Links to Resources for Genealogical Research

Ancestry.com
Online searchable database for vital records, census records, military records, and more. Available with paid subscription. Available for free public access at the Metro Archives research computers and through the Nashville Public Library.

FamilySearch
Online searchable database for genealogical information. Available with free subscription.

Ellis Island
Searchable database of passenger lists and immigration records between 1892 and 1924. Free resource, but users may have to pay for full records.

Fold3
Extensive, searchable collecton of U.S. military records. Available with paid subscription.

WWII U.S. Army Enlistment Records
Searchable online databse launched by a World War II researcher in the U.K. Free resource, and users are able to upload photos, add notes, and verify records.

HeritageQuest Online
Searchable collection of census records, military records, Freedman's Bank records, mortality schedules, and more. Available with paid subscription. Available for free public access at Metro Archives research computers and through the Nashville Public Library.

Personal Digital Archiving: The Basics of Scanning
An informative article from the Digital Preservation blog at the Library of Congress with basic tips for digitally preserving historical materials.

Guide to African-American Genealogical Research
A 2013 video featuring Gail Harlan Randolph, who has completed a study of her slave family from Tennessee back to Virginia. This video was contracted by the Friends of the Archives with filmmaker Rob McDonald in order to assist African-Americans in their study of family history.