Book at Archives to aid in research familial lines of Tennessee women

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Frustrated genealogists who have been researching Tennessee ancestors and have hit the proverbial brick wall on a female line have a new resource in Roane County, thanks to a donation from Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

The DAR has donated a copy of “Legacies of Our Great-Grandmothers: Early Tennessee Women” to the Roane County Archives in the historic Roane County Courthouse.

The Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution, under the leadership of State Regent Susan Rogers Thomas, compiled the two-volume set that spotlights the contributions of early Tennessee women in the settling of the frontier state, the development of communities and the molding of strong families.

Within its more than 1,300 pages, readers will find the stories of wealthy pioneer families and subsistent farming families; families who first lived in the State of Franklin and those who traveled with the Robertson and Donelson expeditions; and families who helped mold the future of Tennessee prior to 1850, before moving westward to begin again.

With 265 family biographical sketches which are footnoted, verified and documented with sources, the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution members have created their own legacy for current and future genealogies.