Genealogy

Front cover of Marriage Record Book 1 - an index for marriages that took place between 1789 and 1837

'Tis the Season for Family Research

Around this time of year (February through approximately early summer), Metro Archives tends to see an increase in individuals doing genealogical research. For whatever reason, we welcome the frequency of usage of our genealogy records. Also for this reason, here's a list of our most helpful and commonly-used materials, and some other tips when doing family research. 

Aerial view of Downtown Nashville, facing east. Circa 1970's

Pictures from Metro Archives that are worth more than 1,000 Words

The one thing that I love to tell people about when they visit Metro Archives, is that we're more than simply a repository for city-wide governmental records. Yes, the records we have are archaic in nature and therefore highly informative and fascinating. But it's the photographs we also have from around the city that are most-telling about the city's past. In honor of National Photography month, check out some of the best photos from around our beloved city.

The Parthenon in Centennial Park during the winter time - circa early 20th century

Nashville Family Collection - Can you locate where these pictures were taken?

Metro Archives recently received a small donation of documents/photographs/clippings for a couple of local Nashville families' vertical files. The families that are related by marriage are the McClanahans and the Weakley - 2 families that I found after a little research, have prominent roots in Nashville. The photographs donated date to around the early 20th century and are without doubt, very remarkable. However, many came without a caption or any identifiers at all, and they're not all in Nashville. The families appeared to have traveled a lot. Can you help us out and help identify a few of these locations?  

James Robert Garrett, Jr. yearbook photo

Memorial Bibles, Lives Remembered

Something about old Bibles has always intrigued me. The "family pages" carefully chronicle the story of those who create the records the Archives carefully protects. Stories of beginnings, births, baptisms, and deaths comprising the framework of lives well lived.