We have just added a few more gems to our Native American genealogy section here at the Genealogy Center.

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1) The four volume set of The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes.
a. Volume 1 – Northeast, Southeast and Caribbean
b. Volume 2 – Great Basin, Southwest and Middle America
c. Volume 3 – Arctic, Subarctic, Great Plains and Plateau
d. Volume 4 – California, Pacific Northwest and Pacific Islands
An excerpt from the Preface to Volume 1 – “This four volume reference source presents historical, cultural, and current information on nearly 400 Native groups within 13 geographic regions…Each volume includes maps that indicate historical origins of tribal groups as well as locations of contemporary state and federal reservations…”



2) The two volume set – Cherokee Intruder Cases Dockets of Hearings 1901-1909
From the Introduction – “The term “Intruder” refers to an illegal resident in the Cherokee Nation who is living on land that does not belong to him/her. The term “Allottee” refers to a legal resident of the Cherokee Nation who has been allotted, or given, a parcel of tribal land in the Cherokee Nation through the Dawes Act of 1898-1914.


3) Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Horace B. Durant’s 1907 Durant Roll Field Notes – Correspondence and Field Notes Relating to the Census Roll of All Members or Descendants of Members Who Were on the Roll of the Ottawa and the Chippewa Tribes of Michigan in 1870, and Living on March 4, 1907


4) Cherokee Ration Books 1836-1838 New Echota
From the Introduction – “These records were taken over a three year time period and some of them were recorded at New Echota in north Georgia and some of them were taken at Camp Clanewaugh which was somewhere in the area of Ross’ Landing which later became Chattanooga, Tennessee…”

Cherokee Nation Map 1825 RFW

5) Cherokee Valuation Records
From the Introduction – “The records contained in this volume are taken from five small books that were microfilmed by the Georgia State Archives. They are a record of the various groups of men chosen to give a fair evaluation of the property of each Cherokee family that would be displaced in the removal…”

6) Atlas of the North American Indian

7) Who Was Who in Native American History

These are just the NEW additions to our collection. Our Native American section occupies a whole range (literally) devoted to researching various tribes throughout the United States and North America.

So, if you are researching your Native American ancestry, come in and look over our collection here at the Genealogy Center.

Good Hunting!

