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This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D. FUGA for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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Tennessee deeds are recorded at the register of deed’s office. The county court maintains jurisdiction over the probate and court records, except for Shelby and Davidson counties, where the county court handles probates and circuit court handles civil matters. Dates given are for the first known records in each category at the county seat, but this is not meant to imply that all records are extant from that date. County formation is from information supplied by the TSLA. See the following for further assistance:

  • Richard Carlton Fulcher, comp., Guide to County Records and Genealogical Resources in Tennessee. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. This is a county-by-county guide to published WPA typescript and microfilmed records.
  • Historical Records Survey. Survey of Tennessee County Court Records, Prior to 1860 in the Second, Third, and Fourth Districts. Nashville: Historical Records Survey, 1943.

Data for each type of county records noted in the county section is based on microfilmed county records in the online FHL catalog at www.familysearch.org. This information includes only dates for county-generated records and the Works Projects Administration’s Historical Records Survey. Dates of published or compiled records were not used. For the county clerk’s addresses, two sources were used: www.tennessee.gov/safety/clerks.htm and www.genealogy.com/00000271.html.


Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
G2 Anderson 101 N. Main St., Clinton 37716 1801 Knox/Grainger188118381891180218271801
C3 Bedford 104 N. Side Sq., Shelbyville 37160 1807 Rutherford/Indian lands190818611908180818611830
D7,A2 Benton 1 E. Court Sq., Camden 38320 1835 Humphreys/Henry188118381881182018361836
E3 Bledsoe 116 Main St./P.O. Box 212, Pikeville 37367-0212 1807 Roane/Indian lands190819081908180818841836
G3 Blount 345 Court St., Maryville 37804 1795 Knox188117951881179417951795
F4 Bradley 155 N. Ocoee St. , P.O. Box 46, Cleveland 37364-0046 1835 Cherokee land190818641908183918381838
G1 Campbell 195 Kentucky St./P.O. Box 13, Jacksboro 37757-0013 1806 Anderson/Claiborne191418381914180618061813
D3 Cannon Public Sq., Woodbury 37190 1836 Rutherford/Smith/Warren/Coffee18811838188118361836183
A2, D7 Carroll 625 High St./P.O. Box 110, Huntingdon 38344-0110 1821 Chickasaw lands190818381908182018221821
K1 Carter 801 E. Elk Ave., Elizabethton 37643 1796 Washington188117901881179517941804
B2 Cheatham 100 Public Sq., Ashland City 37015-1711 1856 Davidson/Dickson/Montgomery/Robertson188118561881185618561856
C8 Chester 133 E. Main/P.O. Box 205, Henderson 38340-0205 1879 Hardman/Madison/Henderson/McNairy190818911908189118911882
H1 Claiborne1740 Main St./P.O. Box 34, Tazewell 37879-0034 1801 Grainger/Hawkins190818381908180118011801
D1 Clay100 Courthouse Sq/P.O. Box 218, Celina 38551-0218 1870 Jackson/Overton190818711908187118711871
J2 Cocke111 Court Ave., Newport 37821 1797 Jefferson190818771908185618761877
D3 Coffee300 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester 37355 1836 Franklin/Warren/Bedford188118531881183618331836
B7 Crockett1 S. Bells St., Alamo 38001 1871 Madison/Dyer/Gibson/Haywood190918721909187018721871
F2 Cumberland2 N. Main St., Crossville 38555-9428 1856 Bledsoe/Morgan/White/Rhea/Fentress/Putnam/Roane191419051914185419041897
C2 Davidson700 Seventh Ave. South, Nashville 37203 1783 Indian lands188117891881178417841783
A3,D8 DecaturP.O. Box 488, Decaturville 38329-0488 1845 Perry188118691908184618691860
D2 DeKalb1 Public Sq., Smithville 37166 1837 Warren/White/Jackson/Smith191418481914183818381837
D6 Dickson4 Court Sq./P.O. Box 220, Charlotte 37036-0220 1803 Montgomery/Robertson185918171908180418001804
B6 Dyer115 Market St./P.O. Box 1360, Dyersburg 38025-1360 1823 Chickasaw lands190818601881182018531848
