Place Names of Tennessee
Tennessee has a book entitled Place Names of Tennessee, by the Tennessee Division of Geology, and another book which lists all the present and former post offices in Tennessee. I own a copy of the former and I check the library frequently for the latter. Perhaps other states have similar books, if you check libraries.
Roy Howard, Chattanooga TN
Your Family History Landscape
I live in a rural county and do a lot of research for people who cannot come to our area. They frequently want to know what it was like. We describe the (lack of) roads, the flat land, etc.
I recently decided to develop the same thing for my children and grandchildren. Our roots are heavy in Pennsylvania. When one drives through there it is lovely to see the tiny communities tucked in between the mountains.Â I am going to start taking photos of the areas our roots grew in from scenic outlooks to show this. Since we were there pre-Revolutionary War, I have started reading articles describing the hardships at that time.
My grandmother was born in Nebraska in 1903. Most of the homes there were sod houses. She and her two oldest brothers were born there. I have done some online searching and located photos of several types of sod houses and printed them off.
Families are so much more than names and dates. This is making ours come alive.
Sincerely, Gloria Hall
Image: View of Pottsville Taken from Sharp Mountain & respectfully dedicated to the enterprising citizens of the Coal Region by J.R. Smith, ca. 1833. Click on the image to enlarge it.
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