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Today is September 11th, commonly referred to as 9/11.

Do you remember where you were and/or what you were doing when you saw or heard the Twin Towers were attacked?

When the Pentagon was attacked? When the plane crashed in Pennsylvania?

Some of us recall the assassination attempt on President Reagan.

For those over 50 years of age, we can remember President Nixon’s resignation. How about when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon?

A few of us over 60 years of age can tell you about the Kennedy Assassinations – both John and Robert.

HAVE YOU WRITTEN THIS DOWN or recorded these moments for your posterity?

I recall asking my great-grandfather, “Who was the first President you voted for?” His response was “Teddy Roosevelt.” I learned later that he had voted in the previous presidential election, but for the losing candidate – William Jennings Bryan.

I cherish my father’s memory of The Attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was outside playing with friends and ran inside to see his parents huddled around the radio.

These historical events are taught in American History classes.

Are they REAL to your descendants?

Help your posterity connect to each of these events with YOUR memories.

What were YOU doing?  How did YOU feel? How did this effect YOU, YOUR families, and YOUR way of life?

Take the time to record your memories – audio, video, or in writing.

Your descendants will cherish your memories.

Good Hunting! (Recording)

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Today is known as the anniversary of D-Day 1944 – The Allied Invasion of France during World War II.

6 June 1944 was also my grandmother’s 40th birthday.

Grace Smiley Coleman had a very emotional day.  Birthday celebration was overshadowed by invasion news. Her only son, Billy S. Coleman, was serving in the U.S. Army.  He was NOT part of the invasion forces, but would soon be joining the forces on the European continent.

Grace wrote a letter to her son every day  Thirty years later she remarked, “I don’t know how I was able to make each letter different.”

My uncle, PFC Billy Smiley Coleman, served in Europe and was injured in a vehicle crash, along with his lieutenant, heading to the Battle of the Bulge.

Another uncle, Sgt. Stanley Edwin Rush, served with the 2nd Armored Division in Italy.

Both uncles rarely talked of their time in the war.  In the early 1990s I wrote a note of thanks to each uncle.  Both uncles replied with letters that included a few memories of their wartime experience.  I treasure both letters.

Take time today to remember those in YOUR family tree that served – in the military or kept things going here at home. Share those memories.

Here in the Genealogy Center we have histories, yearbooks, and other records of several men and women who served from Plano, from Collin County, from several locations in Texas and several other states.

Let us assist you in seeking out your Military Heroes or those who supported them from on the home front.

Good Hunting!

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On April 18, 1942 – Lt. Col. Doolittle led his squadron on a raid over Tokyo, Japan.

A memorial in their honor stands at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The following Raiders were from North Texas:

1Lt. Edgar E. McElroy – Ennis, Texas
Sgt. Douglas V. Radney – Mineola, Texas
Lt. Nolan Anderson Herndon – Greenville, Texas
Lt. Kenneth E. Reddy – Bowie, Texas
Maj. John A. “Jack” Hilger – Sherman, Texas

You are invited to come in, browse our collection, and use our materials here in the Genealogy Center.

You may find information on YOUR military heroes.

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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