Chattanooga Public Library Downtown

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Chattanooga Public Library Downtown
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Telephone:[1] 423-757-5310

Hours:[1] Mondays-Thursdays 9a.m.-8p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays 9a.m.-6p.m.; closed Sundays

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Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Includes the Upper South's largest family folder collection which is heavy on North Carolina.[2] Internet genealogy databases, censuses, newspapers, obituary index, county records, 30,000 books, manuscripts, and genealogical periodicals.[3]

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Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Chattanooga Public Library Downtown, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Atlanta records of federal agencies and courts for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, Indian records, and military records.[4]
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, African Americans, vital records,censuses, county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, manuscripts, military records, Native Americans, newspapers, obituary lists, maps, state agency records, petitions, Tennessee postcards, city directories, prison inmates, and TN county historians.[5]

Similar Collections

  • Knox County Public Library, Knoxville, has the best index to North Carolina families,[2] Internet genealogy databases, 75,000 books, genealogies, First Families of Tennessee, manuscripts, censuses, state and local government records, newspapers, Knoxville city directories, maps, and photos.[6] In the same building:
  • East Tennessee Historical Society has for over 175 years recorded stories, collected artifacts, and educated visitors with lectures, and publications such as First Families of Tennessee, and the new Civil War Families of Tennessee. The original submission files for First Families of Tennessee and surname files are accessible to the public.[7]
  • Knox County Archives since 1792 collects history and county government records such as marriages, divorces, deeds, probates, County-Chancery-Circuit-Criminal-Juvenile-Superior court, tax, and school records, and online databases.[8]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Contact Us in Chattanooga Public Library (accessed 18 February 2014).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 85. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. Local History and Genealogy Department in Chattanooga Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  4. Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
  5. Research and Collections in Tennessee Archives and Libraries (accessed 23 May 2010).
  6. Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in Knox County Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  7. First Families of Tennessee in East Tennessee Historical Society (accessed 4 January 2021).
  8. Knox County Archives in East Tennessee Historical Society (accessed 20 February 2014).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Hamilton County in Tennessee Department of State: Tennessee State Library and Archives (accessed 21 February 2014).
  10. Hamilton County Clerk in Hamilton County, Tennessee (accessed 21 February 2014).
  11. Hamilton County Register of Deeds in Hamilton County, Tennessee (accessed 21 February 2014).
  12. Hamilton County Chancery Court in Hamilton County, Tennessee (accessed 21 February 2014).
  13. Hamilton County Circuit Court Clerk in Hamilton County, Tennessee (accessed 21 February 2014).
  14. About in Chattanooga Area Historical Association (accessed 21 February 2014).
  15. Home in Hamilton County Tennessee Genealogical Society (accessed 21 February 2014).
  16. Home in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee (accessed 20 February 2014).
  17. 17.0 17.1 Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.
  18. Home in Historical Foundation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (accessed 20 February 2014).
  19. Tennessee Conference, United Methodist Church Archives Depository and History Library in Society of Tennessee Archivists (20 February 2014)
  20. Information in Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives (accessed 20 February 2014).
  21. Genealogy in Tennessee Department of Health (accessed 20 February 2014).
  22. Research and Collections in Tennessee Historical Society (accessed 20 February 2014).
  23. Library Resources in Tennessee Genealogical Society (accessed 20 February 2014).
  24. Types of Government Records in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 20 February 2014).
  25. The Genealogy Center: A Tradition of Excellence in Genealogy Center - Allen County Public Library (accessed 19 February 2014).
  26. Collections in Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (accessed 4 January 2021).
  27. Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  28. Genealogy in Virginia Department of Health (accessed 4 January 2014).
  29. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).

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