New book offers historical and familial insight to Hamblen County

Announcing the Hamblen County Genealogical Society’s new project are from left, Hamblen County Register of Deeds Jim Clawson, Karen Nunan, Ann Blomquist, Linda Raitala, Earleen Sides, Clint Oftedahl and Hamblen County Mayor Bill Britain.

In celebration of the county’s sesquicentennial, the Hamblen County Genealogical Society is sponsoring, compiling and publishing a new book, “Hamblen County History and Families, Vol. II.”

The book will include a history of the county, including family histories, communities, churches, schools, businesses, farms, memorials, tributes, clubs, organizations and more.

“It is important that every family in the county be included in this historic publication,” Hamblen County Register of Deeds Jim Clawson said.

The invitation to be included in the book has been extended to anyone who has ever lived in Hamblen County. There is no cost to be included in the publication. There is no requirement to purchase a book to be included.

Those who wish to be included are asked to type up their family’s history in 500 words or less and include at least one family photograph. The names of the individuals in the photo should be written on the back of the photo. All photos will be returned. The typed history should be mailed to Hamblen County History Book, P.O. Box 1213, Morristown, TN 37816.

Submissions may also be dropped off at the Morristown-Hamblen Library on any Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Members of the book committee will be in the glassed-in conference room at the right of the front entrance.

The committee advises individuals to discuss when they or their ancestors first came to Hamblen County, where they arrived from, their vocations, children and marriages.

“Tell about military service within your family, hobbies and stories handed down from generation to generation. Before you know it, you will have a fascinating story that will be preserved and cherished for generations,” Earleen Sides, Hamblen County Genealogical Society President, said.

For those who do not feel they write well, professional editors will be proofing the submissions for grammar and spelling.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 31.

The hardback, collector’s quality 8 1/2” by 11” book will be bound in a beautiful, swirl-grained leatherette cover with a gold foil stamped seal depicting the book logo on the front cover and a gold lettered spine. Its archive-quality pages will be smyth-sewn for durability. The book will be placed in libraries and offices across the county, state and the country.

“This book will be a family heirloom that can be handed down from generation to generation,” Sides said.

The book will be available on a pre-sale basis only for $59.95. Order forms are available at the library during drop-off hours.

For more information call 205-305-6504 or email