African American Family History, with Taneya Koonce

July 26, 2020

The study of family history is a venture of learning about cultural identity.  A process of cobbling together documentary and other evidence about how people lived in the past, how they worked , made a living and related to the events of their times.  For Americans of African decent, genealogy  can be quite challenging due to the scarcity of records of particular individuals during the slave period.

Our guest today Taneya Koonce in the President of the  Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.  A genealogy enthusiast of more then 20 years she has recently started an initiative called the Academy of Legacy Leaders though which she shares her passion for researching  family legacies. We discuss  her personal journey in documenting her family, as well as her involvement in projects  such as the Fort Negley Descendants project.

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About Mark

Mark Thomas Fraley is a lawyer (now retired) in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Prior to starting law practice in 1987, Mark was active in the field of Parks and Recreation. He was the first Parks and Recreation Director for the cities of Gatlinburg and Sevierville Tennessee. He was the founding program administrator for the Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Service (PARTAS) and served as Assistant Commissioner of Conservation and Director or Parks and Recreation for the State of Tennessee.

University of Cincinnati, 1974, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Nashville School of Law, 1983, Doctor of Jurisprudence

License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court (1983) BPR# 10448
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1987)
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1994)

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