Cross Plains Public Library

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Genealogy & Local History Resources

How to get started doing genealogy:

The library owns a number of “how to” books to aid the beginning researcher in uncovering his past.  In addition there are books on dating photographs, and even scrapbooking your family tree.

Newspapers on Microfilm:

The Baird & Callahan County Star 1888-1935; Cross Plains Review beginning in 1911 

To view the Baird & Callahan County Star online click here

To view the Cross Plains Review online click here

County Histories:

Local county histories are an invaluable source for genealogists.  They not only relate names but events surrounding our ancestors.  We have histories on Texas counties such as Andrews, Eastland, McCulloch, Coleman, Brown, Runnels, Callahan and the community of May, Texas.  We are especially pleased to have recently acquired the two volume set of Coleman County Histories.  We also have some out of state county histories, such as Anne Arundel & Howard County Missouri and Stafford County, Virginia.

Vital Records:

Callahan County Marriage Records from the beginning of the county to 1966 and Cemetery Records for Callahan, Brown, Coleman & Eastland Counties

To view Callahan County Marriage Records online click here

To view Brown County Marriage Records online click here

To view Coleman County Marriage Records online click here

To view Eastland County Marriage Records online click here

To view Callahan County Cemetery Records online click here

To view Brown County Cemetery Records online click here

To view Coleman County Cemetery Records online click here

To view Eastland County Cemetery Records online click here

Some other resources available:

Several volumes of the Robertson’s Colony Papers

Indian Depredations in Texas

Numerous Civil War histories. 

Early Tennessee Records of various kinds

Search our online catalog using the keyword “genealogy” for a complete list of genealogy books available at the library. 

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