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.


Charles F. Piner’s death certificate


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:








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


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

Good Hunting!

  • Genealogy and the Law
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  • Ten Texas Feuds
  • Frontier College – Texas Western at El Paso – The First Fifty Years
  • The Caregivers – El Paso’s Medical History 1898-1998
  • The Historic Belle-Jim Hotel, Jasper, Texas – Remembrances & Recipes of Those Who Knew It Best
  • Mason County (TX) Historical Book
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  • The New England Gazetteer
  • Directory of Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries and Museums in the U.S. and Canada 2016 Vol. 1 & 2
  • The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
  • Dictionary of Surnames
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  • How to Archive Family Photos – A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally
  • Organize Your Genealogy – Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher
  • The Family Tree Problem Solver – Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors
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  • Gleanings from the Christian Advocate and Journal and Zion’s Herald September 1827 – August 1831
  • Mapping & Documenting Cemeteries
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vol. 166-167, 2012-2013
  • Indians and Intruders
  • Choctaw Blood Enrollment Cards 1898-1914 Vol. 2-4, 6, 8-10
  • Bulletin of the Polish Genealogical Society of America Vol. 6-8, 1998-2000
  • Index to the Newsletters, Journals and Bulletins of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, 1979-1996
  • Rodziny – The Journal of the Polish Genealogical Society of America Vol. 28, 32-38; 2005, 2009-2015
  • Tejano Patriots of the American Revolution 1776-1783
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  • The Family Tree Polish, Czech & Slovak Genealogy Guide – How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe
  • Bermuda Settlers of the 17th Century
  • Visitation of England and Wales NOTES Vol. 8 & 12, 1908 & 1917
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  • NGS Research in the States Series – ARKANSAS
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  • Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 48-49, 2012-2013
  • Georgia Free Persons of Color Vol. IV Chatham County, 1817-1863
  • Irwin County, GA Newspaper Clippings (Ocilla Dispatch) Vol. 1, 1899-1901
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  • Jefferson County, GA Superior Court Minutes Vol. 1, Oct. 11, 1796 – May 5, 1800
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  • Obituaries and Death Related Items Abstracted from the Mendon Dispatch of Mendon, Adams County, IL 1877-1905
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  • NGS Research in the States Series – INDIANA
  • Benedictine College Alumni Directory 1994 – Atchison, KS
  • Ottawa County, KS Marriage Records Books A, B, C 1868-1892
  • Index to the Cemetery Records of Ottawa County, KS
  • Recorded Deaths of Reno County, KS 1890-1893 Book 1
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  • Bluegrass Roots – Quarterly Journal of the Kentucky Genealogical Society Vol. 39-41, 2012-2014
  • Pulaski County, KY Court Orders 1804-1810
  • NGS Research in the States Series – MARYLAND
  • Maryland Bible Records Vol. 4. Eastern Shore of Maryland
  • Maryland Bible Records Vol. 5. Harford, Baltimore and Carroll Counties
  • Free Blacks in Harford, Somerset and Talbot Counties, MD 1832
  • Maryland Bible Records Vol. 1 & 2. Baltimore and Harford Counties
  • Index to Baptisms, Burials and Confirmations Second German Evangelical Lutheran Church Baltimore City, MD 1835-1867
  • Maryland Bible Records Vol. 3. Carroll County
  • Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland, Charles County, Vol. 1
  • Charles County, MD Land Records 1796-1811, 1813-1817, Deed Books IB # 2-3, #5-11
  • Harford County, MD Marriage References and Family Relationships 1851-1870
  • Family Cemeteries and Grave Sites in Harford County, MD
  • Early Landowners of Maryland Vol. 12 Old Somerset County 1655-1710
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  • NGS Research in the States Series – MISSOURI
  • Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal Vol. 34, 2014
  • Buchanan County, MO Abstracts of Wills and Administrations
  • Marriage Records Cass (Van Buren) County, MO Books “A” & “B” 1836-1865
  • Linn County, MO History & Families
  • NGS Research in the States Series – NEBRASKA
  • NGS Research in the States Series – NEW JERSEY
  • NGS Research in the States Series – NEW YORK CITY, LONG ISLAND and WESTCHESTER COUNTY
  • Queens County Sentinel Queens County, NY Index of Birth, Marriage and Death Announcements 1858-1878
  • NGS Research in the States Series – NORTH CAROLINA
  • The Guilford (NC) Genealogist Vol. 35, 37-42, 2008, 2010-2015
  • Abstracts of Pasquotank County, NC, Deeds 1750-1770
  • NGS Research in the States Series – OHIO
  • NGS Research in the States Series – OKLAHOMA
  • NGS Research in the States Series – OREGON
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  • “Lazy, loves strong Drink, and is a Glutton” White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1720-1749
  • Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 39-40, 2012-2014
  • Allegheny County, PA Revolutionary War Soldiers
  • Bedford County, PA in the American Revolution
  • Revolutionary Soldiers of Warren County, PA
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  • Cities and Towns of Early South Carolina – Articles from The South Carolina Historical (and Genealogical) Magazine
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  • The Tennessee Genealogical Magazine “Ansearchin’” News Vol. 43, 45-46, 1996, 1998-1999
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PERSI Has Moved!!

