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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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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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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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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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In reviewing this past year I realize just how fortunate I have been.
Working here in the Genealogy Center of the Plano Public Library and representing the Genealogy Center and library at outside locations has allowed me to meet a large number of wonderful people.

Thank you to each of the family history researchers who have entered the Genealogy Center in 2017.
Thank you to everyone who read and/or commented on my blog posts.
Thank you to all who attended any of my presentations.

Looking forward to 2018:
1) The Genealogy Center will continue to add published material to our collection.
2) Genealogy classes on various subjects will continue to be presented monthly.
3) The DNA Interest Group will meet monthly.
4) The staff of the Genealogy Center will be available for one-on-one assistance through the Book-A-Genealogy-Librarian service.

Please check the http://www.planolibrary.org site or the library’s ENGAGE publication for dates, times, and locations.

I wish you all a very Safe and Happy New Year and look forward to your visits in 2018.

As you continue your family history research…..

Good Hunting!

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Today is December 7th, 2017

December 7th, 1941 – At 7:55 a.m. in Hawaii military forces from the Empire of Japan attacked United States military bases in Hawaii.

Several service members from Texas were killed or wounded that day.

The following sailors from the Collin County area died while serving on the USS Arizona:

Seaman Carl James (C.J.) Estep – Anna
Seaman 1st Class Harold Lemuel Patterson – Plano
Seaman 1st Class Richard Perry Rush – McKinney
Seaman 1st Class Raymond Clifford Tennell – Plano

Please take time to remember our service men and women who have served and are currently serving.

You are invited to visit the Genealogy Center. Allow us the opportunity to assist you in discovering your military ancestors.

Good Hunting!

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