  • Massachusetts Genealogy Research (Gen Pam)
  • Maryland Genealogy Research (Gen Pam)
  • North Carolina Research (Gen Pam)
  • Complete Surname Index of TVA Grave Removals
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Horace B. Durant’s 1907 Durant Roll Field Notes
  • Cherokee Intruder Cases Dockets of Hearings 1901-1909 Vol. I & II
  • Cherokee Valuation Records
  • Cherokee Ration Books 1836-1837-1838 New Echota
  • Consolidated Index to German Immigrants in American Church Records Volumes 1-14, A – Z
  • The French Blood in America
  • Soldiers in King Philip’s War
  • American Prisoners of War Held in Montreal and Quebec During the War of 1812
  • Andersonville Prison – Union Prisoners Buried Here
  • Johnson’s Island Prison – Civil War Prison for Confederate Officers Lake Erie, Ohio
  • Ontario (Canada) People 1796-1803
  • Historic German Newspapers Online
  • Surnames of the United Kingdom – Two Volumes in One
  • English Estates of American Colonists – American Wills and Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1610-1699
  • The People of the Scottish Burghs – The People of Montrose 1600-1799
  • A Hidden Phase of American History – Ireland’s Part in America’s Struggle for Liberty
  • Baptisms of Santa Rose de Lima Church Melchor Musquiz, Coahuila 1805-1830
  • Polish Roots
  • Vital Data from Cemeteries in Dallas County, AL
  • Marriages of Morgan County, AL 1818-1896
  • Probate Records Sonoma County, CA Index for 1847-1959 Vol. 1-2
  • Index to Vital Data in Local Newspapers of Sonoma County, CA Vol. 10 & 11, 1913 – 1918
  • Abstracts of the Obituary Book 1826-1849 Sussex County, DE
  • Winder in the News – Newspaper Accounts of Winder, GA, 1893-1915
  • Marriage Book A 1804-1821 Clarke County, GA
  • Dodge County (GA) Newspaper Clippings Vol. 23, 2012-2014
  • A Newspaper History and Genealogy of Dodge County, GA, Vol. 11, 1918-1920
  • Oglethorpe County, GA, Newspaper Clippings Vol. 18-19, 1896-1897
  • Wilkinson County, GA Marriage Records 1820-1882
  • The Civil War in Illinois
  • Johnson County, IL Early Marriages 1878-1885 Vol. 2
  • Massac County, IL Early Marriage Records Vol. 1-2, 1843-1890
  • Pope County, IL Marriage Books Vol. 1-4 , 1813-1909
  • Pope County, IL Obits & Tidbits Vol. 1
  • Family Bible Records of Central Kentucky Vol. 2
  • Minutes of the Nolynn Association of Separate Baptists (Green Co., KY) 1819-1884
  • Green County, KY Obituaries from The Greensburg Record-Herald 1949-1959
  • Green County, KY Tax List 1815 & 1816
  • Civil War Militia Roll Book 1862-1863-1864 Green County, KY
  • The Canary Islanders of Louisiana
  • A Look at Louisiana’s First Century 1804-1903
  • Vital Records of Prospect, Maine Prior to 1892
  • Vital Records of Sidney, Maine
  • Colonial Families of Maryland II – They Came, They Flourished, and Some Moved On
  • “Sly and Artful Rogues” Maryland Runaways, 1775-1781
  • Cecil County, MD Marriage References and Family Relationships 1825-1850
  • Charles County, MD Marriage References and Family Relationships 1658-1800
  • Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland Frederick County, 1 – 6
  • Harford County, MD Marriage References and Family Relationships 1825-1850
  • Queen Anne’s County, MD Marriage References and Family Relationships 1706-1800
  • The Autobiography of Ashley Bowen (MA) 1728-1813
  • Plymouth (MA) Church Records Vol. 1-2, 1620-1859
  • Mississippi Marriage Records Thru 1900 Ha – He (males)
  • Dade County, MO Records
  • Platte County, MO Records
  • Hillsborough County, NH Court Records 1772-1799
  • The Settlers of the Beekman Patent (Dutchess County, NY) Vol. 12, Smith to Spaulding
  • Old Brooklyn in Early Photographs 1865-1929 (NY)
  • North Carolina Revolutionary Pensioners Under the Acts of 1818 & 1832
  • North Carolina Militia Returns 1754-1755, 1758 and 1767
  • Roster of the Continental Line from North Carolina 1783
  • Central North Carolina Journal Vol. 4, 1993
  • Minutes of County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Gates County, NC Vol. 2, 1800-1805 & Vol. 4-6, 1812-1827
  • Abstracts from the North Carolina Journal Halifax, NC 1806 with Extant Issues from 1807-1810 Volume V
  • Abstracts of Wills Halifax County, NC 1825-1891
  • Marriage Records of Halifax County, NC 1817-1868
  • Records of Estates Halifax County, NC Vol.2, 1759-1805 Revised Edition
  • A Roster Halifax County, NC 1861-1865
  • Jones County (NC) Cemeteries Vol. 1 Pollocksville and White Oak Townships, Vol. II Trenton and Cypress Creek Townships, Vol. III Beaver Creek, Chinquapin and Tuckahoe Townships
  • Tyrrell County, NC Minutes – Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1735-1754 Book 1
  • Ohio’s Regulars in the War of 1812
  • Licking County, OH Transcribed Marriages 1808-1875
  • Licking County, OH Probate Records 1828-1904
  • Licking County, OH Marriage Books 1-3, 1874-1888; Books 5-8, 15 Aug 1892 – 10 Feb 1904
  • German Pioneers of Montgomery County, Ohio
  • Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey & Delaware 1630-1707
  • A Collection of Memorials Concerning Diverse Deceased Ministers and Others of the People Called QUAKERS In Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Parts Adjacent, from Nearly the First Settlement thereof to the Year 1787
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Nottingham (PA) Quakers 1680-1889
  • South Carolina’s State Grants Vol. 3: Grant Books 12-15, 1786-1787
  • Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices Vol. 1-4, 1843-1902
  • City Directories for Charleston, SC for the Years 1803, 1806, 1807, 1809 and 1813
  • People and Professions of Charleston, SC 1782-1802
  • Miscellaneous Edgefield County (SC) Records 1770-1900
  • Edgefield County, SC Sifting Through the Ashes of the 1890 Census
  • Guardianship Records of Old Edgefield District, SC 1787-1900
  • Carter County, TN Minutes of Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1804-1805
  • Index Coffee County (TN) Then and Now 1983
  • Coffee County, TN Marriage Records Book 2, 1863-1870
  • Coffee Chronicle – Civil War Soldiers of Coffee County, TN Books 1-4, Surnames A – Mc
  • Crockett County, TN Marriages 1875-1877
  • Grainger County, TN Loose Wills 1793-1834
  • Meigs County, TN Marriages Vol. 1, 1838-1846
  • Monroe County, TN Marriage Records Book I, 1838-1843
  • Scott County, TN Marriage Records Volumes A, B, C, 1854-1880
  • Van Buren County, TN Marriage Vol. A, 1840-1861
  • Marriages of Wilson County, TN 1802-1850
  • Cowbells and Coffins – The Old General Store (TX)
  • Historical Markers of Collin County, TX
  • University of Texas at Dallas Alumni Directory 2010
  • Ellis County, TX Death Records Vol. 1 & 2, 1903-1917
  • Ellis County, TX Cemetery Records Vol. 1-8, 10-11
  • Ellis County, TX Marriage Records Vol. 2, 1878-1886
  • Census of Henderson County, TX 1850-1860 including Slave schedule and 1846 Tax List
  • Some Notable Persons in First Street Cemetery of Waco, TX
  • Register of Physicians in McLennan County, TX The 1874 Volume
  • Know Your Heritage (Panola County, TX)
  • Parker County, TX Cemeteries Vol. 1 & 2
  • San Saba County, TX Index to Probate Cases January 30, 1866 – June 28, 1939
  • First Settlers of Tarrant County, TX 1841-1859 Vol. 1
  • Clarke County, VA Register of Births 1853-1896
  • Elizabeth City County, VA Wills 1733-1799
  • Some Slaves of Fauquier County, VA Vol. 3, Will Books 21-31, 1847-1869
  • Some Slaves of Fauquier County, VA Vol. 4: Master Index Will Books 1-31, 1759-1869
  • Grayson County, VA Marriage Book 1, 1793-1852
  • The Artillerymen of Historic Fort Monroe, VA
  • Loudoun County, VA Birth Register 1853-1896
  • A Place In Time – Middlesex County, Virginia 1650-1750 Vol. 1
  • Montgomery County, VA Platt Book A – C, 1773-1788
  • Richmond County, VA Miscellaneous Records, 1699-1724
  • Richmond County, VA Deeds and Bonds 1721-1734
  • Richmond County, VA Deeds 1734-1750
  • Washington County, VA Roster of Confederate Soldiers
  • My 9th & 10th Great Grandparents Biographies (Dunfield)
  • The Shelby Sisters – Daughters of David Shelby & Orpha Carlock
  • Consolidated Index to All Eight Volumes of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence


