The Genealogy and Reference Department houses Gadsden, Etowah County and State of Alabama historical items and has an abundance of family history and genealogical research tools, including online databases and computers that are dedicated to genealogical study. Historical newspapers are available on microfilm including the Gadsden Times from 1867 to present. Several interesting programs on local history and genealogy are also held throughout the year. In addition, the Reference section has excellent maps, atlases, U.S. government documents and other useful research materials.