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

  • 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

Tennessee State Library & Archives Collections

Tennessee Virtual Archive

Cyndi’s list

Ellis Island Records


Library of Congress Genealogy Department

National Archives

Sullivan County Genealogical Society

U.S. Genealogy Web

Genealogy Resource Guide