Most of my family history is in North Carolina and East Tennessee (1750s-present) and I do most of my research remotely from Texas, so I'm generally limited to sources like Ancestry and FHL. My relatives moved to Tennessee around 1810 and lived mostly in sleepy towns and rural areas south of Knoxville, so I'm looking for anything interesting after that point.
But I have a trip coming up to Knoxville to visit family and I'm planning to go do some local research with my brother at local libraries.
I know what I can find online and I have some experience looking in historical archives (mostly at NCSA and GA), but I'm a little more lost when it comes to research at county or city resources.
What kinds of evidence should I look for that are far less likely to be digitized and indexed online, especially items I could find at a normal (not historical) library or county archive?
Some ideas I've had so far:
- Land ownership or tax records
- Wills (these are generally online)
- Newspapers (apparently very few survived from what I've heard so far)
- Local school yearbooks
Are there other local records that are often overlooked that might be accessible to the general public?