Tennessee Genealogical Society
for all of Tennessee since 1954

7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
901-754-4300 Society Office
901-757-8480 Library
Organized in 1947, the Tennessee Genealogical Society (TNGS) received its charter from the State of Tennessee in 1952 and has been continuously publishing since 1954.   It is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization,  completely staffed by volunteers.  The society is presently located near Memphis in the historic area of Old Germantown with offices and lecture rooms adjacent to the Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center (GRHGC).

Mission Statement

  • To acquire, preserve, and make  available genealogical history resources and records.
  • To publish materials relevant to Tennessee  genealogy and history.

Office Hours Library Hours
Tuesday    10 am – 2 pm Monday    10 am – 2 pm
Thursday  10 am – 2 pm Tuesday    10 am – 4 pm
Thursday  10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm

Let's stay in touch

Please sign up for our Society email announcements.  We will send notifications of up-coming events and special offers of surplus genealogy related books from our library.  We would really like to stay in touch with you.


Join the TN Gen Family


We invite you to join The Tennessee Genealogy Society. You may join by using your credit card. Simply click the button below and follow the sign-up instructions. We look forward to having you as a member.

Or you may complete the application HERE and mail your check to the TN Gen offices.


Upcoming Events

Let's Discuss It


Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Jan 21, 2017 Feb 18, 2017 Mar 18, 2017
Apr 22, 2017 May 13, 2017 Jun 24, 2017

Join our popular genealogy/technology discussion group. Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The first hour of the session will be led by Debbie Atchley, who will introduce new research and/or technology sites that will be helpful to family history researchers.  The second hour will be a question and answer session on Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic and Legacy software, FamilySearch,org, Ancestry.com and Ancestry Trees by PZ Horton.
This workshop is FREE. No registration is required.

Learn to use the HeritageQuest genealogy database.
Class location will be at the  Germantown Community Library.

1925 Exeter Road, Germantown
This class will be held on
Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Please call 901-757-7323 to pre-register.

You're invited to our
HistoryGeo.com interactive database class
at the
Olive Branch Public Library, 6619 MS-305
on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12 noon.

Jennifer Baker will demonstrate how to find your first land-owner ancestors in public land states.

TNGS Quarterly Business Meeting

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. April 29, 2017

The Quarterly Business Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Tennessee Genealogical Society Center, located at 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN.

We encourage all members to attend this meeting in order to receive updates on the Society’s 2017 Yearly Goals and also on upcoming events.

Refreshments will be served.

Following the meeting, George C. Browder will present a program on his latest book, A Reversal of Fortune: Germantown, Tennessee in the Civil War Era.  Dr. Browder is a long-time Memphian, who graduated from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) in 1961. While there, he received a commission in the Air Force.  After serving in the Air Force from 1961-64, he attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and received an MS and a PhD in Modern European History.  He was a Professor at State University of New York in Fredonia from 1968-2000.  He is the author of two books and numerous articles, essays and encyclopedia entries dealing mostly with police and security agencies of Weimar and Nazi Germany. He has also authored educational materials for Western Civilization and European history courses.

Annual Spring Seminar

Melissa Barker, Archivist and Genealogist

will be the guest speaker for the Annual Spring Seminar to be held on
Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the
Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138

Melissa Barker is the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist lecturing, teaching and writing about the genealogy research process, emphasizing research in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations all across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives. She authors a bi-weekly column, “The Archive Lady” for the GeneaBloggers newsletter. She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. She has been researching her own family history for the past 26 years.
Be sure to mark your calendars now and set aside that date for an exciting genealogical adventure! The event registration form contains times, topics and registration information, and can be downloaded HERE, OR, you can register on-line HERE .

*Deadline for Registration: Friday, May 13, 2017
Limited Space Available

Other Area Events of Interest
You are invited to attend the events hosted by the following organizations:

Olive Branch Genealogy Club
All meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month.
The meetings are held at the B.J. Chain Library 6619 Cockrum Olive Branch, Ms. in the large meeting room from : 12:00 to 2:00pm.
The Mission of the Olive Branch Genealogy Club is to provide a gathering place for members interested in genealogical research .
Our goal is to give members the skills and knowledge to research ancestors and to find the tools to overcome brick walls.
Please join us and enjoy the fellowship.

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Club of Memphis, TN and the Mid-South 
They meet every third Saturday from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. at the Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN. We will
be in the first conference room off the entrance - L 98 - Meeting Room A. (901) 318-3990 for more information.


West Tennessee Historical Society
The West Tennessee Historical Society is the umbrella heritage organization for the Western Grand Division of Tennessee. Within its twenty-one counties, it supports historical programs, archives, publications, preservation, markers, museums, and other historical collections. Thus, the society promotes all aspects of state and local history.  Meetings are usually held the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at Memphis University School but check the web site for updated details.


Memphis Scottish Society
The Memphis Scottish Society is a heritage society that seeks to educate and promote an understanding of all things Scottish. The organization meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Jason’s Deli, located at the corner of Highland and Poplar in Memphis. Dinner is optional. Come for dinner first or just attend the meeting afterwards, which always includes an informative program based on Scottish interests.

Mark your calendar and come share these learning experiences with other family researchers..

Come Join Us!