8 May 1945 VICTORY IN EUROPE as seen on Page One of The Dallas Morning News.

V-E Day - DallasMornNews

Here in the Genealogy Center we have the complete issue on microfilm.

Also available are several books regarding the men and women who served during the Second World War.

Perhaps the most well-known is Maj. (then 1st Lieutenant) Audie Murphy who survived the war.


Less known is the story of the SEVEN sons of Mr. and Mrs. P.O. Sonntag.

However their are several others that served and did not survive.

Come learn of the sailor who died at Pearl Harbor on the USS Arizona.

07 Dec 1941 --- Mortally Wounded and Sinking --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

07 Dec 1941 — Mortally Wounded and Sinking — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Read about the marine lieutenant who died on Iwo Jima.

Iwo Jima

Collin County men served in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany, Pacific Islands and sailed the oceans of the world.

As we begin the month of May which concludes with the Memorial Day remembrance, please come into the Genealogy Center and learn of the other heroes of Collin County, Texas who played a vital role which culminated in the celebration of —

Victory in Europe.  V-E Day!

Good Hunting!


In May, June and July we often turn our thoughts to our MILITARY Heroes.

Memorial Day in May.

Memorial Day Flags

Flag Day (Birth of the U.S. Army) in June.


The Fourth of July


All of these dates are opportunities for each of us to remember Our family Heroes

Fugate, Cpl. Robert T. - The_Lincoln_Star_Thu__Mar_25__1943_.

On any of the Plano Public Library computers you can access Military Records on Fold3.com, FamilySeach.org, Ancestry.com and several other sites Free of Charge.

(You only need your Plano Library card.)

Plano Library Card

Here in the Genealogy Center you can research Military Records from foreign countries; Military Records from United States conflicts dating from the Colonial era to Vietnam; as well as individual state and/or county Military Records.

Come in, browse on your own, or allow us to assist you in locating YOUR family Military Heroes.

Good Hunting!

Monday, 10 April, was the anniversary of Jose Mari Botello being ordained a Presbyterian minister in Tamaulipas. Born in Tamaulipas in the Catholic religion, he also lived in Matamoros, Mexico where he converted to the Presbyterian faith.

According to the Texas State Historical Association “he was instrumental in the establishment of the Mexican Presbyterian Church of San Marcos, the first Mexican-American church in Texas to be affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ”

Here in the Genealogy Center we can assist you in your family research should your relatives have lived in Tamaulipas, Matamoros or San Marcos, TX.

Our collection now includes several volumes from Tamaulipas and other locations in Mexico.

We also have volumes from various churches throughout the United States. Records of baptism, marriage or death can be found in Presbyterian, Catholic, Baptist and other religious records here in the Genealogy Center.

Come in and browse our various church records.  You just might find The Record that opens the door to more of your ancestors.

Good Hunting!

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March 28, 1864 – Brigadier General (CSA) Henry Eustace McCulloch


arrested Captain William Clarke Quantrill, leader of Missouri guerrillas, and menace to North Texas, at his headquarters in Bonham, Texas.


Quantrill, who led his forces in the burning of Lawrence, Kansas in 1863

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was the leader of guerrillas who had been terrorizing citizens in North Texas for the past three to four months.

From several different sources the story of the arrest and his escape is as follows:

Captain Quantrill arrested one of his men for killing Confederate Major Butts and robbing his personal effects north of Sherman, Texas. Quantrill had armed guards escort the soldier/guerrilla to BG McCulloch in Bonham, Texas

This soldier, when questioned by the general, informed BG McCulloch of numerous other crimes that Quantrill had authorized throughout north Texas.

BG McCulloch directed Captain Quantrill to report to his headquarters. Quantrill was arrested once inside the headquarters based on the information of the soldier Captain Quantrill had placed under arrest. When Quantrill refused to dine with the General (after he had just been arrested), he was confined to the General’s office.

Quantrill was able to escape by outwitting the guards, gaining his weapons and fleeing the town. Confederate soldiers chased him as far as the Red river. Quantrill and his guerrillas crossed into the Indian Nations where the Confederate soldiers had no authority.

BG Henry Eutace McCulloch survived the war and lived out his life in Texas. Captain William Clarke Quantrill was mortally wounded in Missouri in May, 1865.

Information on General McCulloch and his soldiers, Quantrill and his guerrillas, The Civil War or The Missouri-Kansas Border War is available for research here in the Genealogy Center.

While here you can research Union and Confederate Soldiers; citizens and soldiers from Bonham, and Fannin County, Texas; Plano, and Collin County, Texas and several other counties in Texas. Materials are available for your research of individuals involved in, or victims of, The Missouri-Kansas Border war.

Should your interests be in other areas, our collection includes all 50 states and several foreign countries as well as immigration, colonization and other military records.

You may find you are related to a soldier who fought with or against Quantrill and his raiders.

Come in and browse our collection. Staff Assistance is always available.

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The year is 1945. World War II is now in its fourth year. A Collin County mother and father work their farm daily. They are parents of ten children, nine boys and one girl. One son lives in Lewisville, another son lives in Garland while their daughter is married and living in Plano. Never far from their minds are their sons – SEVEN of them – serving to end the war .

Sgt. (Army) James C. Sonntag, Tech. Sgt.(Army Air Corps) Emil O. Sonntag, Capt. (Army Air Corps) Cecil M. Sonntag, Corp.(Army) Fred H. Sonntag, Lieut.(Navy) Cornelius M. Sonntag and the twins Seaman (Navy) Byrl D. and Gerald D. Sonntag.

The March 5, 1945 issue of the McKinney Democrat tells the story of the Sonntag family and their sons. The article includes photos of the military sons.

Newspapers can provide a lot of information for the family historian. Obituaries always come to mind, but other articles can provide information (and sometimes a lot more information) to help in your research. In this case I found two generations, four marriages (including maiden names), military ranks, branches of service and duty stations for all seven military members, plus locations of all the other children.

Here at the Genealogy Center we have The McKinney Democrat, the McKinney Courier-Gazette, the Plano Star Courier, The Dallas Herald and other newspapers from north Texas available on microfilm. You can come in, view, and then download to your own flash drive, as few or as many pages you need. The Dallas Herald issues are from 1855-1885. Other newspapers start a various times.  The Dallas Morning News, the McKinney Courier-Gazette and the Plano Star Courier are the three being kept current.

So if your interest lies in events from Garland, The Mid-Cities, Sherman or Fort Worth, we may have what you need depending on if your needs match our smaller collections of these locations.

Don’t forget that we also have a pretty good collection of genealogy books.  There is something from each of the 50 states plus several foreign countries; a large section on Texas and a large number of counties within Texas.

Come in, browse around, take your time and let us assist you in your search. You may find that you are related to a large family mentioned in the newpaper or other materials here in the Genealogy Center.

Good Hunting!

Today is the anniversary of Texas declaring its Independence from Mexico.

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Sixty men signed the document. Three were born in Mexico and 57 had moved into Texas.

Here at the Genealogy Center we have several volumes on Texas Independence. The material covers all of the battles and almost all of the participants – both military and political.

Come in and let us assist you in finding your relative among the Texas Heroes.

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