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Ancestry Library Edition is a comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical research. It includes searchable images of U.S. federal census records, the Social Security Death Index, and a variety of vital, church, court, and immigration records. This database is for in-library use only.


Tennesssee Records are available through the State Library and Archives. You will need to create a free account with Ancestry.com to view images. Only these records can be viewed outside the library on Ancestry.com. The following data collections are included:

  • City Birth Records, 1881-1915
  • City Death Records, 1872-1923
  • Death Records, 1908-1958
  • Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909
  • Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895
  • Enumeration of Male Voters, 1891

HeritageQuest Online is one of America's favorite tools for researching genealogy. Click here to use HeritageQuest on a computer outside of the library; you will need to enter your library card number.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Nashville Tennessean (1812-1922)

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Sourced from the collection of Tennessee State Library and Archives. Reproduced with permission. (From outside the library, use Login ID: linebaughpl and password: 37130).

Internet Sites

Cyndi's List - A genealogy hub site
FamilySearch - The Mormon website
Where to Write for Vital Records

Local Genealogical Resources


The Albert Gore Research Center - The Albert Gore Research Center is a manuscripts repository dedicated to preserving and making available for research primary source materials related to Tennessee history; located at MTSU.

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society - MTGS serves the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee, hosting genealogical seminars and publishing the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History.

Rutherford County Archives - The Archives seeks to preserve and protect the written documents, past and present, generated by the government offices of Rutherford County.

Rutherford County Historical Society - RCHS's purpose is to discover, procure, and preserve the facts, articles, or documents that related to the history of Rutherford County.

TNGenWeb - Volunteer project to create a source location for online genealogical research for every county in Tennessee.

Tennessee State Library & Archives - Collection of records, manuscripts, and other documents related to Tennessee history and genealogy; located in Nashville.

Tennessee Vital Records - How and where to obtain copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates.

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