Melissa Barker


About Melissa Barker

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager for the Houston County, TN. Archives. She also lectures, teaches and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. She writes her own blog and has written articles for several publications. She is affectionately known as The Archive Lady. She is also a Professional genealogist that works with clients researching their Tennessee ancestors.

Finding Unidentified Photographs in Archives

Finding a photograph of our ancestor can be a genealogical accomplishment and a reason to do the “Genealogy Happy Dance”. Many genealogists, like me, are still looking for their ancestor’s photographs. Did you know that many archives have photograph collections? This fact may not be known by most genealogists because photograph collections are not in plain sight or available in […]


Where Are The Records?

This past November, the Houston County, TN. Archives celebrated its 8th year of being an established county archive. On November 15, 2010 the Houston County Legislative Body voted to establish a county archive to manage the county government records and to preserve local historical and genealogical records. I still strive today to do the job entrusted to me as the […]


That’s in the Archives! 3

Recently I read a newspaper article where the author stated “Sometimes, genealogists need private documents, letters, business records and diaries to confirm dates or relationships. Those aren’t the kinds of things you usually find at the National Archives or your state’s archives.” I could not disagree more with this statement. As an archivist and genealogist, I can confirm that personal […]


U.S. Presidents and Your Ancestors

On February 18th we will celebrate President’s Day in the United States. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as President’s Day after it became part of the 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act which was an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual […]