Genealogy Center


Plano Public Library

Genealogy Center

Haggard Library - basement level

The Genealogy Center at Plano Public Library 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.

Genealogy Resources

The Genealogy Center provides links to over 40 genealogy related sites to aid you in your research Link

A valid Plano Library card is required to access these databases from outside the library. Some databases are available in library only
  • Ancestry Library Edition Link
  • Dallas Morning News Historical Archive Link
  • fold3 Link
  • HeritageQuest Online (via TexShare) Link
  • HistoryGeo Link
  • Texas Digital Sanborn Maps (via TexShare) Link

Basic Research

  • Getting Started Brochure Link
  • Ancestry Chart Link


Census Records 

  • U.S. Federal Census for all states (available in print or online)

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 in print or online)
  • Fold3  indexes and original images (available via library databases0 
  • 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