Genealogy: Ancestry and Collin County Images

The Genealogy Center with Plano Public Library is in the basement at Haggard Library.

Watch our video to see the Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center 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.

With your Plano Public Library card, you have access to Ancestry.com, the library edition. What this means is, when you are using a library computer in any of our five locations, you can access Ancestry.com to conduct genealogy research. Ancestry has indexes to US, Canada, and UK census; to birth, death, marriage records; immigration, passenger lists, and naturalization records.

Olney Davis’ daughters; photo courtesy Frances B. Wells Collection
Olney Davis’ daughters; photo courtesy Frances B. Wells Collection

Our Genealogy Center has a wealth of digital photographs, documents and other archive material representing people and places of Collin County. You can access these digital resources through Collin County Images. Originals are kept in the Genealogy Center archives, but online you can browse local newspapers, photo collections from regional families, high school yearbooks, City of Plano documents and more.

A screenshot of the Library Timeline
A brief look at the Library Timeline on Collin County Images

Another feature of Collin County Images is the Library Timeline. This timeline shows a history of our libraries from Louise Schimelpfenig lending books in 1884 through today. You can see variations of library cards through the years, when each location was built, upgrades like Internet and self-check machines, collections like STEAM Kits and eBooks, and our history of directors.

Need help with your genealogy research? Come by one of our in-house classes or Book-a-Genealogy Librarian!

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