Tennessee Periodicals

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Most family organizations, historical societies, and genealogical societies publish magazines and newsletters. They typically focus on the records of a particular county, while a few may specialize in records of a particular ethnic group or religion.

Periodicals often include family genealogies and pedigrees, transcripts of local courthouse records, church records, family Bibles, and cemetery records.

They can also have articles on research methods; information about local records, archives, and services; and book advertisements and book reviews. You can place research advertisements or queries or requests for information about specific ancestors that can help you contact other interested researchers.

Periodical Names

Among the periodicals for Tennessee at the Family History Library are:

Ansearchin News. 1954–. Published by the Tennessee Genealogical Society, 9114 Davies Plantation Road, Brunswick, Tennessee 38014-1447. Quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.

This contains abstracts of Bible, census, probate, court, and tax records from throughout the state.

Family Findings. 1969–. Published quarterly by the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society P.O. Box 3343 Jackson, Tennessee 38303-0343. (Family History Library book 976.8 B2f; fiche 6125632–655 [set of 72].) This contains abstracts of Bible, cemetery, marriage, census, military, and probate records, pedigree charts, and family group records. Most volumes have a surname index.

East Tennessee Roots. 1984–. Published quarterly. Rutledge, Tennessee: Thomas Edward Roach. (Family History Library book 976.8 D25e.) This contains abstracts of Bible, cemetery, court, probate, tax, land, and vital records. It is indexed.

The Journal of East Tennessee History: A Publication of the East Tennessee  Historical Society. 1929–. Published annually by the East Tennessee Historical Society, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629. (Family History Library book 976.8 H25j.)

Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History. 1995–. Published quarterly by the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, P.O Box 190625, Nashville, Tennessee 37219-0625. Quarterly of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society (23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online Index to Articles (1988-2005). Surname indexes are also available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers back issues for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m.

This includes Bible records, genealogies, county records, “how-to” articles, and book reviews.

Tennessee Ancestors. 1985–. Published by the East Tennessee Historical Society, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629. (Family History Library book 976.88 B2eta.) This includes abstracts of church, cemetery, military, and census records; and how-to articles on research. It is indexed.

Tennessee Historical Quarterly. 1942–. Published by the Tennessee Historical Society, Ground Floor, War Memorial Building, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0084. (Family History Library book 976.8 B2t; films [1].)] This contains articles on history with indexes and book reviews.

Periodical Indexes

Some of the periodicals listed above have annual indexes in the final issue for the year. For nationwide indexes to other family history periodicals, see:

  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI). 31+ Volumes, Fort Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1986–.
  • Family History Library book 973 D25per 1847–1985;
  • Family History Library Fiche [2] (1847–1985);]
  • Family History Library Book 973 D25per (1986–1997);
  • Family History Library Fiche [3] (1986–1990).]

This indexes over 1.1 million articles in over 5,000 English-language and French Canadian family history periodicals. For further instructions, see the Periodical Source Index Resource Guide.

For easier-to-use, more complete, computer editions of the index, see:

Periodical Source Index CD-ROM. Orem, Utah: Ancestry and the Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1997. (Family History Library compact disc no. 61.) This disc does not circulate to Family History Centers. It merges all 31+ volumes into one index.

Periodical Source Index Search in Ancestry.com

This database is available for a subscription fee.


For more family history periodicals, use the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under: