|Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center
- 7779 Poplar Pike
- Germantown, TN 38138
- Regional Historical and Genealogical Center 901-757-8480
- Tennessee Genealogical Society 901-754-4300
Hours: Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King birthday, President's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and following Friday, and Christmas Day.
Directions, maps: click here. Buses: Memphis (MATA) bus route 50 and route 69 stop near the Center.
Internet sites and databases:
- Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center mission, description, collections, programs and events.
- Tennessee Genealogical Society history, mission, news, research help, events, meetings, classes, photographs.
- Online library catalog by word or phrase, author, title, subject, series, or periodical title.
The Tennessee Genealogical Society uses this facility as its headquarters and repository. This collection emphasizes the Mid-South, Eastern, and Southern States. The Tennessee collection includes genealogy, local history, politics, government, family histories, and personal papers. Their genealogical collection contains databases, Tennessee Genealogical Society articles online, bibliographies, biographies, vital records, cemeteries, census, church, city directories, local histories, oral histories, court records, heraldry, immigration records, land, tax, maps, newspapers, military, periodicals, photographs, research guides, abstracts, indexes, recommended websites, and CDs. Researchers can use vertical files that have clippings and loose papers of biographies, cemeteries, family surname files, churches, clubs, and obituaries, among others. The Center has over 440 microfilms of censuses, court records, and newspapers. Specialized collections consist of Civil War histories, American Indians of the South including Dawes Commission and Guion Miller rolls, DAR records, ships passenger lists, European and U.S. history, biographies of royalty and statesmen, journals, and diaries.
If you cannot visit or find a source at theGermantown Regional History and Genealogy Center, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, African Americans, vital records, censuses, county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, manuscripts, military records, Native Americans, newspapers, obituary lists, maps, state agency records, petitions, Tennessee postcards, city directories, prison inmates, and TN county historians.
- East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville, 67,000 books, newspapers, 3,000 genealogies, 14,000 TN first families, manuscripts, census, Knoxville city directories 1859-now, maps, photos, deeds, wills, marriages, military records, TN Confederate pensions, Ancestry.com, New England Ancestors, HeritageQuest, Sanborn maps.
- Memphis Public Library, microfilmed and indexed Memphis and Shelby County records, censuses, genealogies, periodicals, especially for the southern USA, passenger lists, Dawes Comm. index, DAR lineages, Ancestry.com.
- Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, births 1952-present.
- Shelby County Archives, births 1881-1951, marriages 1820-1999, deaths 1848-1951, probates 1820-1900, deeds, naturalizations 1856-1906.
- Shelby County Clerk, marriages 2000-present.
- Shelby County Register, deaths 1902-1954, deeds.
- Shelby County Probate Court, probates 1900-present.
- Shelby County Clerk of the Circuit Court, divorces.
- Shelby County Clerk of the Chancery Court, divorces.
Repositories in surrounding counties: Tipton, Fayette, Marshall MS, DeSoto MS, Crittenden AR, Mississippi AR.
- The Hermitage Museum, home of President Andrew Jackson, Nashville, to learn about Tennesse lifestyles.
- Vanderbuilt University Library, Nashville, biography, history, newspapers, ProQuest, America History & Life.
- Tennessee State University Library, Nashville, biography, ethnic studies, history, newspapers, JSTOR, Civil War.
- University of Tennessee Knoxville Libraries documentary histories, ArchivesUSA, newspapers, and ProQuest.
- State Library of North Carolina, Raleigh, family history, Bibles, marriages, deaths, newspapers, deeds, photos.
- North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, census, military, courts, bond, deed, estate, vital record, tax, wills.
Repositories in other surrounding states: Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri.
- National Archives at Atlanta (i.e. Morrow), federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.
- Allen County Public Library (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.
- Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, national censuses/indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and extensive newspaper clippings.
- Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston TX, newspapers, American Civil War, Biography and Genealogy Master Index, Black Studies, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuestOnline, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.