How do I start?
- Getting Started in Genealogy
Learn how to start researching your family history. Includes links to online tutorials, forms, useful websites and a list of resources.
- Handbooks and How-Tos
Lists general manuals, bibliographies, guides, etc., for various age groups, types of records, states, and counties as well as ethnic group-specific resources.
- Information about Records
Find out what kinds of records are out there and what information you might be albe to glean from each.
Research Guides & Websites
What resources does the Nashville Room have that will help me start my family tree?
What resources are in the Archives that would help me with Genealogy Research?
Services & FAQs
Does staff provide reference or research services?
See Services and Fees for a description of the services available and associate fees.
Are there Genealogical Researchers who will do research for me?
The library does not offer in-depth genealogical research services. Below is a list of resources that list genealogy researchers.
Do you send Interlibrary Loans?
Because our collections are often unique, if the Special Collections Division holds the only copies of the materials, they are not loaned out via Inter-Library Loan. Sometimes there will be additional copies available in the library's circulating collection, and if so, these are subject to the library's general ILL policy. The Tennessee State Library and Archives does loan materials via interlibrary loan.
Where else can I look for information after I've exhausted the library resources?
- Tennessee Libraries & Archives
Lists libraries and archives for Middle, East, and West Tennessee.
- TN Genealogy & Historical Societies
- Friends of the Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County
Metro Archives collections Nashville and Davidson County government records. There is a link to their research policy and other guides that provide information about their holdings and how to obtain copies.
- U.S. & International Libraries & Organizations
Lists libraries and research centers in the U.S. and Internationally.
- Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
The central central depository and archives of Southern Baptist Convention records.
- Jewish Federation Archives
Collects the records of the families, businesses, and institutions of the Nashville Jewish community.
- Tennessee State Library and Archives
Contains a wealth of information on their resources. Use How do I find?
to locate adoption records, birth certificates, census records, court records, death certificates, deeds, divorce records, land grants, marriage records, military records, newspapers, probate records, and tax lists in Tennessee.
- Tennessee Vital Records Office
Registers and maintains the original certificates of births, deaths, marriages and divorces that occur in Tennessee.
- TNGenWeb Project
A non-profit genealogical research site devoted to Tennessee resources. The site provides message boards to post genealogical queries, a list of Tennessee-related genealogy and history events, county links, research guides on special topics, and links to records available online.