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Our digital collection, Collin County Images, has a new look! It can be seen much easier on a tablet, computer, or iPhone. It is setup to search a little easier, also. The timelines, access to the Library homepage, and our genealogy blog connections are located at the top right corner where the Menu is located or at the bottom of the page.

It still has the same URL – https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org. Go have a look!

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All events are free and located at the Haggard Library in the Genealogy Center


Where in the World Are They?

How to locate your immigrant ancestors

Thursday           Sep 14 9:30-11am

 How to Join the DAR

Learn what it takes to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Get help researching your Revolutionary War ancestor

Saturday            Sep 23 10am

Genealogy 101

Learn how to start your family research and fill in your family tree

Thursday           Oct 5    9:30-11am

 Genealogy Databases: Part 1

Learn some strategies for searching Ancestry.com, as well as tricks to take home to use for your genealogy research

Wednesday       Oct 25  9:30-11am

Genealogy Databases: Part 2

Tips and tricks for searching FamilySearch and Fold3

Thursday           Oct 26  9:30-11am

Clues from Cemeteries

Learn the many ways to find the cemetery of your ancestor and the other family members hiding there

Wednesday       Nov 8   9:30-11am


Special Event:

Genealogy Lock-In

Spend the afternoon and evening researching at this 7th annual event featuring webinars, genealogy libraries from across Texas, one-on-one assistance, genealogy and history groups, and much more

Friday                 Oct 20  11am-11pm


Monthly Forums:

DNA Interest Group

Discuss and explore the use of DNA in genealogy research

Wednesdays     6:30-7:30pm

Sep 6 – Oct 4 – Nov 1 – Dec 6

Legacy Research

Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips, webinars and one-on-one help

Tuesdays            1:30-5pm

Sep 26 – Oct 24 – Nov 28

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The Genealogy Center at the Haggard Library is hosting a display by the John Cavet Chapter of the U. S. Daughters of 1812. The items will be on display for the month of August. Come to the lower level of the Haggard Library to see it.

A big thank you to a wonderful job done by Carol Tatum, Teena Humphris, Ora Jane Johnson, and Dorcas Helms!

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The Genealogy Center received a message from Proquest:

“On Saturday, 29 July 2017, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of your products. During this 9-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable.”

It will be unavailable from 2pm-11pm on July 29th.

Don’t worry it will be back on Sunday, July 30th.

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US Census Records – Learn how to search the US Census, 1790-1940, to find information about your ancestor

Haggard Wed Jun 21 9:30-11am

How to Join the DAR – Learn what it takes to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Get help researching your Revolutionary War ancestor

Haggard Sat Jun 24 10am-1pm


Brick Walls – Bring your “brick wall” & let us help you break it down

Haggard Wed Jul 19 9:30am-12pm

DNA for Beginners – Learn the basics of using DNA testing to help with genealogy research

Haggard Thu Aug 24 9:30-11am

Legacy Research –  Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips, webinars and one-on-one help

Haggard Tuesdays 1:30-5pm Jun 27 ● Jul 25 ● Aug 22

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The Genealogy Center is hosting webinars on the first Wednesday of each month this summer.

June 7, 1-2pm – US Church Records – Learn how to research US church records to find information about your ancestors.

July 5, 1-3:30pm – British Resources – Learn about British records & how to access them on Ancestry & FamilySearch.

August 2, 1-3:30pm – Irish Church Records – Find out what you can learn through Catholic & Protestant church records on FamilySearch.

