Genealogy Resources

Online Resources

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

Family Search

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.

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.

National Genealogical Society:

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Home Page:

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution:

Sons of Confederate Veterans:

United Daughters of the Confederacy: