- 701 Goode Street
- Bristol, VA 24201-4199
Hours: 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, and in WorldCat.
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. 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.
- 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.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Bristol Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- 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.
- 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.
- National Archives at Philadelphia, PA, records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.
- National Archives at Atlanta, GA, 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.
- 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. 
- 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.
- 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.
- Roanoke County Public Library, VA, very good for southwest Virginia, including family folders, books, genealogies, and indexes.
- 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.
- Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown, Santa Cruz, Calif., the SCGS's Tina Brayton Collection is equivalent to the Draper Collection but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia families. 
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 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.
Bristol, Virginia (Independent City)
Washington County, Virginia
- Washington County Circuit Court Clerk deed, birth, marriage, divorce, death, and probate records.
- Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia history, cemeteries, links, preservation, library.
Sullivan County, Tennessee
- Sullivan County Clerk marriage license search online.
- Sullivan County Archives and History Center: What We Have births, marriages 1863-1899, deaths 1908-1955, surname files, probates 1830-2001, deeds 1775-present, cemeteries, census, military, American Indians, newspapers, and tax lists.
- Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society Facebook page for preserving history and genealogy in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.
- Sullivan County Chancery Court wills from 1838. 
- Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerk circuit court minutes from 1879. 
- Repositories in surrounding counties: in Virginia: Grayson, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Washington, in Tennessee: Carter, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, and in North Carolina: Ashe.
- Office of Vital Records, Richmond, marriage, divorce and death after 50 years, birth after 100 years.
- Virginia Genealogical Society, Richmond, events, publications, and research aids.
- Knox County Public Library, Knoxville, Internet genealogy databases, 75,000 books, genealogies, First Families of Tennessee, manuscripts, censuses, state and local government records, newspapers, Knoxville city directories, maps, and photos.
- East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville, calendar, events, museum, research, and newsletter.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- New York Public Library international genealogy, heraldry, personal and family names (in Roman alphabets), family papers, Dorot Jewish collection, maps, periodicals, American history at national, state, and local levels.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Resources in Bristol Public Library (accessed 21 February 2014).
- ↑ William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 105. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ Genealogy/Local History in Bristol Public Library (accessed 21 February 2014).
- ↑ The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in Library of Congress (accessed 31 December 2013).
- ↑ Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
- ↑ Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
- ↑ Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Genealogy in Virginia Department of Health (accessed 4 January 2014).
- ↑ Research and Collections in Tennessee Archives and Libraries (accessed 23 May 2010).
- ↑ The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).
- ↑ Based on updated statistics from Family History Library in FamilySearch Research Wiki (accessed 31 December 2013).
- ↑ Welcome in United States District Court: Western District of Virginia (accessed 24 February 2014).
- ↑ Home in United States District Court: Eastern District of Tennessee (accessed 24 February 2014).
- ↑ Bristol Public Record Information Online in The Records Project (accessed 24 February 2014).
- ↑ Bristol County Recorder Information in Deeds.com (accessed 24 February 2014).
- ↑ Bristol Circuit Court in Virginia's Judicial System (accessed 24 February 2014).
- ↑ Home in Bristol Historical Association (accessed 25 February 2014).
- ↑ Washington County, Virginia Free Public Records Directory in Free Public Records Search Directory (accessed 24 February 2014).
- ↑ Home in Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia (accessed 24 February 2014).
- ↑ Sullivan County Archives and History Center: What We Have in Sullivan County, Tennessee Department of Archives and Tourism (accessed 24 February 2014).
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Sullivan County in Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties (accessed 25 February 2014).
- ↑ Sullivan County Chancery Court in Sullivan County, Tennessee (accessed 25 February 2014).
- ↑ Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerk in Sullivan County, Tennessee (accessed 25 February 2014).
- ↑ Home in Virginia Genealogical Society (accessed 25 February 2014).
- ↑ Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in Knox County Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
- ↑ Home in East Tennessee Historical Society (accessed 25 February 2014).
- ↑ Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library in New York Public Library (accessed 3 January 2014).