I have been trying to determine if Martin Fugate is my  5th Great Grandfather. I had my father take a Y-DNA test. When I received the results I was excited to match a previously unknown cousin. We have traded emails.

I am fairly certain Martin died in Russell County, Virginia prior to 1803. I am not certain where he was born.

My cousin sent me some information on Martin. His information states Martin was born about 1725 in Russell County, Virginia. He died about 1802 in Russell County, Virginia.

At first glance this is Wonderful.

However, a closer look finds that Russell County, Virginia was created on 17 Oct 1785 from Washington County, Virginia.

Oops! Martin was NOT born in Russell County, Virginia. Where could he have been born?

Tracing the area back to 1725, I found the following:
Washington County was created 7 Oct 1776 from Fincastle County.
Fincastle County was created in 1772 from Botetourt County.
Botetourt County was created 7 Nov 1769 from Augusta County.
Augusta County was created 1 Aug 1738 from Orange County.
Orange County was created 1 Feb 1734 from Spotsylvania County.
Spotsylvania County was created 2 Nov 1720.

It is possible that Martin was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia about 1725.

However, family records indicate (not prove) that Martin’s father was Josiah Fugate. If this is correct another problem arises.

Josiah’s will was filed in King George County, Virginia. King George County and Spotsylvania County were both created on 2 Nov 1720. They are adjacent to each other.

From my current information, my next searches will be in both King George and Spotsylvania Counties.

The lesson here is Be Aware of WHEN a particular county was created.

Looking for records in Russell County, Virginia in 1725 would be a waste of time, as it was not created for another 60 years. Just knowing that Russell County was created from Washington County is not good enough either.

Take the time to know the county and state creation dates. It makes your search less frustrating.

Look at all of the information available and be careful NOT to take undocumented information as Proof.

Good Hunting!

US Census Records – Learn how to search the US Census, 1790-1940, to find information about your ancestor

Haggard Wed Jun 21 9:30-11am

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

Haggard Sat Jun 24 10am-1pm


Brick Walls – Bring your “brick wall” & let us help you break it down

Haggard Wed Jul 19 9:30am-12pm

DNA for Beginners – Learn the basics of using DNA testing to help with genealogy research

Haggard Thu Aug 24 9:30-11am

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

Haggard Tuesdays 1:30-5pm Jun 27 ● Jul 25 ● Aug 22

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The Genealogy Center is hosting webinars on the first Wednesday of each month this summer.

June 7, 1-2pm – US Church Records – Learn how to research US church records to find information about your ancestors.

July 5, 1-3:30pm – British Resources – Learn about British records & how to access them on Ancestry & FamilySearch.

August 2, 1-3:30pm – Irish Church Records – Find out what you can learn through Catholic & Protestant church records on FamilySearch.

  • Family Names – How Our Surnames Came to America
  • Complete Surname Index of T.V.A. Grave Removals
  • German – American Names
  • The West Point Atlas of American Wars Vol. 1 1689-1900, Vol. 2 1900-1953
  • Marriage Notices from Steuben County, New York Newspapers 1797-1884
  • Texas Quilts, Texas Women
  • Gentle Giants – Women Writers in Texas
  • Texas Stories – Tales of the Lone Star State
  • State of Minds – Texas Culture & Its Discontents
  • Literary Austin
  • Talking With Texas Writers – Twelve Interviews
  • Texas in Poetry 2
  • The Quilters – Women and Domestic Art
  • Lone Stars – A Legacy of Quilts Vol. 1836-1986 Vol. 1 & 2
  • Exploration in Texas – Ancient & Otherwise with Thoughts on the Nature of Evidence
  • Black Cowboys of Texas
  • Texas – An Album of History from Stephen Austin to Spindletop, Profusely Illustrated with Over 200 Rare Photographs
  • The Portable Handbook of Texas
  • Alex Sweet’s Texas – The Lighter Side of Lone Star History
  • Plantation Life in Texas
  • The Young Cemetery of Collin County, Texas
  • Signers of the Declaration of Independence – A Biographical and Genealogical Reference
  • A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America – 1789
  • Genealogical Jargon for Family Historians
  • The Dictionary of Irish Family Names
  • Orange County (CA) – Views of the Past & Present
  • Images of America – San Diego’s (CA) Gaslamp Quarter
  • Georgia’s Last Frontier – The Development of Carroll County
  • Clinton (IA) Once Upon a Time from 1855-2005 Vol. 2
  • Kentucky Records – Early Wills and Marriages, Old Bible Records and Tombstone Inscriptions
  • Mississippi as a Province, Territory, and State with Biographical Notices of Eminent Citizens
  • Southwest Missouri State University Alumni Directory 1994
  • Zion in the Fields (Nebraska)
  • Order of First Families of North Carolina Ancestor Biographies Vol. 1 “The First Two Hundred”
  • Cowboys, Outlaws and Peace Officers (Osage County, OK)
  • Images of America – Kennywood (PA)
  • History of South Carolina from its First Settlement in1670 to the Year 1808 Vols. 1 & 2
  • The Annals of Newberry (SC)
  • The Daughters – A Dozen Decades of DRT (TX)
  • The Handbook of Texas
  • Views in Texas, 1895-96
  • Italian Experience in Texas
  • Dallas (TX) City of Dreams
  • Images of America – Historic Dallas (TX) Parks
  • Images of America – Marfa (TX)
  • Occupied Winchester 1861-1865 (VA)
  • Some Worthy Lives – Mini-Biographies Winchester and Frederick County (VA)
  • John Handley and The Handley Bequests to Winchester, Virginia
  • What I Know About Winchester – Recollections of William Greenway Russell 1800-1891
  • Images of America – Sweetwater County (WY)
  • The Baskins-Baskin Family – Pennsylvania – Virginia – South Carolina
  • History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family
  • This Our Heritage – The Ancestral History of Charles and Cora (Beard) Ingram
  • The Family Keys
  • Some Mackey Settlers Along the Mason-Dixon Line in Cecil County, Maryland and Chester County, Pennsylvania and Their Descendants
  • Some Colonial Dames of Royal Descent
  • Royalty for Commoners – The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa

