Washington County – Jonesborough Library Genealogy and History Collection

Since 1990, the Jonesborough Genealogical Society has worked to establish and maintain a genealogy and history collection at the Washington County-Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, Tennessee. The Library genealogy and history center was started in 1990, as a central objective of the society, and contains around 2,200 books, approximately 1,900 genealogy journals, vertical files, microfilm, maps, etc.  Approximately 40% of this collection has been donated by over 200 individuals, groups, organization, etc.  The genealogy collections began with the collections of Mary Hardin McCown and Charles Marion Bennett, but many others have been added including part of the late County Historian Mildred Kozsuch’s collection. The Society has continued funded projects, books, and materials for this collection as well as continued to work thousands of hours on projects to better serve our community and patrons with this resource.

Print off a copy of the Passport to History: Researching  in Washington County, Tennessee Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions


What are your hours?

The Genealogy and History Collection is opened anytime the Washington County-Jonesborough Library is opened. Their hours are:

  • Sunday          Closed
  • Monday          9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday         9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday        9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday             9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday      9:00 AM – 2:00 PM


What items are available for research?

The Society maintains vertical files which are housed in the vault in the library. This collection is made up of two particular files: 1. Family Files and 2. Subject-Location Files. The society has collected materials on 895 surnames as part of our family files. In addition, several hundred subject-location files exist as well on topics ranging from broader topics such as the Civil War to specific locations and communities such as Broylesville. In addition, 2,200 books, 1,900 genealogical journals, maps, and microfilm is available.  Click here for a list of the Family Files.


Do you take collections?

Yes, the society continues to help the Washington County-Jonesborough Library grow the society through monetary and material donations. You can help with projects, by donating to the society and specifying which project or material you would like the donation to go too. You can do this right now, by clicking here.  To donate material items, please read our collections policy by clicking here and then please email info@jgstn.org to coordinate pick up, or interest.


Do you need help with genealogy research? 

The Society has a Genealogy Help Night on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Library, where members are available to help you with your questions, brickwalls, and research projects. The society also holds workshops and events throughout the year that can help you as well. We also take requests by mail and/or email, and try to help as many as we possibly can. The Society does not do paid genealogical projects or do whole genealogy research projects for you.