TNGenWeb Project, Inc. 2014-07-25T12:32:58Z Taneya <![CDATA[Tennessee Bodes Well in Recent NEH Awards]]> 2014-07-23T03:58:04Z 2014-07-23T03:58:04Z neh


To all of you Tennessee history enthusiasts, you’ll be so pleased to hear the news of the funding received throughout the state from the National Endowment for Humanities. 

Yesterday, NEH announced the recipients of their recent funding cycle. Awards were made for 177 projects around the country and totaled $34 million dollars. 

In Tennessee, projects awarded include:

  • Chattanooga History Center — award provided to fund the implementation of a permanent, multimedia exhibit to tell the story of the history of Chattanooga, TN.  I would love to go see this when it’s completed!
  • TN Digital Newspaper Program – oh yes! Another 100,000 pages of historical newspapers from around the state will be added to the Chronicling America website (hosted by the Library of Congress).  You can check the current list available here, but be sure to follow the program website for updates! (Disclaimer: yours truly is a member of the Advisory Board for this initiative)
  • Blount County — the Blount County government will receive funds to better preserve their archival records.  Their records date back to the late 1700s and includes a wealth of information on the history and culture of eastern Tennessee. I am personally also glad to hear this news as I coordinate the Blount County TNGenWeb site. 

Congratulations to the award recipients. This is great news for the state and we are all looking forward to the great work that will happen as a result. 

You can learn more about all the funded projects by reading the news release on the NEH website

Taneya <![CDATA[Morgan County – New Site Redesign]]> 2014-06-23T03:19:34Z 2014-06-23T03:19:34Z Do you have people you are researching in Morgan County? If so, we hope you’ll visit the Morgan County TNGenWeb page for the resources you need.  Especially since the site now has a new and updated look!

Your Morgan County Coordinator is Julie Cromwell and she’s been busy the last several weeks actively updating the site to make it easier to add new material, and to make it easier for you to keep up with the latest updates. 


Once on the site, browse the navigation menu across the top to look at “Records & Data,”  different “Research Aids,”  check out the extensive “Photo Album,” find resources for “Queries and Mailing Lists,” and see “What’s New.”  

You can sign up for the site’s RSS feed to see updates in your favorite feed reader, or you can also sign up to get site updates going directly to your email.  Just look on the right side for the “Get Updates by Email” section. 

We hope you like the new & refreshed site.  And, remember, if you have material to share – we’d love to know. Just contact Julie using the “Contact” link on the site. 


Taneya <![CDATA[Goodbye Nancy, You Will Be Missed]]> 2014-06-17T00:22:58Z 2014-06-17T00:06:22Z ColeNancyTo all our TNGenWeb Project researchers & volunteers – we are saddened to share the news that Nancy Adams Cole, one of our former state coordinators, passed away June 13th, 2014.  Nancy gave her all to the TNGenWeb Project, helping many of our coordinators and many of you researching your own family histories.

We’ve posted a tribute page for her – please do read it to learn more about Nancy’s contributions over these past many years.

Taneya <![CDATA[Wayne County History & Crafts Fair 2014]]> 2014-06-09T02:30:44Z 2014-06-09T02:30:44Z The Wayne County Historical Society is pleased to share the news of their upcoming History and Crafts Fair.  The event will be held Saturday, July 12th at Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, TN.

Below are screenshots of the event brochure.  You can download the brochure here.  




Taneya <![CDATA[Preservation of African American Cemeteries Conference]]> 2014-05-14T15:51:34Z 2014-05-14T15:51:34Z This weekend, May 16-17th, is the 8th annual meeting for the Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Inc. (PAAC).   This group, based out of Little Rock, Arkansas, is dedicated to the preserving, restoring, and documenting of African American cemeteries.  They promote and provide services in research, documentation, stone cleaning, education, maintenance, restoration and more – all related to cemeteries where individuals of African-descent are interred.