Have you ever seen a youngster selling newspapers on the corner? How about on stage, or television or in the movies? Newspaper headlines are designed to grab our attention.

Newspapers can provide valuable information. For anyone researching family trees that information is rarely on the front page. Inside the front page (and most likely deeper into the newspaper) gold nuggets of family information can be found.

Perhaps your relative/ancestor was known by a nickname instead of their birth name. (Mary Jane was “Minnie” or William was “Bubba.”) You might discover a previously unknown marriage or family member or an entire branch!

Not every town in the U.S. has a newspaper, but normally there was at least one in a county. You may find that your location HAD a newspaper at one time. That newspaper would contain articles about local events, people and any major news of the day. It often would include articles on what local residents and/or their relatives were doing or involved in.

The family group sheets based on your pedigree chart become essential as you search through the articles. You never know when you might find a “lost” uncle who, while moving, stopped in at a relative’s on the way to his new location. (And you thought he just fell off the earth!) The articles might provide your aunt’s married named or her previously unknown service in the F.B.I. The society column or “around town” section could give you ages (she just turned sixteen, he was drafted four days after his 18th birthday), relationships or other family information and perhaps even previously unknown destinations.

Your 2nd cousin may have lived in Scotland County, Missouri and visited relatives in Montgomery County, Maryland. Perhaps a grandson and his new bride stopped in to visit with the grandparents in North Carolina prior to being sent overseas in the military. Your grandfather had a brother who was born and died days later. Discover whole related families that you were previously unaware.

Genealogybank.com, Newspapers.com, Familysearch.org and other sites such as Fold3.com and Myheritage.com are adding newspapers or obituaries all of the time. These are all good sites, but not if they don’t have YOUR area of interest.

Come down to the Genealogy Center. We have bound volumes of newspapers and newspaper abstracts from locations throughout the United States. And don’t forget the historical society quarterlies and journals. Each month we list all of the new volumes that have arrived. They are a great source for old newspaper articles. Browse our collection. Take your time.

In August Cheryl Smith will present a class, here in the Genealogy Center  – Obituaries, Society Columns, & News – How to locate & use newspapers to find your family.

You may find that one newspaper article that knocks down the brick wall and opens up a whole new ancestral line.

Good Hunting!

Maps! Maps! Maps!

The Genealogy Center recently bought every map/item from the Texas General Land Office that mentioned Collin County.  So far, we have added 42 items with about 20 more to come.  We have nine maps that pertain to Collin County as a whole map from 1851, 1862, 1879, 1916, and 1975.  Two of the maps are highway maps from 1936 and 1959.

