Genealogy is the record of a family’s history. In many cases, our ancestors left a “paper trail” for us to follow. Genealogy is a very personal way to study history which can lead to many exciting discoveries. This guide tells you how to begin, how to make use of records, information about birth and death records, county records, state records, military records, city directories and phone books, and newspapers.
The purpose of the following resource guides is to help identify and clarify some of the vast resources available at Tennessee State Library and Archives. These guides are not comprehensive listings for all archival collections, but rather a sampling of what is available to interested researchers.