Archive for February, 2018

At least it is for me.

24th of February is the anniversary of Col. Travis’s cannon shot at the Alamo in response to Gen. Santa Ana’s call for the surrender of the garrison.

It was also the anniversary of the Travis Letter.

Now to be honest I do not have an ancestor that fought at the Alamo or even at San Jacinto.

However, I repeatedly tell my grandson, Connor who was born in Texas, he has an ancestor who fought in the Texas Revolution.

His 3rd Cousin 7 times removed, William Jones Cowan, served with and fought with Col. Fannin.  He also died with his fellow soldiers on 27 March 1836 massacre.

I had no idea our family tree ran back, and found its way to the Texas Revolution. The material here at the Genealogy Center has provided all of the documentation.

I trace the family line from Missouri (my birth state) back to Pennsylvania, down to North Carolina (where W.J. Cowan was born), on to South Carolina where he boarded the ship to New Orleans.

In New Orleans he signed on as a New Orleans Grey and was assigned to Colonel Fannin’s command.

It was fascinating to see William’s signature on the roster.

I found it very emotional when Connor and I visited the Fannin memorial and saw William Jones Cowan carved in stone.

Come in and visit the Genealogy Center.

You may be able to trace your tree to a Texas Hero.


Good Hunting!

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Ronald Wilson Reagan – #40 – born February 6, 1911
William Henry Harrison – #9 – born February 9, 1773
Abraham Lincoln – #16 – born February 16, 1809
George Washington – #1 – born February 22, 1732

Come in and visit the Genealogy Center. Let us assist you as you see if your family tree matches one of our past Presidents.

Who knows, you may be cousins with present or former national leaders.

Good hunting!

