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.



Jackson Archaeological Society Meeting

The Jackson Archaeological Society Meeting

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

6:00 pm

Gander Mountain
The Columns, 1523 Vann Drive,
Jackson, Tennessee.

This month’s program:

Mark Norton
will present
“Paleoindian Archaeology

at the Carson-Conn-Short Site”

(third Tuesday of each month
Free and open to the public)

New Book

A new book,

Magna Charta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families,

by Douglas Richardson,

has been donated to the Tennessee Room collection by the

West Tennessee Chapter, Tennessee Division,

National Society Magna Charta,

Dames and Barons

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This 1098 page book provides documented lines of descent

for about 200 17th Century North American

colonists from the Magna Charta Barons of 1215. 

The background and text of the Magna Charta is included.

This book will provide a reliable reference work

for researchers studying the time period mentioned.


Two New Books

Two new books were recently donated

to the Tennessee Room by the

Tulip Grove Chapter,

U.S. Daughters of 1812:


How to Archive Family Keepsakes,

by Denise May Levenick

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This is a well constructed guide for

those assigned to preserve the

family’s history, photos, artifacts and memorabilia


Elizabethan Handwriting, 1500-1650, A Manual,

by Giles E. Dawson and Laetitia Kennedy-Skipton

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Along with discussions of the history and mechanics

of handwriting in the stated period,

there are fifty plates illustrating handwritten document

and their transcriptions for study.   Sure to be a help to

genealogists and historians alike.

Historical Presentation in Dyersburg

Sponsored by the Dyer County Historical Society

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

6:30 pm

In the Dyer County Museum, Professional Development Center

305 College St.

Dyersburg, TN


Murray Hudson,

Owner of Murray Hudson’s Antiquarian Maps, Globes, Books & Prints, Halls, TN


“The Historic Boundaries of Tennessee”

The public is invited.

Refreshments will be offered


  The Dyer County Museum will be open at 5:30 for those who wish to come early.

For more information, contact:

Danny Walden, President

Dyer County Historical Society



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