12 January 2011

Middle Tennessee Bimonthly Meeting -- 19 March 2011

Nashville, TN, March 19, 2011

Middle TN Genealogical Society presents its bimonthly meeting, 1:pm, FiftyForward Knowles Senior Center, 174 Rains Ave., Nashville (across from the State Fairgrounds).  Guest Speaker: Carol Roberts, Director of Preservation Services at the TN State Library & Archives. Program: "Solving Mysteries Using County Loose Case Files" and "Marking Graves With Only Rock Markers Can Create More Mysteries Than Answers."  We will look forward to meeting you.  Refreshments served. 

Descendants of two families of Bedford and Moore Counties had personal interests in marking several farmland gravesites that they knew of that had only stones, no names.  One grave opened up an old murder mystery of community legend.  This “ghost story” and mystery went from absolutely no evidence to full documentation of a murder inquiry, depositions, tax cases, and estate settlements and yet no one was ever charged with the murder. 
·        How to use county bound volumes and loose county case files effectively.
·        How to use indexes and community names to focus in on the specific individual wished to be studied.
·        How to use the “unexpected” records, district tax records, maps, and other techniques to add clues to accuracy of community history.
·        Finally how to “gently” tell the story of documentation of unsolved crimes when families still live near one another in a community

More details at: http://www.mtgs.org/

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