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VOL. 38 | NO. 40 | Friday, October 3, 2014

Initiative lets students access ancestral records

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NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Library and Archives is launching a new partnership with the popular genealogy site Ancestry.com.

The two have collaborated for several years, digitizing many of Tennessee's historical records.

Now, state archivist Chuck Sherrill says the partnership is being extended to offer access to Ancestry.com in every K-12 school classroom.

Students will have free access to 14 billion records across the 30,000 databases on Ancestry Institution, such as U.S. Census records from 1790 to 1940, as well as military records and Newspapers.com, another Ancestry-owned website.

The State Library and Archives currently works with social studies teachers to provide other Tennessee history materials in support of school curriculum.

Sherrill says the new initiative allows students to search for records of their own ancestors and learn about history at the same time.

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