If you are like me, you are always on the hunt for great genealogy based websites. New websites seem to pop up daily and I love it when others take time to pass on websites that they have found helpful.
I don’t profess to be an expert at either finding websites or perfectly navigating them, but periodically I am going to share a website that I like to use.
Recently I found myself researching my ancestry in Tennessee. Of course there are many websites with great information such as Ancestry and FamilySearch, which have many online records, but I also found other helpful resources. One of those sites is the Chattanooga Public Library, which can be found here.
While a lot of their online resources are available only to Tennessee residents or to those physically in the library, their online obituary index is available to all and provides wonderful clues. I’ve been thrilled with what I have been able to find there.
The index lists the individual, and sometimes for married women, it also includes their maiden name as well as their husband’s name, which of course helped me to know if I had the right person.
Below is an example of a woman listed with both her maiden, married name and her husband’s name.
For a fee, the library will copy and mail the obituary to you. I recently sent off for several obituaries and was pleased at how quickly they were mailed back to me. We all know what a treasure trove obituaries can be and I’ve already found all kinds of goodies in them.
Who have I found so far? While my direct line of Faucetts migrated to Colorado in the late 1880’s, some of my great grandmother’s siblings initially remained in Walker County, Georgia and their children and their families moved to Chattanooga. Thanks to the Chattanooga Public Library and their obituaries, I have been able to identify many more relatives in the Faucett and Fricks line. Thank you to the kind staff at the Chattanooga Public Library!
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