Custom House Chronicles

Stories, historical tidbits, and musings from the East Tennessee History Center staff.

Tennessee death certificates become public record after 50 years. The Tennessee death certificates for 1963, the most recent public records, are now available at the McClung Collection. Although both Familysearch.org and Ancestry.com have made death certificates available on their databases, the more recent certificates are only available on microfilm.

Come to the Bijou Theatre Saturday, August 16, 11:00–4:00 and enjoy screenings of documentaries featuring Sergeant Alvin C. York, The Heartland Series's Bill Landry, and Howard Armstong (Louie Bluie). The showings are presented by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, Louie Bluie Festival, and Knox County Public Library as part of the day-long festivities surrounding the East Tennessee Historical Society’s annual downtown history fair

 Cherokee intermarried white, 1906

New to the collection is the series Cherokee intermarried white, 1906. These records were transcribed by Jeff Bowen from the National Archive film M-1301, Rolls 305-307 and include 288 intermarriage claims between Cherokees and non-Cherokees. These are official records that contain detailed genealogical information that may not be otherwise available. Application information in the form of sworn testimony can include ages, dates of birth, Cherokee names, dates of death, childrens' and parents' names and residence.

Barbara Adair McClung, wife of Calvin M. McClung, donated her husband's collection of history and genealogy books to the library after his death in 1919. That collection is the foundation of the current McClung Historical Collection. So, who was Calvin McClung?

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