Research Aids

If you are researching your property on your own, here are some good sources that can help.


Collin County Clerk’s Office, 2300 Bloomdale Rd., McKinney, TX 75071 (The Courthouse)

  • Information about legal description of your property
  • Deed search to find previous owners

McKinney Public Library, 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney, TX 75069

  • Sanborn Maps that show building footprints
  • Courier-Gazette on microfiche
  • Historical phone books

Collin County History Museum, 300 E. Virginia St., McKinney, TX 75069

  • Historical photos
  • Self-published books about Collin County


  • Search area newspaper by year and keyword
  • Find obituaries of historical people

  • Finding the final resting place of nearyly anyone

  • Find histories and photos

  • Find geneologies and census records of people


Check out these helpful books

  • “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virgiania and Lee McAlester, 1984.
  • “The Way It All Began,” by Helen Gibbard Hall, Collin County Historical Society, 2006.
  • “Collin County, Texas, Families,” by Alice Pitts and Minnie Champ, Curtis Media, 1994.
  • “The First 150 Years” by Julia L Vargo,” Downing Co. Publisher, 1997.
  • “A History of Collin County” by J. Lee and Lillian Stambaugh, 1958.