Archive for January, 2018

Some dates are more significant to folks – birthdays, anniversaries, National Holidays, etc.

On 26 January 1944 – Lt. Audie L. Murphy, of Farmersville, Collin County, Texas earned The Medal of Honor for his actions in France.

On 26 January 2008 the Genealogy Center opened in the basement of the remodeled W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library.

Our collection has grown each year. We have books, maps, indexes and even some microfilm.  In addition to seven computers and a print/copier/scanner, we now have an oversize book scanner.

Our collection includes volumes on immigration into the United States, migration across the United States, Native American by tribe, Military history from the colonial period to present day, and genealogy material from over 35 countries.

Our largest state collection is TEXAS, yet we have volumes from all other 49 states and the District of Columbia. Each state section includes separate sections – alphabetical by county (by parish for Louisiana).

Along the back walls we have donated family histories.

Come visit our center. Peruse our materials. Our staff is always available to assist you in your research.

Good Hunting!

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As the Plano Public Library Genealogy Center has been transcribing the Plano Fire Department minutes from 1940-1955, it has discovered the department wanted an Iron Lung for emergencies in 1947. The Iron Lung would be used for the Plano community for transporting a polio victim to the hospital.

On February 4, 1947 the Plano Fire Department had a demonstration of the Iron Lung by Mr. W. T. Nickerson of Dallas. He “gave a very interesting and instructive demonstration with an iron lung. Dr. Thompson attended the demonstration”. The Plano Fire Department met in a special called meeting on Monday night February 17th for the purpose of selecting a committee to solicit funds from the merchants of Plano to purchase an Iron Lung for the community of Plano. After some discussion, Chief Standifer appointed Homer Horton as chairman. His assistance helped to solicit the necessary funds to purchase the Iron Lung as soon as possible. Fireman Horton had help from E. J. Baxter, R. B. Howey, and Dr. O. T. Mitchell to solicit the money.Iron Lung and firemen

On March 4th, the Department was drilled on how to operate Iron Lung. Each member took part in a drill. During the meeting, Chairman Homer Horton of the Iron Lung committee reported that all the necessary funds had been obtained, $1,209, to purchase the Iron Lung for the community of Plano. The money had been turned over to the secretary with a list of the names of donor’s and amount given. It was requested that donor’s name and amount to be written into the minute book of the Department. He said the full amount was obtained by the committee in about 6 hours from the Plano community.

Fire Dept Ledger 1940 - 1956-0118

The Plano Star Courier is not available for 1947. The minutes of the Fire Department is the only way we know of this wonderful contribution the people of Plano made to help acquire the Iron Lung to be used for emergencies. They raised more than $1209. They spent $27 to buy large rubber bands for the iron lung. (The extra money was probably used to purchase the rubber bands. The large rubber sealers were used on the iron lung.) Following the purchase of the Iron Lung, the department was drilled often on using it. During one of the practice sessions the Boy Scouts of America in Plano were allowed to attend and learn about the iron lung.

Be sure to check the Collin County Images, Plano Fire Department Collection –https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15915coll21, as we add historical photographs and documents throughout the year.  The items will cover the Volunteer Fire Department and when it became the official city department. You could also come visit the Genealogy Center at the Haggard Library to learn more.

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20 January 1944 – The order was given.  The 36th Infantry Division


(The Texas Division – “T-Patchers”)

moved forward to cross the river and capture the bluffs of the Rapido River in Southern Italy. The object was to draw enemy forces away from the landing on the coast and make it easier to attack Rome from the south.

For the next few days the division would become target practice for the Germans. The Germans were dug-in, with a commanding view of the river and area leading up to it.

One Texas veteran said it was “…like shooting fish in a barrel, and we were the fish.”

Cities, towns and communities throughout Texas suffered sons killed and wounded. The official count of the division casualties was 143 killed, 663 wounded and 875 missing.

North Texas suffered some of the casualties:

PFC Seymour Todd of Anna, Texas, 143rd Infantry Regiment, was listed as Seriously Wounded in Action.

CPL. Carl of Whitesboro, Texas, 143rd Infantry Regiment, was listed as Lightly Wounded in Action.

PVT. Jess C. Hudson of Denison, Texas, 141st Infantry Regiment, was Killed in Action.

The people of San Angelo, Italy, have honored the sacrifice of the division. They erected a monument to the 36th Infantry Division.

Do you have heroes that served in the 36th Division?  World War II or another conflict?

We invite you to come and visit the Genealogy Center. Research our Military or Texas records.

(We have records from all U.S. conflicts and records from all 50 states.)

Good Hunting!


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A good friend stopped by the Genealogy Center and asked “What have you discovered BURIED in the Genealogy Center?”

I responded, “There is all sorts of information here.  It is only buried if you don’t look.”

As you seek out information on your family, ancestry, or ancestral homes / homeland you will find volumes of information. It is not really buried, only waiting for you to open the volumes and discover the treasures hidden within.

