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Genealogy

Guide for the purpose of directing patrons to the necessary resources and institutions qualified for the study of genealogy

Genealogy at the University of Tennessee

"Genealogy locates and authenticates identity by constructing a family tree of descent. Its central concept is the “pedigree” of ancestral evidence based on documents and generational history. "

-Watson, Julia. "Genealogy." In Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms. edited by Margaretta Jolly.  Routledge, 2001, Credo Online Reference.

The UT Libraries have material that may be useful for genealogical research.  The Libraries have no professional genealogists on staff but questions about specific collections or resources can be addressed to the Special Collections staff at special@utk.edu or via contact options listed on this page:  https://www.lib.utk.edu/askusnow/. For assistance with resources listed on this guide that are available outside the UT Libraries, please contact the agency referenced directly. 

For questions specifically relating to the content and format of this guide, please contact Michael Deike at mdeike@utk.edu

It is important to acknowledge that historic records are often not available in an electronic format.  This guide will reference a number of resources that would require a physical visit to the corresponding agencies to view. 

Gnadian Family at Cherokee

Gnadian Family at Cherokee
Images from University of Tennessee Digital Collection https://digital.lib.utk.edu/

Farm family in field with a McCormick binder in Washington County, Tennessee
Images from University of Tennessee Digital Collection https://digital.lib.utk.edu/

A.J. Dorsey's cabin. Family at breakfast
Images from University of Tennessee Digital Collection https://digital.lib.utk.edu/

Oliver Family
Images from University of Tennessee Digital Collection https://digital.lib.utk.edu/