Genealogy & Local History

The Palmer Room consists of local/regional histories, family histories and genealogy research materials. It is located on the top floor of the library.

General Information:

• Handbooks (materials for beginners)
• Family histories
• City Directories and Telephone Books
• Digital photographs of tombstones in area cemeteries
• Marriage and death record indexes
• Census microfilm
• Microfilm readers with printers
• Everton’s Genealogical Helper and other magazines
• Maps (local, regional, Tennessee and Virginia)
• Newspaper microfilm (1916 to present)
• Computer access to thousands of genealogy Web sites
• Ancestry Plus Online (only available on the library’s computers)
• Heritage Quest (available online remotely with your library card)

War Records:

• War of the Rebellion (129 volumes with index)
• Rosters of confederate and Union Soldiers
• Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files (online)
• Freedman’s Bank records (online)
• Virginia Military Records

Genealogy Links:

Heritage Quest

Ancestry Library (available ONLY INSIDE the library)
Newspaper Archive  (available ONLY INSIDE the library)

Cyndi’s list

Ellis Island Records

Family Search

Land Records

Library of Congress Genealogy Department

National Archives

Sullivan County Genealogical Society

U.S. Genealogy Web