Preserving The Past To Inspire The Future

Our group 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. (Preview Bulletin)

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The Association meets the first Tuesday evening of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Center  of Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St., Johnson City, TN. No meetings are held in January and February. VISITORS are welcome to attend all meetings.


WAGS  meeting for Tuesday, 6 October 2020 will be a lecture by John Kiener (retired General Session Judge and newspaper editor) via of Zoom. John’s  topic will be “Write, Write Some More: Then Publish.” The meeting will start at 7:00 pm DST. Information for logging on will be emailed to members closer to meeting date.  

WAGS members now have a query forum. Log-in to the members only page for instruction on submitting a query.

NOTE:  The Johnson City Public Library is closed until further notice. Keep checking the WAGS Facebook page and this page for updates.



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.