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Emma Waters Summar Library

Archives and Special Collections

Tools for historical and genealogical research

Online Databases

Ancestry Library Edition This collection of more than 4,000 databases and 1.5 billion names includes census, vital, church, court, immigration, and other records.

ArchivesUSA A directory of 5,596 repositories with an index to 154,678 collections of primary source material across the United States.

HeritageQuest Online A growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture including 25,000 family and local histories, the entire U.S. Federal Census, and PERSIā„¢.

Tennessee Sanborn Maps These fire insurance maps for Tennessee cities are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

Useful Websites

There are countless websites helpful in researching family and local history.  The best guide to these resources is Cyndi's List, a comprehensive online directory to genealogical resources.  Here are some additional websites that are especially useful to the family researcher.