Source Information

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Ancestry.com. Tennessee, City Birth Records, 1881-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: City Birth Records. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives.

About Tennessee, City Birth Records, 1881-1915

This database contains a collection of various birth records for three cities in Tennessee: Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The collection does not include records for all years in each city. Most of the records are registers, which typically list the following details:

  • name
  • birth date and place
  • gender
  • father’s name
  • mother’s name

Some registers also include race, residence, occupation (father), and birthplace for parent, so it is well worth checking the original image. The database also includes some birth certificates from Nashville and Knoxville in the early 1900s, which can contain additional details.