Genealogy Boot Camp
Saturday, September 30 - 10 AM to 1 PM
Discover resources and tips to help research your family history. The afternoon will include breakout sessions covering African American ancestry, European ancestry, Hispanic ancestry, preserving photos, and more. There will a special local history presentation about the preservation of Stonehaven, the Stone family home.
Register on Eventbrite or by calling 972-516-6250, option 3. Choice of breakout sessions will be made onsite the day of the event.
Ancestry Library Edition
Search the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource at your library. Ancestry Library Edition sources include censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Please note Ancestry Library Edition is only available in the library.
Fold3 Library Edition
Convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. With content from the Revolutionary War onward, Fold3 is a resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, teachers, and battle reenactors.
Below is a list of online research databases. All databases (not including Ancestry Library Edition) are available any time with your library card.
America's Obituaries & Death Notices - Easily search a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers. Updated daily, it incorporates over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present), organized by state.
Texshare hosts a variety of databases from Gale Literature Resource Center to Ebsco Kids Search -- the perfect resource for homework assignments! A login and password are required to access this database. Please email the library at email@example.com for that information.
Wylie News Archive - Back issues of the Wylie News are now available on the Portal to Texas History. Search or browse back issues of the Wylie News and other Texas newspapers. The Portal to Texas History is created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries' Digital Projects Unit.
The Smith Public Library has a small number of books and other items unique to the city of Wylie. These items are stored behind the Help Desk. To use one of these items you will need to leave your library card or some form of government issued identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) at the desk. These items may not leave the library.
Fulkerson, Beb. (1990). Wylie Area Heritage. Wylie, TX: B. Fulkerson. 183 pages: illustrations.
This book will be of particular interest to those researching the settlement and growth of early Wylie. Part IV contains biographical sketches of well-known citizens, including information on their descendants.
Briggs, Sandy. (1997). Windows to the Past: A Pictorial History of Wylie. Marceline, MO: Wylie News. 96 pages: illustrations, portraits.
The introduction to this work features a brief history of the city itself (from the 1800s to 1997) and of the development of newspapers in the Wylie area. The earliest photographs date back to the mid-to-late 19th century. Subjects include early settlers, prominent citizens, students, veterans, local businesses, churches, and town gatherings.
Fulkerson, Beb. The Town of Wylie: Excerpts from Her Column in The Wylie News.
These two volumes contain clippings of Beb Fulkerson’s column, “The Town of Wylie,” from The Wylie News. The paper featured local, state, and national news along with advertising. Fulkerson wrote historical sketches, interviewed long-time residents, and collected articles for the column.
A digital version of the paper is available through The Portal to Texas History’s Wylie-Sachse Newspaper Collection.
Volume I: 1969-1973
Volume II: 1974-1979
Transcription of the Wylie Cemetery in Wylie, Collin County, Texas.
The cemetery is located south of Hwy 78 at the intersection of S. John Akin Lane and E. Master Ave.
Other Helpful Websites
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