(Available In Jonesborough Library and Off-Site)

Heritage Quest is a companion service to Ancestry Library.  It is also available in-house at the Jonesborough Library.  It too offers access to census information.  Heritage Quest includes, among other databases, an index to genealogy and history periodicals, military records, and family and local histories.  Heritage Quest is also available off-site to patrons with a current, Washington County Library card. Inquire at the Jonesborough Library for access instructions. This service is available to our patrons in library and off site.
Start your genealogical research here with Heritage Quest Online Database.



Develop an outstanding genealogical and historical research of the Washington County area in coordination with the Washington County Public Library.


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Genealogy Library

Our library includes many books on local and regional history and families from our area. As the mother county of Tennessee much of our history and many of our oldest families played an important role in the settling of this region. In addition, we have a microfilm collection of every extant newspaper published in Jonesborough.

The Washington County Library has a very special collection – The Family Files and Subject Files – that is used by many to expand family stories by researching genealogical information and local history housed at our Jonesborough Library. This kind of research can place those family stories into the context of their surroundings. Like looking at the census records and realizing that someones grandparents met when their grandfather came to stay at his married sister’s house and fell in love with the girl next door.

The library has been collecting family information and information about local history in files “for years.” The data has expanded to fill several filing cabinets. Beginning in January 2005, a group of dedicated individuals from the Jonesborough Genealogical Society began work on these files. They met one Saturday each month to organize and label them to make them easier to use, and to move the files into acid free folders to help preserve them. Between them they worked over 1000 hours to organize these files. The JGS is also beginning a project to create a searchable database of names in each family history book in the library. To this beginning will be added links to the Family Files and Subject Files.

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