Special Collections (Tennessee Room)
The Tennessee Room on the second floor
contains a non-circulating collection of over 2,900 books and periodicals that
relate to local, regional, and state history and to genealogy. Many of these
books were donated by individuals or by a local genealogical society, the
Watauga Association of Genealogists (WAGs),
which meets once a month at the Library. A collection of census records for East
Tennessee as well as East Tennessee county records on microfilm are also
Through the Tennessee State Library
electronic library (TEL), the databases of HeritageQuest can be accessed from
library computers or from home computers. It contains census records for every
state from 1790-1820, 1860-1920 that can be searched online. Similarly a large
collection of genealogy books can be searched via TEL online.
A microfilm reader-printer is located next
to the Tennessee Room.
Vertical files arranged by family surname
contain unpublished materials such as pedigree charts and bible records that
relate to local families.
Donations of genealogical materials,
especially relating to Northeast Tennessee families,
Reference staff is available to offer only
general introductory assistance to the materials located in the Tennessee Room.
Volunteer researchers from WAGS offer assistance on the 2nd Tuesday
of each month (with the exception of January and February) from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Watauga Association of Genealogists - Upper East Tennessee
This is a membership organization open to any persons with
genealogical and historical interests. There is a $18 annual membership fee. This group meets at the Johnson City Public Library the
first Tuesday of each month (with the exception of January and February) at 6:30 p.m. The association supports the Library’s
Tennessee Room and is a solid contact for those interested in regional history