Genealogy and Local History

The Washington County-Jonesborough Library has a special focus in the collection of materials of genealogy and local history. Some materials listed as Archive are generally in delicate condition or very rare. Use of and collection of these materials will be made on a case by case basis.

The Washington County Library Genealogy Collection holds multiple resources with an emphasis on local history and genealogy. We have worked to digitize as many resources as possible to provide easier access for researchers and library patrons.

In the Genealogy Collection the following resources can be found:

1. Vertical files containing around 1,000 family files and around 600 location/subject files.

2. Over 2,200 books, over 1,900 genealogical journals and scrapbooks.

3. Various maps of the United States, Tennessee, and this region,

4. Over 500 digitized photographs of local historical places and individuals. Photographs are available on line at

5. Microfilm of the oldest newspapers including the Herald & Tribune since it was established in 1869, early abolitionist & other newspapers,

6. Microfilm of Washington County records & local church, school and business records,

7. Access to genealogical web sites such as Washington County Genealogy web page, Washington County Cemeteries,, Family Search,, etc.

The Library also maintains the author Rhea Wells manuscript and art collection. Please contact the library for information and access.

Inquiries may be submitted to the Washington County Library Genealogy Collection:

Note: The Washington County Library working with the Jonesborough Genealogical Society provides limited genealogical help in request for information. Please inquire by e-mail, phone or in person. Walk-ins during library open hours are welcome.

Donations to the Library Genealogy collection are welcome.

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