The Collin County Archives at Plano Public Library houses a variety of maps of Plano spanning from 1880 to 2020.
These maps show how much the area has changed over time, and Plano has changed a lot! Founded in the mid-1800s, the population of Plano was just over 550 people in 1880. Today, Plano has a population of over 285,000.
The archives have a number of maps beyond those of Plano. Included in the collection are maps of Collin County from its beginning in 1846, maps of where the Peters’ Colony was located, other Texas counties, many state maps and older atlases.
In house and online map resources at the Genealogy Center
Search the Plano Public Library catalog for maps found in the Genealogy Center:
- Go to the Quick Search field and type an asterisk [*]
- Choose Maps from the Format drop-down menu, and click the Search button
You can find these maps in the Genealogy Center’s flat drawers. See a library staff member for assistance.
Can’t make it into the library? You can search Collin County Images to access maps in the Collin County Archives that have already been digitized. Search the keyword ‘map’ to display maps in the digital collections.
The Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, available to you through the Texas State Archives and Library Commission, are also available to view online. This digital collection consists of large-scale plans of Texas towns and cities from 1867 to 1970. Use your library card number to log into the Texas Sanborn Maps database. Go to www.planolibrary.org > Visit > Genealogy Center > Genealogy Resources to access the database.
Be sure to register for our upcoming Genealogy workshops, hosted live on Zoom and streamed on the library’s YouTube channel:
Monday, March 15 at 1 p.m.: Genealogy: Primary Source Primer
Discover primary source materials and give your history projects and reports eye-witness authenticity (Register)
Monday, April 5 at 1 p.m.: Genealogy: Family Search
Learn basic site navigation to discover available resources and tools to search for your family using FamilySearch.org (Register)
You can also check out previously recorded Genealogy workshops on our Genealogy YouTube playlist.