Researching at the Tennessee State Archives, At Home! – Melissa Barker

Melissa Barker


The state archive for Tennessee is the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) located in Nashville, Tennessee. They hold vast amounts of records for Tennessee and the surrounding states. The TSLA has a robust website that anyone can access and use for genealogy research. Genealogists researching their Tennessee ancestors should be visiting the TSLA’s website on a regular basis.

The website includes valuable sources such as county and municipal records, inventories of county records on microfilm, Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA), manuscript collection finding aids and guides, Tennessee newspapers arranged by county, and so much more. The TSLA has digitized and made available thousands of pages of documents, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera.

Learn from a Tennessee Archivist and Professional Genealogist on how to navigate the Tennessee State Library and Archives to find tons of genealogical and historical records to help you with your genealogy research. Access genealogically valuable Tennessee records from the comfort of your home!

BIO: Melissa Barker, a.k.a. The Archive Lady, is a Certified Archives Manager for the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches, and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. She is a professional genealogist working with clients researching their Tennessee ancestors and she is also a Records Preservation Consultant.

The Virtual NGS 2021 On-Demand! Viewing Starts 15 June

This lecture series is available to view from home on your computer or mobile device and offers you the opportunity to develop exceptional genealogy skills with a highly comprehensive set of on-demand webinars from NGS’s expert conference speakers. On-Demand! packages of audio-visual lectures are now available for purchase.

Select from the 20 or 40 On-Demand! lecture packages with over 85 sessions to choose from. Watch starting 15 June 2021 through 31 December 2021. Both packages come with access to two full days of NGS 2021 Live! from 19-20 May 2021, the virtual conference syllabus, and sponsored bonus sessions. Plus, view the sessions from NGS 2021 Live! and any sessions you did not choose from the breakouts (nine more) beginning 15 June. All sessions will be closed captioned.


To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s week-long events, 17-21 May, visit the conference and download a copy of the program brochure