Previously I have accessed PERSI – The PERiodical Source Index – through Heritage Quest.

No longer.

PERSI is now Only available through Findmypast.com.

You can now access PERSI at http://www.findmypast.com/persi.

Search out your ancestors via PERSI, but be sure to go to the NEW location.

Good Hunting!

My 3rd G-grandfather is James C. Cornelius 1790-1870.


He married Jane Campbell in Ohio and then moved his family to Iowa.
Family history states he was a veteran of the War of 1812.

The 1850 Ohio Census record is not clear as to James C. Cornelius’ place of birth – is it Va or Pa?

While researching the Veteran records here at the Genealogy Center I found information on a James C. Cornelius who served two-tours in the Virginia Militia from Lancaster County, Virginia. (Virginia Militia in the War of 1812 – From Rolls in the Auditor’s Office at Richmond, pp 416 & 424.)

Further, I found James C. Cornelius was mentioned in two different records regarding his father’s (William Cornelius) Revolutionary War service. (Revolutionary Soldiers and Sailors From Lancaster County, Virginia 1706-1792, pp. 34-35 & 38.) The documents provide his father’s name and branch of service during the Revolution and all of William’s children and spouses – James C. Cornelius, Bailey L. Cornelius, West & Sarah/Sally Cornelius and John & Jane George and son John George, Jr.  I found the marriage bonds of the children (The Marriage License Bonds of Lancaster County, Virginia from 1701-1848, page 16.) which provided the dates of Sarah’s marriage to West Cornelius and Jane’s marriage to John George and also confirmed James C. Cornelius married Sally James in 1819 and Anna Walker in 1841.

My excitement turned to disappointment.  I began to review and verify my information.

Reviewing the 1850 Ohio Census and comparing to the 1860 Iowa Census records, it was clear that grandfather James C. Cornelius was born in Pennsylvania not Virginia. He married Jane Campbell about 1816 in Ohio.  From each census it was clear James and Jane had children born in Ohio prior to 1841.

My James C. Cornelius from Pennsylvania was NOT the same James C. Cornelius from Lancaster county, Virginia

There is no doubt that James C. Cornelius of Lancaster county, Virginia served in the 92nd Regiment on two different occasions during the War of 1812. His father served from Virginia in the Revolutionary War.

I still don’t know if my James C. Cornelius was a veteran of the War of 1812.  Further research of Pennsylvania and Ohio Militia records is needed to verify or discount the family story of his veteran status.

This experience has re-emphasized the need to check, re-check and verify each detail.  By assuming the 1850 Census place of birth was Virginia, and failing to check the 1860 Census, I spent time researching an individual who was not my grandfather.


Be careful in annotating your information.

Don’t rush to conclusions.

Verify every detail.

You will be rewarded, not disappointed.

Good Hunting!