Our Tennessee genealogists are available to research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Tennessee, as well as help you with other special requests.
Our researchers are available to visit local archives and libraries to access unique record collections to help with your research. Below is a list of a few of the archives our Tennessee researchers have access to.
Tennessee’s State Library and Archives are considered the best genealogical facility in the state. The archive holds hundreds of thousands of historical photographs, county records, genealogies, biographies, and records of Confederate soldiers. It also maintains a large collection of resources focusing on African American genealogy, including manuscript collections, microfilm collections, State Supreme Court Cases of east and middle Tennessee, and legislative petitions from 1799 to 1861.
The East Tennessee Historical Society’s archives contain over 175 recorded stories that focus on genealogy and the history of the region. Published informational texts that focus on the history of the region include the titles First Families of Tennessee and Civil War Families of Tennessee. The original 15,000 applications for the First Families of Tennessee and their surnames are accessible to the public.
The Knox County Public Library is also located in the East Tennessee Historical Building along with the historical society’s archives. This library is home to the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collections. This collection is one of the country’s leading databases of information on the East Tennessee region. Located here are more than 75,000 books, 3,000 genealogies, manuscripts, censuses, and state and local documents. Knoxville records here include city directories, maps, and photographs.
The Chattanooga Public Library is home to the largest family folder collection in the Upper South. These records focus mainly on Tennessee and North Carolina and hold 30,000 books, manuscripts, and genealogical periodicals.
Chattanooga Public Library