Some of the information I have found here in the Genealogy Center –

  • News articles about a family murder and subsequently the court records of the trials and conviction of the murderer in southwestern Virginia.
  • The movement of an ancestral family from Pennsylvania to Iowa from the 1840s to the 1860s. Both mother and father then served in the Iowa Union forces during the Civil War.
  • My 4th great grandfather’s appointment as a Lieutenant in the Kentucky Militia just prior to the War of 1812. Also, the marriage records of his children in Nelson County, Kentucky.
  • The will of a 5th great grandfather in (West) Virginia in 1841 stating all children to include married daughters last names.
  • The wills of my paternal 4th and 6th great grandfathers in two different Virginia counties.
  • Documents to identify two brothers (my 4th cousins) from North Carolina, who were both killed in the War Between the States – one in Virginia and one in Maryland – whose ancestors were only able to place two headstones in the family cemetery, each with the names “son of David and Frances Cowan.”
  • A 3rd cousin killed at Goliad, Texas with James Fannin during the Texas Revolution.
  • A 4th great grandfather’s family record in both Connecticut and Rhode Island before and during the American Revolution and Pennsylvania after the American Revolution.
  • The immigration records of another 4th great grandfather and his family from Bavaria, Germany to Bartholomew County, Ohio.
  • I even found the Native American records of my wife’s Cherokee Ancestors in North Carolina.
  • Information on my paternal 3rd great-grandfather’s life and service (he served as Constable and again as Sherriff) in Schuyler County, Missouri.
  • Another 2nd great grandfather’s Union Military service in Linn County, Missouri during the War Between the States.

Again, these are just some of the items of information I have found here in the Genealogy Center.

As you can see, we have volumes from all over the United States, Foreign countries, Military records, Immigration records, Native American records. We also have maps, atlases, family histories and royal lineages.

All I had to do was search out the correct volume, and OPEN it.

Come in and browse the collection here in the Genealogy Center and see what treasures you can find “buried” in our volumes.  You too may find they appear as soon as you OPEN the volumes.

Good Hunting!

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  • Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory – 2018
  • German Mercenary Expatriates in the United States and Canada
  • Early Ontario (Canada) Settlers – A Source Book
  • Alabama Soldiers – Revolution, War of 1812, and Indian Wars Vol. 1-10
  • Who’s Who in Alaskan Politics
  • Arizona Inn – A History
  • Abstracts from Masonic Records Grand Lodge of Arkansas 1862-1869
  • Masonic Death Records from the Grand Lodge of Arkansas 1941-1990
  • Northwest Arkansas Connections: Selected Obituaries, Books 1 & 2
  • Arkansas 1850 Mortality Schedules
  • 1860 Mortality Schedules of Arkansas
  • 1870 Mortality Schedules of Arkansas
  • 1880 Mortality Schedules of Arkansas
  • Cemetery Inscriptions in Southwest Arkansas Vol. I & II
  • First Arkansas Union Cavalry
  • First Arkansas Union Infantry
  • First Arkansas Union Light Artillery
  • Second Arkansas Union Infantry
  • Fourth Arkansas Union Infantry
  • The Twenty-Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry
  • History of the Thirty-First Arkansas Confederate Infantry
  • Clark County, AR Obituaries and Death Notices 1869-1925, Vol 1-4
  • Echoes from the Arkansas Unit newspaper 1926 & 1927
  • Siftings from The Morrilton Democrat newspaper, 1929-1931
  • Abstracts from The Jacksonian newspaper: Published in Heber Springs, Arkansas, 1890-1896
  • Cross County, Arkansas Marriage Records, 1863-1960
  • Pence Funeral Home Conway, Arkansas Vol. 1-3, 1881-1945
  • Garland County, AR Tombstone Inscriptions – Eastern, Western & Hot Springs, Vol. 1-3
  • Hempstead County, Arkansas Cemeteries, Books 1-4
  • Lawrence County, AR Loose Probate Papers 1815-1890
  • Nevada County, AR Cemetery Records
  • Smith Arkansas National Cemetery
  • Abstracts from The Sharp County Record newspaper – Evening Shade, Arkansas 1890-1891, 1896-1901, 1907-1911, 1913-1914, 1918
  • Hello, Anybody Here? (KS) – The Teitelbaum Family – L. Toper – Russian Jews 1882 – Russian Mennonites 1874 – Railroad Development Map, 1878-Kansas (Seven Jewish Agricultural Colonies) – Beersheba Colonist List – Charles K. Davis Diary
  • Kentucky Marriage Records
  • Burials in Oakland Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dearest Mother (NE) – Letters From a Lonesome Sammy 1915-1919, Your Loving Son, George
  • Greene County TN Deed Abstracts 1785-1822, Vol.2,4,6 – 12
  • Texas Almanac 2016-2017
  • Unstoppable Woman – Stories of American Character from North Texas, Book II
  • Selected Cemeteries of Caldwell County, Texas
  • Cameron County Texas Marriages Vol. A, 1848-1855
  • The Hidden City – Oak Cliff, Texas
  • Jefferson County, Texas Marriage Records 1837-1899
  • Limestone County Texas Marriages 1873-1882, Vol. A and B
  • Robert E. Lee High School (TX) – 50th Anniversary Edition Alumi Directory 2012
  • San Saba County, Texas Marriage Records 1856-1910
  • Austin, Texas Cemetery Records – Oakwood, Oakwood Annex, Beth Israel One and Beth Israel Two
  • Keepers at the Gate (WA)

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Do you have ancestors who lived, died, or moved through the State of Arkansas?

Does your spouse have ancestral lines that travel through Arkansas?

Here at the Genealogy Center we are receiving a large amount of Arkansas genealogical material.  There are volumes of birth records, marriage records, cemetery records, and military records.

These volumes are both “state wide” and county specific.

Our NEW BOOKS table not only features ARKANSAS, it also has Arkansas material lined around the table edge.

Come in and browse the new additions to our collection.

For those who do not have Arkansas relations, we have material from the other 49 states, over 35 foreign countries, Native American tribes, military, immigration and colonization material as well.

As you welcome in 2018, make this the year to expand your family history and genealogy research.

Our staff here at the Genealogy Center is available to assist you in your research.

Good Hunting!


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