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.

Get Help From the Association

The Association meets the first Tuesday evening of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room 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.


Program for March 3, 2020 6:30 PM

Ned Irwin, Archivist and Donna Cox Briggs, Associate Archivist will present a program entitled “Navigating the Court Records of Washington County.” They will talk about each court (Judicial, Chancery, Circuit, Superior and Tennessee Supreme Court) and share some interesting cases from each court.


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. Non-members may place a query consisting of less than five lines for $5.00.   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.