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Tennessee State Library and Archives Partners with Ancestry.com

NASHVILLE (WRCB) -- Millions of Tennessee historical records will be readily available, throughout the country, as a result of the State Library and Archives' new partnership agreement with Ancestry.com.

The State Library and Archives is sharing Tennessee death records from 1908 through 1959. This database includes 1.2 million digital images and indexes 3.4 million names that appear in those records.

The records are available free to Tennesseans by visiting the Tennessee Electronic Library main web page at http://tntel.tnsos.org/, then clicking on the "genealogy" tab and then the "Tennessee Death Records" tab.

In addition to being able to research family histories, the records can also be used to learn about notable Tennessee figures such as Scopes Monkey Trial lawyer and presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, former governor Austin Peay, Grand Ole Opry star Uncle Dave Macon and Gladys Presley, the mother of Elvis Presley.

"The State Library and Archives is dedicated to sharing Tennessee's history and the vast store of information contained in our archives," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "The best genealogical and historical research is based on documentary evidence and we are delighted to share this vast collection of documents in a new way."

"We are proud that our new relationship with the State Library and Archives will enable more Tennesseans and others to discover greater details of their family history," said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President and GM, Ancestry.com.

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