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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 Index

The Library's Obituary Index 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 library volunteers, our Obituary Index is an online resource accessible from our website. Entries contain name, date of death, publication date and page number.

With this index record, you can then locate the obituary in our microfilm archive or for obituaries after 1997, digitally online from NewsBank.


Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest, now under the Ancestry.com umbrella, has records that include U.S. and Canadian census records, city directories, mortality schedules, U.S. Indian census rolls, U.S. Freedman’s Bank records, Revolutionary War pensions, obituaries, and books. Many records include images of the original documents that can be saved or printed. Transcriptions provide a helpful tool for any difficult to read historical document.

Tennessee residency is the only requirement for HeritageQuest, it is provided through the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Tennessee Records
The Tennessee Electronic Library offers access to genealogy records for all Tennessee residents. Records include historical births, deaths, wills, and tax lists in Tennessee. Don’t have an Ancestry.com account? Create a free guest account to be able to view these records. Collections include:
    • Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909
    • Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1965
    • Tennessee, City Birth Records, 1881-1915
    • North Carolina and Tennessee, Early Land Records, 1753-1931
    • Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895
    • Tennessee, Enumeration of Male Voters, 1891
    • North Carolina and Tennessee, Revolutionary War Land Warrants, 1783-1843
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers, 1778-1927
    • Tennessee, City Death Records, 1872-1923
    • Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008
    • Web: Tennessee, Supreme Court Case Index, 1809-1950

chronicling america: historic american newspapers

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers offers a wide variety of digital newspaper access through the endeavors of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to create a searchable and accessible database of historic newspapers.

No account is required to search this resource or access records.

Family Search

Family Search is a nonprofit online genealogy database provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The online database is connected to a network of physical locations for Family History Centers and Family Search Affiliate Libraries. Through these physical locations, additional digital content is accessible online and physical resources, like microfilm, are available to be sent and viewed here.

 Oak Ridge Public Library is a Family Search Affiliate Library, so you can access additional resources from Family Search though ORPL. Online records include birth, marriage, death, census, military, immigration and more. Search and create family trees. Images of records are available on Family Search and can be printed and saved or added to your family tree. Create a free account to utilize this resource.

Find a grave

FindAGrave.com is an online, openly accessible resource for cemetery records. This crowdsourced database contains millions of records and is searchable by name, date, and location. Cemeteries can also be perused by all internments to aid in locating kinship relationships. Some entries include familial relationships and additional genealogical information including photographs of both the grave marker and of the person. No account is required to search this resource or access records.


digital collections (Coroh, doe photographs, etc.)

The Library's Obituary Index 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 library volunteers, our Obituary Index is an online resource accessible from our website. Entries contain name, date of death, publication date and page number.


Kingston Demolition Range Photographs & Maps

This collection documents and inventories all standing structures and property in the pre-Oak Ridge area at the time of government acquisition. Photographs and maps from the Kingston Demolition Range collection can provide illustrative and informative glimpses into life of pre-Oak Ridge and during the Manhattan Project. The Kingston Demolition Range collection can be viewed and accessed on site at the library. Photographs are digital and accessed from a computer and maps can be viewed from our physical archival collection.