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Plano Public Library System
Genealogy Center
Haggard Library - basement level

The Genealogy Center at Plano Public Library System features extensive document and image collections, and access to premium online resources like Ancestry Library Edition. Specialized staff is available to assist with local, national and international research, and year-round classes accommodate beginners to experienced researchers.

Premium Resources
Databases paid for by the Plano Public Library System. Some are available in library only and some require a Plano library card to access
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Fold3
  • Heritage Quest Online (via TexShare)
  • Texas Sanborn Insurance Maps (via TexShare)
  • Dallas Morning News Historical Archive
Basic Research
  • Getting Started Brochure - Link
  • Ancestry Chart - Link
Census Records
  • Complete U.S. Federal Census for Texas from 1850 – 1930
  • U.S. Federal Census for all states from 1790 – 1850
  • Coverage for most states outside of New England from 1850 – 1930
County, State & Federal Records
Sources are available in microform and print including:
  • County and state histories
  • Abstracts of records (marriages, vital records, wills, deeds, court minutes, cemetery, and church records)
  • Colonial collections
Military Records & Passenger Lists
  • Indexes to military records and passenger lists (available on CD or book format)
  • Fold3  indexes and original images available via library databases 
  • Ancestry Library Edition indexes and original images available via library databases
Family Histories
  • The family history section is arranged alphabetically by the primary family name
  • All family histories are donated and new ones are welcome
Vertical File & Map File
  • Miscellaneous papers of genealogical interest arranged alphabetically, by subject or family surname
  • Maps from throughout Texas and other states
Walter B. Wilson Papers, 1894 - 1941
The Genealogy Center owns the microfilm of original Walter B. Wilson papers located at The Center for American History and The University of Texas at Austin. Walter B. Wilson was one of the owners and editors of the McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette and the McKinney Weekly Democrat-Gazette. His collection of papers contributed significantly to the history of Collin County. The collection includes:
  • 87 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings
  • 8 personal diaries covering 43 years
  • Personal correspondence
  • Personal scrapbooks
  • Collin County scrapbooks
  • Miscellaneous papers