Ancestry Library Edition
The Ancestry Library Edition is available from any library computer at all library locations.
The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as:
- U.S. Federal Census, 1790 to 1930
Includes page images and index by all persons listed, head of household and family members.
- State censuses & 1890 U.S. Census Substitute
- The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630
- International Census Records
1841-1901 United Kingdom and Ireland Census Collection
1841-1861 Scotland Censuses
1901-1911 Census of Canada, plus some provincial censuses taken 1851-1906
- Biography and History Collection
Includes the American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books
Federal Writers’ Project Slave Narratives
Dawes Commission Index.
- Birth, Marriage, and Death Records Collection
Includes the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
England and Wales Civil Registration Index
England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales Parish and Probate Records
- Military Records Collection
WWI and WWII Draft Registration Cards with images
Civil War Service Records
WWII and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
- Immigration Collection
New York and San Francisco Passenger Lists with images
New York Petitions for Naturalization with images
New Orleans Passengers Lists
Wuerttemberg Emigration Index
- ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Collection
20,000+ family and local history books, every word searchable.
- U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930
The PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800.
- Freedman's Bank Records
At the close of the Civil War, the Freedman's Savings & Trust Company was the primary bank for America's freed slaves and others from 1865-1874.
- Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
Records of 80,000+ individuals who served in the Revolutionary War.
Tips for using Heritage Quest:
Genealogy and Local History Databases
Includes the following resources:
- Nashville City Cemetery: Grave Search
Nashville City Cemetery records are provided courtesy of Metro Archives.
- Marriages Recorded in Nashville, 1864-1905
The Marriage file indexes marriages recorded in Nashville from 1864-1905. The file can be searched by bride or groom name and will retrieve a record listing the names, the date, and a reference to the marriage book and page number where it is recorded. The letter "A" following a name indicates that the individual was African-American.
Marriage books are kept at the Metro Archives and so are the actual marriage license bonds. You can obtain a certified marriage record copy at the Archives for $4.00. The Archives' collection of marriage records dates from 1789-1981.
- Obituaries in the Tennessean Newspaper, 1964-2002
The Obituary file contains an index to the obituaries that have appeared in the Tennessean from 1964 through 2002. The index will list the name, date, and a citation to the newspaper in which the obituary appeared. The Main Library owns the newspaper on microfilm, and reader-printers are available. Index of obituaries after 2002 are accessible through the Library Catalog Subject Search.
- The Tennessean
(1999 -- present) An index of full-text articles, including many obituaries.
- Nashville Photographs at the Metro Archives, 1940-1976 and Nashville Banner Clippings
This database provides information about two resources--the Metropolitan Photographer Collection held by the Metro Nashville Archives, and the Nashville Banner Clippings Files, held by the Special Collections Division at the Main library.
The Photograph File indexes 9,118 photo negatives in the Metropolitan Photographer Collection from 1950-1987. These negatives are stored at the Metro Archives and depict Nashville buildings, streets, people and events. The index will describe the photo and give the date, if known, and the dimensions of the photograph. Copies can be made of these negatives, please discuss your needs with the staff at the Metro Archives.
The Nashville Banner Clippings consists of biographical and subject clipping files, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1950s to the early 1990s. Biographical files on several thousand persons constitute almost half of the collection, with the rest in subject files sorted primarily into three main series: Nashville, Davidson County, and Tennessee. Search the database by keyword to determine if there is a clipping file on that topic. Results that are part of this collection will be labeled "Banner Archives" and will include a record number. This record number helps staff retrieve the files. These files may be accessed in the Nashville Room.