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  • The Huguenots – Their Settlements, Churches, and Industries in England and Ireland
  • National Huguenot Society Bible Records
  • Scots-Irish Links 1575-1725 Part Ten
  • Over There! – The American Soldier in World War I
  • French and Native North American Marriages 1600-1800
  • Jacobites of Lowland Scotland, England, Ireland, France, and Spain 1745
  • Alabama Soldiers – Revolution, War of 1812, and Indian Wars Vol. 11-22
  • General Highway and Transportation Maps – Counties of Arkansas
  • Arkansas 1911 Census of Confederate Veterans Vol. 1-3
  • An Index to the Three Volumes – Arkansas 1911 Census of Confederate Veterans
  • Masonic Death Records from the Grand Lodge of Arkansas 1920-1940
  • Index to Arkansas Confederate Pension Applications
  • Arkansas Union Soldiers Pension Application Index
  • Civil War Soldiers Buried in Arkansas National Cemeteries
  • The Fourteenth Arkansas Confederate Infantry
  • Thirty-eighth Arkansas Confederate Infantry
  • Forty-fifth Arkansas Confederate Cavalry
  • First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles
  • First Battalion Six Months Arkansas Union Infantry
  • Second Arkansas Union Cavalry
  • Fourth Arkansas Union Cavalry
  • Arkansas’ Damned Yankees – An Index to Union Soldiers in Arkansas Regiments
  • Northwest Arkansas Connections: Selected Obituaries, Book 3 & 4
  • Clark County, Arkansas Marriage Records 1821-1879
  • Extracts from The Pilot newspaper: Morrilton, Conway County, AR Nov. 14, 1890 through May 4, 1894
  • Index to the Tract Books for Fulton County Arkansas
  • City of Hot Springs, Arkansas Death Records 1896-1917
  • Marks, Brands, and Estrays of Hempstead County, Arkansas 1819-1959
  • Hempstead County, AR Abstract of Wills, Intestate and Other Probate Records 1822-1917
  • Book C Court of Common Pleas and Circuit Court (Vol. 1 & 2, 1824-1831) Hempstead County, Arkansas Territory
  • Marriage Records of Hempstead County, AR 1817-1924
  • Hempstead & Nevada Counties, Arkansas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume 1
  • Marriages of Hot Springs County, Arkansas 1825-1880
  • Marriages of Howard County, Arkansas 1873-1902
  • Howard County (AR) Heritage 1873-1988
  • Cemetery Records of Independence County, Arkansas
  • Johnson County, Arkansas, Marriages 1908-1924
  • Community News Northwest Johnson County, Arkansas 1912-1949
  • Lafayette County, Arkansas Marriage Records 1828-1907
  • Logan County, Arkansas Marriage Records – The First Fifty Years (1877-1924)
  • Marriages of Nevada County, Arkansas 1871-1901
  • Pope County, Arkansas 1850 Census and Marriage Book A, 1830-1849
  • Pope County, Arkansas 1860 Census and Marriages 1849-1859
  • Little Rock, Arkansas National Cemetery Burial Roster
  • Death Notices in Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas, Newspapers 1873-1920
  • Historical and Genealogical Abstracts from Randolph County, Arkansas, Newspapers of 1906, 1908, 1910-1915, 1917-1921
  • Randolph County, Arkansas Tax Records 1839-1861, 1865-1867
  • Fayetteville Arkansas National Cemetery
  • Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 1976-2005
  • Sevier County, Arkansas U.S. Census of 1860 and Marriage Book Two – April 1853 through June 1865
  • Sevier County, Arkansas Cemetery Records
  • Abstracts from the Sharp County Record Newspaper: Published in Evening Shade, Arkansas, 1885-1888, 1902-1906, 1912, 1915-1917, 1919-1920
  • Index to the Sharp County Record Newspaper Evening Shade, Arkansas 1877-1883
  • Union County, Arkansas Marriage Records 1829-1902
  • Woodruff County, Arkansas Loose Probate Records 1862-1900
  • Death from the Federal Union Baldwin County, Georgia
  • History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties. Illinois – From the Earliest Time to the Present; together with Sundry and Interesting Biographical Sketches, Notes, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc.
  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Governors of the State, and of the Presidents of the United States
  • Louisiana Place Names: United States Geological Survey’s Geographic Names Information System
  • The Underground Railroad and The Picayune Connection
  • Caddo Parish Cemeteries (LA) North Vol. II
  • Claiborne Parish, Louisiana Deed Book A Abstracts 1850-1853
  • DeSoto Parish (LA) History – Sesquicentennial Edition 1843-1993
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  • Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 – Volume 3
  • The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston (MA)
  • Mississippi Roots ‘n Records Vol. 6 WPA Mississippi County Maps
  • Mississippi Roots ‘n Records Vol. 1 Claiborne County
  • Mississippi Roots ‘n Records Vol. 3 Copiah County
  • Marriages of Copiah County, Mississippi 1844-1859
  • Jefferson County, Mississippi Cemeteries, Etc. Vol. I & II
  • Mississippi Roots ‘n Records Vol. 5 Madison County
  • Mississippi Roots ‘n Records Vol. 2 Tishomingo County
  • Marriage Records of Winston County, Mississippi Vol. II April 21, 1880 – January 15, 1908 & Jurors Fee Book Marriages May 1875 – November 1875
  • Registers of the Births, Marriages, and Deaths, of the “Eglise Francoise a la Nouvelle York,” From 1688 to 1804
  • The History and Antiquities of Every Town in the State of New York
  • A Guide to Chautauqua County, New York Cemeteries and Burial Sites
  • Genealogical Information extracted from The Chautauqua News December 17, 1879 – August 26 1891
  • Genealogical Information Reported in Dunkirk, New York Dec. 4, 1882 thru Dec. 31, 1899
  • Town of Ripley (NY) Cemeteries
  • Borrowed Identity – 128th United States Colored Troops – Multiple-name Usage by Black Civil War Veterans Who Served with Union Regiments Organized in South Carolina
  • Tennessee Records – Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1806-1817
  • The First Settlers of Austin County, Texas
  • Bastrop County, Texas in the Civil War
  • Brown County Texas in the Civil War
  • Caldwell County Cemeteries – Caldwell County, TX – Lockhart City Cemetery and Jeffrey Cemetery
  • Coleman County, Texas – Marriage Records 1873-1890
  • Early Fisher County (TX) Families 1876-1910
  • Families of Fisher County (TX)
  • Gonzales County, Texas in the Civil War
  • Harrison County, Texas Early Marriage Records 1839-1869
  • The Collection of Kenneth and Sidney Brice – Early Histories of Hopkins County, Texas
  • Abstract of Deeds – Sabine Co. Archives – Hemphill, Texas
  • Jefferson County, Texas in the Civil War
  • Kaufman County, Texas in the Civil War
  • Confederate Dead of Robertson County, Texas
  • Selected Cemeteries of Travis County Texas
  • Powhatan Indian Place Names in Tidewater Virginia
  • Chesterfield County, Virginia – Uncovered – The Records of Death and Slave Insurance Records for the Coal Mining Industry 1810-1895
  • Warwick County, Virginia Colonial Court Records in Transcription
  • Supplement to Warwick County, Virginia Colonial Court Records in Transcription
  • Captain and Mrs. Amariah Louis Huggins: Some of Their Ancestors, Descendants and Relatives
  • Royal Families – Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry – Volume Four – Pelham – Avery – West – Descendants for Nine Generations of Thomas West, 2nd Baron de la Warr: The Possible American Progeny of King Henry VIII
  • Crozier’s General Armory – A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor

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Did you ever prepare for an event and OOPS?

Well, tonight is the first Tuesday of the month and normally the DNA Interest Group would occur from 7-8 in the Genealogy Center program room.

This month the schedule has changed for THIS MONTH ONLY.


Our DNA Interest Group will meet next week – Tuesday February 13, 2018 – the second Tuesday.


We will revert to the first Tuesday in March, April and May.

Our hope is to see you NEXT Tuesday, February 13, 2018.


Good Hunting!

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