I am writing in regards to the Jan. 19 article, "Health Dept. records reveal a time that could return." In it, Dr. Alan Stewart is quoted as saying, “Historically, many of (the records) were stored at the Daughters of the American Revolution," and the article continues, "Though it’s unclear how it happened, many Knox County death records were removed from the DAR’s storage and thrown away many years ago."
This implies the members of Francis Vigo Chapterthrew valuable historic documents in the garbage, and this is completely false.
According to chapter members active at the time, those records were saved from a Dumpster outside the health department by DAR members, who likely found the original records tossed aside in the age of microfilm. Those records were held in our chapter house facility for nearly two decades until 2002, when they were placed in the McGrady-Brockman Library. They were accessed for research in both locations.
A five-year agreement was drawn up between the Knox County Public Library and the DAR to determine when the documents would become the full property of the library. We are thrilled they are back at the health department and referred to for the valuable resource they are.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is the nation's largest genealogical society for women, whose core principals are education, patriotism and historic preservation.
We know a good death record when we see one.
Lancaster is the Francis Vigo Chapter Regent.