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 also volunteer with the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and am a member of the online genealogy group BlackProGen and 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
MEMBERSHIPS & ORGANIZATIONS
- Board of Directors, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society – August 2016 – present
- Member, BlackProGen, July 2016 – present
- Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Heritage Committee Member, June 2016-present
- The Surname Society, March 2016-present
- Member, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society – 2008-2009, 2016 – present
- Board Member, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, July 2016 – present
- Federation of Genealogical Societies:Membership Committee – January 2015 – present
- Federation of Genealogical Societies, 2015 Program Committee
- Federation of Genealogical Societies: Education Committee – Fall 2011 – Summer 2013
- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Nashville Chapter: Technical Director – 2012-2014
- Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project, Advisory Board Member, July 2009 – present
- North Carolina Genealogical Society – 2010
- Washington County (NC) Genealogical Society – 2008-2009 (society now disbanded)
- Cook County – coordinator since September 2014
- McLean County – coordinator since April 2013
- North Carolina
- Assistant State Coordinator #2, NCGenWeb Project – since July 2010
- Webmaster, NCGenWeb Project – since July 2009
- Martin County – county coordinator since 2008
- Onslow County – county coordinator since August 2009
- Jones County – county coordinator since September 2009
- Wake County – county coordinator since January 2010
- Washington County – county coordinator since August 2009
I created and currently maintain the following indexes/web portals:
- NCGenWeb Yearbook Index – database 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 Nashville – blog dedicated to the African-American history & genealogy of Nashville, Tennessee.
- Who’s Who in Tennessee — I 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)
- Koonce Genealogy – blog dedicated to Koonce Family research
- Vanderbilt Family Genealogy – blog dedicated to the family tree of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt
MISC. ONLINE SITES
- North Carolina Newspaper Extracts Bibliography – FamilySearch Wiki page I created for print books w/ NC newspaper extracts (2012)
- Family Tree Website – site uses a MySQL/PHP-based program, TNG: The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding
- Genealogy Digital Bookshelf – my site for organizing books I like from the Internet Archive. Launched April 2011.
- Ancestry.com Profile
- Researching African American Family History. Presented for Black History Month Series by Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage. 11 February 2017. <view handout>
- Maximizing the Use of Online Collaborative Family Trees for Your Personal Research. Presented to the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society. 16 July 2016.
- Introduction to Genealogy Research. Presented for the Preserving Your Family Event hosted by Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. 6 February 2016. <view handout>
- Indexing Workshop for the HBCU Newspaper History Project. Presented for the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American History & Genealogical Society. 6 September 2014. Available online.
- GENEALOGY: People of Color Where Are We on the Journey? Show hosted by African American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research You Got Roots Radio. 23 March 2014. <http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aagsaryougotroots/2014/03/23/genealogy-people-of-color-where-are-we-on-the-journey>
- WordPress for Genealogy: Experience the Power of Dynamic Publishing. 12 October 2013. 34th Annual Conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. <view slides & handout>
- RSS Feeds for Genealogy: News & Information Brought Directly To You. 12 October 2013. 34th Annual Conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. <view slides & handout>
- Genealogy News at Your Fingertips: From RSS Feeds to Digital Magazine Platforms. 5 October 2013. Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Extension Series. <archived presentation & view handout>
- WordPress for Your Genealogy Website. 4-part webinar series. Hosted by DearMyrtle. June – July 2012. <view my online WordPress page for more info>
- 1940 Census Indexing Update Webinar: Panel Member. Hosted by DearMyrtle. 2 May 2012. TNGenWeb 1940 Census Indexing. <http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2012/05/1940-census-indexing-webinar-panelists.html>
- My Society Radio: WordPress for Your Society Website. Hosted by Federation of Genealogical Societies. Podcast. 21 Apr 2012. <http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2012/04/21/wordpress-for-your-society-website>
- 1940 Census Indexing & Images Update Webinar: Panel Member. Hosted by DearMyrtle & RootsMagic. 4 Apr 2012. <http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2012/04/1940census-and-our-guests-tonight-are.html>
- MySociety Radio: Crafting an Effective Member Survey. Hosted by Federation of Genealogical Societies. Podcast. 21 Jan 2012. <http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2012/01/21/crafting-an-effective-member-survey>
- 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)
TANEYA – AROUND THE WEB
- Koonce, Taneya Y. “Using the Slave Narratives for Genealogical Research.” Blog post. Are You My Cousin. Lisa Lisson, 19 Feb. 2016. <http://lisalisson.com/2016/02/19/using-the-slave-narratives-for-african-american-research/>.
- Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 90. Hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke. “Brick Wall Busting Strategies.” Featured Guest. November 2015. Available online at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/episode90.
- Martin -Osuagwu, Deanna. “Rooted in Family History.” Jet Magazine. 5 February 2014. Available online at http://www.jetmag.com/life/rooted-family-history/.
- MacEntee, Thomas. “Genealogy Hacked: Who’s Who in TN Project”. Hack Genealogy. 19 August 2013. Available online at http://hackgenealogy.com/genealogy-hacked-whos-tn-project/.
- Hepps, Tammy. “What’s in a Name?” Treelines 6 June 2013. 7 June 2013. Available online at http://b.treelines.com/whats-in-a-name/.
- Green, Tavia D. “Technology Opens New Doors for African American Genealogists.” Leaf Chronicle [Clarksville, TN] 26 Feb. 2012: A5. LeafChronicle.com.<http://www.theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012302260025>.
- “Next Generation Genealogy and One Woman’s Quest to Share the Wealth of WorldCat.org.” March 2010.
- Richardson, Dean. “Follow Friday: Taneya’s Genealogy Blog.” Genlighten. 19 Feb 2010. Available online at http://blog.genlighten.com/2010/02/19/follow-friday-taneyas-genealogy-blog/
- Guest post on WorldCat.org blog- WorldCat.org for Genealogists. Feb 2010.
page last updated: September 25, 2016