Links to Research Databases

Genealogy  |  Maps  |  Military  |  Newspapers 

School & Career  |  Library & Archives Collections

 

Genealogy

 
Ancestry Institution

* Ancestry Institution provides a number of useful genealogical databases, including the following for Tennessee:

* Access to these databases is available through terminals in the Library & Archives building. Residents of Tennessee can access the indexes and scanned records by going through TEL -- the Tennessee Electronic Library.   Non-residents of Tennessee can  access the indexes (only) at Ancestry.com's Tennessee State Library and Archives web page.

   
Fold3

* Fold 3 has a premier collection of genealogy resources, indexes and scans of records.  The site includes the following:

  • City Directories
  • Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909)
  • Guion Miller Roll (1909-1910)
  • Naturalization Records
  • Souther Claims Commission Files

* Access to the Fold3 databases is available only through terminals in the Library & Archives building.

   
Family Search

  Family Search Genealogy Service, operated by the Church of Latter-day Saints, has many useful Tennessee records, including:

   
Heritage Quest Online

* HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Sources include:

* Access to the HeritageQuest databases is available through terminals in the Library & Archives building. Residents of Tennessee can access the indexes and scanned records by going through TEL -- the Tennessee Electronic Library.

   

  Shelby County Register of Deeds has many indexes (and scanned copies) of Memphis - Shelby County records such as Shelby County births (1874-1912), deaths (1848-1912), marriages (1820-1970), as well as scanned copies of Memphis City Directories (1859-1943). The site also includes a state-wide Tennessee death index for 1949-2014.

   
   

Maps

 
Sanborn Maps

* Digital Sanborn Maps chart the growth and development of American cities and towns. The maps are large-scale plans, listing street blocks and building numbers, including numbers in use at the time the map was created. This site allows the user to search the maps of more than 100 Tennessee cities.

* Access to the Digital Sanborn Maps database is available only through terminals in the Library & Archives building.

   
TeVA - Tennessee Virtual Archive

  Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) has a collection of scanned maps of the state. The section Historical Maps of Tennessee  includes several historical depictions of individual counties, an 1800 French map of the Southern United States, and a 1795 map of Tennessee immediately prior to statehood. the section Civil War Maps  has 15 maps which illustrate portions of the state as they appeared between 1861 and 1865.

   
   

Military

 
Looking Back - The Civil War in TN

  Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015). The Tennessee State Library and Archives is sending teams of archivists and conservators to communities across Tennessee. Digital copies of these items, representing the rich Civil War heritage of Tennessee families, will become part of a virtual exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war in Tennessee.

   
TN Civil War GIS Project

  Tennessee Civil War GIS Project integrates data about the Civil War in a user-friendly geographical interface, bringing hundreds of engagements and battles to your screen with aerial photography and modern map layers. It includes 1860 county Census data and unit histories for every Tennessee regiment from Tennesseans in the Civil War. It also features many original maps, documents, diaries, and photographs from Library & Archives' historic collections.

   
TN Civil War Sourcebook

  Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook is a searchable collection of over 7,000 articles chronicling the Civil War in Tennessee from September 1, 1861 through September 30, 1865.

   
Civil War Era Database (ProQuest)

* Civil War Era Database (ProQuest) is a collection of nearly 2,000 pamphlets and complete runs of eight newspapers, which document the diverse perspectives of the Civil War Era (1840-1865). This database covers a vast range of topics, including abolition, politics, religious themes, battle casualties, and the effects of the war on citizens, just to name a few.

* Access to the ProQuest Civil War database is available to residents of Tennessee and through terminals in the Library & Archives building.

   
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* Fold 3 has a premier collection of original military records, including the following: Revolutionary War Service Records, Revolutionary War Pension Applications, Civil War Service Records, and Southern Claims Commission files.

* Access to the Fold3 databases is available only through terminals in the Library & Archives building.

   
   

Newspapers

 
19th Century TN Newspapers

*19th Century Newspapers (Infotrac) is a full-text searchable, facsimile-image database of 200 newspapers, chronicling 19th-century American culture, daily life and events. The database includes newspapers from Chattanooga, Jonesborough, Memphis and Nashville.

* Access to the Infotrac 19th Century Tennessee Newspaper index is available only through terminals in the Library & Archives building.

   
Nashville Newspapers 1812-1922 (ProQuest)

* Nashville Newspapers 1812-1922 provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

* Access to the Nashville Newspapers database is available only through terminals in the Library & Archives building.

   
   

School & Career

Tennessee Electronic Library

  Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), a collection of databases free for all Tennesseans, provides homework help, test preparation, newspapers, and many other resources.

   
   

Library & Archives Collections

Tennessee State Library and Archives

  Tennessee State Library and Archives is the central portal to the Library & Archives catalog, manuscripts and record group finding aids, indexes, databases, digital collections, online exhibits, and other resources. The History and Genealogy section has a number of useful indexes for death records, military records, newspapers, etc. Visitors to the Library & Archives website can also access contact information on public libraries and archives across the state, Library & Archives programs and initiatives, and information about the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

   
TSLA Online Catalog

  Library and Archives Online Catalog searches books, government documents, maps, and selected periodicals and manuscripts collections. Materials with the location “Book Stacks” will be retrieved for you by a librarian.

   
TSLA Photograph & Image Search

  Library & Archives Photograph and Image Search Database collects approximately 30,000 images, primarily taken from the major Library & Archives photograph collections: the Library Photograph Collection, the Looking Back at Tennessee Collection, the Department of Conservation Collection, and The Tennessee Historical Society Picture Collection.

   
TeVA - Tennessee Virtual Archive

  Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) is a program of the Library & Archives to create 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.

   
Looking Back - The Civil War in TN

  Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015). The Tennessee State Library and Archives is sending teams of archivists and conservators to communities across Tennessee. Digital copies of these items, representing the rich Civil War heritage of Tennessee families, will become part of a virtual exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war in Tennessee.

   
Tennessee Landmark Documents

  Tennessee Landmark Documents presents digital copies of original historical documents that mark significant milestones in the formation and early history of the state of Tennessee. The documents also have full transcription and accompanying historical text. Files include the Constitution of Tennessee (1796), the Cumberland Compact, the Donelson Journal, the Constitution of the Cherokee Nation, and King George III's Proclamation of 1763.