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genealogy resources at the library

Family Histories

They can be searched in the catalog. Examples are: Fritts, Back of Oak Ridge (Crawford), We'll Call it Wheat, etc.

Tennessee Census Records

Copies of East Tennessee census records from 1830 to the present are available in book form. The census records for Anderson and Bledsoe counties are also available on microfilm. Marriage records and other enumeration records are available for Anderson, Roane and Knox counties.

Cemetery Records

Historic Leach Cemetery Anderson County Tennessee (Ref. 929.500) is a record of tombstone inscriptions from this historic burial ground, mainly noted as the memorial site for the 184 coal miners killed in the Fraterville Coal Mine Explosion on May 19, 1902.

Anderson County historian Mary S. Harris recorded over 27,000 grave markers in 310 cemeteries in Anderson County, Tennessee Cemetery Records (Ref. 976.800). This volume is indexed and gives each cemetery's location.

When the United States Government bought land for the Manhattan Project, many small cemeteries were on the properties. Inscriptions from Old Cemeteries on the Oak Ridge (Manhattan Project) Area (Ref. 976.880) by Margorie P. Parsly is a compilation of approximately 1,700 gravestones.

In addition to the above, records from Norris, Fort Loudon and Watts Bar Reservoir, Union, Campbell and Watts Bar can be found in the Library's collection.

Obituary Files

The Library's Obituary Files is a record of obituaries that appeared in two local newspapers, The Oak Ridge Journal and The Oak Ridger from 1943 to the present. The product of dedicated volunteers, the database is an ongoing project and our volunteers are working to include all years as soon as possible. Work is still in process for the years 1958-1969 and 1978-79. The database is updated weekly.

The database includes the name of the deceased, the date of death, the date the obituary appeared in the newpaper and the page number on which the obituary appeared.

You may request copies of obituaries by contacting the Reference Department at the Library. If you know the date of death but do not find a listing for the person you seek, the Reference staff can check the newspaper. Please include the complete information of the obituary you are requesting and mail to:

Reference Department
Oak Ridge Public Library
1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN  37830

Requests for copies may also be made by email to reference@oakridgetn.gov.

General Resources

The Library also subscribes to Passenger Index and Immigration.

If you have any questions about using the Library's genealogy resources or the Obituary Files, please contact the us at (865) 425-3455 or email to reference@oakridgetn.gov.