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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives I]], Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service &amp; pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
 
 
*[[Library of Congress]], Washington, DC, is the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] has moved to the '''Main Reading Room''', but services remiain unchanged.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhgcoll.html The Collections] in ''Local History and Genealogy Reading Room'' in ''Library of Congress'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[[Library of Congress]], Washington, DC, is the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] has moved to the '''Main Reading Room''', but services remiain unchanged.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhgcoll.html The Collections] in ''Local History and Genealogy Reading Room'' in ''Library of Congress'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>  
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*[[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives I]], Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service &amp; pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
 
*[[National Archives at Philadelphia]] records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/public/family-history.html Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 20 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[[National Archives at Philadelphia]] records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/public/family-history.html Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 20 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[[National Archives at Atlanta]] records of federal agencies and courts for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, Indian records, and military records.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/finding-aids/genealogy.html Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 13 February 2014).</ref>  
 
*[[National Archives at Atlanta]] records of federal agencies and courts for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, Indian records, and military records.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/finding-aids/genealogy.html Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 13 February 2014).</ref>  
 
*[[Library of Virginia]], Richmond, large genealogy collection including births and deaths 1853-1896, marriages before 1936, histories, biographies, newspapers, Bibles, and huge manuscript collection (about half online), military and Civil War records, deeds, wills and other court records.<ref name="DB113">Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.</ref> <ref name="VDH">[http://www.vdh.state.va.us/vital_records/gene.htm Genealogy] in ''Virginia Department of Health'' (accessed 4 January 2014).</ref><br>  
 
*[[Library of Virginia]], Richmond, large genealogy collection including births and deaths 1853-1896, marriages before 1936, histories, biographies, newspapers, Bibles, and huge manuscript collection (about half online), military and Civil War records, deeds, wills and other court records.<ref name="DB113">Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.</ref> <ref name="VDH">[http://www.vdh.state.va.us/vital_records/gene.htm Genealogy] in ''Virginia Department of Health'' (accessed 4 January 2014).</ref><br>  
*[[Virginia Historical Society]], Richmond, county records, militia lists, bounty lands, tax lists, poll lists, genealogies, newspapers, Bibles, and a huge index to Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky settlers.<ref name="DB113" /><br>
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*[[Virginia Historical Society]], Richmond, county records, militia lists, bounty lands, tax lists, poll lists, genealogies, newspapers, Bibles, and a huge index to Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky settlers.<ref name="DB113" /><br>  
 
*[[Tennessee State Library and Archives]], Nashville, African Americans, vital records,censuses, county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, manuscripts, military records, Native Americans, newspapers, obituary lists, maps, state agency records, petitions, Tennessee postcards, city directories, prison inmates, and TN county historians.<ref>[http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/Collections.htm Research and Collections] in ''Tennessee Archives and Libraries'' (accessed 23 May 2010).</ref>
 
*[[Tennessee State Library and Archives]], Nashville, African Americans, vital records,censuses, county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, manuscripts, military records, Native Americans, newspapers, obituary lists, maps, state agency records, petitions, Tennessee postcards, city directories, prison inmates, and TN county historians.<ref>[http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/Collections.htm Research and Collections] in ''Tennessee Archives and Libraries'' (accessed 23 May 2010).</ref>
  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[http://www.roanokeva.gov/WebMgmt/ywbase61b.nsf/DocName/$virginiaroom Roanoke County Public Library], very good for southwest Virginia, including family folders, books, genealogies, and indexes.<ref name="DB113" /><br>
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*[[Handley Regional Library]], Winchester, VA, records of Germans and Scots-Irish who traveled the [[Great Valley Road]] from Penn. to Virginia, including manuscripts, newspapers, biographies, and histories.<ref name="DB113">Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.</ref>
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*[[Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown]], Santa Cruz, Calif., the SCGS's '''''[http://scgensoc.org/special-collections-tina-brayton-collection/ Tina Brayton Collection]''''' is equivalent to the ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/military/draper/ Draper Collection]'' but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of '''''Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee''''', and '''''West Virginia&nbsp;''''' families.<ref name="DB113" /> <ref>[http://scgensoc.org/special-collections-tina-brayton-collection/ The Tina Brayton Collection] in ''Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County'' (accessed 3 January 2014).</ref><br>
 
