Genealogy & Local History
Local Information from the Library
The Bell Collection - Whitewright School Annuals
Flickr Photo Archive - A mix of historical and present-day photos of local people and places. Have pictures of Downtown Whitewright or houses in town? Please contact the library! We'd like to add them to our archive.
Northeast Texas Digital Collection - Whitewright Public Library and Whitewright Historical Museum
Local Cemetery Lists
- Grayson County
- Fannin County
- City Cemetery (aka Whitewright Cemetery)
- Oak Hill Cemetery
- Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home - Formerly Earnheart funeral home, some recent obituaries are available online
NOTE: The City of Whitewright is primarily in Grayson County, but a portion is in Fannin County. Both major cemeteries for the City are located in Fannin County.
Texas Online - online ordering of birth and death certificates, as well as renewal of driver licenses and other important resources.
Newspapers and Other Media
Whitewright Sun - We have most issues of The Sun on microfilm from mid-1911 to the present for in-library use. Please check our catalog for a listing of available years. You may also contact the library with requests for info. Please be aware we are a small library and we are unable to research for detailed information -- be as specific as possible in your request. Requestors must pay for copy and postage costs (we recommend sending a SASE), or you can request a .pdf scan emailed to you.
Herald Democrat (formerly the Sherman Democrat and the Denison Herald)
The Bell (school annual) - Please check our catalog for a listing of available years.
1940 Census - Unlike previous census years, images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made available as free digital images. Indexing is not yet complete.
Previous Census records are available through the library's databases.
These and other electronic resources are available for any registered library user. Ask a librarian for details.
Heritage Quest Online - Research materials to trace family lineage. Includes Census records.
Texas Digital Sanborn Maps - Historical maps for historians, geographers, and genealogists.
Other Genealogy Sources
- Portal to Texas History
- Portal to Texas History Sanborn Map Collection
- Old Settler's Association of Grayson County Info
- Family Search
- Family History Library
- Family History Center
- Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites
- Find a Grave
- USGenWeb Project
Please note some genealogy sites charge for services, including access to Census records. The library has free access to Census records available in-library or remotely for registered library users. Ask a librarian for details.