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It's word search time! And other free, online historic resources

April 19, 2020

With the changing times and means to educate while schools are closed, it can be difficult for parents-now-turned-teachers to homeschool on such short notice, and possibly without a lot of resources. That's where Metro Archives and the Library come in handy. And who says educating can't be fun? So here's a word search I created with words and names pertaining to the founding of the city of Nashville. 

I'm trying something new here, so please feel free to post in the comments with your thoughts on the matter. But I've created a word search using words pertaining to the founding of Nashville. Narrowing it to 20 words, each word provides some piece to the puzzle of how Nashville was created. 

Give it a go and have fun! If you like it, please let me know in the comments so I can explore the possibilty of making more based on other historic themes. 

If you're also interested in making one of your own, here is the website where I made the word search. It was incredibly easy! 


If you're curious what some of the names pertain to, here are 2 websites where you can read and find out who these individuals were, and why they matter to the founding of our city. 

Metro Website - Historic Timeline

Metro Archives Founding Nashville page

Other free, online historic resources for teachers and students...

  • Heritage Quest
    • This online resource from Ancestry might not be the go-to for homeschoolers or young students, but you'd be surprised. If you're wanting to teach your students (or learn yourself) about the powerful use of primary sources, this website will be perfect. On top of its main resource of census records dating back to 1790 all the way up to the most-recently available year of 1940, the website also has city directories and U.S. Freedman's Bank Records.
    • For more info about genealogy research and other resources to use, check out one of my former blog posts that goes more in depth - 'Tis the Season for Family Research blog post
  • Which brings me to my next! Metro Archives
    • I might be biased when it comes to historical research when I say we have some of the best, but let me explain why I think that. Everything we do and can help with is outlined on our website, and if you can't find anything - just click on "Contact Us". The Archives' team is working from home, like the rest of the Library staff, making sure we can still help our patrons in any way we can. So we'll respond asap to your inquiries. 
    • But here's a brief explanation of how our website can help you - in addition to the genealogy-related info on the site under vital records, we also have a Nashville history page that helps provide valuable founding information about the city, includes names of important individuals, transcribed-weather reports from the late 19th century, and a link to our newly-developed and added page Nashville Enslaved and Free People of Color Database.
    • Another handy tool available through the Library website that provides homework assistance in the area of history and social sciences. 
  • Proquest, via the Library website
    • Newspapers are another important resource for research, and this site includes the Tennessean. There are 2 links from the Library website depending on what dates you're searching - either from 1812-2002, or 2002 to the present. 
  • Tennessee Encyclopedia
    • Like any good encyclopedia, these are good, factual resources that are easily searchable. It covers all spectrums of Tennessee history as well. 
  • National Archives' Educator Resources
    • A whole other page with a bunch of other resources provided by the National Archives. 
  • For Adults - Free Online Course about the History of Books
    • This came as a recommendation from a coworker, but it's a pretty-cool-looking free online course on the history of the book and invention of printing.

'Til next time, 



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Sarah is a Program Coordinator with Metro Archives. Her interests and areas of expertise are history, reading books (of any kind), music, travel, Harry Potter, and bingeing a good comedy series. When not in Archives, she is either nose-deep in a book or planning her next trip. Learn more about the fascinating materials found at Metro Archives through their website.