By Joyce Rorabaugh
Are you a member of a Cumberland County pioneer family? Were your ancestors enumerated on the 1860 census? The Cumberland County Archives and Family Heritage Center has established a certification program to recognize and honor the descendants of early pioneers who were residents of Cumberland County when the 1860 census was taken. Cumberland County was formed in 1855-'56 and the 1860 census was the first federal census taken following the formation of the county.
The application files will provide valuable documentation on family histories of many Cumberland County founders and will be available for future genealogical research. There is no charge and a certificate will be given. Information and forms regarding this program may be found at the Art Circle Public Library website. The URL is www.artcirclelibrary.info and click on the Archives link. Or you may come by the Archives Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to pick up a form. The staff will assist you in starting your research.
Would you like to make the Archives a part of your family reunion? Several local families have summer reunions. A few new ideas may be to have guests come to the archives to do research, to have a genealogist speak at the reunion about ways to expand research or do a program in the Archives on a topic of interest to the family.
If you are a descendant of the early families, they can help you develop certificates for those who qualify. Let them know how they could make this year’s family reunion even more special.
Watch for future notices for summer events at the archives. Several programs have been suggested, and staff and friends of the archives are working out details.
The archives has suspended its classes and the Second Saturday Seminars for the summer. If you have a group of six or more that would like to have a seminar or class, contact them and arrangements will be made. They will resume the Second Saturday Seminars in October.
Their book collection continues to expand with more publications and journals, books and information from other states as well as in Tennessee.
Hours remain the same – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is at 95 E. First St., near the library. For more information, call 456-2006.