JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society invites you to participate in their Early Settlers of Washington County Tennessee Project. 

Below is in a news release from the organization about their project.

"We are compiling records on those who came to our area during the early years.  The project will feature three important time periods; (pre) 1768 through 1777, 1778 through 1787, and 1788 through 1799 with an estimated 1,500 settlers in the area by 1800.  

Our intent is to publish a three volume set of books.  Each book will explore the people, the places they settled, the politics of the day and other important information as can be found about each of the families.

The first phase of the project will feature those who came prior to 1778.  By our count, there are over 500 documented persons who were in the area by this time.  We will also highlight the fact that prior to settlement in the 1760's the area was inhabited by the Cherokee and other important tribes.  

If you had ancestors who settled in our area prior to 1799 and would like to be included in any of the books, please contact us by email at : JGS1990@centurylink.net or by mail at Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee, Jonesborough Genealogical Society, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659.  Submissions are now being accepted.  More information about how to submit your family's history can be found on our website at www.jgstn.wordpress.com

Don't despair if your ancestors came a little later.  In addition to our Early Settlers of Washington County publications, we are offering an Early Settler Certificate  program to everyone who had ancestors in the area prior to 1840 and can prove they are related to them."