Blount County TN Genealogical & Historical Society

Blount County TN Genealogical & Historical Society Bringing together persons interested in genealogical studies and in the collection and preservation of genealogical and historical materials pertaining to Blount County, Tennessee.

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"On the night of August 10th, the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society was honored to sponsor a program pre...
08/11/2021

"On the night of August 10th, the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society was honored to sponsor a program presented by Dr. George K. Schweitzer. The subject of the informative program was the utilization of DNA testing as a tool in genealogical research. The 34 people in attendance left with a clearer understanding of the benefits and limitations of DNA testing.

Dr. Schweitzer is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where he first began teaching in 1948, 73 years ago. He holds three doctoral degrees, one in Nuclear Chemistry, one in History of Religion, and one in the Philosophy of Science. He currently does research and is a teacher in the Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering Departments at the university. During the past 65 years of family history research, he has authored 17 genealogical research books and several other publications on the subject."

- - - FREE PROGRAM - - -Learn About DNA Testingas a Genealogy ToolPresenterDr. George SchweitzerAuthor of over 220 Genea...
08/03/2021

- - - FREE PROGRAM - - -
Learn About DNA Testing
as a Genealogy Tool
Presenter
Dr. George Schweitzer

Author of over 220 Genealogical Publications

Program Title
"Autosomal Genetic Genealogy"

-- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC --
Tuesday August 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM -8:00 PM
Blount County Public Library (Dorothy Heron Room)

Sponsored By:
Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society

- - - FREE PROGRAM - - -
Learn About DNA Testing
as a Genealogy Tool
Presenter
Dr. George Schweitzer

Author of over 220 Genealogical Publications

Program Title
"Autosomal Genetic Genealogy"

-- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC --
Tuesday August 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM -8:00 PM
Blount County Public Library (Dorothy Heron Room)

Sponsored By:
Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society

“It was great seeing everyone at the Friday Night Lights event in Maryville on July 30th.  If you missed us, we will be ...
08/03/2021

“It was great seeing everyone at the Friday Night Lights event in Maryville on July 30th. If you missed us, we will be set up at the next two Friday Night Lights events on August 27th and September 24th between 5-9 p.m.”

“It was great seeing everyone at the Friday Night Lights event in Maryville on July 30th. If you missed us, we will be set up at the next two Friday Night Lights events on August 27th and September 24th between 5-9 p.m.”

Join the Blount Co. Genealogical & Historical Society. Just $25.00 gives you a one year membership with a copy of the Sp...
02/12/2021
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Join the Blount Co. Genealogical & Historical Society. Just $25.00 gives you a one year membership with a copy of the Spring & Fall Blount Journal.

Over the last 35 years, The Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society (BCGHS) has worked to share and preserve the history of our community and its people through the sale of books, presentation of community programs, and by assisting individuals with their historical and genealogical research.

We are a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization and our annual dues are tax deductable. In addition to receiving the Spring and Fall issues of The Blount Journal, annual membership dues also support other projects which include; donations of local history books to the Blount County Public Library, binding of local history materials like death certificates and journals into hard-bound books, the preservation of other materials acquired by the Society, etc. We appreciate your past patronage and hope you will continue your support by renewing your membership for 2021.

https://www.blountcountytngenealogy.org/join-bcghs-online

05/10/2019

BCGHS Annual Picnic
Saturday May 11, 2019
11:00 AM
Greenbelt Park Pavilion
Behind Blount Co. Courthouse
Bring your favorite dish We will be providing
BBQ, Potato Salad and Beans

Program is in honor of Blount County WWI Veterans
w/ military grave dedication at Magnolia Cemetery.

Free and open to the Public

11/02/2018

Family Tree Maker 2017 Interactive Presentation
Free and Open to the Public
New features of FTM 2017
- FamilySync™
Moving to FTM 2017
- Photo Darkroom™
- Using FTM 2017 for the first time
- FamilySearch Integration-
Upgrading to FTM 2017 from prior version
- Color Coding
- How to get this and install
- Saved Filtered Lists
- Who should get FTM 2017
- Moving trees over to the new version
FTM 2017 Free Update

Questions & Answers Session

Tuesday November 6, 2018
7:00PM
Sharon Lawson Room
Blount Co. Public Library

11/01/2018

World War I: The Original Code Talkers
While the term "Code Talkers" is often associated with World War II, the story actually begins in WWI, when to avoid German deciphering of messages, the U.S. military employed Native Americans fluent in both their Choctaw and Cherokee native languages and English.


