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 Tips of the Week:

Tennessee State Library and Archives – Research Guides

Research guides help identify some of the vast resources available at TSLA, including books, biographical sources, collections, indexes, microfilm, manuscripts and more, on specific topics relating to genealogy.  Available Research Guides include:  Tennessee Civil War Research Sources, Early North Carolina / Tennessee Land Grants, Guide to African American Genealogy-Related Documents Prior to 1865, Tennessee Taxation Information and Chart, 1796-1899 and many more.

How to Use Search Engines for Genealogy Research

The Internet is a genealogist’s dream. Just type an ancestor’s name in a search engine and, in an instant, you might find his photo, details about his family, his obituary and a picture of his gravestone. But you must use the right search tools and word your query carefully to get the best results. These tips will help you ferret out useful information in historical records, pictures, maps, books, newspapers and other resources all across the Internet.

Association Meeting Announcement

VISITORS are welcome to attend all meetings.


The Watauga Association of Genealogists will hold its next monthly meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:00pm.

TOPIC:   “Reading Old Handwriting”
Anna Moulis and John Deal, Library of Virginia

Whether you’re using the Library of Virginia’s collections for research or transcribing archival
documents on Making History: Transcribe, tune in for these tips on deciphering the past. Please
join experienced editor John Deal and circulation and archival assistant (and expert transcriber!) Anna Moulis to learn about special characters, common abbreviations, and other challenges to reading old handwriting.

Handout Link

Where:  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.