About Me

 I am a medical librarian with 16 years in information management & organization.  I apply my professional experience in the identification, selection, evaluation, & critical analysis of information resources 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 and historical newspaper research.


  • 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


  • 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
  • Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society – 2008-2009



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 People in the Newsdatabase of names mentioned in various newspaper articles. Most entries are deaths reported in Raleigh newspapers, but entries also come from a few other North Carolina newspapers.
  • 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)






  • 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: October 8, 2015