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The Genealogy Center has recently added a large collection of resource books from the Northwest United States.

The majority of the new material is from OREGON and WASHINGTON.  Additional volumes have also been added to our California and Colorado collections.

Birth, burial, death and marriage records (in some cases indexes) are available from various counties of these states.

These volumes will provide excellent source material for your relatives that settled or moved through the Northwest.

Our collection includes, volumes from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, over 35 foreign countries as well as military and immigration records.

Come in and peruse our collection at the Genealogy Center. You just might find that “golden nugget” of information you have been searching for.

Our staff is always available to assist you in your research.

Good Hunting!

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An ARKANSAS Family Success Story

Back in January 2018 I asked if you had ancestors who lived, died, or moved through Arkansas.

Did your spouse have ancestral lines that travel through Arkansas?

I found some answers to a few of my family questions here in our Arkansas genealogical material.

From family history records and the census records found on Ancestry.com, I determined that the Richard G. and Louisa J. Cowan family had travelled from Williamson County, Tennessee to Washington County, Arkansas about 1873.  Their son James King Cowan, born in 1861 in Tennessee, married Ollie G. Pass in Washington County, Arkansas in 1889.

Browsing through the new Arkansas material here at the Genealogy Center I found a collection of Cemeteries in Washington County, Arkansas by Byron Sistler. In volume 6, at the bottom of page 49 I found a record from the Mountain View Cemetery:

COWAN, Nellie   d of J. K.                 Aug 25, 1891   Nov 26, 1896

On http://www.findagrave.com I found a picture of the stone.

Here I had found a daughter to James K. Cowan who had married Olive G. Pass.

The 1900 Federal Census for Washington County, Arkansas shows James K. and Ollie Cowan, married in 1889. Ollie states she is the mother of THREE children with 2 children living. Their oldest child on the 1900 Federal Census is Eldridge born in November of 1894. From this information I was able to determine that Nellie was their first-born child.

Short of actually visiting cemeteries, volumes of  cemetery records are often the only way you can identify children born and died between Federal Census prior to the 1900s.

Here in the Genealogy Center we have volumes of cemetery records from various counties throughout the United States.

Come in and browse our collection.

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Here at the Genealogy Center we have increased our Royal holdings.

Was one of your ancestors one of the Twenty Five Barons of the Magna Carta, 1215?

We now have the 3 volume set of Magna Carta Ancestry available for your research.

Perhaps you may trace one of your family lines back to Geoffrey Anjou

who was known to wear a sprig of the planta genesta in his hat.

The Plantagenet royalty descend from him.

We now have the newly published Plantagenet Ancestry.

(The previous one volume has been updated and expanded to 3 volumes.)

We also have a new set for those who may descend from European Royalty.

It is possible that you descend from one of the nine children of William the Conqueror

and his wife, Matilda of Flanders.

They both trace their ancestry back to Charlemagne.

This is the 5 Volume set of Royal Ancestry.

(Some of the Kings and Queens of France, Spain, and Scotland are included.)

Our Genealogy Lineage section includes volumes on descendants of Pocahontas,

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence,

and The Signers of the Constitution.

Come in and browse our collection. You may discover royal ancestors in your family tree.

The staff here at the Genealogy Center will be happy to assist you in your family history research.

Good Hunting!

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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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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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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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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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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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