On April 12, 2012, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation to designate the month of July each year as Tennessee Genealogy Month. The bill passed both houses of the legislature without opposition and was signed April 27, 2012, by Gov. Bill Haslam.
This year, as part of this legislation, the Cumberland County Archives and Family Heritage Center will join with the Crab-Orchard Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in launching Coming Home to Tennessee July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be given the opportunity to tour the Archives and learn of the available services. Families are urged to bring in family documents such as old wills, deeds, Bibles, family records, pictures, etc. to be scanned and preserved in the Archives for future research.
One project being revived is “Early Families of Cumberland County.” Mike Boniol will be confirming documentation for the “Early Families” with a benchmark of 1860. Boniol will be available to answer questions concerning qualifying as an “Early Family of Cumberland County” as well as to explain census books and other means of locating documentation. Staff of the Archives will also be available to explain the use of the computers for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.
Also included in the day will be a walking tour of the city of Crossville which will begin at the Taylor Hotel and end at the Mitchell Drug Store, where old fashion ice cream sundaes and shakes will be available for purchase.
The Crab-Orchard Chapter DAR and the Daughters of 1812 as well as other genealogy associations and societies will provide displays and be available with information to join and tracing lineage.
The goals of Coming Home to Tennessee are to encourage citizens to get involved and learn more about Tennessee history, to unite local families, churches, schools, communities, banks, clubs and other organizations with their past, to attract residents of other states to visit battlefields, libraries, museums, ancestral home sites, etc in Tennessee as they research their ancestral heritage, to uncover, organize and preserve documents and information for future generations.
The Archives is at 395 East First St. For further information, call Joyce Rorabaugh, archivist, at 456-2006. Coming Home to Tennessee is a state-sponsored genealogy adventure. Come become a part of Cumberland County history.