|Source: Tennessee State Library & Archives, Signing of the Declaration of Independence.|
Although I do not live in the state, I have documented ancestors who were in the territory that became Tennessee prior to Tennessee becoming a state. I have only been able to do this through the viewing of historic records. I hope Tennessee legislators hear from others who rely on these documents, and that barriers to access should not be put on public records. Tennessee should explore less restrictive methods and consider partnerships with organizations that will help make these public records open and available so that the historical record of the state can be preserved, accessed and used for the benefit of the public.