Preserving The Past To Inspire The Future For Over 50 Years

  The Watauga Association of Genealogists Northeast Tennessee was organized in 1971 and published the first Bulletin May 1972.The Bulletin is devoted to copies and abstracts of original source data relating to Northeast Tennessee and adjacent areas. The Association publishes the Bulletin semi-annually – April and October. In 2016 WAGS went to an all digital format and our Bulletin is available online for all members.


Genealogy Tip of the Week:

Full Text Search at FamilySearch

At RootsTech 2024 introduced a new full-text search feature (currently in beta) that could significantly enhance researchers’ ability to find handwritten, typed, and unindexed records.  Full-text Search allows researchers to search within the entire text of documents rather than just the indexed fields. This could be particularly useful for uncovering details that may not be captured in traditional indexing, such as specific names, relationships, locations, or events mentioned within the text of the historical documents.

Videos and a blog explaining how to use the Full Text Search:

Association Meeting Announcement

VISITORS are welcome to attend all meetings.


The Watauga Association of Genealogists will hold its next monthly meeting at the

Johnson City Public Library and via Zoom on 

Tuesday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.

TOPIC:   “Exploring Family Search”
Guest Speaker: Peggy Rosalie Britt Henderson

The August meeting of the Watauga Association of Genealogists  (WAGS) will feature a return presentation on “Exploring FamilySearch” presented by Peggy Rosalie Britt Henderson. The meeting will be in the Jones Room at the Johnson City Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6.

If you have specific questions about Family Search that you would like Ms. Henderson to address, please send them to us at:

Mrs. Henderson is currently a Temple and Family History Consultant at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Johnson City, TN, where she teaches others how to research and enter genealogy information for their families into the Family Tree and Ancestry programs. She assists individuals in creating their Family Tree accounts within FamilySearch and establishing their individual family trees.  Mrs. Henderson states that “the overall purpose of Family Tree is to help individuals discover their family and, in turn, discover a bit about themselves.

The public is invited to attend all WAGS meetings held at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St., Johnson City, on the first Tuesday of the month. 

When:  Tuesday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Johnson City Public Library, 100 W Millard St, Johnson City, TN

  Zoom Link  

Zoom Meeting ID: 966 0958 1398
Passcode: 641737


Join the Watauga Association of Genealogists

Membership is open to persons with genealogical or historical interests. Dues are $18.00 yearly, payable to the organization on or before January 1 of each calendar year. If you wish to join, please make checks payable to Watauga Association of Genealogists-Northeast Tennessee. A new member receives two issues of the Bulletin for the year he/she joins. All members are entitled to one free query per issue.    For more information about our group, please contact us at:


Books and genealogical materials donated to WAGS will be reviewed in the Bulletins as space permits and will be donated to the Johnson City Public Library for the Tennessee Room.

All photographs displayed on this site were taken by Betty Jane Hylton unless otherwise specified.