STAR COURIER INDEXING PROJECT TO GO ONLINE
February 28, 2010
They come into the Genealogy Library each week to index the Star Courier on microfilm. Librarian Cheryl Smith says that through their continued dedication of the volunteers, the 1918, 1919, and 1920 index by every name is complete and soon will appear on their website.
Cheryl goes on to say how exciting it is to be able to use it to help patrons. She said, “I used the indexes this last week. A patron wanted an obituary from 1920.” The family was prominent in Plano back then. She said she “looked and there were several articles each year on her family.” Cheryl sends articles to the patron as she finds them and time allows. She goes on to say, “I'm so glad Genealogy Friends had volunteers come in to get this started.”
For now, if you want to look up names in the Star Courier that appeared in the early years just make a quick trip to the library. If you live out of town, you can call or email one of the librarians and they will be happy to fill your request.
If you would like to help with this worthwhile project, even if you are not a member of Genealogy Friends, contact Cheryl Smith at the library, 972-769-4240. The Genealogy Library is on the lower level of Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road. The Genealogy Library hours are different from the libraries, so call before you visit. Indexers and volunteers, we thank you!
The Genealogy Library, referred to as Genealogy, Local History, Texana, Archives (GLHTA) online site is www.plano.gov/Departments/Libraries/Pages/4genealogy.aspx.
Indexers at the McKinney Library are also working on indexing the two local newspapers. They have completed 1884-2009. The indexes are digitized and online on their site at http://www3.mckinneytexas.org/www/library.aspx?id=2146.
A DAY WITH DAVID RENCHER: The Tenth Family History Fair presents professional genealogist David E. Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of Family Search, Vice President and Fellow of the Genealogical Society of Utah, and a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Society, as their keynote speaker on Saturday, March 13 in Tyler. The free seminar is from 9-3:30 p.m. with a complementary lunch. Registration opens at 8:30. Pre-registration is not necessary. The Tyler seminar address is 1617 Shiloh Road.
David will also speak at the Family History Center (FHC) in Plano on October 9. The seminar opens at 8:30 for registration and the conference begins at 9 a.m. For practical reasons, pre-registration, CD of lectures and $10 lunch order is necessary before October 1. The particulars regarding registration and a copy of the registration form is at www.greatfamilysearch.com/UserImgs/BDSites/data/gfs/2009registrationform.pdf, or pick up one at the FHC, 2700 Roundrock in Plano.
MARSHA HOFFMAN RISING, RIP: Mrs. Rising died at home in her sleep after a 13-year battle with cancer. She was born 19 August 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri. A respected member of the genealogical community for more than 30 years, she was a well-known speaker and writer. She is best known for The Family Tree Problem Solver, and her biographical sketches of 1000 pioneers to Missouri, Opening the Ozarks in 1835-1839: First Families in Southwest Missouri in four volumes.
She leaves to mourn her husband Dean, her sister Carol, and her step-daughter Amy and Amy’s husband Brian Brown, all of whom want to thank St. John’s Hospice for their care in the final days of Marsha’s illness.
Her body has been cremated and at her request there will be no service. There will be a visitation at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home Friday, February nineteenth, 7:00-9:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: FGS, 1812 Fund-Rising Tribute, P.O. Box 200940 Austin, TX!
Marsha's web site is http://mhrising.com.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.