Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


April 7, 2014

Archives receives new books

CROSSVILLE — Most genealogical and historical researchers first turn to the computer for instant answers without realizing that there is probably only about five percent of the available genealogical data posted. Once you have determined where your ancestor or your research issue is located, it is time to consider the printed word.

Books containing local histories and family records have been published in this country for well over 100 years, and may contain information that has since been lost to us through fire or neglect. With the popularity of genealogy as a pastime, many old books are being reprinted and new ones written.

The Cumberland County Archives and Family Heritage Center watch booksellers' websites for new titles and topics. Not only do they seek regional material, but also books from other states. Our collection includes many books and journals from parent states of Virginia and North Carolina. Migration into and out of Tennessee has led them to watch for books on all the states bordering Tennessee. In their collection are books from the first Colonial settlements to very recent records.

Another idea for research is to look at the journals published by state and local historical and genealogical societies. These often contain lists of small databases found in local and church records, databases that are not considered important enough to put on the internet by the more notable websites. They have articles on events and topics that impacted ancestors’ lives. Because current genealogical standards have been established, the new research you find will be well documented and sourced, something you don’t find in books published many years ago. So if you have been stopped in your research, come in to the archives to check out its book collections. 

The archives will soon hold its last Second Saturday Seminar of the season. They will discuss at length the topic of books and periodicals. They will also discuss ways to locate topics on a state, county and local printed material and look at examples of what may be found in them. The seminar will be Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. If you would like to stay after the seminar to do research, bring a bag lunch and drink and have lunch with the research volunteers. The seminars and classes are always free and open to the public.

The archives is at 95 East First St. (look for the brown steeple). Hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may call them during business hours for more information at 456-2006. They look forward to meeting you.

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