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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.

Our First Park: East Lake Park and Oxley Zoo

On May 25, 1896 C. E. James, prominent businessman and land developer donated a tract of land, including a spring, for the purpose of creating a public park. By July 4, of that same year, the East Lake Park was officially dedicated.

Historic Newspaper Research at Your Library

Reading historical newspapers may lead to finding more than you bargained for. The library staff occasionally run across stories that give our blog readers a glimpse of Chattanooga's culture and customs of the past. We can search historic newspapers in hopes of finding the details that bring a story to life.