Blount Co Records Management and Archives, Blount Co Genealogical and Historical Society and Blount County Public Library will host a

Brown Bag Lecture
with guest speaker Pat Gang
Thursday November 8, 2018 at 11:30 am in the Sharon Lawson Room at the Blount County Public Library.
Lecture is free and open to the public
Guests are invited to bring their own
"Brown Bag" lunch or you can order from the
Book Mark Café and enjoy the lecture.
Orders from Book Mark Café must be placed by 12:00 noon Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018.
Order through at the café or by email: [email protected]
Menu choices: each comes with chips, water and a cookie for $10.00
• Ham & Swiss
• Grape Chicken Salad Croissant
• Tuna Salad Wrap

Timeline Photos
11/14/2016

Timeline Photos

11/14/2016

Blount Count Genealogical & Historical Society

Presents

Guest Speaker: Dr. Dwight Page
Blount County Public Library - Sharon Lawson Room

Thursday November 17, 2016
Book Signing 6:30 – 7:00 PM

The Swiss Presence in the History of Tennessee
by Dr. Dwight Page,
Editor-in-Chief of the Swiss American Historical Society


The Swiss Presence in the History of Tennessee by Dr. Dwight Page, Editor-in-Chief of the Swiss American Historical Society Review, tells the exciting story of 300 years of Swiss and Swiss American activities and adventures in the State of Tennessee. The story begins in Switzerland at the beginning of the 18th century, when Swiss authorities compelled many religious dissenters to leave Switzerland for exile in the colony of Pennsylvania. From there, these initial Swiss emigrants migrated south into Virginia, North Carolina and eventually Tennessee. The book then traces these Swiss emigrants' defense of liberty during the American Revolution, their colonization of Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis during the mid-nineteenth century, and the foundation of the Swiss communities of Gruetli-Lager and Hohenwald, Tennessee. Thus, this new work of history presents the full panorama of Swiss and Swiss American activities in the Volunteer State.

Academic Degrees
• Ph.D. French Literature, Harvard University, 1980
• Graduate Work in Spanish, Middlebury College
• B.A. European Studies, Davidson College, 1975
Professional Activity
• Editor, Swiss American Historical Review
Professional Association
• Swiss American Historical Society

BCGHS Quarterly Meeting Presents Guest Speaker: Bill LandryTo discuss his upcoming book: “When The West Was TennesseeOr ...
07/08/2016

BCGHS Quarterly Meeting Presents Guest Speaker: Bill Landry
To discuss his upcoming book: “When The West Was Tennessee
Or New Appalachian Tales and More Heartland Adventures”

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Blount County Public Library - Sharon Lawson Room

Book Signing @ 6:30 PM - Program Begins @ 7:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public

04/18/2016

DON'T FORGET - BCGHS ANNUAL PICNIC

Saturday April 23, 2016

Eusebia Presbyterian Church

1701 Burnett Station Rd Seymour, TN 37865

11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Open to the Public) bring your favorite cover dish to share

History of the church and tour of cemetery after lunch

03/13/2016
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In an effort to provide a dynamic resource for those researching Blount County TN genealogy and history, the BCGHS is pleased to offer a forum community for those interested. This is a brand new forum, so help is needed by locals and those with Blount County ties to populate the boards with a strong knowledge base of information.
The forum can be found here - http://bcghs.freeforums.net/
The intent of this forum is to provide a free venue to share and research in a structured environment. We also intend on having this forum become a permanent fixture to the BCGHS website.
We encourage you to create a user account and visit and post often!
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02/10/2016

1st Quarter BCGHS Meeting

Saturday April 23, 2016 - Annual Picnic

Eusebia Presbyterian Church

1701 Burnett Station Rd Seymour, TN 37865

11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Open to the Public) bring your favorite cover dish to share

History of the church and tour of cemetery after lunch

Toys from Christmas Past, that we rarely see today.
12/23/2015

Toys from Christmas Past, that we rarely see today.

Toys from Christmas Past, that we rarely see today.

12/13/2015

According to USA Today genealogy is currently the second most popular hobby in the United States. What’s the most popular hobby? That would be gardening.

The article doesn’t specifically state why those two hobbies are the most popular out of all the hobbies that people in the United States are currently doing. When you think about it, though, there is a connection. Genealogy and gardening are two hobbies that are often enjoyed by people who have retired. The “Baby Boomers” are at retirement age right now, and there are a whole lot of them!

Genealogy websites are the second most visited category of websites on the internet. It is rather impressive that the genealogy websites are in second place in this unofficial “popularity contest” of internet content.It cannot be denied that one of the most influential factors that has caused people to want to research their family tree are the various genealogy websites that can be found on the internet. Everything is now at the new (and seasoned) genealogist’s fingertips and can be accessed from the comfort and safety of one’s home.

