|Knox County Public Library
- McClung Historical Collection
E-mail: Ask a librarian form.
- 601 South Gay Street 3rd Floor
- Knoxville, TN 37902
- Sun:1:00 – 5:00
Mon:9:00 – 8:30
Tues:9:00 – 8:30
Wed:9:00 – 5:30
Thurs:9:00 – 5:30
Fri:9:00 – 5:30
Sat:9:00 – 5:00
Directions, map, and public transportation:
Internet sites and databases:
- Knox County Public Library hours and locations, go to catalog, explore the collection, calendar and programs, about, local and family history, kid zone, teen central, news, and events.
- KCPL catalog online has keyword, author, title, subject, or series searches, and in WorldCat.
The Knox County Public Library's McClung Historical Collection on the 3rd floor of the East Tennessee History Center is the premier genealogy repository for this part of Tennessee featuring an index to early Tennessee and North Carolina families. This is the best family history and genealogy index for these two states.
The McClung Historical Collection’s primary focus is east Tennessee; it holds one of the country’s leading research collections about the region, including Internet genealogy databases, more than 75,000 books, 3,000 genealogies, manuscripts, censuses, state and local government records, newspapers, Knoxville city directories, maps, and photos.
Court records include deeds, marriages, tax lists, guardian records, vital records, wills, and estates from the east Tennessee counties of Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Carter, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Loudon, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.
In addition to the east Tennessee material, the collection also contains research guides and census indexes for many states in the United States, especially 11 states in the South.
The Knox County Public Library also offers the free online Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection.
- Local and Family History Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, Knox County Archives, East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum, Historical Resources A - Z, Getting Started with Genealogy, Events, and New at McClung.
Many photographs are online in the McClung Digital Collection.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Knox County Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
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.
- 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.
- Museum of East Tennessee History showcases the history of 35 regional counties.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chattanooga Public Library Downtown, has the Upper South's largest family folder collection which is heavy on North Carolina, Internet genealogy databases, census, newspapers, obituary index, county records, 30,000 books, manuscripts, and genealogical periodicals.
- Knoxville Public Library, online genealogy databases like Cyndi's List, Ellis Island, FamilySearch, and Rootsweb.
- Knox County Library, cardholder access to databases like Footnote.com, HeritageQuest, and TN Sanborn maps.
- Knox County Clerk, probates since 1789; marriages, divorces, court records since 1792; tax records since 1806.
- Knox County Register of Deeds, land records since 1791.
- Knox County Clerk of the Circuit Court, court records since 1792; probate records since 1792.
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, Knoxville, recent civil and criminal court records.
- University of Tennessee Hodges Library, Knoxville, manuscripts, biographies, genealogies, county histories, church records, federal records, American Indians especially Cherokees, and river traffic. 
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Sevier, Roane, and Union.
- Watauga Association of Genealogists, Johnson City, meetings, services, publications, genealogists.
- The Hermitage Museum, Nashville, Pres. Andrew Jackson's home, to learn about TN lifestyles.
- Historical Foundation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Cordova, official repository.
- Methodist Church Archives, Nashville, records and histories of Tennessee congretations.
- Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, central archives of SBC records.
- Tennessee DH Vital Records, Nashville, births since 1914; marriages-divorces-deaths since 1964.
- Tennessee Historical Society, Nashville, collection is at the [Tennessee State Library and Archives].
- Tennessee Genealogical Society Library, Germantown, Internet genealogy databases, 14,000 books, censuses, tax lists, vital statistics, early newspapers, and family charts.
- Repositories in other surrounding states (or provinces): Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Virginia.
- North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC, census, military, courts, bond, deed, estate, vital record, tax, wills. Many early Tennessee settlers were from Virginia and North Carolina.
- Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, and Canadians.
- Bristol Public Library, Bristol, VA, not a big library, but important for finding families traveling the Great Valley Road into Tennessee and Kentucky.
- Clayton Library, Houston, TX, censuses, military, passenger lists, periodicals, family histories, maps, Texas and Southern U.S. records, vertical files, British vital records index, German, Canadian records.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Library of Virginia, Richmond, large genealogy collection including births and deaths 1853-1896, marriages before 1936, histories, biographies, newspapers, Bibles, and huge manuscript collection (about half online), military and Civil War records, deeds, wills and other court records.  Many early Tennessee settlers were from Virginia and North Carolina.
- Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown, CA, holds the Tina Brayton Collection which is equivalent to the Draper Manuscript Collection but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia families. 
- ↑ Ask a librarian in Knox County Public Library (accessed 19 February 2014).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in Knox County Public Library (accessed 19 February 2014).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.
- ↑ Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in Knox County Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
- ↑ First Families of Tennessee in East Tennessee Historical Society (accessed 14 January 2021).
- ↑ Knox County Archives in East Tennessee Historical Society (accessed 20 February 2014).
- ↑ Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
- ↑ Research and Collections in Tennessee Archives and Libraries (accessed 23 May 2010).
- ↑ Local History and Genealogy Department in Chattanooga Public Library (accessed 14 January 2021).
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Publ., 2002), 641.
- ↑ Alice Eichholz, ed. Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 638.
- ↑ Home in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee (accessed 20 February 2014).
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.
- ↑ Home in Historical Foundation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (accessed 20 February 2014).
- ↑ Tennessee Conference, United Methodist Church Archives Depository and History Library in Society of Tennessee Archivists (20 February 2014)
- ↑ Information in Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives (accessed 20 February 2014).
- ↑ Genealogy in Tennessee Department of Health (accessed 20 February 2014).
- ↑ Research and Collections in Tennessee Historical Society (accessed 20 February 2014).
- ↑ Library Resources in Tennessee Genealogical Society (accessed 20 February 2014).
- ↑ Types of Government Records in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 20 February 2014).
- ↑ The Genealogy Center: A Tradition of Excellence in Genealogy Center - Allen County Public Library (accessed 19 February 2014).
- ↑ Collections in Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (accessed 14 January 2021).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
- ↑ Genealogy in Virginia Department of Health (accessed 4 January 2014).
- ↑ The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).