The Cumberland County Archives and Crab-Orchard Chapter DAR will sponsor an Open House on July 20 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in conjunction with legislation declaring July as “Tennessee Genealogy Month."
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 on 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 NSDAR in launching “Coming Home to Tennessee” on July 20. 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 began at the Taylor Hotel and end with Mitchell Drug Store, where old fashion ice cream sundaes and shakes will be available for purchase.
The Crab-Orchard Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of 1812 as well as other genealogy associations and societies will provide displays and be available with information to join and on tracing lineage.
The goals of “Coming Home to Tennessee” are to encourage our 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; and to uncover, organize and preserve documents and information for future generations.
The Archives is located at 395 East First Street. For further information, call Joyce Rorabaugh, archivist at 931-456-2006.