Genealogical Discussion Group: Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Jackson-Madison County Library

will host a remote connection to the

Tennessee Genealogical Society’s

discussion group called

“Let’s Discuss It”

Saturday, May 21, 2016

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

followed by a one hour live

follow-up discussion of the topics.


Location:  Classroom,

Jackson-Madison County Library

433 E. Lafayette St.

Jackson, TN


Seating is limited.  Please call 300-3980 to

reserve a seat.

WiFi available so bring your laptop if you want.


General description of the discussion group

from the Tennessee Genealogical Society’s website:

Join our popular genealogy/technology discussion group.

Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group. 

The first hour of the session will be led by Debbie Atchley,

who will introduce new research and/or technology sites

that will be helpful to family history researchers. 

The second hour will be a discussion of, and/or Family Tree Maker Software Program by PZ Horton.

This workshop is FREE.”

For more information, go to

New Aerial Photograph Displayed

Regents Bank recently donated to the Tennessee Room

a wonderful aerial photograph of downtown Jackson.

We are estimating its date at about 1950-1955.

It is originally black and white and hand colored with oil colors. 

We believe that it might have been first displayed in the old Holland’s Department Store downtown. 

  Please contact the Tennessee Room if you know any information about its creation and history.



April is National Volunteer Month

Volunteers 2016

New Book

Book - Williams WWII001

This book was recently donated by Hubert Williams, Jackson, Tennessee.

It is his compilation of documents, photos, and first person stories pertaining to

the World War II service of four Madison County, Tennessee men:

Three brothers, Leroy, Hubert (compiler), and David Williams, and their

brother-in-law, Kenneth Houston.

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New Book

Benita Kerr Brown recently donated a copy of  The Meriwether Family in America: The Colonists, by Maurice Wesley Kendall and Guy Meriwether Benson, in memory of Jonathan K.T. Smith.  This 690 page volume, with index, is published by the Meriwether Society, Inc. and is meticulously researched, extensively documented, and well written.

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Start the New Year With a New Book!

What better way to start the new year than with a new book!  The new pictorial history entitled, Jackson & Madison County: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow was published just before Christmas and is still available for purchase at the Jackson-Madison County Library. Its main feature is the superb photography work of Jackson photographer Mitch Carter.  Browsers of this book will be fascinated by the “then & now” comparative photos and some wonderfully clear aerial photos of Jackson.  Thomas Aud’s photo captions provide intriguing historical and descriptive information for the photos, while Harbert Alexander weaves it all together with his narrative.  Mary Reed’s profiles bring the focus closer on many present businesses, institutions, and corporations.  There is much to explore in this book. 

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To purchase this book:

Contact the Jackson-Madison County Library


Cost of the book:  $39.95

Make checks payable to: Friends of the Library

Happy Holidays to All and Thank You Volunteers!


With the Tennessee Room all decked out in holiday splendor,

we would like to thank our volunteers, who give their time to

help complete many projects which would not

otherwise be possible. 

          Annette Cooley – processing genealogy and history collections

          Starla Dougan – setting up and formatting database worksheets,

                                          and proofreading

          Linda Freeman – processing collections, transcribing handwriting,

                                             and indexing vertical files

          Sandra Kelly – Indexing funeral home records

          Ricky Long – indexing Jackson Fire Department Log Books

          Jimmy Wilkins – Indexing obituaries from the Jackson Sun (1936 +)

          Mandy Williams – indexing Jackson Fire Department Log Books

In addition, they frequently answer phone calls

and assist visiting patrons.




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