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  • Family Names – How Our Surnames Came to America
  • Complete Surname Index of T.V.A. Grave Removals
  • German – American Names
  • The West Point Atlas of American Wars Vol. 1 1689-1900, Vol. 2 1900-1953
  • Marriage Notices from Steuben County, New York Newspapers 1797-1884
  • Texas Quilts, Texas Women
  • Gentle Giants – Women Writers in Texas
  • Texas Stories – Tales of the Lone Star State
  • State of Minds – Texas Culture & Its Discontents
  • Literary Austin
  • Talking With Texas Writers – Twelve Interviews
  • Texas in Poetry 2
  • The Quilters – Women and Domestic Art
  • Lone Stars – A Legacy of Quilts Vol. 1836-1986 Vol. 1 & 2
  • Exploration in Texas – Ancient & Otherwise with Thoughts on the Nature of Evidence
  • Black Cowboys of Texas
  • Texas – An Album of History from Stephen Austin to Spindletop, Profusely Illustrated with Over 200 Rare Photographs
  • The Portable Handbook of Texas
  • Alex Sweet’s Texas – The Lighter Side of Lone Star History
  • Plantation Life in Texas
  • The Young Cemetery of Collin County, Texas
  • Signers of the Declaration of Independence – A Biographical and Genealogical Reference
  • A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America – 1789
  • Genealogical Jargon for Family Historians
  • The Dictionary of Irish Family Names
  • Orange County (CA) – Views of the Past & Present
  • Images of America – San Diego’s (CA) Gaslamp Quarter
  • Georgia’s Last Frontier – The Development of Carroll County
  • Clinton (IA) Once Upon a Time from 1855-2005 Vol. 2
  • Kentucky Records – Early Wills and Marriages, Old Bible Records and Tombstone Inscriptions
  • Mississippi as a Province, Territory, and State with Biographical Notices of Eminent Citizens
  • Southwest Missouri State University Alumni Directory 1994
  • Zion in the Fields (Nebraska)
  • Order of First Families of North Carolina Ancestor Biographies Vol. 1 “The First Two Hundred”
  • Cowboys, Outlaws and Peace Officers (Osage County, OK)
  • Images of America – Kennywood (PA)
  • History of South Carolina from its First Settlement in1670 to the Year 1808 Vols. 1 & 2
  • The Annals of Newberry (SC)
  • The Daughters – A Dozen Decades of DRT (TX)
  • The Handbook of Texas
  • Views in Texas, 1895-96
  • Italian Experience in Texas
  • Dallas (TX) City of Dreams
  • Images of America – Historic Dallas (TX) Parks
  • Images of America – Marfa (TX)
  • Occupied Winchester 1861-1865 (VA)
  • Some Worthy Lives – Mini-Biographies Winchester and Frederick County (VA)
  • John Handley and The Handley Bequests to Winchester, Virginia
  • What I Know About Winchester – Recollections of William Greenway Russell 1800-1891
  • Images of America – Sweetwater County (WY)
  • The Baskins-Baskin Family – Pennsylvania – Virginia – South Carolina
  • History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family
  • This Our Heritage – The Ancestral History of Charles and Cora (Beard) Ingram
  • The Family Keys
  • Some Mackey Settlers Along the Mason-Dixon Line in Cecil County, Maryland and Chester County, Pennsylvania and Their Descendants
  • Some Colonial Dames of Royal Descent
  • Royalty for Commoners – The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa

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Gladys Harrington and the Federation of Church Women of Plano began a library in 1955. It was based on donations of books and money. May 24, 1965 the City Council passed an ordinance to create the Municipal Library and appoint a Board of Trustees.

The first library was opened June 2, 1969 and named Gladys Harrington Public Library. The library began with 15,033 volumes which includes books, magazines, and whatever else they checked out at that time. Today, we have over 767,000 items in the 5 libraries, Municipal Reference Library, and the Genealogy Center – books, audios, DVDs, periodicals, eBooks, kits of all kinds, reference, local history, and more. This is just the items we have. We also offer many services – all kinds of classes and programs for all ages, 3D printing, Book a Librarian, Book Scanner, Research assistance, Computer Skills, Digital Creation Spaces, eLibrary, Foreign Language, Genealogy, Interlibrary Loan, Notary, WiFi, Rent a Room, and the list goes on.

Schimelpfenig Library opened May 25, 1980. On May 1, 1989 the Haggard Library opened. August 17, 1998 Davis Library opened and April 1, 2001 was the Parr Library. The Municipal Reference Library opened in the Municipal City Hall in July of 1991. The Genealogy Center moved from the Harrington Library to the Haggard Library in January 2008. Come visit one of the libraries today or checkout our ENGAGE brochure online to see what we are offering. Summer Reading and programs are just around the corner.


