Local History & Genealogy

History & Records
The Sherman Public Library has a Local History and Genealogy Department, which houses local history books and records, marriage licenses (1846-1911), Grayson County deeds (1846-1885), Grayson County tax rolls (1846-1910) on microfilm, obituaries, Sherman City directories, the Sherman newspaper, Grayson County Census records and Grayson County Cemetery records.

Useful websites for local history research:

  • West Hill Cemetery

TexShare Please contact the Library for TexShare login information.
The genealogy database MyHeritage Library Edition is now live! All you need to do to sign in is to start from this page, either at the library or off-site from your computer or your mobile device, with your current Sherman Public Library Card. Use uppercase letters and all numbers-no spaces! This is a major database to rival those other guys, and it is free for our patrons!

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For genealogy and local history questions,
please contact
Michael Miller. 903-892-7240
Did You Know?

* The Sherman Public Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. This new designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch. FamilySearch has extended access to its collections by circulating microfilms of their historic records through select public libraries, called affiliate libraries. Microfilms may be ordered online through FamilySearch ( http://www.familysearch.org/films )for a nominal fee of $7.50, then when the film arrives at the Sherman Public Library, the patron will use the library's microfilm readers. The library will maintain possession of the film and return it to FamilySearch. 

* The Local History and Genealogy area has current subscriptions and back issues of a number of periodicals, including:
      The Choctaw monthly paper- Biskinik
     The Chickasaw monthly paper- Chickasaw Times
     Family Chronicle magazine
     Family Tree magazine
     Prologue- the quarterly National Archives publication
     National Genealogical Society Magazine and Quarterly publications
     New England Ancestors
     Kinfolk- The Rich Family Association publication
     New England Ancestors.

Recent additions to our Genealogy Collection:

  • The Ultimate Search Book (2015)- Lori Carangelo
  • Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com (2014)- Nancy Hendrickson
  • Lives in Photography:  Denison, Texas, 1872-1999 - Mavis Anne Bryant
  • Pottsboro Texas and Lake Texoma Then...and Now, Vol. One - Natalie Bauman
  • Daniel and Crabtree History in Martin Springs, Pottsboro and Hagerman Texas - Natalie Bauman
  • History of Macon County Georgia - Louise Frederick Hays               
  • A History of Rowan County North Carolina - Reverend Jethro Rumple

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A number of genealogy how-to books (and several VHS tapes) are now available for checkout. These books (and tapes) are indicated by a green dot on the spine or cover. Among the "Green Dot" titles are:

  • The Ultimate Search Book (2015) -Lori Carangelo
  • Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com (2014)- Nancy Hendrickson
  • The Life & Times of Grayson County, Texas- Judge R.C. Vaughan
  • Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood - Betsy J. Green                            
  • A Field Guide to American Houses - Virginia Savage McAlester                              
  • Sustainable Genealogy:  Separating fact From Fiction In Family Legends - Richard Hite

If you are interested in a particular book and would like to know if it is available, please check our online catalog
Bibliographic Association of the Red River (BARR).