2015 Gen Friends Events

Join Genealogy Friends at the following events at WO Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Rd., Plano, TX. Doors open at 10am.:

Oct 24th: Free Saturday Seminar. " Writing Your Family History" speakers are Jerry Lincecum and Peggy Redshaw.

Nov 21st - Free Saturday Seminar. Google - Everything New that you need to know for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cook

Dec 19th - Free Saturday Seminar - Show and Tell. Join us to share your research successes.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Census Quiz

October 18, 2009, by Brenda Kellow

Candace Fountoulakis of Plano gave me permission to use her email noting her findings on Footnote while it was free in August. After reading in my recent column about it being free, she searched on the 1930 census on Footnote. There she found her father in Nebraska. Candace said it was “the very first time I have been able to find him with his mother and brother, living in his grandparent’s household.” Until then, she did not know their first names. She goes on to say, “It was wonderful to see it and I just wanted to pass along the good news.”

Another reader, Jackie Kellow, stated that census records, if you really know how to search a census, is sometimes more important than ‘death records and tombstones.” As always, I do appreciate your messages and tips.

Let’s discuss the censuses and then answer a few questions proposed here. The federal census began in 1790 as a way to allocate the number of seats in the House proportionally according to our Constitution. This is conducted every ten years. We are the only country to have such detailed population and demographic information.

The census findings affect the allocation of federal funding for educational programs, health and welfare, law enforcement, federal highway projects, farmers’ aid, etc.

The early censuses before 1850 did not give the names of those in the household, only the numbers in an age range for both sexes. Nevertheless, these censuses are important.

Before the 1880 census, we did not know the relationship of those living in the household. We had only to assume the female listed below the male of household was his wife and the children living in the household were this couple’s children. In reality, this is not always the truth.

The fire of 1921 mostly destroyed the 1890 census. There are only a few roles in existence, mostly for the latter half of the alphabet. Texas has only a handful of extant that census year. The closest county to survive near Collin County is Rockwall. Are any of your counties available for 1890? Do you know how to find out?
Now, are you ready for a little census quiz? At the end, I will tell you where to find the answers. Through hunting, you will find many more answers to questions relating to your family research. In addition, by bookmarking the site, you will know where to find this information for later searches.

Where were they in 1900?
How many children did they have?
Were there any stillborn children?
How many children were living at the date of enumeration?
Did they live in the country or living in an urban area?
If they lived in the city, do you know their house number and street address?
How long had they been married?
How can I find out their age when they got married?
Find out where they and their parents were born.
How old were they when they immigrated if they were not born here and what year did they come?
Do they speak English?
Are they citizens or aliens?
What was the occupation of everyone over ten years of age and how many months did they not work during the year?
Were they either literate or in school?
If they lived on a farm, did they mainly have livestock or farm machinery?
Did they own their residence?

The above answers are all available on the 1900 Federal Census. It and all the other censuses are located on the following link. While you are there:
  • find out what survives of the 1890 census
  • what are non-population censuses
  • which censuses are the military censuses.
The answers are here, http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/census.html.

The census soundex code is at http://www.census-online.com/tools/soundex/.

Blank census forms and charts are available at http://www.ancestry.com/charts/census.aspx.

Brenda Kellow's Tracing Our Roots weekly genealogy column is at: www.TracingOurRoots.weebly.com.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Changes Afoot at the Website

We're working on the new website - www.genealogyfriends.org - so please be patient if you find broken links or come across some errors. Pages and information are being moved from the Rootsweb site to this one.

Now would also be a good time to add it to your bookmarks! Eventually the Rootsweb site will be deleted, so start using www.genealogyfriends.org. From the home page, click on the link to go to the topic you want to explore -
  • Genealogy Friends Activities
  • Collin County History
  • Research and Education

Saturday, August 15, 2009


The free public lecture on DNA by Leo Baca was well received. The room was packed. Visitors came from as far away as Houston. If you missed it, you missed a great learning experience.

Tracing Our Roots

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

GenFriends Dining Together - August 13

Join us for the 2nd GenFriends Dining Together event on Thursday, August 13, at 7:00 p.m. We'll meet at Outback Steakhouse near 15th Street and Central Expressway in Plano for food and friendship. Your pre-payment must be received before August 5 and we'll have your meal ticket ready for you that night at the restaurant.

