Archive for October, 2010

Collin County History

Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. have created a Collin County history page that might help you in your research of the area, http://www.genealogyfriends.org/history/

Collin County Genealogical Society publishes a periodical, Collin Chronicles, Records of Collin County, Texas.  You can purchase them from the society, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcolcgs/publications.htm or view the past issues at Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu/.

The Collin County Genealogical Historical Records, http://www.collincotxhistdoc.info/index.php, has some Collin County records transcribed or indexed.  It is done by Sue Patterson.

The Collin County TXGenWeb page, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcolli2/Collin_County_TXGENWEB/, also provides information for Collin County.  It is run by volunteers. 

Libraries — McKinney Public Library and GLHTA have Collin County Information on microfilm and books.

Museums — North Texas History Center, http://thenthc.org/home.html; Allen Heritage Center, www.allenheritageguild.org; Chestnut Square Historic Village, www.chestnutsquare.org; Frisco Heritage Center, http://www.friscomuseum.org/; Heard-Craig House, http://heardcraig.org/; Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, http://www.heardmuseum.org/; Heritage Farmstead Museum, http://www.heritagefarmstead.org/; Interurban Railway Museum, www.interurbanplano.org

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Newspapers available

GLHTA has several newspapers on microfilm that can help in Collin County research.  We have the Plano Star Courier, 1904 to date (with a few years missing); McKinney Democrat, 1884-1954; McKinney Courier, 1903-2009; and the Dallas Morning News, Oct. 1885 – Dec. 1977 (online database) and 1979 – to date (microfilm).

Dallas Morning News Archives is available at www.planolibrary.org under Research then Databases on the left side of the screen. The list of databases are in alphabetical order and it’s third in the list.  Give it a try.  It has some great information.  You can get to news, ads, death notices, birth notices and more.

McKinney Public Library provides indexes to the obituaries in the McKinney newspapers on their website.  GLHTA volunteers are indexing the Plano Star Courier with an every name index.  We have 1918-1921 done.  We’ll have it online soon.  But for now we can help you with the index. 

On our genealogy page we have a link where you request look ups.  If you have any questions you can contact us.

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Probate Process

Probate Process is the next class.  It is offered October 12, 2010 from 10:30-noon in the Jeannette Bland Meeting Room in the lower level of the Haggard Library.  It’s about being familiar with the probate process and how to demystify the myriad of records and bring you a more rewarding research experience.

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Researching in Genealogy

I had a patron in the other day that wanted to find everything at her fingertips.  She wanted to go to a few websites and find it all.  Researching in Genealogy does not have a standard step by step.  The path twists and turns at each step.  It’s not all in one place.  This seems to be the hardest thing I have to try to get across to our patrons.  Your surname you are searching will be misspelled–even Smith or Jones.  You cannot find all the information on the Internet.  If you do be very wary of what you find.  Check the information closely.  Most facts are still in courthouses or libraries, in books or on microfilm.  Many records are being digitized but it’s still many many years before they will all be online.  On November 10th from 10:30-noon, we have a class called Genealogy 201.  It will be about the different steps you can take to try to find the vital records and other information.  Don’t get discouraged.  Come see us for more ideas when you are stuck.

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