Hello 2014! We at the TNGenWeb Project are happy to see another year arrive, another year of helping you find more about your family history. As we continue to think of ways to help make the project even more relevant for our researchers’ needs, one idea that arose was a county highlight series. Thus, let us introduce you to our new blog series. Each week, we will post about one of our TNGenWeb counties and share information about our county coordinators and the resources we have available on each site. Additionally, we hope you will consider contributing records and sharing more about the kind of records may best help you in your research.
Our first county to be highlighted is Lauderdale County.
Coordinator: Connie Burkett has been the Lauderdale County coordinator since 2005. She was recruited to the TNGenWeb by former State Coordinator Fred Smoot after he enlisted her help with the TNGenWeb election. After looking over the counties available for adoption, Connie chose Lauderdale because several of her Swiss (lateral) ancestors had stayed there several years before continuing on west.
Records Highlight: On the Lauderdale County site, the Cemetery Index stands out as a particularly high-valued resource for researchers. There are transcription records for more than 80 cemeteries.
Ideal Record Contribution: Bible records are a personal favorite of Connie’s. She finds them a greate record type since they were created by family members and births, deaths, and marriages were often recorded at the time they happened. Connie would love to see more contributed so if you have any bible records relevant to Lauderdale County, just let her know!
Trivia: Recently, Connie received an email from a researcher in Hanover, Germany about one of the tombstone photos on the Halls Cemetery page. In follow-up email correspondence, Connie mentioned that one set of her great-grandparents immigrated from Germany in 1867 and the 1880 census revealed they were born in Hanover. The researcher replied with details about the area, providing an explanation that present-day Hanover is not the same as where her ancestors were likely from and ultimately, in their back-and-forth exchanges, Connie ended learning the names and birth/death dates of her great-grandfather’s — parents, grand-parents, and great-grandfather all born/died in Bohmte, Germany. What a great outcome!!
Many thanks to Connie for her work with the county. If you have Lauderdale County connections, please consider contributing.
Photo credit: Welcome to Henning mural by Brent Moore.