Goodspeed's History of Robertson County, TN
This is a portion of Goodspeed's History of Tennessee that I found
helpful and entertaining while tracing my family roots. I thought
others might be interested in having access to it.
A. Goodspeed's History of Tennessee
Goodspeed's History of Tennessee was originally published in
1886. I found a volume of the work in a second-hand store in Franklin,
Tenn.,several years ago. My volume was a reprint published in 1972 by
Woodward& Stinson Printing Co. of Columbia, Tenn.
B. How This Is Organized
One part is the "History of Robertson County,
"pages 827-867. The other part is from the
"BiographicalAppendix for Robertson County,"
The "History of Robertson County" is continuous text;
that is, thereare no subtitles to indicate the transitions between
topics. The text does divide into topics, but they are identifiable
only by reading the paragraphs.
The "Biographical Appendix for County"
contains 158 paragraphs. There is one family discussed
paragraph. The paragraphs are arranged in rough alphabetic order
by last name of the family.
I have provided two aids to finding family names:
- The Table of Contents to the Biographical
Appendix lists the name of the head of the household for each family,
ordered in the same way as the paragraphs. Each entry also has a
hyperlink to the paragraph to which it refers in the Biographical
- The List of All Surnames lists 751 names
that appear in both the "History of Robertson County" and the "Biographical
Appendix for Robertson County." Since many of the names occur many
times, I could not provide hyperlinks to all entries, so I do not provide
hyperlinks to any of the entries.
The List of All Surnames is simply an aid, so you can see if any names
you are interested in appears anywherein the two sections.
If you find a name you are interested in, you should use your search
dialog to find where in the text the
How This Was Produced
I tried to make this as accurate a representation of the original
as possible,including typographical errors and mistakes. However,
words broken at the end of lines were put back together.
I scanned each page and then used Optical Character (OCR)software, to
turn the graphic representation into editable text. Under the best
of conditions, OCR is less than 100% with old,bad printing, the results
So it is necessary to compare, by eye, the results of OCR
analysis to original. Under the best of conditions, my eyes are far
fromperfect. Therefore, since there were errors in the original text
and the process of producing this version adds additional errors, when you
encounter one you cannot tell if it is an error in the original work,or
introduced by the OCR, or by my flawed attempt to correct the OCR.
Nevertheless, I thought this would be useful, since you could
find out if a family name is in this history without having to read
the whole thing yourself. For speed, if you decide to look at the
information inthe original book, I have embedded page numbers in the
text. They look like this: [p.1124]. They are
always exactly where pages begin, since there are cases where page
breaks occur in the middle of words and I did not want to break words
just to be exact; but they are within a word of their original location.
D. Alternative Format
I also provided a PDF of the document, if you would prefer to download it
that way and it at your leisure. In the PDF version, the
"List of All Surnames" is an "Index of Last Names," complete with links
to all pages where the names occur. Also, once you download the
document, you will find that each line in the document's "Table of Contents"
and"List of Figures" is a hyperlink to that entry. Unlike the links
above, though, you need a PDF viewer to see the document. The PDF
document was using Adobe Acrobatô version 3.0. It can be viewed
with Acrobatô Reader 3.0 or higher. To download the latest version,
The .pdf document is a little over 1Mb, so it
will take a little time to download.Download The Historyof Robertson County
I hope you find this helpful and enjoyable.
David L. Sanford
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