This Day in History

This day in history, July 12, 1861, Wild Bill Hickok is believed to have shot and killed David McCanles in self-defense.  The American Frontier, also known as the Wild West, was an area west of the Mississippi settled by our ancestors who were looking for opportunity and a piece of the American dream.  Although television and legends have glorified this area, our ancestors made lives for themselves there and endured the hardships and prosperity that came along with life in the new frontier.  The following libraries have extensive collections of genealogical records and books pertaining to the American West. 

San Antonio Public Library -

Denver Public Library -

Arizona State University Library -

Library of Congress -