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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.

"Having a swell time!"

A postcard depicting the Cherokee Tourist Camp along the Dixie Highway in Chattanooga, TN

Collecting and sending postcards is a popular pastime, especially during summer months when traveling and vacations are in abundance. Postcards were first widely used simply as a means of inexpensive communication. Then they were employed for advertising and networking. During WWI and WWII, the cards were not only used to boost morale for troops away from home but for propaganda as well. 

The music of Muscle Shoals

The cover of the Muscle Shoals documentary

Billed as the "incredible true story of a small town with a big sound," this award winning film uncovers how a small rural town in Alabama shaped the history of the sound recording industry.