Genealogy Resources

Online Resources

Heritage Quest Online is available from home and in the library through the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Family Tree Maker Online 

Genealogy Links 

Cyndi’s List (Links)
Links to more than 100,000 genealogy-related sites. 
Use “Search It!” to search the text of the links and descriptions.

FREE Sites Like Ancestry to Research Your Family History

Historical Records

Ancestry's Free Databases

Freedmen's Bureau
This website features full text of many records, including marriages of former slaves, reports of Klan activities and other harassment of freedmen, and also labor contracts negotiated between former slaves and landowners.

Federal Land
You can search purchasers of Federal Lands beginning in 1820 and view and print original land patents at no cost.  Most lands are in Alabama, Mississippi, and the upper Midwest. 

Census Records

Census Online
You can search by state and county.  Full transcriptions are on the web; many partials or special census records available.

Census Forms 
Forms for all census years available shows all columns.  This can be very helpful when transcribing data – and it's free!

Heritage Quest 
Use “Census Research Headquarters” to find reel numbers for census by year and county.  Free membership.

Tennessee History & Genealogy

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Click on History & Genealogy.   Search vital records, Tennessee newspapers, county or census records.  Special features include searchable military records, a manuscript guide, TN place names and maps, historical photos and images, and many services that are available through the mail.

National Archives
Go to The Research Room, then History and Genealogy for great overviews and research tips on a variety of subjects.  In the Research Room follow the link to search the ARC catalog. ARC can be searched for surnames, but the main use is for subjects.  When searching ARC, always view the Series record for details.

McMinn County Historical Society and Archives
Major content includes Publications for Sale, Family Files, and Research Books.  

Federation of Genealogical Societies 

National Genealogical Society

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Home Page

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

New England Historic Genealogical Society

Sons of Confederate Veterans

United Daughters of the Confederacy