Back in August of this year, I spent six productive hours in downtown Nashville at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, located at 403 7th Ave. N, between the state capitol and the judicial building. I knew it was going to be a good day when a parking space right in front of the archives was open! Parking is limited; I fully expected to have to find a public parking lot and walk, which I was willing to do, but being able to park in one of the few spaces available on weekdays was an added bonus. The friendly and helpful staff was ready to answer all questions and to give assistance. I was lucky enough to snag one of the newer microfilm readers that allows patrons to save documents to a flash drive; however, I came prepared with my roll of quarters for the copier, just in case.
I did my homework ahead of time by first going to their detailed website at http://www.tn.gov/tsla. I was interested in Greene County records, and the website had a 27-page list of all the microfilms for that county. Had I not seen this online, I could have used the list on display at the archives. Also, the website has a great “Visitors’ Guide” section.
After a great meal at Noshville, and New York-style deli in Midtown located at 1918 Broadway, it was time to drive by the Parthenon in Centennial Park. Nashville’s Parthenon is an excellent replica of the famous Parthenon in Athens, Greece. On this beautiful summer afternoon, the park was busy but not crowded, as visitors rode bicycles or walked the paths and across the green spaces. A few folks were sitting on the Parthenon’s steps as we drove by.
I look forward to another short trip to the state archives Nashville soon and will be happy to research your Tennessee ancestors for you. Just send me an email from my “Contact Me” tab at the top of my blog.