About Me

I am an information science professional with 17 years in information management & organization.  I apply my professional experience in the identification, selection, evaluation, & critical analysis of information to my genealogy hobby pursuits.  My own quest in family history research started in 2006 after rediscovering family tree notes taken during interviews with my grandmothers approximately 10 years earlier.  I volunteer extensively with the national USGenWeb Project and am dedicated to helping others locate additional information to enrich their own family history knowledge.  An active blogger and participant in the internet genealogy community, my specific interests lie heavily in technology historical newspaper research, and genetic genealogy.  I am a member of the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and am on the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Board of Directors.


  • B.S. in Biology, B.A.in Religion – Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1997
  • Masters of Science in Library Science – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC – 1999
  • Masters of Public Health – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine – 2010




I created and currently maintain the following indexes/web portals:

  • NCGenWeb Yearbook Indexdatabase of (mostly) senior classes found in yearbooks from many NC colleges and universities.  More than 38,000 names so far. Created in 2010.
  • NC Historical News Portal – database of names mentioned in various newspaper articles. Site also includes a few paper-specific indexes. This site will eventually replace the older, NC People in the News database.
  • Black Nashvilleblog dedicated to the African-American history & genealogy of Nashville, Tennessee. 
  • Who’s Who in TennesseeI created the portal and currently coordinate transcription efforts for this WordPress-powered site of Tennessee biographical profiles. This project was featured as the cover article for the Summer 2013 issue of FGS Forum
  • Index Onslow County Cemetery Transcriptions  – typed up more than 6,000 names from 12-volume series. (June 2013)
  • North Carolina Loose Estates Index –  a project I worked on from 2013-2015 to create a master index of names – covered 48 counties; I donated the index to the NC Genealogical Society website and they finished the project and added another 48 counties.






  • Koonce, Taneya Y. “Taneya’s Obituary Corner.” Regular column in AnSearchin’ News, publication of the Tennessee Genealogical Society.  May 2018 – present.
  • Koonce, Taneya Y. “Searching for Osburn: A Case Study In Seeking the Enslaved.” Going In-Depth. Volume 4, Issue 8. September 15, 2016.
  • Koonce, Taneya Y. “10 Reasons to Use WordPress for your Society Website.” FGS Forum. Volume 27, Number 1. Summer 2015.
  • Koonce, Taneya Y. “Using WordPress to Create a Biographical Database: The Who’s Who Site of the TNGenWeb Project.” AAHGS News. Mar/Apr 2014. 
  • Koonce, Taneya Y. “Genealogy Hacked: Who’s Who in TN Project.” FGS Forum. Volume 25, Number 2. Summer 2013.  Interview by Thomas MacEntee.
  • Koonce, Taneya Y. “Tennessee GenWeb Project.” Family Findings: Journal of the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society. Volume 45, Number 4. October 2013. 
  • Statewide Decedent Index. NCGS News: Newsletter of the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Volume 27, Number 5. pg. 7.  PDF download.
  • Koonce, Taneya Y. “Florida Students Attending North Carolina Colleges: Part 2.” Florida Genealogist. Volume 45, Number 3, December 2011: 75-79.”
  • Koonce, Taneya Y.  “Florida Students Attending North Carolina Colleges.”  Florida Genealogist. Volume 45, Number 2, August 2011: 43-45.
  • Koonce, Taneya Y. “NC Yearbook Index.” NCGS Newsletter: the Newsletter of the North Carolina Genealogical Society 34, No. 4 (Fall 2010): 8. North Carolina Genealogical Society. <http://www.ncgenealogy.org>.
  • Koonce, Taneya Y., Tom McKnight, and Anna Williams. “Investigating Napier Connections in Alabama and Tennessee.” Old Lawrence Reminiscences : a Bulletin of the Lawrence County Alabama Historical Commission. (2008). Print.  (still working to verify complete citation)


page last updated: June 9, 2018