There was a time when genealogy research meant a walk through a cemetery or hours spent in the records archive of a courthouse. Both of those locations could be far from where a given genealogist happened to live. The push to get as many records as possible online is incredibly helpful, and welcoming, to people who are thinking about taking up the second most popular hobby in the United States.

10/19/2015

November 17, 2015

As Always open to the public (no charge)

BCGHS Quarterly Meeting - Sharon Lawson Room @
Blount County Library

In association with Mary Blount chapter of the DAR
we are presenting a book signing and program by

Nancy Fessenden McEntee, PhD

Author of:

Molsey Blount: The Colonial First Lady of Tennessee
From North Carolina to the frontier of Tennessee, her legacy continues

The truth about one of the most tragic yet endearing First Ladies in American history, the wife of Gov. William Blount.

Molsey Blount: The Colonial First Lady of Tennessee is the biography of Mary "Molsey" Blount, the genteel wife of the political titan William Blount.

The truth about this remarkable woman has been hidden behind the shadows of her husband. Based on extensive research, her tragic, lonely, and amazing story is told in vivid detail with rich insights into the role of women in the eighteenth century.

Molsey Blount: The Colonial First Lady of Tennessee captures the intense personal life of a woman struggling with tragedy in the loss of children, frontier Indian attacks, a near fatal carriage accident, and years of loneliness.

Intelligent, educated, and resourceful, Molsey Blount led an uncommon life in a time of change and growth in our nation. Now this true story emerges to reveal the detailed life and legacy of a forgotten First Lady.

Refreshments compliments of the Mary Blount DAR

6:30 - 7:00 PM Book Signing (The book will be available for purchase along with all books of the BCGHS)

7:00 - 8:00 PM Program by the author Nancy Fessenden McEntee, PhD

Book signing will be also available after the program.

08/11/2015

Quarterly Meeting:

September 15, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blount County Library - Sharon Lawson Room
Guest Speaker: Bill Clabough
Subject: "Foothills Land Conservancy"

Foothills Land Conservancy is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the lands and environments of the Southern Appalachian region and promoting the character of the land for the benefit of the general public, now and in the future.

Timeline Photos
06/28/2015

Timeline Photos

05/15/2015

Reminder: Saturday May 16 is our Annual Picnic @ Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
From downtown Maryville,
Take South Cusick St to Court Street. Go 0.8 of a mile and bear left onto Wilkerson Pike. Go 2 miles on Wilkerson Pike and just past Pecks Memorial United Methodist Church, take next left onto Pleasant Hill Road. Go 0.2 mile and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will be on the left. The church pavilion is directly across the street from church slightly down the hill.

"From Smith’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services"
Go Southeast on Tuckaleechee Pike for 2.1 miles. Turn right on Pleasant Hill Road and go 1.3 miles. Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will be on the right. Pavilion is across the street.

03/23/2015

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society’s Annual Picnic
(open to all - members and non-members)

May 16, 2015 @
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
503 Pleasant Hill Road
Maryville, TN 37803

Gathering at 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Lunch at 11:30
Tour of Church and Cemetery after lunch

Bring your favorite dish to share and 2 litre drink

03/17/2015

Blount Co. Genealogical & Historical Society’s Quarterly Meeting
(open to the public @ no charge)

Quarterly Meeting
March 17, 2015 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Blount County Library, Sharon Lawson Room.

Guest Speaker: Mike Aday
Librarian-Archivist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mr. Aday will be speaking on the resources at Sugarland Archive Facility.

11/24/2014

"Loyal Mountain Troopers"

Now Available
The book is about:
“The Second & Third Tennessee Cavalry in the Civil War, Reminiscences of Lieutenant John W. Andes and Major Will A. McTeer Compiled by Charles S. McCammon.”

To Order:
Make checks payable to:
Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society.
PO Box 4986
Maryville, TN 337802-4986

$25.00 plus $4.00 S&H
Tennessee Residents add $2.44 sales tax

11/06/2014

BCGHS Quarterly Meeting
Guest Speaker: Aaron Astor PHD
Associate Professor of History at Maryville College in Maryville, TN.
He will be speaking about the Civil War on the Plateau.
Tuesday November 18, 2014
Blount County Library, Sharon Lawson Room.
7:00 - 8:30 PM

10/12/2014

Have you seen the TV commercial for popular ancestry websites?
You can find your whole family history online.

It looks so simple on the show Who do you think you are? A few clicks on the keyboard and you find your family history but genealogy research is a lot more complicated than that. You can get lots of actual records online but there are also lots of errors in these records, including family trees. To adequately document your family tree, you need actual documents that often requires visits to Libraries, Courthouses and Archives.

