Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 4, 2014

Archives expanding its book collection


CROSSVILLE — With Valentine’s Day on the calendar, thoughts turn to love. The Cumberland County Archives and Family Heritage Center want to take this time to express its gratitude to those people who have generously donated books and materials to its collections.  The Crab-Orchard Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution and the Friends of the Art Circle Library have extended their support in so many ways all year long that they each deserve a Five Heart Award. 

The Cumberland County Archives and Family Heritage Center has added many new and donated books to its genealogy collection. While Tennessee and her counties are their first focus, the staff knows that everyone came from somewhere else.

A large collection of French-Canadian genealogy has come their way, as well as journals from the Polish-American and the Palatine Societies. They have Scottish, Irish and English ancestry as well. Of interest to many researchers is their possible Eastern Cherokee ancestry. They have just acquired three volumes of "Eastern Cherokee by Blood," completing the set of 12 volumes.

Marriages and cemetery books from several counties and surname books containing Tennessee lines have been donated. Many state books also grace their shelves. The collection has grown to the point that they have had to add several more book cases. These are all available for your research.

The archives continues its Second Saturday Seminars this month with “How Vital are Vital Records?” Birth, marriage, death and other records created at the time of the event are considered primary sources, but is the information always factual? How do you determine the accuracy of a record? In following months they will continue exploring land records, cemetery records, migration and other topics of interest to the family researcher. The seminars are always free and open to the researching public. The Vital Records seminar will be Feb. 8 from 10 to noon. If you would like to stay and research, please bring a bag lunch. 

Archive hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call them at 456-2006 for more information. They look forward to serving you.