This year’s meeting will be held on the campus of Rhodes College  in Memphis.  During the two-day weekend, a variety of speakers will give presentations ranging from legislative efforts to archaeological preservation in Tennessee.  Additionally, our very own TNGenWeb member, Jerry Butler, will present about the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database. We are so pleased that Jerry will have the opportunity to share what the TNGenWeb is doing to aid in efforts to provide and share transcriptions of cemeteries across the state.

If you’re not familiar with PAAC, now is a good time to visit their website at learn more about them!

Taneya <![CDATA[We’re Good for Genealogy and More!]]> 2014-03-16T21:10:31Z 2014-03-16T21:09:35Z One of the great things I enjoy about being part of the USGenWeb Project is the many conversations I get to have with researchers around the country.  It is amazing to see to the extent of how the information all of our volunteers and county coordinators provide, is used for individual research.  From time to time, we like to share how others find value in our work. But guess what? Not only can the information be used for personal family history and research, but also more.   

On the TNGenWeb site is a Special Project section dedicated to information about the Revolutionary War, including information about the 1780 Battle of King’s Mountain. This information is a good source for those who may have had family members involved.  But what is interesting is that Peggy McLain has used some of the information and as contextual backdrop for her new book, Shadow Dogs

shadowdogsShadow Dogs is a historical novel. In the book, she tells the fictionalized story of John LeQuire and his father John LeQuire, her fourth and fifth great-grandfathers respectively. Young John, the central character, participates in the Battle of King’s Mountain, and for these experiences, Peggy drew from the information online with the TNGenWeb regarding the Battle. How cool!

“An unassuming hero, orphaned at the age of twelve, John is caught up in a web of lies and deceit..” is part of the back of the book description.  Sounds quite intriguing! If this sounds like the kind of story you’d be interested in, you may want to check it out. 


Thanks Peggy for your support of the TNGenWeb!

Taneya <![CDATA[TNGenWeb Cemetery Database Update]]> 2014-03-10T00:56:16Z 2014-03-09T22:20:52Z Have you visited our TNGenWeb Cemetery Database lately? If so, you may have noticed that the site has been redesigned and has a few new features included.

The TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, coordinated by Jerry Butler, is a great collection of burial records from across the state.  As of this writing, the database includes more than 350,000 records from 15,000 cemeteries.   


In the database, you can

  • search for individuals across the state
  • restrict your search to specific counties
  • search on a first name, middle name, and/or surname
  • search cemeteries by name and/or by GPS coordinates – can even generate a map of your results

There is a page for each county that allows you to see, at-a-glance, which cemeteries have records available. In some instances, you’ll find these records also on our individual county sites; in other instances, the records will only be available here.  Additionally, each county has a link to a great map of cemeteries in the county and links back to each county website. 

If you’ve not used the database before, this is a good time to explore! If it’s been awhile, do some new searching – you just may find some information that was not there last time you checked!


Taneya <![CDATA[County Spotlight: Haywood County]]> 2014-02-13T14:50:09Z 2014-02-13T14:50:09Z Today for our weekly County Spotlight series we are visiting Haywood County.

Coordinator:  Your coordinator for Haywood County is Jim Ackerman, who has been with the TNGenWeb Project since late 2007.   Jim actively updates the Haywood County website – if you have family from this area, you’d do well to make sure you spend some time to keep up with all that Jim posts.  The What’s New page on the Haywood site is particularly helpful as you can, at-a-glance, see what has been added since the last time you visited.

Records Highlight:  As a user of the Haywood County site, there are three record collections that you will quickly come to find to be great sources of information.  

  • Cemetery Burials –  Jim has a great collection of burial records on the site from cemeteries all across the county.  The Cemeteries page has links to many, many cemeteries and combined there are more than 20,000 burial records.  20,000!!!  
  • Marriages – check out the collection of marriage records from 1859-1908. 
  • Obituary Index –  many obits indexed alphabetically by last name, at least 3,000 of them. Most come from the Brownsville States-Graphic newspaper.

