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HISTORY AND GENEALOGY INDEX

   

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How to use this resource:

  1. Use the search page to find records for specific individuals. Search Tips are available below.
  2. The results page will display records that match your search terms. Search results are limited to 200 records. If your search finds more than 200 records, try a more specific search in order to narrow down the results.
  3. On the results page, clicking on the book image next to each record will display all of the information available for that record.

For more information about the database, sources, and requesting copies see: About

Search Tips:

General

The more information you provide, the more likely you will find the person you are looking for.

The Last Name , First Name, and Date are "starts with" searches.

Names

Type the whole last name in the Last Name or Bride's Last Name box.
Example: Smith
Type the whole first name and middle name or initial in the First Name box. The middle name or  initial are optional.
Example: James William or James W or James

Shortened Name spelling

If you are not sure of the spelling of a name, try entering different spellings or just some of the beginning of the name.
If the name could be either Johnson or Johnston,
Example: try searching for Johns

Dates

Type as much of the date you know in the following format: year-month-day as xxxx-xx-xx
You want to qualify by the date September 10, 1800:
Example: 1800-09-10

Date Ranges

If you are not sure of a date but have an idea of a range of time you can try just puting in a partial date.
Sometime in the 1820's
Example: 182
Sometime after 1800
Example: 18
Sometime in 1825
Example: 1825
Sometime in the month of June in 1825
Example: 1824-06

Source

The Source selector can be used to search all sources or one of the individual sources listed.

Search Options

Marriage Records
Marriage records include separate names for the Bride and Groom. You may search using each name separately or in a joint search by putting the Groom's name in the Last Name and First Name boxes and the Bride's name in the Bride's Last Name and Bride's First Name box. The Bride's name boxes perform the equivalent of a "contains" search.
Example Search for Bride's First Name: Holly
Will find: Mary Holly Smith, and Holly T Smith

MEMPHIS PUBLIC LIBRARY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY INDEX

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