Friday, February 24, 2012

Are You Ready for April 2nd? and Upcoming Events

Are you prepared for the 1940 Census?  When the census first comes out, it will not be indexed by names.  you need to find the Enumeration District in order to locate your ancestors records.  Some Enumeration Districts changed between 1930 and 1940.  There is a great tutorial by Steve Morse at Check it out now so you can have those Enumeration Districts ready to go. 
The official 1940 Census site is at the National Archives webpage:

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, February 25 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Sam Bass Day at the Allen Depot 100 East Main Street.  The Allen Heritage Guild is presenting a unique event which includes a reenactment of the first successful train robbery in Texas.  The 1st successful Train Robbery in Texas occurred in Allen, TX, Feb. 22, 1878, by Sam Bass and his gang. Re-enactments throughout the afternoon (Noon, 1:30 & 2:30) by Allen High School students. Music of the era and author talk in the morning. Food and fun for the whole family. Historical art contest awards presented by "Ebenezer Allen" round out the day.  This is a FREE event!

Thursday, March 8 6:45 - 8:30 at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library 101 East Hunt Street.  The North Collin County Genealogical Society will meet in the Dulaney Room.  You do not have to be a member to attend.

Saturday, April 21 12:00 - 5:00 pm at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library 101 East Hunt Street.  the John F. Greer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host Mr. Don Raney.  Mr. Raney will be speaking about "Revolutionary Ancestors" and " Early American Migration Routes".  Ms. Linda Sullivan of the DAR will be speaking on "The Mechanics of Joining the DAR or SAR".  This is a FREE program - all are welcome!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Louisiana Family Maps and Upcoming Events

Are you looking for information on early settlers in Louisiana?  If so, we have received the Family Maps series of Land Patent Books for the following parishes:
  • Bossier Parish
  • Caddo Parish
  • Claiborne Parish
  • Lincoln Parish
  • Ouachita Parish
  • Red River Parish
  • Tangipahoa Parish
  • Vernon Parish
  • Winn Parish
With these books you can locate your ancestor's Federal land purchase by simply finding them in one of the indexes, which direct you to a map of first-land-owners.  They are a helpful reference tool that make landowner and parcel-boundary research easy.

Upcoming Events:

This Saturday, February 18th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm:  at the Haggard Public Library located at 2501 Coit, Plano.  The Genealogy Friends of Plano present a FREE program by Meg Hacker, Director of Archival Operations NARA SW Region.  Ms. Hacker's program will be on Using the 1940 Census.  With the release of the census coming on April 2nd, this is a program you don't want to miss.

Save the Date!  April 21st, 12:00 - 5:00 pm: at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library located at 101 East Hunt Street, McKinney.  The John F. Greer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a program featuring Don Raney who will speak on "Your Family in the American Revolution" and Linda Sullivan who will speak on "The Mechanics of Joining the DAR or SAR".

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Items for January 2012 and Upcoming Events

New Items at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library
January 2012

  • The French in the Americas, 1620 – 1820
  • Infestation of Yankees: Reference Guide to Union Troops in Confederate Territory
  • A Guide to Mormon Family History Resources
  • Preserving Your Family Photographs
  • Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840 – 1900
  • Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album
  • A Kid’s Guide to Genealogy: Design Your Family Tree (this item may be checked out)
  • A Kid’s Guide to Genealogy: How to Research Your Ancestry (this item may be checked out)
  • A Kid’s Guide to Genealogy: Using Technology to Find Your Family History (this item may be checked out)
  • A Kid’s Guide to Genealogy: Basic Genealogy for Kids (this item may be checked out)
  • Super Smart Information Strategies: Your Fascinating Family History (this item may be checked out)
  • Early Settlers of Alabama
  • Delaware Mortality Schedules 1850 – 1880 Delaware Insanity Schedule 1880 Only
  • Colonial Families of Delaware: Volumes 2, through 11
  • More Marylanders to Kentucky 1778 – 1828
  • Frederick County, Maryland Church and Cemetery Records: Volumes 1 through 5
  • Talbot County , Maryland Land Records Book Five: 1712 – 1725
  • Supplement to Maryland Eastern Shore Vital Records Books 1 – 3
  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland Caretaker Records – Volume 2: Sections E through J, Volume 3: Sections K through S and Single Interments
  • Maryland Bible Records – Volume 6: Eastern Shore, Volume 7: Harford, Baltimore, and Frederick Counties
  • Quaker Records of Northern Maryland: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Abstracts from the Minutes 1716 – 1800
  • Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families
  • Missouri 1850 Agricultural Census: Volume 5
New York:
  • New York in the Revolution as Colony and State
North Carolina:
  • North Carolina General Assembly Sessions Records Slaves and Free Persons of Color 1709 - 1789
  • Ohio’s German Heritage
  • Genealogical Data Abstracted from History of Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Middle Spring, Pennsylvania 1738 – 1900
  • Rhea County, Tennessee Circuit Court Minutes: September 1815 – March 1836
  • Blount County, Tennessee Deeds 1819 – 1833
  • 1840 Citizens of Texas: Volume I – Land Grants, Volume II – Tax Rolls, Volume III – Land Grants
  • Texas Indians and Spanish Missions in Colonial Texas
  • Around Timpson (Images of America series)
  • Buckingham Burials: A Survey of Cemeteries in Buckingham County, Virginia – Volumes I, II, III
  • Stafford County, Virginia Marriage References and Family Relationships 1664 – 1800
Washington D.C:
  • The Washington and Georgetown Directory
  • Georgetown, District of Columbia Marriage and Death Notices 1801 – 1838
  • District of Columbia Probate Records Will Books 1 through 6 1801 – 1852 and Estate Files 1801 – 1852

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, February 9 6:45 pm in the Dulaney Room of the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library: North Collin County Genealogical Society will host Mr. Aaron Holt from NARA.  Mr. Holt will be speaking about the 1940 Census which is scheduled to become available to the public in April.  You do not have to be a member to come to this program.  (I attended one of Mr. Holt's seminars recently - he is an excellent speaker.  I encourage you to attend.  Susan)

Friday, March 2 6:00 - 11:00 pm at the Haggard Library:  Lock-In at the Haggard Library.  Genealogists will have the library to themselves for the evening.  We will begin the evening with a Welcome at 6pm.  The classes will include, Legacy software, Immigration Research, Collin County Genealogy Corner, DNA and genealogy, Newspaper Research, and National Archives.  We will also have demonstrations of the Civil War Database.  The heritage groups that will be represented include DAR-Daughters of American Revolution, SAR-Sons of American Revolution, DRT-Daughters of Republic of Texas, War of 1812 Society, Mayflower Society, Scots of America, SUVCW-Sons of Union Veterans of Civil War, Collin County Genealogical Society, and Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries Inc.  Registration is required as there is only room for 50 people. Please register on the library webpage,