One of the special projects we offer here at the TNGenWeb is our Historical News Portal site. The Historical News Portal provides transcriptions of items from historical Tennessee newspapers organized in a way that makes it easy for you to find information by surname or county.
The Historical News Portal site is still under development, but at the present time, contains almost 800 newspaper articles with a name index of close to 3,000 names.
Much of the material on the Historical News Portal site comes from Tennessee newspapers digitized by the Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project (TNDP). Begun in 2010, the TNDP is a joint collaboration between the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the National Newspaper Digitization Program (NNDP), the TNDP has digitized almost 47,500 issues of newspapers from close to 90 titles spanning 1836-1922. That’s a lot of newspapers! And, a lot of opportunities to find stories about your ancestors!
Though the newspapers are available in their entirety online, searching them may not always be the easiest thing to do. To help you, we began the TNGenWeb Historical News Portal so that we can do some of the organization for you. On the site, you’ll find surname indexes by last name, by county, and even a few indexes for specific newspapers. The indexes are still growing, so you can subscribe to keep up with new additions as we add them to the site. We are always in need of volunteers, so drop a line if you are able to help.
This past week, we were honored to be featured by TNDP Project Coordinator, Louisa Trott Reeves, at a recent NEH meeting. The Tennessee project is just one of the 40 states with NEH funding to digitize historical newspapers and this past week, the NNDP held their annual conference to hear from state awardees about how the newspapers are being used for genealogy and family history research. Louisa presented and included the Historical News Portal in her presentation as such an example!
Louisa tells us that her presentation was very well received and even the NEH Chairman, William Adams, gave encouraging remarks. How cool is that?
Thank you Louisa for taking the time to acknowledge the TNGenWeb and sharing aspects of our work.
The TNGenWeb strives to do our best to make information as accessible as possible for our researchers and the more we spread the word, the better. And of course, many thanks to our volunteers that help provide information for our TNGenWeb sites!
Disclaimer: I, Taneya Koonce, am a volunteer member of the TNDP Advisory Board.