Welcome to the Roane County Tennessee Family History Project, our historical books and papers site.

Head of horse. From detail of digital enhancement of embossed image on letters from Browning to Hill and Bullock in July, 1924. In File M4.
Above: Head of horse. Detail from 1924 white-on-white embossment, digitally enhanced.*
detail from 1919 envelope from Russell to C. K. Hill
Detail from 1919 envelope from Russell to Hill, digitally enhanced.*
Head of eagle. Detail from imprint on stationery used in letters from Daves to Hill in 1919. In File M7
Eagle detail used in 1919 letters from Daves to Hill.*

Coming Soon: Lossing's Pictorial Fieldbook of the American Revolution, Bk. 1

This online edition of this 1850 book is still under development, but you can look at this work-in-progress. To search the pages we have indexed so far, click on "Lossing" either here or next to "Old Search" in the Lossing header.


Update: Snowdon's History of North and South America

Our new online edition of Snowdon's History of North and South America (1811) is released and fully searchable.

Update: Foote's Sketches of Virginia, Books 1 and 2

We have uploaded our new online editions of Foote's Sketches of Virginia, Book 1 and Second Series.

Update: Hariot's A Briefe and True Report

Our new online edition of Hariot's A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia . . . (1590 de Bry edition with high-resolution engravings) is fully online and searchable. Enjoy the large-size digital versions of these old engravings.

December 2, 2009: Kercheval's History of the Valley of Virginia

Our new online edition of A History of the Valley of Virginia by Samuel Kercheval (1833; 3rd ed. 1902) is released. The book is fully searchable.

December 31, 2007: New Online Edition of Foote's Sketches of North Carolina is released!

Our new full-text edition of Sketches of North Carolina, Historical and Biographical, Illustrative of the Principles of a Portion of Her Early Settlers, by Rev. William Henry Foote (1846), is now available and searchable. Read about this new edition, including citation examples, on the Foote's Sketches of North Carolina home page. Or go straight to the Table of Contents.

We have all 561 pages and accompanying metadata programmed and typed in and are busy proofreading. We have already started work on the two volumes of Foote's Sketches of Virginia as well. Many of Tennessee's early settlers passed through North Carolina or Virginia on their way here.

New Online Edition of Ramsey's Annals of Tennessee

July 1, 2007: Our new online edition of Ramsey's Annals of Tennessee is now all uploaded and searchable. We are still proofreading and adding annotations and metadata, but the text is ready for reading.

New! Expanded Search Features

April 8, 2007: Our search now features search groups. You can search our whole site, or just one book, or just the document archives. Choose with the new "All groups" picklist on our search page. We have also have added an improved search of Rootsweb's Chalkley's Extracts and of Goodspeed's Tennessee county histories at TNGenWeb where available.

New Online Edition of Peyton's History of Augusta County, Virginia

February 28, 2007: We have released our new online fully searchable edition of Peyton's History of Augusta County, Virginia (1882), now in beta, including a custom Google Maps-based map. Ramsey's Annals of Tennessee is next!

New Online Edition of Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia 1726-1871

June 29, 2006: We have released a new online edition of Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia 1726-1871 in fully searchable form.

More of What's New:

  • June 2006: Hill Collection news: The beautiful love letters, 1853 to 1881, are now available in both images and text.
  • March 24, 2006: We have started work on the Mead Collection. This contains a diary and series of letters from the 1840's Gold Rush era.
  • Documents containing information on ancestry going back to the tenth century and the Magna Carta are now available for viewing in the Kendrick Collection 'M4' index.
  • March 24, 2006: For Kendrick Collection news, see the Kendrick Collection Overview.
  • We have a new site search capability that lets you search our entire site, including the full text of the scanned documents.
  • The styles for the site should now work in the most recent versions of the Netscape and FireFox browsers.

Thirteen files of old papers from the Kendrick Collection, mostly letters about genealogy, have been scanned, transcribed, and uploaded as of March 16, 2007.

The files are named M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M8, M9, M10, M11, M12, and M13.

In the meantime:

Try going to our Archives and browsing some of the documents we have already uploaded.

Search tip: Use * as a wild card.

To find pages with words that start with "will," such as will, wills, or William, search for will*.

* Scan by G. Anne Sloan; digital enhancements copyright © C. Sloan 2005, 2007.

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