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Cookbooks for Genealogy?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in Ethnic Research, Newspapers, Research Tip | 0 comments

Cookbooks for Genealogy?

Yours truly is not a cook. Not at all. My husband does our family cooking.  However, upon reading a recent article in the Huffington Post on African-American cookbooks, I noted one of the cookbooks were written by a Tennessee native, Rufus Estes.  Titled “Good Things to Eat,”  the cookbook was published in 1911. What caught my eye is that in the beginning of the book Mr. Estes gives an account of his family history, sharing notable events in his life that led up to his career as a cook. 1857 – born a slave in Maury County and belonged to D.J. Estes 1867 – his mother...

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Research Tip: Check Original Records

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Research Tip | 2 comments

Research Tip: Check Original Records

The number of records becoming available online is a tremendous value to all and allows them to be accessed by far more users than could do so on-site.  But, let’s not forget that there may be times when you miss out by not consulting the original records themselves. Case in point – Tennessee Death Certificates.  Digitized versions of Tennessee Death Certificates are available online in two places: FamilySearch.org — has images of TN death certificates spanning 1914-1955.  Access to the images requires a free registration. Tennessee Electronic Library – has images of...

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