By Joyce Rorabaugh
The Cumberland County Archives and Family Heritage Center has had a busy and successful year. From expanding the county records collection to participating in the county fair with a booth in the Exposition Hall, its volunteers have been the key to all the progress. The Art Circle Public Library, Friends of the Library and the Crab-Orchard Chapter of Daughters of the Revolution have been consistent supporters. Patrons have become their friends.
The archives' bookshelves are bulging with new titles. They have a number of new books on Tennessee history and genealogy, as well as from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The military collection has increased with the addition of books on the War of 1812. Their favorite title is He Loves a Good Drink of Rum – Military Desertion during the Revolutionary War. It names names. Opening of the Ozarks is a three-book set on the settling of Missouri. New publications from historical and genealogical societies, both in Tennessee and many other states, are also filled with little-known data.
The archives will start the new year with Second Saturday Seminars. The first seminar will be Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, with an in-depth study of census records. An alternative weather day will be on the third Saturday, Jan. 18. If you would like to stay and search for your ancestry, bring a bag lunch and chat about genealogy while eating. Check the monthly articles for upcoming programs and events. They look forward to meeting you.
Classes and seminars offered by the archives throughout the year are always free to the public. For more information, you can call the archives at 707-8136 or come by the archives at 95 East First St.