We received a map of Fannin County for 1845.  You have to search a little but you can figure out where Collin County was carved from Fannin County.  There’s a Bird’s eye view of McKinney, County seat from 1876.  We also received a large map of the Trinity River with several maps of the branches of the River.  There’s a map of the Houston & Texas Central RR from Dallas, Dallas County, to McKinney, Collin County.

The fun bits of information we have are the “Working Sketch of Surveys of Collin County”.  There are quite a few.  We also received “Collin County Boundary Files”.  All of these are partly maps or surveys and the letters or descriptions about the surveys of land in Collin County.  We decided to put them in the map cases because the TGLO printed them on large card stock paper.

Come in to see what we have.  The map case has moved. It is across from the Microfilm machines.

I was searching for my Uncle Jefferson Davis Fugate’s death certificate or similar document. I knew he was born in Schuyler county, Missouri and died in Nebraska. So I started searching the Nebraska records.

I was bouncing back and forth between Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and Google.com looking for any leads. I find a list of newspaper articles. One caught my attention.


I click on the link and:

Fugate, Cpl. Robert T. - The_Lincoln_Star_Thu__Mar_25__1943_

I now shifted gears and sought any information I could find on Robert Fugate. I found several newspaper articles on Robert both during the war and after.

Cpl. Robert T. Fugate was a marine stationed with the “Old Fourth” in Shanghai and then stationed on Corregidor. He was one of those captured in May 1942 when Corregidor fell to the Japanese. He was held captive on Corregidor until November 1942 when he was transferred to Osaka, Japan. He was a prisoner-of-war for 39 months.
Cpl. Fugate Released - Lincoln_Evening_Journal_Mon__Oct_15__1945_
Upon release, his commanding officer told him only 302 of the original 1700 Marines of the “Old Fourth” survived “and number of those are in critical condition.”

Robert T. Fugate stayed in the Marines and was married in 1947:

Fugate - Bailey Marriage photo - The_Lincoln_Star_Mon__Feb_10__1947_

Sgt. Robert Fugate died in 1993.

On http://www.findagrave.com I found out he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery – Plot: Columbarium 3 Section EE Stack 17 Niche 2


The Plano Public Library System has several databases that can assist you in finding relatives on your Family Tree.

Ancestry.com Library Edition, Fold3.com, HeritageQuest.com are all available in the Genealogy Center and at any of the five libraries in the Plano library system. Fold3.com (with a Plano Library card) and HeritageQuest.com (with a TEXSHARE card) are available both in the library and at home. FamilySearch.org and Findagrave.com are very helpful online sites and our staff can assist you in finding other sites that fit your particular area of research.

Come in to the Genealogy Center, use our resources – books, computers, and staff. Perhaps you can find the death certificate, obituary or stumble upon a “Hero” in your family tree.

Good Hunting!

Summer Classes

Genealogy Center is hosting a class — Using DAR Records: How to use DAR records for DAR membership & genealogical research on Thursday, Jul 9 – 9:30-11am with guest speaker, Julie Avedikian.

On August 5, 9:30-11am we will provide a class — Obituaries, Society Columns, & News: How to locate & use newspapers to find your family.

Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips, webinars, and one-on-one help — Tuesdays – Jun 23, Jul 28, Aug 25 1:30-5pm

SAVE THE DATE — OCTOBER 16!  Be sure to mark your calendars for our annual Genealogy Lock-In on the third Friday of October.  It will be from 12pm – 11pm. We will have ongoing webinars, classes, and one-on-one assistance.

Today is Flag Day. The anniversary of Congress adopting the Stars and Stripes and the National Flag.

I encourage you to celebrate this day by flying the flag and remembering those who served and sacrificed for this nation.

Old Glory with 50 Stars: Vietnam, Desert Storm I & II and more recent.

Memorial Day Flags

Old Glory with 48 stars: World War I, World War II and Korea

48 Star Flag

Civil War 33 Star Flag (President Lincoln did not allow the removal of stars for seceded states.)

33 Star Flag

The 15 Star 15 Stripe Flag: The War of 1812 (This flew over Fort McHenry as The Star Spangled Banner was being written.)


The 13 Star Flag (adopted on 14 June 1777 and flew at the British surrender of Yorktown to General Washington in 1783.)


The Betsy Ross Flag – (May 1776) (This flag flew over the Continental Army Camp at Valley Forge the winter of 1776-1777.)

Betsy Ross Flag

The Grand Union Flag – 1775 (Flown by Lieutenant John Paul Jones.)

Grand Union

Here at the Genealogy Center we have several books that will assist you seeking out your ancestors who may have served under these various flags. Come in and learn about your ancestors who served and kept the flag flying.

Good Hunting!


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