10/08/2014

Finding your roots on PBS October 14, 2014

Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Benjamin Jealous learn their families have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, principles passed down through generations of ancestors.

10/07/2014

Tuesday Oct 7 Finding Your Roots on PBS

Three iconic American storytellers who have spent their lives chronicling the lives of others all the while knowing almost nothing about their own family history: Ken Burns confronts the reality of his southern ancestors’ role in the Civil War, including Confederate soldiers who were held captive and a slave-owning Virginian; Anderson Cooper, the scion of one of America’s most storied families, the Vanderbilts, longs to know more about his father’s Southern roots, including the story of an ancestor murdered by one his slaves; and Anna Deavere Smith learns the epic story of her great-grandfather, Basil Biggs, a free black man and former conductor on the Underground Railroad. All three guests’ ancestors intersect at the most pivotal moments of American history.

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If anyone has access to the book, published by Arcadia, Walland written by Missy Tipton Green and P. Ledbetter, would you be willing to check the chapter on East Miller's Creek to determine if there is a photo of the Waters School? I have just learned that my grandmother, Myra Christine Sutton (Emert) taught there at least in 1913-14. Would love to have a photo of the school and any other info. Thanks.
Where could I find the history of Pearson Springs? Who was it named for? My 3rd gr grandmother was Nancy Pearson. She was married to Jesse Jennings/Ginnings here in Blount County February 1824. I can not find her parents. I thought the history of Pearson Springs may give me some names or clues to her family. Thank you.
Does anyone have any info on John Keller (About 1751-1855) and his decedents who left a number of children in Blount County, TN such as George W. Keller (1797-1865)? It says his wife died there of cancer, but he remarried and seemed to move quite a bit. I am a descendant of his second marriage when they were living in Indiana.
I received the 2010 Spring publication, that I requested, yesterday! What a treasure trove of information about my husband's family! I have begun a whole new family tree for the Weir-Wear-Wier-Ware family to find out where we all fit together. If anyone is interested in helping me expand it, please feel free to contact me. There are so many Hugh's, Huey's, Margaret's and Peggy's! Why did anyone ever think that was an okay thing to do?!
I am in search of information on the Weir/Wear family from Blount Co. In particular I am looking for information on Hugh Weir/Wear and or his son Samuel Baxter Weir/Wear. What I know-The original spelling of the family name was Weir and was as such until at least 1818 when Samuel Baxter Weir was born. Samuel changed the spelling several times in his life, depending on which marriage he was on or where he was living at the time. I would be interested if there are any family members still in the area that I could contact. Deborah F Clark [email protected]
Is anyone aware of Indian Mounds off Sam Houston School Rd? My Grandparents, Edna Rose Lee and Charles Lee owned property there in the late 1920's and I was recently given a photo taken by my Great Aunt with the capture that stated " Charles Lee and his children on the Indian Mound at the farm in Maryville, TN.
I am trying to find information on a Frank McKenzie who was born 1859 in Blount County TN I cannot find a year of death. His father is Roderick M. McKenzie born in Scotland 1818 and died in 1884 and is buried in Maryville, Blount County TN. Roderick married Mary Bartholomew (1818-1889) in Knox County on November 11, 1841. They had 9 children. I believe his son Frank Mckenzie is my husbands GG Grandfather per DNA matches. He had a child with my husbands GG Grandmother, Lucinda Isabelle Blank (1868 - 1958) who was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Kansas. Frank and Lucinda had a child (Enos Roderick McKenzie) born in Waco, TX on August 9, 1891. I can only find Frank listed is 2 federal census: 1860 and 1880. In my Blank/Mckenzie family tree they are the only to people without any hints. Would appreciate any help. Thank you
I found an advertisement flyer says Alexander Kennedy Sr is the proprietor of Mt. Nebo Springs Resort back in the mid 1800's. Unable to post a digital copy here for some reason it is not allowed I guess I have done Google searches and cannot find more info. Anyone else know about this?
LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION ON BURCHFIELD ANCESTORS FROM BLOUNT COUNTY
Hi Max, I just wanted to say hello & thanks for stopping by to visit with us. I'm glad we could find someone to take the genealogy books off our hands, and I hope they are a popular source for those looking for their own ancestry. It was a pleasure to have you and John? here in Windsor to chat with us for an hour or so.... I have a niece out in Maynardville who I had thought of giving them to, but I will let her know where she might find them if/when she ever wants to let her 2 kids (boy & a girl) know if/when they also might get the genealogy bug. I will let her know about your Genealogical & Historical Society in Sevierville so she will know about that resource..... Thanks!
Looking for information on Henry McNutt b. 1798, Bount County, TN. lived in Winston County, AL before 1822. Fought with General Jackson in Pensacola in 1818.