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Plano C of C002aThe completion of Highway 75 brought many changes to Plano. Highway 75 connected McKinney to Dallas and included Plano. New subdivisions were being built near Plano High School now Williams High School. People from Dallas wanted to move to a quieter area to live and picked Plano. Most of the streets were paved in 1925. 15th Ave. was widened in 1959 for a smooth flow of traffic to get to 75. The first zoning ordinances began in August 1956 to help with the haphazard placement of businesses and residences. New boundaries were created for appropriate land uses.

The city marshal was the only law enforcement until 1957 when the Police Department was organized. The mayor was still the recorder of citations to traffic violators and misdemeanor cases. He would receive a portion of the fines he assessed. In 1959, Mayor David McCall, Jr. saw that this was an obsolete system and created an ordinance creating the position of the first corporation court judge. Attorney Byron Schaff was the first judge and paid a salary. In 1961, the home rule City Charter was adopted. This made Plano on par with other major cities in Texas.

The City of Plano population in 1870 was 155. Between 1870 and 1950, it fluctuated from 1000 to 2000. People moved into and out of Plano during this time. The population began to increase from the 1960s once Highway 75 was built. In 1960 the population was 3,695 and was known as the fastest growing city of Collin County. By 1970, the population had increased 384% from 1960 to 17,872. There was another 304% growth over the next 10 years to 72,331 in 1980. By the year 2000 the population was 222,030. During the 1960s and 1970s the city council and school board were working very hard to keep up with the demands for school buildings, roads, water and sewers, and so much more. New businesses were moving into the area. This growth caused the boundaries of Plano to grow from the east side of 75 to the west and further north and south.

The Genealogy Center has many documents, books, and photographs to give you an idea of the growth and life in Plano and Collin County. Be sure to visit the Haggard Library and come downstairs to see the Genealogy Center. Many items can be viewed online at Collin County Images, http://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/.

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In January 1923 the work of the city is divided into – city marshal, city engineer, and commissioner of streets, water and sewerage. City Marshal makes $50 per month, he is the peace officer and assesses and collects city taxes. City Engineer is paid $200 a month, he takes care of the water supply. The Commissioner of Streets, Water, and Sewerage is paid $100 per month, he drags the streets as needed, repairs bridges and culverts, check for water leaks, reads meters, looks after sewers, and bills and collects them. The City Engineer and Commissioner were employed by the city and could be removed by them if they failed to do their jobs.

In 1931 the city was in excellent financial condition. Mayor J. T. Horn recommended a raise for the aldermen to $60 and the mayor $144 per year. The city needed more water. A second well was drilled at a cost of $7,500.


A group of boys in the late 1920’s known as the Twenty Tough Tamales or T. T. T.’s were well known. The Tamales did many kind deeds in secret so as not to blow their tough image. They were never destructive just mischievous. A stop sign was erected during Mayor J. T. Horn’s terms. He instructed the City Marshal to “nab” people running it. The Marshal tried to catch the T.T.T.s running the stop sign. But he never could so he tried bringing them to court. They couldn’t prove anything.

Not long after this, Mayor Horn went to open his store and found a farm wagon on the metal awning of his store. He had to dismantle it to get it down. He couldn’t prove it was the Tamales although everyone suspected them. They were all in school that morning but did look sleepy.

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The city’s next mayor was Alex Schell, Jr. He was mayor from April 5, 1932 to April 1948. He did many things for the city. “New water mains were laid, a disposal plant was built, he appointed the first Planning and Zoning Commission, he and City Council hired the first professional property appraisers for tax purposes, the first industry came to Plano, and he was instrumental in the development and acquisition of Lavon Reservoir as the source of water for Plano.”

Mr. Schell continued to work on Lavon Reservoir project. In 1951 the North Texas Municipal Water District was organized and he served on the board from 1951-1964. Plano began getting its water from Lavon in 1957. Mr. Alex Schell, Jr. was elected the first Outstanding Citizen by the Chamber of Commerce.

Next week we’ll look at the completion of Highway 75 and the changes that brought to Plano. If you want to learn more about the city council, mayors, and aldermen, check out the Plano, Texas Early Years found at the Plano Public Libraries to buy or checkout.

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