Researching in Chester, Coffee and/or Decatur Counties?

Then you will most definitely want to check out the new websites for all three counties.  Over the past few days we have been busy updating the pages with new designs.  Each of the county coordinators are looking forward to adding even more material and of course welcome submissions if you have information to share. Best of all, with the new site formats, we have now made it even easier to keep up with new material as it is added – hot off the press! You can subscribe to the site’s RSS feed or sign up to receive updates via email.  See each section below for details.

  Chester County‘s coordinator is Nickey McKay.  Nickey is new to the TNGenWeb Project but has family roots in the area.   Nickey has a particular passion for cemetery research.  To keep up with site updates, subscribe to the RSS feed or sign up to get updates sent to your email.


Coffee County coordinator, Ray Amos, has a special connection to the area history.  His wife works at the county archives! Can you imagine the wealth of information they have access to?  Ray is also fairly new to TNGenWeb also, having joined us in August.  To keep up with site additions, subscribe to the RSS feed or sign up to get updates sent to your email.


Decatur County‘s host, Jerry Butler, is not a newbie to TNGenWeb and has been with us for several years now.  The new Decatur site just went online today and Jerry is looking forward to migrating information from a separate website for use in the TNGenWeb project.  To follow along as Jerry adds new information, subscribe to the RSS feed or sign up to get updates sent to your email.


Nashville Newspapers at Chronicling America

The UT/TSLA initiative to add historical newspapers to the Chronicling website continues to expand. The team recently announced that issues of the Nashville Union & American from 1853-1856 have now been added.  Also, a few issues of its predecessor, the Nashville Union, are there.

There is a nice overview history of the Nashville Union & American newspaper on the Chronicling website that you will want to read.  The paper contains much information that may be useful in your research – content can range widely from advertisements, state government proceedings, runaway slave notices, and more.

Nashville Union & American Advertisement - H.A. JESSEL

Incorporation of Rose Hill Cemetery in Maury County (Nov 12, 1853 issue)

Runaway Slave ad from the Feb 29, 1856 issue

Combined with the already available issues of the Memphis Daily Appeal from 1857-1876 that makes for more than 6,000 issues of TN newspapers on the site.  More will be added and we will share more news as we learn of it.




A Trip Across Tennessee in One Afternoon

Yesterday,  I visited Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum.   One of their current exhibits, TRAINS: Tennessee in G, features close to 24 miniature replicas of famous landmarks around the state as part of the setup for the garden railroad.  It truly was like taking a tour across the state and now I need to do more research on some of them so I become even more familiar.

Tennessee State Capital - Nashville (Davidson County)

Beale Street - Memphis (Shelby County)

Daisy Theater - Memphis (Shelby County)

Alex Haley House - Henning (Lauderdale County)

York Mill - Pall Mall (Fentress County)

Marble Springs - Home of John Sevier - Knox County

Chucalisea Indian Village - Memphis (Shelby County)

Cades Cove Crib Barn - Cades Cove (Blount County)

Casey Jones House - Jackson (Madison County)

Rocky Mount - Piney Flats (Sullivan County)

Union Station - Nashville (Davidson County)

Cheekwood Home - Nashville (Davidson County)

Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville (Davidson County)

Carter House - Franklin (Williamson County)

Ryman Auditorium - Nashville (Davidson County)

Parthenon - Nashville (Davidson County)

I didn’t get them all though. Here are some others I found on Flickr:

Cheekwood: Trains! 9 Graceland

Graceland - Memphis (Shelby County)

Cheekwood TRAINS! - Hunt-Phean Home

Hunt-Phelan Home - Memphis (Shelby County)

Chester Inn - Jonesborough (Washington County)

Aren’t these interesting? I am sure the locations behind them are even more so!

New Sites for Anderson & Madison County

The TNGenWeb Project is happy to share the news that the county sites for Anderson & Madison have been updated and reorganized.

Anderson County TNGenWeb

The Anderson County page is coordinated by the Pellissipi Genealogical & Historical Society.  The site administrator is Ron Evans and Site Editors are Emily Haverkamp and Stephanie Hill.  All three are actively involved in the society and have much information and knowledge to share.  You can follow along with site additions by subscribing to the RSS feed or visiting the site for updates. Welcome to Ron, Emily & Stephanie!

Madison County TNGenWeb

The Madison County TNGenWeb page is maintained by yours truly, Taneya Koonce.  I don’t have first-hand knowledge of the county, but will be actively working to learn as I go. The Madison County page had been in adoption status for awhile prior to my taking it, but fortunately, many records were already available in the TNGenWeb Records Repository.  For now, many of the resources on the page link there, but I am working on adding new content.  You can follow along with site updates by subscribing to the RSS feed.

In both cases, we welcome your feedback. Also, be sure to let us know if there is information you would like to see added.

Testing the Waters

Something’s a brewin’ here in the TNGenWeb project! What is it you ask? A new website!

Over the Labor Day weekend we are launching a soft test of our new website. Tell us what you think! Do you love it? Hate it? Can’t find something you used to go to all the time?

Based on the feedback we get we will continue to refine and update the site, so you’ll want to check back for updates.  Meanwhile, go ahead and subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss future announcements.  You can also sign up to receive blog posts to go directly to your email.