Genealogy

The Chattanooga Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department was able to acquire patrons limited-time remote access to Ancestry.com! Due to universal social distancing policies, Ancestry.com has allowed for their Library Edition to be accessed outside of the library. The offer will be available at least through March 2021.

Index to obituaries published in the Chattanooga Times, News Free Press, and Chattanooga Times Free Press, compiled by library staff. Years 1897-2015 now available. For further assistance in locating an obituary or death notice, or to request an obituary copy, please contact: localhistory@lib.chattanooga.gov

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.

Sanborn Maps with historical large-scale plans of cities and towns drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch.

Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA), a program of the State Library and Archives (TSLA) provides a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture. TeVA provides a searchable array of historical records, photographs, documents, maps, postcards, film, audio and other original materials of enduring value.

From King George’s Proclamation of 1763 to the earliest purchase of land from Native Americans to the first Constitutions of the State of Tennessee, these are among the most important records from our past. Significant milestones in the formation and early history of the state are presented here in digital form.

Provides a central point for accessing digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, oral histories, artifacts, etc.) that document the history and culture of Tennessee.

Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections available:  Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia and The Civil War in Words and Deeds.

In partnership with Ancestry.com, Tennessee State Library & Archives provides access to Death Certificates 1908-1958.

Local History Remote Services

Local History and Genealogy staff can provide photocopies from our newspaper collection (such as obituaries), historical photographs, and other non-circulated reference materials from the Local History Department. For rates and requirements, call 423-643-7725 or email staff at localhistory@lib.chattanooga.gov.

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