Since 2012, the TNGenWeb has had a wonderful group of volunteers to aid with our transcription and indexing projects. We had a group of more than 5o volunteers in the 1940 US Census Community Projec and we had a phenomenal output! From late 2013 to early 2014, our volunteers transcribed close to 3,000 biographies for the TNGenWeb Who’s Who in TN portal. We would love to keep these efforts going and have your help with additional projects. Other researchers will thank you.
Please review the options below then complete this form to express your interest.
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Holston Methodist Conference Obituaries
This project entails transcribing biographical obituaries of individuals associated with the Holston Methodist Conference. Length varies, but the can range anywhere from 1/2 page -1 page in length. Entries are posted to the TNGenWeb Who’s Who in TN website at http://www.tngenweb.org/whos-who. You can see an example of one of the memoirs here.
Tennessee Newspaper Indexing Project
Historical newspapers are excellent sources of information for our ancestors. Many newspapers are being digitized and placed online, but researchers can still benefit from organized and categorized indexes to make it easier to find who they are looking for. In this project, we will assign you newspaper issues for you to extract items of genealogical interest. Entries are added to the TNGenWeb Historical News Portal.
TNGenWeb Cemetery Database
The TNGenWeb Cemetery Database contains thousands of burial records from across the state, all conveniently organized in a searchable database. We are always looking for volunteers to help with cemetery indexing projects – whether you are able to visit cemeteries yourself, or can aid with converting HTML listings to a spreadsheet format.
TN Yearbook Index
Do you like yearbooks? We are organizing a portal for yearbook entries from Tennessee schools. Your help would be needed to compile data for student profiles. We are starting with yearbooks that are already digitized online and will provide you with the template for organizing the information.
These projects have statewide impact, however, each county coordinator may have county-specific ones that may need assistance also. Be sure to check with each county to see if you can contribute!