Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center

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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



7779 Poplar Pike
Germantown, TN 38138


  • Regional Historical and Genealogical Center 901-757-8480
  • Tennessee Genealogical Society 901-754-4300

Hours:[1]  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 hereBuses: Memphis (MATA) bus route 50 and route 69 stop near the Center.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

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.[2]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

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.

Overlapping Collections

  • 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.[3]

Similar Collections

  • 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,, New England Ancestors, HeritageQuest, Sanborn maps.

Neighboring Collections

Repositories in surrounding counties: Tipton, Fayette, Marshall MS, DeSoto MS, Crittenden AR, Mississippi AR.

Repositories in other surrounding states: Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri.

  • National Archives at Atlanta (i.e. Morrow), federal censuses,, 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,, HeritageQuestOnline, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: History of Memphis, Tennessee

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center" in City of Germantown at (accessed 9 July 2010).
  2. "Collections" in City of Germantown at (accessed 12 July 2010).
  3. "Research and Collections" in Tennessee Archives and Libraries in Tennessee Department of State at (accessed 23 May 2010).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "Where to Get Genealogical Records" in Memphis Public Library Information Center at (accessed 10 July 2010).
  5. Alice Eichholz, ed. Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 639.

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