Special Collections

Genealogy Library

Much of our Genealogy collection is available at the Jonesborough Library. It includes books, journals, maps, loose documents, and microfilm. These items do not circulate, but you are welcome to make copies. The collection is serviced in part by the Jonesborough Genealogical Society

About

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society was founded in 1990 by a small group of people who were interested in their family history and seeing the development of a history and genealogy section of the Washington County-Jonesborough Library. 

As of July 2019, the Jonesborough Genealogical Society is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

➣ Finding Aids

We have several items that are available by request from our vault to help you in your research. You must fill out a Pull Request Form and present a valid ID to the staff. Only two items from our vault can be accessed at one time. None of our vault items circulate, but you are welcome to make copies of what you need for $0.15 per page. We recommend bringing your own USB drive so that you can scan what you need for free to take with you.

We have a collection of microfilm that is currently available. Please refer to the list below:

Circuit Court Clerk's Office

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❯ Circuit Court Clerk's Office Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • Enrolling Dockets
  • Civil and Criminal Minute Books
  • Civil Minute Books
  • Account Book
There are various date ranges, but the overall collection for the Circuit Court Clerk's Office ranges from 1819 to 1913.

Clerk and Master's Office

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❯ Clerk and Master's Office Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • Enrollment Books
  • Guardian Settlements
  • Records of Land Sales
  • Minute Books
  • Minute Books (Johnson City)
There are various date ranges, but the overall collection for the Clerk and Master's Office ranges from 1836 to 1935.

County Court Clerk's Office

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❯ County Court Clerk's Office Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • Administrators' Bonds and Letters
  • Executors' Bonds and Letters
  • Guardians' Bonds and Letters
  • Accounts of Insolvent Estates
  • Inventories of Estates Index Books
  • Jonesboro Educational Society
  • Marriage Bonds and License Books
  • Marriage Records
  • McCown's W.P.A. Miscellaneous Record Book
  • County Court and Quarterly Court Minute Books
  • Administrators and Executors Settlements
  • Superior Court Minutes
  • Tax Release Records
  • Will Books
There are various date ranges, but the overall collection for the County Court Clerk's Office ranges from 1778 to 1969.

Register's Office

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❯ Register's Office Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • Deed Index Books
  • Deed Books
  • Secretary of State - Land Grant Office
    • Land Grants Index / Tennessee Grants
    • Warrants, Plats, etc.
  • Surveyors' Books
  • Trust Deed Books
There are various date ranges, but the overall collection for the Register's Office ranges from 1782 to 1901.

Trustee's Office

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❯ Trustee's Office Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • Tax Books
The collection for the Trustee's Office is from 1778 to 1896.

United States Census Office

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❯ United States Census Office Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • Census Population Schedules
There are various date ranges, but the overall collection for the United States Census Office ranges from 1850 to 1930.

Newspapers

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❯ Newspapers Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • Jonesborough Union Flag
  • Jonesboro Miscellaneous
  • Jonesboro Whig
  • Jonesborough Herald and Tribune
There are various date ranges, but the overall collection for the Newspapers ranges from 1844 to 2017.

Church Records

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❯ Church Records Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • Jonesborough Presbyterian Church Records (1835-2001)*
  • Sinking Creek Baptist Church Miscellaneous Reel
There are various date ranges, but the overall collection for the Church Records ranges from 1773 to 2001.

*Archived

Tennessee Historical Commission - Department of Conservation

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❯ TN Historical Commission Microfilm List

The document types for this office include:
  • County Architectural Surveys*
The collection for the Tennessee Historical Commission-Dept. of Conservation is from 1976 to 1990.

*Archived

*Microfilm lists updated as of May, 2020