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Local History

Featured Resources

In-library use only. One of the largest collections of family history data online. 

Index to obituaries published in the Chattanooga Times, News Free Press, and Chattanooga Times Free Press, complied by library staff. Years 1897-2014 now available.

Genealogy Connect will include more than 1,500 reference works, including trusted sources from Genealogical Publishing and Clearfield Company.  Researchers can use Gale Genealogy Connect to search quickly across multiple volumes, identifying connections and enriching family history.

Includes U. S. federal census records, PERiodical Source Index, family and local histories, and Revolutionary War files.

Home from Paris 1914

Recently while researching the historic newspaper collection housed in the Local History & Genealogy Department a story about a prominent Chattanoogan making her way home from Paris during WWI grabbed our attention. A quick search of just a few other sources in the department allowed us to compile this glimpse into her life. We hope you are encouraged to come for a visit and discover even more gems from Chattanooga's past.

New Book: Chattanooga's Transportation Heritage

David Steinberg ran the Chattanooga Choo-Choo trolley from 1972-1983 and served as historian to #history">CARTA until 1984. After moving to New York City he selected the Chattanooga Public Library as the home for his transportation collection, which has been added to as recently as this year. Over the years numerous historians and authors have used the collection for research, including Steinberg himself.