me to determine if David’s birthplace was correctly transcribed. Was he born in PA or VA? I could also verify the mother’s name. Is she correctly recorded as Edith or is the entry an abbreviation of Elizabeth? Thus far I have not found a digitized copy of the marriage record to answer these questions.

Sometimes the answers are not so readily available. Transcribed books may be correct or in error. Images of documents may not be available. Images may be so poor that when viewing either online or in person, the information is not clearly discernible.

So my search continues.

Come visit our center. Peruse our materials. Our staff is always available to assist you in your research.

Perhaps our materials will assist you in answering one or more of your family history questions.

Good Hunting!

Have you searched www.familysearch.org recently?  If not, perhaps today is a good time to check it out.

I checked familysearch.org to see if there were any updates to areas I am researching.

To say I was surprised is an understatement. From Monday 30 April thru Thursday 2 May, I counted 91 updates.

These updates include various databases from 36 different United States, 9 different countries, plus an update to the BillionGraves Index.

During my classes here at the Genealogy Center, I encourage my attendees to check www.familysearch.org as one of their resources.

I often state, “If you don’t find the database you are looking for, check back in a week or two.”

Here at the Genealogy Center our public computers can access Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3.com, and Heritage Quest as well as other links. Some of these sites are partner sites with Familysearch.org.

You may be able to access a few of these 91 databases through the partner sites.

I encourage you to check-out www.familysearch.org from time to time. You may discover information you are seeking.

Good Hunting!

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!