Does it get any better than discovering there is (well, in my case, was) a genalogical society for your surname?
This is an excerpt from the front page of the Koonce To Koonce newsletter of the Koonce Genealogical Society. I learned of the newsletter last month I think from a random internet search, and then discovered that the Tennessee State Archives has several issues. At this point, I have not looked to see how many issues were done total, but I will find out. Koonce’s (from my slaveowners families in Eastern NC) were some of the early settlers in Tennessee and Nashville, so I’m not surprised that TSLA would have these. I spent quite a bit of time browsing through the issues and I photocopied two issues for beginners. Believe me, I’m going to photooopy them all eventually. While most of the information is for the white Koonce lines, I was still fascinated.
When I got home, I showed the newsletter to Kaleya to see if she would recognize the pattern of the name Koonce. I taught her that the words on my name badge for work say “Taneya Koonce”, so she looked at it and thought it also said Taneya Koonce. Well, close enough for me! I was just happy that she recognzied the word Koonce out of context of my name badge 🙂