Learning About Your Past

Helen Gibbard Hall Genealogy & Local History Center

Research your family's history using our collection of local, national & international records and access online resources. We also offer classes throughout the year for researchers of all experience levels.

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General Resources

The collection also includes historical maps of McKinney, Collin County, regional areas and other areas.

We welcome family histories and other historical donations. Please feel free to drop these off at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 East Hunt Street.


Obituary Information

For obituary information, visit the Helen Gibbard Hall Genealogy & Local History Center on the second floor in the Reference section of the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library. You may also submit an online obituary request form.




Online Resources

  • Ancestry Library Edition - - Available only onsite at McKinney Public Library locations. Resources for the family researcher, including U.S. Census, Social Security Death Index, and birth, marriage and death records
  • HeritageQuest Online - Available at the library and remotely. Billions of census records, family histories, military and bank records, and access to Periodical Source Index Archive. Available through TexShare; call the library at 972-547-7323 for login access.
  • - World Collection - Available at the library and remotely. Search historical newspapers (1700s–2000s) from across the United States and beyond. Explore newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research. Logon with your library card number.


Local Genealogy Societies