B8 Fayette1 Court Sq./P.O. Box 218, Somerville 38068-0218 1824 Shelby/Hardeman191418381914182118361824
F1 Fentress101 Main St./P.O. Box 823, Jamestown 38556-0823 1823 Morgan/Overton/White191419051914182019051842
D4 Franklin1 S. Jefferson St., Winchester 37398 1807 Bedford/Warren188118381881180718081832
C7 Gibson1 Court Sq./P.O. Box 228, Trenton 38382-0228 1823 Chickasaw lands188118241909181918241824
B4 Giles1 Public Sq./P.O. Box 678, Pulaski 38478-0678 1809 Maury190818651908179018101810
H2 GraingerWest Court St., Box 116, Rutledge 37861-0116 1796 Hawkins/Knox190817961908179617961796
J2 Greene101 S. Main St., Greeneville 37743 1783 Washington, N.C.188117801881178518021783
D3 GrundyHwy 56/P.O. Box 215, Altamont 37301-0215 1844 Franklin/Warren/Coffee/Marion190818501908185218381844
H2 Hamblen511 W. Second N St., Morristown 37814-3964 1870 Grainger/Greene/Jefferson/Hawkins190918631909187018701870
E4 Hamilton625 Georgia Ave. , P.O. Box 24868 1819 Cherokee lands188118571881179618621860
H1 Hancock Main St./P.O. Box 347, Sneedville 37869-0347 1844 Claiborne/Hawkins191419301914187919291879
C8 Hardeman 100 N. Main St., Bolivar 38008-2322 1823 Chickasaw lands188118231881182018231823
A4, D8 Hardin 601 Main St., Savannah 38372 1819 Chickasaw lands188118631881182018251820
J1 Hawkins 150 Washington St., P.O. Box 790, Rogersville 37857-0790 1785 (as Spencer; renamed, 1786) Sullivan 191418201914178717861810
B8 Haywood 1 N. Washington St., Brownsville 38012-2557 1823 Chickasaw lands188118591908179318261808
A3, D7 Henderson 17 Monroe St./P.O. Box 40, Lexington 38351-0040 1821 Chickasaw lands190818931908185618611850
A1, D6 Henry 101 W. Washington St. , P.O. Box 24, Paris 38242-0024 1821 Chickasaw lands188118351881182018221824
A3, E7 Hickman 101 S. Public Sq., Centerville 37033 1807 Dickson191418681914180818461844
E6 Houston 100 Main St./P.O. Box 388, Erin 37061-0388 1871 Dickson/Stewart/Humphreys/Montgomery188118711881187118691871
A2, E7 Humphreys 102 Thompson St., Waverly 37185 1809 Stewart190818641908181018371842
D1 Jackson 101 E. Hull Ave./P.O. Box 346, Gainesboro 38562-0345 1801 Smith/Indian lands188118701881181718391839
James 1871 (abolished; became part of Hamilton, 1919) Hamilton/Bradley
County seat was Ooltewah. Records in Chattanooga, Hamilton County.
H2 Jefferson 204 W. Main St./P.O. Box 710, Dandridge 37725-0710 1792 Greene/Hawkins190817921908179217921792
K1 Johnson 222 W. Main St., Mountain City 37683-1612 1836 Carter190818381908183618001836
G2 Knox 300 Main St./P.O. Box 1566, Knoxville 37901-1566 1792 Greene/Hawkins188117921881179117921792
B6 Lake 116 S. Court St., Tiptonville 38079 1870 Obion191418831914187018711870
B7 Lauderdale 100 Court Sq., Ripley 38063 1835 Dyer/Tipton/Haywood188118381881182218361836
B4, E8 Lawrence 240 W. Gaines/P.O. Box NBU2, Lawrenceburg 38464 1817 Hickman/Indian lands/Maury190818181908181918291818
E8 Lewis 110 N. Park St., Hohenwald 38462 1843 Hickman/Maury/Wayne/Lawrence190818471908182718461844
C4 Lincoln 112 Main Ave. South, Fayetteville 37334 1809 Bedford188118341881181018091810
G3 Loudon 101 Mulberry St., Loudon 37774 1870 Blount/Monroe/Roane/McMinn190818701908187018701870
D1 Macon 104 County Courthouse, Public Sq., Lafayette 37083 1842 Smith/Sumner190819011925190119011843
C8 Madison 100 E. Main, Jackson 38301 1821 Chickasaw lands192518381925182118221821
D4 Marion 1 Courthouse Sq./P.O. Box 789, Jasper 37347-0789 1817 Cherokee lands190818811908181918751842
C3 Marshall 207 Marshall Courthouse, Lewisburg 37091 1836 Bedford/Lincoln/Maury191418361914183618651836
B3 Maury Public Sq./P.O. Box 769, Columbia 38401-0769 1807 Williamson/Indian lands190818071908180818061807
F3 McMinn 6 W. Madison Ave., Athens 37303 1819 Cherokee lands190818381908182018191819
C8 McNairy Court Ave., Selmer 38375 1823 Hardin188118611925182318571855
F3 Meigs Main St., P.O. Box 218, Decatur 37322-0218 1836 Rhea/Cherokee lands190918381909183518361836
G3 Monroe 103 College St., Madisonville 37354 1819 Cherokee lands188118381881182018251820
B1, E6 Montgomery 350 Pagant Lane, Ste. 502, Clarksville 37041 1796 Tennessee190818381881178617951805
