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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.

"Accidentally on purpose" Tennessee Archives Month

October is Tennessee Archives Month.  The theme for 2014 is “Accidentally on Purpose: Acquisition, Care, & Promotion of Unusual or Specialized Collections.”  These interesting or unusual items provide challenges for archivists and sometimes fill in an undocumented piece of history.  These odd collections are the sprinkles on the archives cupcake.

Home from Paris 1914

Recently while researching the historic newspaper collection housed in the Local History & Genealogy Department a story about a prominent Chattanoogan making her way home from Paris during WWI grabbed our attention. A quick search of just a few other sources in the department allowed us to compile this glimpse into her life. We hope you are encouraged to come for a visit and discover even more gems from Chattanooga's past.