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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.

******UPCOMING CHANGES IN GENEALOGY DATABASES******

There are exciting changes ahead for users of our online genealogy databases through the Sherman Public Library!  We are adding MyHeritage Library Edition, a very popular (75 million+ users) and comprehensive (billions of U.S. and international records) database. All this searchable from home or devices with your valid Sherman library card! Check out MyHeritage.com to get a hint of what is to come, and check back here for start date information.

Since MyHeritage includes World Vital Records, that standalone database will be removed, as well as access to Fold3, which joined the Ancestry.com family. Dates of changes will be announced here as soon as they are verified. There will be no changes in TexShare/HeritageQuest databases, which are now powered by Ancestry!

Fold3 Access-Please contact the Library for login information.
                        
                        WorldVitalRecords-Remote access with Library Card number

            
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 (catalog at: https://familysearch.org/catalog-search )   may be ordered online through FamilySearch ( http://www.familysearch.org/films )for a nominal fee of $6.50, 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:

                    
  • 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
                     

                                    Check This Out !  

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:

  • 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).

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