Jonesborough Tennessee served as a gateway to the west throughout the early part of its history. As the center of government for the Washington District of North Carolina and later, Washington County TN, travel through Jonesborough was frequent. In addition, for many years Jonesborough was home to the region’s only court. Thus records of land transactions, tax collection and legal matters abound, making Jonesborough an important branch on many family trees.
Washington County is currently working to establish an Archives, but in the mean time, there are excellent resources through our local genealogical and historical associations. The Washington County Jonesborough Public Library, located at 200 Sabin Dr. works in association with the Jonesborough Genealogical Association to collect, house and maintain over 150 family records as well as many other genealogical resources. Their Genealogy Section is one of the most visited resources in the county. Information on Genealogical help through the Library is here.
If you can’t visit us right now or just want an idea of the resources we have to offer, you can check out the USGenWeb project Washington County TN site. This site is one stop shopping for many frequently asked genealogical questions. Regularly updated with new information, the site features an extensive Cemeteries database, many transcriptions (including deeds, wills and some obituaries) as well as links to many other resources available online. Local historical and genealogical societies are linked to the site so that researchers with specific needs can contact local researchers for assistance. Visit the TNGen site here.
For resources to the greater region, the Archives of Appalachia, on the campus of East Tennessee State University, offers an online index to its holdings here.