Category Archives: County News

Update for Franklin County TNGenWeb Site

Over the past few months, our Franklin County TNGenWeb site has been in transition.  We are very grateful to the many years our former coordinator, Judy Phillips, dedicated to the site but she has resigned from the project and we now have a new coordinator.  Please join us in welcoming Susan Wilson James as our new coordinator. 

Susan has been a longtime user of the site and looks forward to continuing to add to it. Susan is also the librarian for the Franklin County Historical Society so is very familiar with local area resources. 

The site has been updated with new features added. Not only can you visit the site to keep up with relevant records and resources, but you can sign-up to receive site updates directly in your email.  The site is also optimized for mobile devices so will be easier to use on your phones and tablets. 

Franklin County TNGenWeb –

You may find it helpful to know that the site is organized as follows:

  • Records & Resourcesyour main “table of contents” for most of the site info
  • Research Aidsmailing lists, genealogy organizations, libraries, and other aids to help you in your research
  • What’s Newas new material is added, it will show up here.

Do you have relatives and/or ancestors from the county? Let Susan know and offer a submission. You never know how what you contribute can help others too. 



Haywood County Site Update

Do you have family from Haywood County? If so, you may be interested in knowing that we have a new coordinator for the Haywood County TNGenWeb site, and along with her, a new design for the site!

Your new coordinator for Haywood County is Jane Long. Jane is a native of the county and looks forward to continuing to build upon the work of former long-time coordinator, Jim Ackerman.

Among the useful records on the site are a database of more than 3,000 obituaries spanning several decades, and a marriage index of more than 11,000 marriages! The cemetery burials currently being incorporated into the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database is also expansive.  You can locate these, and more, from theRecords & Datapage on the site. 

haywood county new website

It is also now easier than ever to keep up as new material gets added to the site.  You can sign-up for the “email updates”  list and receive an email each time new content is added. More update options are in the right sidebar of the site. 

Please let Jane know if you have questions and/or wish to make contributions to the site.  Remember, each tidbit of information shared could turn out to be very useful for someone else in the future. 



Morgan County – New Site Redesign

Do you have people you are researching in Morgan County? If so, we hope you’ll visit the Morgan County TNGenWeb page for the resources you need.  Especially since the site now has a new and updated look!

Your Morgan County Coordinator is Julie Cromwell and she’s been busy the last several weeks actively updating the site to make it easier to add new material, and to make it easier for you to keep up with the latest updates. 


Once on the site, browse the navigation menu across the top to look at “Records & Data,”  different “Research Aids,”  check out the extensive “Photo Album,” find resources for “Queries and Mailing Lists,” and see “What’s New.”  

You can sign up for the site’s RSS feed to see updates in your favorite feed reader, or you can also sign up to get site updates going directly to your email.  Just look on the right side for the “Get Updates by Email” section. 

We hope you like the new & refreshed site.  And, remember, if you have material to share – we’d love to know. Just contact Julie using the “Contact” link on the site. 


Cumberland County TNGenWeb Site Updated

We are pleased to share the news that we have another TNGenWeb county site that’s been updated and freshened up with a new design — Cumberland County


Now that the site has been updated, there is a new option to receive site updates directly by email. If you do research in this county, you’ll want to be sure to check that out. To sign up, look for the the “Subscribe by Email” option on the right sidebar.  Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed and get updates in your favorite feed reader. 

Do you have any material to share for this county? Remember, the TNGenWeb is an all-volunteer project and our sites rely heavily on your contributions. Please do let Mike and Jill, the county coordinators, know if you have anything to contribute

Have Ancestors from Washington County?

Then perhaps you can contribute to the Early Settlers of Washington County project currently being organized by the Jonesborough Genealogical Society? The Society is compiling records of individuals that lived in the county prior to 1799.  This is your opportunity to share your history and research about the early settlers. 

In addition to this project, the society is also offering certificates for ancestors that settled prior to 1840. 

More information on the flyer below and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society website at

Early Settlers Project of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society (Tennessee) by tngenweb

If you are reading this in a feed reader, or via email, and cannot see the embedded document, you can find it online here

Members of the United States Colored Troops to be Commemorated in Dedication Ceremony

The African American Heritage Society of Maury County announced that a dedication ceremony to commemorate the placement of the names of 54 members of the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.) from Maury County and 4 white Maury Countians who fought and died for the union in the Civil War will be conducted on Oct 19th, 2013 at 10 AM at the Maury County War Memorial Monument located outside the Maury County Court House. 

The program includes an honor guard from the black Civil War re-enactors of the 13th U.S.C. T. Regiment who will present and post arms to honor these men, as their names are read into Maury County’s place of history.  

The Key Note speakers include, Mr. Patrick McIntyre, Director of the Tennessee Historical commission; Mr. John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Foundation, and Dr. Bobby Lovett.  Ms. Dorothy Oliver will sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Oh Freedom, followed by a prayer and taps to honor these brave men.  

