Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Feature Update: Tennessee Page on FamilySearch Research Wiki

Summary
The Tennessee page on the FamilySearch Research Wiki has recently been updated and now includes a wealth of new information and resources to help people find their ancestors in the Volunteer State. The link for this revised page is: http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee

Background
The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a free resource created by the genealogy community. The core content for the Tennessee page was contributed by the expert researchers at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The page also includes tips and research advice from local experts.

The Wiki staff is currently working on updating all of the state pages; Tennessee is one of the first because the 2010 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will be held in Knoxville August 18 to 21. For more information about the FGS conference, please visit: http://www.fgs.org/2010conference/index.php .

Page Highlights
  • A clickable county map on the main page
  • Easy navigation at the bottom of each page
  • How to find Tennessee sources in archives, libraries, in print, and online
  • Information on substitute sources when records are lost
  • Local lists of published family histories
  • Links to published Tennessee county tax lists
  • Audio files of locals pronouncing Tennessee county names
  • Contact information for volunteers who will look up information in local resources

Quotes 
“These pages are beautiful and contain a wealth of valuable information.”
 --Charles Reeves Jr., Cartographer and TNGenWeb County Coordinatorfor Bedford, Clay, Jackson, and Putnam Counties

“We’ve pulled together Family History Library staff and local experts to create outstanding research guides for Tennessee genealogists. The web 2.0 format allows new information to be added as soon as it becomes available, unlike printed guides, where updates wait until the next edition. If you were to print all 154 Tennessee Wiki county, topic, and archive guides found on this site, and bind it into a book, this Tennessee genealogy encyclopedia would be more than 1000 pages long."
--Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG, Tennessee Wiki Project Team Leader
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