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Yesterday while at a local bookstore, I saw several copies of Arthur Randolph Shields’ book,  The Cades Cove Story.

This book was originally written in 1977.  The version I picked up was of the 20th printing and the book is still available for sale by publisher, Great Smoky Mountain Natural History Association.  Obviously, a popular book!

I’ve only had a chance to read about the first third of the book, but I learned quite a bit about the history of the township.   This book paints a nice portrait of its history, with several profiles of families of the area — Cable,  Oliver, Shields, McCaulley, Lawson, Abbott, Burchfield, Gregory, Myers, Sparkes, Powell,  Post and Foust are some included.  The Wikipedia page has good detail on the history of the area as well.

I’ve enhanced the record about this book on the Open Library website to include the Table of Contents.   I have also added the book to the Bibliography on this site.   There are  a couple of appendices I am hoping to get permission from the publisher to share on the Blount TNGenWeb site.  I’ll keep you updated!


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One of the resources I use often when verifying or seeking information on deaths in Tennessee is the index created by the Shelby County Register of Deeds.   Recently updated, the index now covers 1949-2009!

What kind of information can you learn from the index?

  • Decedent’s Name
  • Date of death
  • County of death
  • County/State of residence
  • Marital status
  • Gender
  • Race
  • File #
  • Link to a request form to order the death certificate

The Register of Deeds also has a Facebook page; you can follow along to stay aware of updates for they have additional indexes in addition to the one for deaths for both Shelby county and across the whole state.

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The Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) continues to bring us all valuable resources as part of their FamilySearch site.  One of the latest resources includes a database of TN Death and Burials that covers 1874-1955.

The information in the database is extracted from various sources; you can learn more here.   It may not be a fully comprehensive database, but it is certainly worth consulting.

A link has been added to the Deaths page on the Blount County TNGenWeb site.

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The Knox County TNGenWeb Project has a new site design!  County host Billie has been busy the past several weeks to get the new design online and it looks great!

If you do research in neighboring Knox County, you’ll want to be sure to visit the site and investigate the resources available.

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Back in June 2008, I posted about the availability of a new book about William Keeble of Bounty County.  In that post, I also pointed out another, smaller book about him; this one titled William Keeble of Blount County, Tennessee.  I recently discovered that this second book is searcheable over at Google Books so go check it out. You may find something of interest.  The book index begins at page 83.

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Do you have a research interest in Hamilton County? I created an index to a book about Chattanooga that you can find here.

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Col. John Tipton

I’ve added a new link to the Bibliography page of this blog – a website with information about Col. John Tipton and sons.  On a previous blog entry, I’d posted some information about the Tiptons summarizing some resources online and John, a descendant of Tipton, commented and put a link to his website dedicated to the Tipton family

Visit the site if you have a research interest in the Tipton family. It is very well put-together and could serve as a research hub for those researching the Tipton family.  Kudos to John on a site well done!

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