See the flyer for more information and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

7th Retreat to Salt Lake City

Our 7th Annual Research Retreat is January 11 to 17th in Salt Lake City to research at the largest genealogical library in the world! The retreat includes a pre-trip seminar, library orientation by the FHL staff, individual and group consultations with experienced genealogists, and friends to help you find your way around (especially helpful if it is your first time to be there). The fee is $80 for members, or non-members for $100 you also become a member.

You will need to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodations, but we have a block of rooms at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel set aside at a special rate.

Download the registration form here and hope you can join us!

Monday, June 29, 2009

July Saturday Seminar

Join us July 18 to hear Marjorie McMenamy talk about her research. Hearing how others found records, solved puzzles, and pieced their research together can help us with our own research.

We meet at the Program Room of the Haggard Library in Plano, 10:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

June Saturday Seminar - Land Records

Join us June 20 for our next Saturday Seminar featuring James Deen. He will speak to us about Land Records Research. Doors open at 10:15 and we'll finish around 12:30 in the Haggard Library program room.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

GenFriends Dining Event at Primavera

Through the efforts of Joyce Kaplan, we have arranged for a evening "dining together" event at a local restaurant as a special fund raising opportunity and a time to enjoy the company of friends. A 'price fixe' dinner has been arranged - a choice of entrée is available, and a portion of the dinner price will be rebated to Genealogy Friends.

The price is $20 per person, including the dinner, drink and gratuity. The date is Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 7:00pm at Primavera Italian Ristorante & Bar, 2220 Coit Road, Ste. #420 (a bit South and across the street from the Library).

If you and your significant other would like to join us for an evening of food and frivolity, please print out the flyer, make your choices, and mail with your check made out to Genealogy Friends to: GenFriends, P.O. Box 860477, Plano, Texas 75086-0477. Your order must be received by Tuesday April 28th to allow the restaurant to make plans.

Also, please note that we will have a drawing for a nice door prize: A one-year subscription to 'FootNote.com', a very popular research tool. To quote the website: "At Footnote.com you can view the most exciting original source documents available for the first time on the Internet".

We hope to see you there!

Friday, April 17, 2009

No Saturday Seminar this week!

Don't forget - no Saturday Seminar on April 18! Instead we are hosting an All Day Workshop at the Plano Bible Chapel from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join us to learn how to "Preserve Our Precious Heirlooms". Fee is $40 for members or $45 for non-members.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March Saturday Seminar

Join us March 21st for our Saturday Seminar at the Haggard Library in Plano. Lynell Moss will speak to us about the Family History Library. Doors open at 10:15 and we will end about 12:30.

And a reminder - there will be no April Saturday Seminar! We will instead be hosting an All Day Workshop at the Plano Bible Chapel. See our website for more information.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

1790-1930 U.S. Census Arrived

Genealogy Friends procured all the United States Population Censuses on microfilm from 1790-1930, except the New England states.

It is in the process of being put in the new microfilm cabinets located on the left as you enter the Genealogy Library.

They have also given the Collin County Courthouse Records now on microfilm and these should be arriving any day. If you are a Collin County Researcher then you are going to love our library.

Genealogy Friends is happy and excited about the new additions.

Library Learn-ins

Everyone loved the Lock-ins while Genealogy Friends was located at the Gladys Harrington Library, but things change.

1) The Genealogy Library moved a year ago to W. O. Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road, on the bottom floor.
2) Learn-ins took the place of Lock-ins after the Genealogy Library's hours changed.
3) Wow! Do we have a GENEALOGY LIBRARY now! If you haven't seen it you are really missing a great place to search.

We have another Learn-in scheduled for February to celebrate African American History month. You will want to attend.

Don Hinson shares his research on families who came to America. He analyzes the immigration records as well as immigration through Ellis Island, plus other records that tell the story immigrants. The second lecture is a case study on the research of one branch of Ora Penn’s family. The Learn-in honors African American History month. It is Saturday, February 28 at the W. O. Haggard Genealogy Library, 2501 Coit Road, from 10:30 until 12:30. There is no charge but donations are always welcome. Contact GenFriends@GenealogyFriends.com for more information.

Y'all come.