Trivia:  Nutbush, TN.  Sound familiar? Haywood County is the home of Anna Mae Bullock (aka Tina Turner).  The West TN Delta Heritage Center even hosts an annual Tina Turner Heritage Days event!  In doing a little research on Tina’s family tree, I was able to quickly find on the Haywood County site the marriage information for her paternal grandparents, Alex and Roxanna (Whitelaw) Bullock. They married January 17, 1878.   


young Anna Mae Bullock in the 1940 census with parents Richard and Zelma

Many thanks to Jim for doing such a great job with the Haywood County website, and thanks to those that have donated information.  Let’s keep up the good work — remember, donate your family history information and others may benefit!

Taneya <![CDATA[County Spotlight: Dekalb County]]> 2014-01-25T21:19:21Z 2014-01-25T21:19:21Z Today for our weekly County Spotlight series we are visiting Dekalb County.

Coordinator:  David Johnson is the coordinator for Dekalb County, first joining the project in October 2008.  After former coordinator, Athol Foster, retired the county, David took interest since his mother’s family is rooted in Dekalb County and the surrounding areas.  David had been researching his family’s genealogy and benefited from much of work he found on the USGenWeb sites. He found special value in queries that were posted as a way to connect with others researching his family lines.  Additionally, David had been sharing genealogy records he collected with others freely online via websites he personally created, so the goals of the TNGenWeb Project were very much aligned with his approach to genealogy. More recently, David also became our coordinator for Grundy County. 

smithville clockRecords Highlight: Without pinpointing any one particular record collection, David shared that he is quite proud in general that there has been much interest shown by Dekalb County researchers in their willingness to donate material to the site and offer corrections when errors are found.  The site has a collection of more than 2,000 obituaries donated by Earl France, as well as a good collection of abstracts from the Liberty Herald Newspaper 1886-1900 that were donated by Athol. Over time, thousands of pages of information have been added – mostly donations from others.  How fabulous!

Ideal Record Contribution: Bible records are of particular interest as these types of records are not easily available to the public in archives until the owner donates them.

Upcoming Projects:  Currently, there is a photo and biography project for Mount Holly Cemetery that is ongoing and in the future, David plans to add records of wills and estate settlements.  Possibly, even court minutes will be added. 

If you have research interests in Dekalb County then you will definitely want to stay tuned to the great work that David is doing! 

Photo credit: Smithville clock – by Brent Moore


Taneya <![CDATA[County Spotlight: Moore County]]> 2014-01-18T17:22:44Z 2014-01-18T17:00:26Z Today for our Weekly County Spotlight Series, let’s visit the bottom center of the state over to Moore County.

Coordinator:  John Parkes is the host for the Moore County TNGenWeb pageHe joined the TNGenWeb in August of 1997. He has been with us almost the entire time of the TNGenWeb!  John took on the county because his ancestors were involved in the county’s formation and compiled many family histories of local families in the 192o’s. How great for him to have such a strong personal connection.

Records Highlight:  One of the more interesting records on the Moore County site is a detailed drawing of the city of Lynchburg from 1920.  The drawing outlines who owned each property around the town square. I’m sure many researchers have appreciated having that level of detail.


Ideal Record Contribution:  What kinds of records would John like to see more contributions for? John shares that he would love to get more researched family histories with proven sources. Additionally, photos of anyone from Moore County before 1930 with identification of who they are.  I agree that these would be valuable records.  If any of our researchers have records that could be of help, let John know!

Trivia:  John shares that Jasper Newton Daniel, better known as Jack, put Lynchburg on the map back in the 1860′s when he bought the distillery from Daniel Call. In 1866, Jack Daniel applied for and received the first license to operate a distillery. Being first led the United States Department of the Interior to place the business on the National Register of Historic Places. How interesting! I’m going to remember this now every time I pass by the distillery when we are on our way visiting family in Alabama.  

Thanks John for sharing this information! We are all appreciative of the work you do for the county website.

 Photo credit: Lynchburg TN Hardware and General Store on the Town Square – by Brent Moore