Last Thursday I was privileged to present a class on Military Records Research.

I made two specific points:

1. More and more records are becoming available all of the time. If you don’t see the the records you want online today, wait a week or two and check back.

2. Often, records are being uploaded before they are indexed and so, you may have to “Browse” the collection. Don’t be put off by the 1,000,000 plus images, as they are broken down into searchable segments.

That was Thursday. Saturday was a whole new day.

http://www.Fold3.com announced that they have added nine states to the World War II Draft Registration Cards collection. These nine states – Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming – are no longer in the “Browse” category. They are now indexed and available to be searched without having to “Browse” through a number of images.

Periodically check the “Last Updated” column in http://www.FamilySearch.org, The “Updated” records at http://www.Ancestry.com, and the “New & Updated Collections” at Fold3.com.

This in just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend


Often, from Memorial Day through the 4th of July, various sites offer access to military databases free of charge.

Keep an eye out and take advantage of these offers. You may find military records of previously identified ancestors, or military records of  previously unknown ancestors.

(Remember – with your Plano library card you can access several “pay sites” free of charge YEAR-Round at http://www.planolibrary.org.)

Good Hunting!

Gladys Harrington and the Federation of Church Women of Plano began a library in 1955. It was based on donations of books and money. May 24, 1965 the City Council passed an ordinance to create the Municipal Library and appoint a Board of Trustees.

The first library was opened June 2, 1969 and named Gladys Harrington Public Library. The library began with 15,033 volumes which includes books, magazines, and whatever else they checked out at that time. Today, we have over 767,000 items in the 5 libraries, Municipal Reference Library, and the Genealogy Center – books, audios, DVDs, periodicals, eBooks, kits of all kinds, reference, local history, and more. This is just the items we have. We also offer many services – all kinds of classes and programs for all ages, 3D printing, Book a Librarian, Book Scanner, Research assistance, Computer Skills, Digital Creation Spaces, eLibrary, Foreign Language, Genealogy, Interlibrary Loan, Notary, WiFi, Rent a Room, and the list goes on.

Schimelpfenig Library opened May 25, 1980. On May 1, 1989 the Haggard Library opened. August 17, 1998 Davis Library opened and April 1, 2001 was the Parr Library. The Municipal Reference Library opened in the Municipal City Hall in July of 1991. The Genealogy Center moved from the Harrington Library to the Haggard Library in January 2008. Come visit one of the libraries today or checkout our ENGAGE brochure online to see what we are offering. Summer Reading and programs are just around the corner.


How many times have you come to a “Brick Wall”

in your research and been stuck for months if not years.

I have have found an online site to be of benefit to me in opening new avenues of research.

http://www.relativefinder.org is a site created by Brigham Young University Family History Technology Labs. It requires you to have an account at http://www.familysearch.org. The account at http://www.familysearch.org is free. You also gain access to resources not available to “guests”.

(CAUTION – Relativefinder requires you to have your family tree on http://www.familysearch.org. My supervisor has minimal information on http://www.familysearch.org and uses http://www.ancestry.com as her primary online family tree.  We found that she did not have sufficient information on her family tree at Familysearch to utilize Relativefinder.)

I have found that as I click on the various individuals Relativefinder claims as my relations, I have found both New Leads and INCORRECT information.

My best example – There was a claim I was directly related to a MAYFLOWER immigrant. As I viewed the information, I found someone had my 5th G-Grandfather as the son of his illegitimate daugther’s husband. I corrected this information in Familysearch.

Once corrected, this new claim provided a suggestion (previously unknown to me) as to who might be my 6th G-Grandfather. (I am still seeking documentation and verification, but prior to this he was one of my brick walls.)

Relativefinder lists several categories of individuals – Movie stars, Mayflower, Composers, Authors & Poets, Famous Americans, European Royalty, U.S. Presidents, Wives of U.S. Presidents, and Entertainers just to name a few.  This site has linked me to President U.S. Grant, John Wayne, the wife of President James Monroe, Mickey Mantle, King Henry II and several other famous individuals and celebrities. Each line has provided suggestions for me to extend various family lines. All I need to do now, is seek out the information that proves what they show is indeed a fact.

Relativefinder allows you to create your own group –  classmates, friends, family, social media, etc.  You may find you are related to folks you have known for a long time or someone you just met.

Relativefinder may assist you by providing leads to breaking down your brick walls. You may also find incorrect information that needs updating.

If you are having trouble with brick walls you are invited to visit the Genealogy Center. We are always glad to assist you in your search.

Good Hunting!