C4 Moore 196 Main St./P.O. Box 206, Lynchburg 37352-0206 1871 Bedford/Franklin/Coffee/Lincoln188118721908187218711872
F2 Morgan 415 S. Kinston St./P.O. Box 301, Wartburg 37887-0301 1817 Roane/Anderson190818621908181818661824
B6 Obion 2 Bill Bennett Circle, Union City 38261 1823 Chickasaw lands188118241881182018331824
E1 Overton 317 E. University St., Livingston 38570 1806 Jackson/Indian lands191418671914179218701815
A3, E7 Perry Main St./P.O. Box 16, Linden 37096-0016 1819/1821 Hickman/Humphreys190818651881182018631826
E1 Pickett 1 Courthouse Sq./P.O. Box 5, Byrdstown 38549-0005 1879 Fentress/Overton193419341934193419341934
F4 Polk Hwy 411/P.O. Box 158, Benton 37307-0158 1839 Bradley/McMinn190818941908189418731840
E2 Putnam 29 N. Washington Ave., Cookeville 38501 1854 White/Jackson/Overton/Smith/DeKalb190818781879182518741842
F3 Rhea 1475 Market St., Dayton 37321 1807 Roane190819081908180818251815
F2 Roane 200 E. Race St./P.O. Box 546, Kingston 37763-0546 1801 Knox/Indian lands188118011881180118021801
B1 Robertson 101 5th Ave. W., Springfield 37172 1796 Tennessee/Sumner190818291908179617961796
C2 Rutherford 26 N. Public Sq., Murfreesboro 37130 1803 Davidson/Williamson/Wilson188118041881180418041804
F1 Scott P.O. Box 69, Huntsville 37756-0069 1849 Fentress/Morgan/Anderson/Campbell——18541901185018921850
Courthouse fire 1946.
E3 Sequatchie 308 E. Cherry St., Box 248, Dunlap 37327 1857Hamilton/Marion/Warren188118581881185818581858
H3 Sevier 125 Court Ave. East, Sevierville 37862 1794Jefferson191418561881184918241850
A8 Shelby 150 Washington Ave., Memphis 38103 1819Indian lands, Hardin188118191848182118241820
Some Shelby County Probate Court records are available at the Shelby County Public Archives–see Archives, Libraries, and Societies. This includes probate minute books, 1867—1900 and loose papers and wills, 1820—1900 for Shelby County. The Probate Court Clerk’s Office has wills, 1900-present; minute books, 1900-present; and loose papers, 1900-present.
D2 Smith 211 Main St. N., Carthage 37030 1799Sumner/Indian lands188118381881180118051799
Spencer 1785 (renamed Hawkins, 1786)Sullivan
A1, E6 Stewart 225 Donelson Pkwy, Box 67, Dover 37058-0067 1803Montgomery188118381881178918121804
K1 Sullivan 3411 Hwy 126/P.O. Box 530, Blountville 37617-0530 1779Washington Dist., Va.188118611881177518301861
C1 Sumner 355 N. Belvedere, Gallatin 37066 1786Davidson188117871881178717891787
Tennessee 1788 (abolished; divided into Montgomery and Robertson)Davidson
County seat was Clarkesville. Records in Robertson County.
A8 Tipton 220 Hwy 51 N./P.O. Box 528, Covington 38019-0528 1823Chickasaw lands188118401881182018241823
D1 Trousdale 200 E. Main St./P.O. Box 69, Hartsville 37074-0069 1870Macon/Smith/Wilson/Sumner190819051909190519051903
K2 Unicoi 100 Main St./P.O. Box 340, Erwin 37650-0340 1875Carter/Washington190818761908187618761875
G2 Union 901 Main St./P.O. Box 395, Maynardville 37807-0395 1850Anderson/Campbell/Knox/Claiborne/Grainger188118641881185618561854
E3 Van Buren Smith St./P.O. Box 126, Spencer 38585-0126 1840Warren/White/Bledsoe190818401908184018401840
D3 Warren 201 Locust St./P.O. Box 231, McMinnville 37110-0231 1807White/Jackson/Smith188118521881180818271842
K1 Washington 100 Main St./P.O. Box 219, Jonesboro 37659-0219 1777Act of North Carolina Washington Dist.190817871908177817781778
A4, E8 Wayne 200 Court Sq./P.O. Box 185, Waynesboro 38485-0185 1817Hickman/Humphreys188118571881182018201837
An earlier, but separate, “Wayne County” is included in today’s Carter County and part of Johnson County. It was established in 1785 under the state of Franklin but was abolished in 1788.
C6 Weakley P.O. Box 587, Dresden 38225-0587 1823Chickasaw lands190818431908182618261794
E2 White 1 E. Bockman Way, Sparta 38583 1806Jackson/Smith1881183818811801181018106
B2 Williamson 1320 W. Main St./P.O. Box 624, Franklin 37065-0624 1799Davidson188118001881179918001800
C2 Wilson 228 E. Main St., Box 950, Lebanon 37088-0950 1799Sumner18811802190817891802*1802
*Wills, 1802.
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