Local History and Genealogy

The genealogical resources in the Mildred E. Ward Special Collections Room can help provide some of the pieces to the puzzle when tracing your family history, especially those from the North Georgia area. Our genealogy collection contains comprehensive genealogical and historical sources.  Although the primary focus is on Catoosa County and the surrounding areas and Georgia, we also have information on Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  


The collection includes works by local authors, Genealogy-related periodicals, “family files,” maps, obituary cards and Revolutionary and Civil War military record and pension books.  We have a large Native American section, focusing on the Cherokee Nation.


Computers are also available for genealogical research in the Mildred E. Ward Special Collections Room.

Genealogy Research Policy

The Catoosa County Library genealogist will provide limited research, look ups, answer your genealogy-related questions and provide suggestions to breakthrough those brick walls.  Requests are answered in the order in which they are received.  Our staff does not conduct general research and will consult indexed materials only. We cannot locate living friends or relatives for you.  Records of living persons are not easily accessible due to privacy laws.  Donations are accepted and appreciated.  To donate by check made payable to Catoosa County Friends of the Library.


All research request should be on the Genealogy Request Form.  There are four ways to issue a request:


  • Requests can be submitted in person.  Just ask for a Genealogy Request Form fill it out and drop it off at the front desk.


  • Email requests can be submitted to info@catoosacountylibrary.org.  Either save a copy of the Genealogy Request Form, fill it out and attach it to your e-mail or put all of the information that the form asks for in your e-mail.


  • You can print and fill out a Genealogy Request Form and mail it in.  Requests can be submitted by mail to Care of Catoosa County Library, 108 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, GA 30736


  • Requests can be made by phone.  This is not recommended but can be done as time and staffing allow.  Individuals inquiring by phone may be asked to submit the official request by mail or e-mail.


Ancestry Library Edition is available on all of our computers. This resource is not available at home.  If you want to use Ancestry at home you must purchase an account for yourself.



Microfilm and Indexes



  • Catoosa County:  Weekly Courier May 1872, Courier December 1879, Catoosa County News 1949 – 1998

  • Dade County:  News Weekly 1884 – 1889, State of Dade news 1891 – 1902, Dade County Sentinel/Times 1906 – 1908, Times 1925 – 1965, The Dade County Sentinel 1902 – 1996

  • Hamilton County:  Hamilton County Herald 1969 - 1998

  • Walker County:  Walker County Messenger 1880 – 1981

  • Whitfield County:  Dalton Argus 1882 – 1911, Dalton Citizen 1922 – 1961, Dalton news 1961 – 1962, Daily Citizen September 1997


  • Georgia Soundex 1880 – 1910

  • Census Records for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee

  • Federal Mortality Census Schedules

  • Tennessee Union Veterans & Widows of Union Veterans of Civil War

  • Washington County Clerk Marriage Licenses 1787 – 1950

  • Bradley Country Clerk Vital Statistics (1908 – 1912) & Marriages (1864 -  1919)

Vital Statistics

  • Tennessee 1908 – 1912

  • Death Records 1914 – 1930

  • Vital Statistics 1931 – 1940

  • Cherokee Collection

  • Cherokee Collection

  • Cherokee by Blood Census

  • Cherokee Freedmen Census Cards

  • Deeds &  Mortgages 1854 – 1902

  • Wills 1874 – 1961



All yearbooks have been collected by donation.  We do not have full collections and the years vary.  Here is a list of the schools from which we have yearbooks:


  • Ringgold High School

  • Ringgold Middle School

  • Tiger Creek Elementary

  • Central High School

  • Chattanooga High School

  • Savannah Tennessee North Elementary

  • Bessie Tift College

  • Middle Tennessee State University

  • University of Georgia

  • Mercer University

  • University of Tennessee Chattanooga

  • Covenant College

  • Lakeview High School

  • Latrobe High School

  • East Ridge Middle School

  • East Ridge High School

  • Princeton University

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

  • Baylor School

  • Tennessee Temple

  • Middle Tennessee State University

  • Rossville High School

  • Rossville Middle School

  • Lafayette High School

  • Chattanooga Central High School