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:






  • 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: August 5, 2017