A luncheon will be served following the ceremony at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall at St. Peters Episcopal Church on 7th St.  Dr. Bobby Lovett of TSU will speak. Luncheon reservations are available until October 10, at $25 per person. 

The history of the 13th U.S.C.T. where most of these Maury County men served can be found at  The regiment was formed on Sept. 24, 1863 at Murfreesboro, Tn.  The 13th USCT Regiment was presented with its Regimental flag by the colored ladies ofMurfreesboro, TN on Nov. 19, 1863.  The 13th USCT was initially stationed in defense of Nashville and railroad facilities in Middle Tennessee.  The unit repelled the forces of General Nathan Bedford Forrest on several occasions and was engaged in battles at Johnsonville and Nashville.  In Dec. 1864 the 13th USCT Regiment was consolidated with the 12th USCT and 100th USCT under Colonel Thompson into the 2nd Brigade.  The Second Brigade, including the 13th USCT participated in the fierce assault on the right wing of General Hoods Army of Tennessee in the Battle of Nashville on Dec. 15- 16th,1864 at Overton Hill (Peach Orchard Hill).  The battle site can be seen today just west of I-65 at the Harding Place exit, where a historical marker has been placed.  The 13th USCT was mustered out of service on July 7th, 1865 in St. Louis. 

For further information on the event or luncheon call : Jo Ann McClellan  – 931-682-3755   or   931-698-4765

Washington County Is On the Move

I am delighted to announce that we have a couple of Washington County updates to share today.  First of all, the Washington County TNGenWeb site has been completely revamped by coordinators Margaret & Betty Jane.  As with most of our sites using WordPress, you are able to sign up to the RSS feed to keep up with new additions and/or subscribe to receive them via email.  Great job to Margaret & Betty for undertaking the redesign – it took several months to complete.   They will continue to add information resources for you and please do let them know if you have contributions to make.


Those of you familiar with Washington County likely already know about the Washington County Obituary Project.  Started  as a partnership between the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee and the Washington County TNGenWeb approximately two years ago, the project aims to provide as many obituaries for individuals of Washington County as possible. Currently, they have more than 1700 obituaries (out of 10,000 already collected!) posted on their old site, but are now in the process of moving to a new website.  You can visit the new site at


 Enjoy visiting the new sites and exploring what is available.

New Design for Perry County

As you may have noticed if you’ve been following the TNGenWeb Blog for the past year and a half, we have had many of our county sites get revamped and upgraded.  Our ultimate goal is to not only make it easier for our coordinators to add new content on an ongoing basis, but also help increase our engagement with all of you who use our sites in your family history research.

The latest county site to undergo this transformation is now Perry County.  Jerry Butler, our newest coordinator for Perry County, has launched a new version of the site today.


Jerry has long-standing research interests in Perry County so expect great information to be added over time.  To keep up with additions, you may be interested in subscribing to the site’s RSS feed or periodically checking the “What’s New” page. 

Thanks Jerry for the new site! And, we also thankful for the many efforts and contributions of the previous coordinator,  Jan Monnin.  If you have information to contribute, please do let Jerry know. 

Cannon County Updated

And the site updates just continue here at the TNGenWeb.  Today, we are pleased to share that the Cannon County site has now been redesigned.  Cannon County is currently available for adoption so if you have research interests in the area, please do consider joining us.  More information about adopting a county is available on the main TNGenWeb site. With the new platform, no HTML knowledge is needed in order to work with the site.

The redesign was done in order to make it easier for us to add content for your research.  You can subscribe to the site’s RSS feed to stay current, or subscribe to receive new posts by email (see sidebar of the Cannon County site).   As always, our TNGenWeb sites rely on  you to make them better.  We always welcome contributions & donated volunteer time to help improve their value for your research.

Updated Sites: Giles & Obion Counties

We are pleased to share that two more TNGenWeb county sites have been upgraded and updated for your browsing & searching pleasure.   Both sites now use WordPress, which allow us to add content more easily online – while automatically including options that make it easier for you to stay aware of updates.

Connie Burkett – our interim coordinator for Obion County, has worked diligently on revising this county site.  There is a lot of material within these pages, so you’ll want to take a moment to explore and look around! 

 Then, just today, I made the revised version of Giles County live.   Giles is taking some time to adequately restructure, so not all the old content is on the new site, but we will be working on completing it over the next week or two.  

With both sites now being in WordPress, you an subscribe to their RSS feeds in order to stay current. That means the information can come to you instead of you having to necessarily visit the site each time you would like to know what’s new.  On the right side of the screen on both sites is the TNGenWeb Social Media toolbar and the first orange icon will provide you with the RSS feed URL.  If you’re new to RSS feeds, then this video will help explain it. 

Bear with us as we help make sure old links point to the correct locations; be sure to let us know if you find broken links.  And remember, we always welcome contributions & donated volunteer time to help us make these sites even better.