The county histories available to the left were created as part of the East Tennessee Historical Society's ongoing mission to highlight the unique history of our region with support from the Comcast Foundation. We began with twelve counties in the Northern Cumberland Plateau area and Northcentral East Tennessee. We hope to add additional counties over time. Plase feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about a couunty not inlcuded and the resources availalbe. In the meatime, click to the left to learn more.
First Families of Tennessee (FFT) was established by the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) in 1993 as a Tennessee Bicentennial project. Membership is open to anyone who can prove direct descent from a person or persons living in any part of what is now Tennessee before or by statehood in 1796.
The East Tennessee Historical Society invites you to join the heritage program, Civil War Families of Tennessee (CWFT). CWFT seeks to identify and honor the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers on both sides of the conflict. This lineage program will link current descendants with their Civil War ancestors, encourage new research, and combine the experiences of thousands of individuals and families to more fully tell the story of the Civil War in Tennessee.
One of the premier research libraries in the Southeast, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection provides a wealth of materials for East Tennessee research.
The Knox County Archives preserves and provides public access to the permanent records of this historic county (1792-present). These include deeds, marriages, divorces, school records, various court records, and more. Records have suffered no major destruction and are remarkably intact.