Genealogy Guide to Nashville
The capital of the country music world is a great place to find your Volunteer State ancestors.
Though best known today as the capital of country music, Nashville was noteworthy in American history and culture long before the first twang of the Grand Ole Opry. As the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace, the city saw plenty of traffic. And as the capital of Tennessee and home to the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), Nashville is the prime place to start researching Volunteer State ancestors. The city, which merged with Davidson County in 1963, boasts rich ethnic heritage, as well. If your family hails from Music City, we’ll show you how to get singing in the right key.