Bristol Public Library

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Bristol Public Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



701 Goode Street
Bristol, VA 24201-4199

Telephone:[1]  540-645-8780
Fax:  276-669-5593

Hours:[1]  Mon-Thurs 9am - 8pm; Fri and Sat 9am - 5pm; Sun 2pm - 5pm.

Map, directions, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Bristol Public Library Avoca Branch Library, children, teens, learning lab, library foundation, resources, about us, and special events.
  • Catalog online of four libraries including Bristol Public: search by keyword, author, title, subject, call number, and ISBN.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

They have a relatively small family folder collection. Nevertheless, it is an important resource for settlers coming from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and northern Virginia  along the Great Valley Road into Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.[2] Their collections includes a file for local cemeteries, and local history file, regional history books, county courthouse records, family histories, Civil War records, censuses and census indexes. Emphasis is primarily on Tennessee and Virgina, and to a lesser degree on Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The library is less than its own length away from the Tennessee-Virginia state line, so their collection reflects both states well.[3]

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogy/Local History HeritageQuestOnline access, musical heritage, local genealogy organizations, genealogy research information, military resources, and American Indian genealogy.
  • Genealogy tips for beginners (pdf) how to begin, and local Virginia and Tennessee resources.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Bristol Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, is the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The Local History and Genealogy Reading Room has moved to the Main Reading Room, but services remiain unchanged.[4]
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5]
  • National Archives at Philadelphia, PA, records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.[6]
  • National Archives at Atlanta, GA, records of federal agencies and courts for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, Indian records, and military records.[7]
  • Library of Virginia, Richmond, large genealogy collection including births and deaths 1853-1896, marriages before 1936, histories, biographies, newspapers, Bibles, and huge manuscript collection (about half online), military and Civil War records, deeds, wills and other court records.[8] [9]
  • Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, county records, militia lists, bounty lands, tax lists, poll lists, genealogies, newspapers, Bibles, and a huge index to Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky settlers.[8]
  • 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.[10]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Bristol, Virginia (Independent City)

Washington County, Virginia

Sullivan County, Tennessee

  • U.S. District Court
  • County and local historical societies
  • County and local genealogical societies
  • Public Libraries
  • Museums and heritage societies

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Resources in Bristol Public Library (accessed 21 February 2014).
  2. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 105. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. Genealogy/Local History in Bristol Public Library (accessed 21 February 2014).
  4. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in Library of Congress (accessed 31 December 2013).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  7. Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Genealogy in Virginia Department of Health (accessed 4 January 2014).
  10. Research and Collections in Tennessee Archives and Libraries (accessed 23 May 2010).
  11. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).
  12. Based on updated statistics from Family History Library in FamilySearch Research Wiki (accessed 31 December 2013).
  13. Welcome in United States District Court: Western District of Virginia (accessed 24 February 2014).
  14. Home in United States District Court: Eastern District of Tennessee (accessed 24 February 2014).
  15. Bristol Public Record Information Online in The Records Project (accessed 24 February 2014).
  16. Bristol County Recorder Information in (accessed 24 February 2014).
  17. Bristol Circuit Court in Virginia's Judicial System (accessed 24 February 2014).
  18. Washington County, Virginia Free Public Records Directory in Free Public Records Search Directory (accessed 24 February 2014).
  19. Sullivan County Archives and History Center in Sullivan County, Tennessee Department of Archives and Tourism (accessed 24 February 2014).
  20. Home in Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society (accessed 4 January 2014).
  21. Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library in New York Public Library (accessed 3 January 2014).