*[[Family History Library|Family History Library]], Salt Lake City,&nbsp;450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.<ref>Based on updated statistics from [[Family History Library]] in ''FamilySearch Research Wiki'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
 
*[[Family History Library|Family History Library]], Salt Lake City,&nbsp;450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.<ref>Based on updated statistics from [[Family History Library]] in ''FamilySearch Research Wiki'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
  

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Bristol Public Library
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Contents

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  bplref@yahoo.com

Address:[1]

701 Goode Street
Bristol, VA 24201-4199

Telephone:[1]  540-645-8780
Fax:  276-669-5593

Hours:[1]  Mon-Thurs 9am - 8pm; Fri and Sat 9am - 5pm; Sun 2pm - 5pm.

Map, directions, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Bristol Public Library Avoca Branch Library, children, teens, learning lab, library foundation, resources, about us, and special events.
  • Catalog online of four libraries including Bristol Public: search by keyword, author, title, subject, call number, and ISBN.

Collection Description

They have a relatively small family folder collection. Nevertheless, it is an important resource for settlers coming from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and northern Virginia  along the Great Valley Road into Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.[2] Their collections includes a file for local cemeteries, and local history file, regional history books, county courthouse records, family histories, Civil War records, censuses and census indexes. Emphasis is primarily on Tennessee and Virgina, and to a lesser degree on Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The library is less than its own length away from the Tennessee-Virginia state line, so their collection reflects both states well.[3]

Guides

  • Genealogy/Local History HeritageQuestOnline access, musical heritage, local genealogy organizations, genealogy research information, military resources, and American Indian genealogy.
  • Genealogy tips for beginners (pdf) how to begin, and local Virginia and Tennessee resources.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Bristol Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, is the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The Local History and Genealogy Reading Room has moved to the Main Reading Room, but services remiain unchanged.[4]
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5]
  • National Archives at Philadelphia records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.[6]
  • National Archives at Atlanta records of federal agencies and courts for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, Indian records, and military records.[7]
  • Library of Virginia, Richmond, large genealogy collection including births and deaths 1853-1896, marriages before 1936, histories, biographies, newspapers, Bibles, and huge manuscript collection (about half online), military and Civil War records, deeds, wills and other court records.[8] [9]
  • Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, county records, militia lists, bounty lands, tax lists, poll lists, genealogies, newspapers, Bibles, and a huge index to Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky settlers.[8]
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, African Americans, vital records,censuses, county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, manuscripts, military records, Native Americans, newspapers, obituary lists, maps, state agency records, petitions, Tennessee postcards, city directories, prison inmates, and TN county historians.[10]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections


  • County Vital Records Office
  • City Vital Records Office
  • County Archives
  • County Orphan's Court
  • County Probate Court
  • County Recorder
  • County Coroner
  • U.S. District Court
  • County and local historical societies
  • County and local genealogical societies
  • Public Libraries
  • Museums and heritage societies
  • Repositories in surrounding counties: [Chattam], [Durham], and [Franklin]
  • State Vital Records Office
  • State Historical Society
  • State Genealogical Society
  • University Libraries
  • Church archives
  • Repositories in other surrounding states (or provinces): [SC], [TN], and [VA]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Resources in Bristol Public Library (accessed 21 February 2014).
  2. Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.
  3. Genealogy/Local History in Bristol Public Library (accessed 21 February 2014).
  4. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in Library of Congress (accessed 31 December 2013).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  7. Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  9. Genealogy in Virginia Department of Health (accessed 4 January 2014).
  10. Research and Collections in Tennessee Archives and Libraries (accessed 23 May 2010).
  11. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).
  12. Based on updated statistics from Family History Library in FamilySearch Research Wiki (accessed 31 December 2013).