Sunday, April 19, 2020

Tennessee Death Records Updated at Ancestry and FamilySearch

Researchers with an interest in Tennessee records might want to check out the updates in the years available of Tennessee Death Records at both Ancestry and FamilySearch.  Ancestry requires that you be subscribed to view this record set unless you are viewing thru Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) which is available free to TN residents.  You can access records at FamilySearch with a free account.

Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1965
Updates:  13 Apr 2020: Added 1,019,533 new records from 1959-1965.

Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966
Updated 19 April 2020

Also the TN Death Records
Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1966

Saturday, April 04, 2020

What I've been doing during the Covid-19's social distancing

As a visually challenged introvert not a lot has changed in my daily life except the inability to get ordered goods in a timely manner.  Initially I was worried that the social distancing(to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19) might postpone my chemotherapy treatments I'm receiving in my fight with stage 3 breast cancer but have been reassured by my healthcare specialist that will most likely not happen.

So what have I been doing? 

  • Today I made what we always used to call goulash when I was a child. Most times it was made using canned stewed tomatoes or sauce, some green peppers and onions if we had them and adding any available spices that might make that taste better and then what ever noodle we had on hand along with Worcestershire sauce.
  • I went thru my file folder container and started pulling contents to add to my family archives binder.  I've blogged about the one I made which contains my paternal grandparents documents and some ephemera.  The blog post can be found here.  I'm now working on one that will contain documents from the years after my parents married(1963) on up to present day.  I've kept school programs, graduation invitations and a number of other things.  As I did with my other archive binder(and this one will likely "spill over" to several binders) I've started putting the contents in sleeves and getting them in chronological order so that I can do a listing of contents.  This is fun to do and I'm going to ask my siblings to find any items which they would like preserved to add to this project.  You could also include a page of memories or anything else of family significance.  After all, it's your project to design.
  • There is no better time to have a physical copy of these two books by Ancestry:  Red book : American state, county & town sources and The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.  The Internet is bogged down from all the people who are online and there is just something more convenient(in my opinion) about just turning to the page you want without having to worry about a browser or system update, load speed or battery needing charged.  I'm studying county histories and the parent and surrounding counties to see if there might be other records available to research which I've been missing.
  • You might also want to think about the disease and virus outbreaks that occurred during your ancestors' lifetimes.  You can find sites dedicated to just that by Googling.  Once you have the dates you might also want to do a search at or any other newspaper site which you have access to that might cover the time period and the area in which you are interested.  
  • I'm catching up on a few things I've been meaning to do which is always a good thing.  I hope you are taking the time to get to know your family even more, especially the older generation.  Communicate!  Whether by phone or video.  You'll be glad you did.  

I'd love to hear what others are doing.