Fannin County Historical Commission
One North Center Street
Bonham, Texas 75418
Researching Fannin County History
Version as of December 2017
The following is a guide to researching Fannin County history. You can also print a pdf version of the document.
This document has been prepared by the Fannin County Historical Commission to help those interested in researching Fannin County history and Fannin County genealogy.
* Fannin County Historical Commission website: https://www.fannincountyhistory.org
* Fannin County Museum of History website: https://www.fannincountymuseum.org/
and its photo database: http://fannin.pastperfectonline.com/
* Honey Grove Preservation League website: https://www.honeygrovepreservation.org/home.html
* Fannin County GenWeb: http://txfannin.org The GenWeb site contains information on all cemeteries and interments in Fannin County, as well as information and photographs of schools and towns, transcribed books, and much more.
* Fannin County Historical Group Facebook page
* Texas A&M University Commerce Northeast Texas Digital Collections
Bonham-Family County History Collection: http://dmc.tamuc.edu/cdm/search/collection/bonham
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library & Hall-Voyer Foundation Collection:
Museums, Libraries and Research Organizations
Fannin County Historical Commission. In addition to its website, the Fannin County Historical Commission contains hard copy files of newspaper clippings and other documents, and oral histories.
Bonham Public Library. 305 E. 5th Street, Bonham. Hours at http://www.bonhamlibrary.net
Honey Grove Library. 500 N. 6th Street, Honey Grove. Phone. 903-378-2206
Leonard Museum. Call the Leonard Chamber of Commerce for hours.
Bonham Family History Center. Located at 1540 S. Hwy 78, 2 miles south of the Bonham Square, inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Operated by the Church. Contact them at 903-583-4949 for hours and services.
Sam Rayburn Library and Museum. 800 West Sam Rayburn Drive, Bonham. Phone: 903-583-2455
Sam Rayburn House. Phone: 903-583-5558
Honey Grove: Available historic newspapers for Honey Grove are available online at the Portal to Texas History. https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/HGNEWS/
Bonham: The Bonham Daily Favorite, the Bonham Herald, the Bonham News and other historic Bonham newspapers are in the process of being added to the Portal to Texas History. Some have already been added. http://bit.ly/2yWhKTp
Whitewright Public Library. Phone: 903-364-2955. Contains microfilm of the Whitewright newspaper. Although Whitewright is in Grayson County, the Whitewright newspaper contains articles on Fannin County.
The Google Newspaper Archive contains copies of The Favorite and The Bonham Daily Favorite. This is a free site, but is not searchable. See https://news.google.com/newspapers
Newpapers.com is a pay site that contains copies of the Bonham Daily Favorite and the Whitewright Sun.
Books about Fannin County History
Fannin County Folks and Facts. Available online at the Fannin County GenWeb site. http://txfannin.org/booksonline.php
A History of Fannin County. By Floy Crandall Hodge.
History of Fannin County, Texas. By W. A. Carter. 1885. http://txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Hist&pg_id=1
A Pictorial History of Fannin County. Republished 2017 by the Fannin County Museum of History.. Available from Amazon.com and at the Museum.
Yesterday Revisited. A Pictorial History of Fannin County, Texas.
Lake Fannin Saved. By Gregory Hall. 2017. Available from Amazon.com. A copy is also at the Fannin County Historical Commission
Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas. Available online at the Fannin County GenWeb site.
Bonham: The Era Has Gone, But Memories Linger On.
Available online at the Fannin County GenWeb site. http://txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Gone&pg_id=1 or
Pictorial Souvenir Album of the City of Bonham, Texas. January 1902
Bonham 52 Years Ago. By Judge W. A. Evans.
For Dodd City:
A Brief History of Dodd City, Texas. http://www.txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Dodd&pg_id=1
For the Honey Grove Area:
John Black’s Pictorial History of Honey Grove Texas, 1880-1925. Copies available at the Honey Grove Library and the Fannin County Museum of History
One Hundred Years. Honey Grove Centennial History 1873-1973. Copies available at the Honey Grove Library and the Fannin County Museum of History
Historic Homes, Buildings & Locations of Honey Grove, Texas. https://www.flickr.com/photos/97263918@N04/sets/72157649792647469/
Larry Dobbs and Rebecca Shirley history books on the communities north of Honey Grove. The books, which contain many photographs, include: Families of the New Salem Cemetery, Selfs, Texas; Will Morgan Plantation & Honey Grove, the Early Years; Joe Goss Plantation and King Cotton at Honey Grove, Texas; Families of the Shiloh Cemetery (for the communities of Shiloh, Greens Chapel and Selfs); The Photographic Works & Collection of John Elmer Tyler; A History of Bois d’Arc Springsand the Greens Chapel Community (Part 1, Part 2). The books are at the Honey Grove Library and are available from Mr. Dobbs. Also from the links above on Flickr.
Allens Chapel Scrapbook. https://www.flickr.com/photos/97263918@N04/sets/72157645114995212/
Our Town, Windom, Texas. https://www.honeygrovepreservation.org/windom-our-town.html
See the Historical Commission website at https://www.fannincountyhistory.org/ladonia-page.html
The History of Leonard. Copies available at the Fannin County Museum of History and in Leonard.
The Gathered Words of Mulberry, Texas, by Gregory Hall. Available from Amazon.com. A copy is also at the Fannin County Historical Commission
Many Fannin County school yearbooks are online. See https://www.honeygrovepreservation.org/education.html
Directories for Honey Grove are at https://www.honeygrovepreservation.org/directories.html
Telephone books for Honey Grove and Ladonia are also there.
Other directories can be accessed at https://www.fannincountyhistory.org/directories.html
A good source for Sanborn maps is http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/sanborn/
Sanborn maps are available for Bonham, Honey Grove and Leonard.
Some Honey Grove maps are at https://www.honeygrovepreservation.org/maps.html
Fannin County maps are also available at the Fannin County GenWeb site: http://txfannin.org/maps.php
Telephone and business directories are also online in the Archives database of the Fannin County Museum of History. http://fannin.pastperfectonline.com/archive