Local History & Genealogy

History & Records

Many of the Local History and Genealogy Department materials are not available at this time.  We have a few local history books and online resources available.  The microfilm copies of the Herald Democrat, Sherman High School Annuals, Obituaries notebooks, Sherman City directories, and microfilm of County records, and genealogy books are in storage until the renovation is complete.  

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
    Your Genealogy Today 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:
  • Abstracts from The Clarksville Standard Vol. 4 1854-1855 - Richard B. Marrin and Lorna Geer Sheppard
  • Centennial History of Volusia Co. Florida 1854-1954 - Volusia County Historical Commission
  • Westering River, Westering Trail: A History of St. Charles County, Missouri to 1849 - Daniel T. Brown, Ph.D.
  • Evidence Explained:  Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Third Edition - Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • Pottsboro, Texas and Lake Texoma: Then and Now Vol. 2 - Natalie Clountz Bauman
  • Images of America: Denison - Donna Hord Hunt and Mavis Anne Bryant
  • The Poor Farm of Grayson County, Texas - Dusty Williams                       

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

  • Evidence Explained, Third Edition - Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • In Search of Your British & Irish Roots - Angus Baxter
  • In Search of Your German Roots, 5th ed. - Angus Baxter
  • Korzenie Polskie: Polish Roots, 2nd ed. - Rosemary A. Chorzempa
  • In Search of Your European Roots, 3rd ed. - Angus Baxter
  • A Field Guide for Genealogists, 2nd ed. - Judy Jacobson

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).