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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.

Tennessee State Capitol Documentary Presentation

The mission of the State Library and Archives is to preserve Tennessee's history for everyone. This video, showing in Chattanooga on Friday, Oct. 11, draws on some of the vast treasures contained in the state archives to tell the story of the Capitol building.

Local veterans and descendants preserving Civil War history

Historical organizations such as the Daughters of Confederate Veterans and the Society of the Army of the Cumberland were created to honor veterans and families as well as to preserve Civil War history. These groups create their own set of records which need preservation. The Chattanooga Public Library houses some of these local collections in its Local History & Genealogy Department. The following is a listing of what is available for you to visit and view: