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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.

New Book: Of Times and Race

Of Times and Race:  Essays Inspired by John F. Marszalek , published this year, is a tribute to a masterful history professor at Mississippi State University. Those who he guided to doctoral degrees have contributed essays and accounts regarding the racial divide during the Civil War era and beyond.

New digital exhibits launched

Sain family photo from July 4, 1901

The Chattanooga Public Library's Local History and Genealogy department have entered a new area of growth and opportunity for sharing and expanding our digital collections in dynamic and interpretive ways.