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Spring 2003
A Publication of the St. Louis Public Library

Vol. 3   No. 2


The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) website:

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The TSLA has an outstanding website that is packed with useful and informative features, including some online indexes, bibliographies, and guides to county and local records. The introductory page for the TSLA Public Records Section lists the following types of records available: Online Catalog; Services Provided by Mail; Vital Records; Military Records; County Records; Census Records; Indexes to Records; TN Newspapers; TN Place Names & Maps; TN Bibliographies; TSLA Photos & Images; and misc. Each of these sections provides guidelines spelling out what research can be done and what fees will apply.

Available online are indexes to Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1912, and 1914-1925; Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary, 1831-1850; Tennessee Confederate Physicians; Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers & Widows; Tennessee Confederate Soldiers' Home Applications; Tennessee Civil War Soldier Questionnaires; Southern Claims Commission Tennessee Claimants; Tennessee Spanish-American War Soldiers; Tennessee WWI Soldiers; Tennessee WWI Veteran Questionnaires; and Tennessee WWI Gold Star Records.

Also available online are the following lists: Tennessee Early (to 1900) County Records on Microfilm; Early Tennessee Tax Lists on Microfilm; Directory of Libraries and Archives in Tennessee; Newspapers on Microfilm at the TSLA; Tennessee Place Names & Post Offices; Guide to Maps in the TSLA; Guide to Microfilmed Manuscripts in the TSLA; and Statewide Census Records on Microfilm. Note: Most microfilm owned by the TSLA is available for loan to public libraries, so ask your local library to interlibrary loan microfilms you need from TSLA.

Persons researching ancestors in a particular Tennessee county or city should be aware of these online resources on the TSLA website: County Records Inventories on Microfilm; Early County Records Available on Interlibrary Loan; Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee; City Directories at the TSLA; Genealogical "Fact Sheets" on Tennessee Counties; and Bibliography of Tennessee Local History

Sources. Finally, there is also a list of "Tennessee County Historians." These persons, picked because of their knowledge of and experience in using the records of a particular county, are available to offer advice and research tips to persons looking for ancestors in a particular county. County historians are available for most, but not all, Tennessee counties.

Tennessee State Library & Archives

403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243-0312
Hours: General: M-SA: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Manuscripts Room: M-F: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

You Know You’re Doing Too Much Genealogy When:
One of our regular patrons told us that he knew he spent too much time on family history when he dreamed that, after dying, he arrived in Heaven and started shouting "Where is Henry Smith? I’ve got to know where he’s buried!"

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