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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.

George is looking at us

Say hi to George!  He's in a glass case behind the Local History public service desk.  This portrait is a handsome example of mosaic art.  The portrait hung at a Washington family ancestral home in England known as Sulgrave Manor from 1780 - 1886.  The portrait was collected by local prominent businessman and former city auditor Warner S. McCall (1874 - 1961).

Digitizing the files

One of the projects currently underway in the Local History & Genealogy Department involves scanning the vast set of files known as the clipping files.  Every day the staff of the department go through the local newspaper and cut out articles on various subjects, mostly pertaining to the Chattanooga area.  These are pasted onto letter-size paper and filed according to subject.  So, if you were curious about "Underground Chattanooga" or perhaps the local election results in 1972 the staff would get you a folder of articles on the subject.  Not everything is clipped, of course; you would