Showing posts with label Tennessee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tennessee. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Some great information on Tennessee and Kentucky Records coming soon

Hey all, I've been trying to get caught up after the conference and organize all of the information I got so that I can share some of it here on the blog. A good deal of useful info came from a set of lectures given by J. Mark Lowe, CG on Tennessee and Kentucky records. Not only did he give a bit of info on the records themselves for the two states, he also spent a great deal of time discussing the settlement and migration within the them which is extremely helpful to the family historian when looking at where folks may have settled. One of the resources he highlighted was a series of maps, held by the University of Virginia Library, which showed the density of the population for Tennessee, by decade, through the 19th century. This resource is supposed to be available online so as soon as I get a chance to find it I'll post the link. One of the most important factoids to remember though, according to the lectures, is that the history of TN and KY are intertwined together so it's not uncommon for you to have to consult references and/or search repositories of both states when searching for a family. More on this to come!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Another great Tennessee site

A few days ago I mentioned the very positive experience I had with the Knox Co Archives. This morning I came across the site for the Tennessee State Library and Archives and there is a page with some great general info for state-wide research, including a few explanations of exceptions in some of the larger cities, including Knoxville. No matter where in the state your work takes you though, you should always check to see if the individual county has it's own Archives, Historical Society, etc. and check their holdings. Generally, you can find the same info that's available from the State and much much more. Here's the link, hopefully it will be a good general guide for anyone with some roots in TN:

http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/howdoifind.htm#02

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Any Tennessee researchers out there?

I've just started poking around at a branch of my in-laws' family and the search quickly took me to Tennessee, a state I have never been in let alone done any research on. Fortunately the family was from Knox Co and that seems to be a good county to work with. Right off the bat I found a site for the Knox Co Archives at http://knoxrooms.sirsi.net/rooms/portal/page/21590_Knox_County_Archives
which has a good running list of popularly requested holdings as well as an online Marriage Index. The staff was very helpful and even helped me understand what it was I was looking for and what information would be provided after I sent an email inquiry. Beyond having a helpful staff though, the charge for photocopies and shipping of marriage records is very reasonable ($3.80 uncertified/$6.80 certified for marriage records) and the turnaround time was quite timely. Although I still have a ton to learn about genealogy in Tennessee, my first experience with records from the Knox Co Archives was definitely a good one.