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Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891486,897
Tennessee, Enumeration of Male Voters, 1891Updated391,186
U.S. Federal Census - 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes325,492
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
Tennessee, Divorce and Other Records, 1800-196535,246
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Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-20027,475,679
Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-19654,888,623
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-19551,478,997
Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008636,372
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U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-18652,049,383
U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865837,569
U.S., Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918613,480
U.S., Confederate Service Records, 1861-186557,570
Tennessee, Civil War Confederate Pension Applications Index38,423
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U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)Free5,823,338
Tennessee, Naturalization Records, 1888-199277,434
Tennessee, Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Memphis, 1958-19611,599
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History Of Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee)1,114
Calendar of the Tennessee and King's Mountain papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts703
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Tennessee, Divorce and Other Records, 1800-196535,246
A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans : the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities2,786
History of the Lutheran Church in Virginia and East Tennessee408
Inventory of the church and synagogue archives of Tennessee.60
Tennessee diaries, memoirs and church records in the Manuscript Division, Tennessee State Library and Archives47
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Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008636,372
Tennessee, Early Land Registers, 1778-1927Free511,683
Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895Free262,784
North Carolina and Tennessee, Early Land Records, 1753-1931200,458
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
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Tennessee Records15,086
A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans : the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities2,786
Calendar of the Tennessee and King's Mountain papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts703
Tennessee Genealogical Records394
Prominent Tennesseans, 1796-1938290
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Tennessee Records15,086
A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans : the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities2,786
The winning of the West1,736
Eight generations of the family of Henry Fox (1768-1852) and his wife, Sarah Harrell Fox (1772-1848), of South Carolina, Tennes1,460
History Of Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee)1,114
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A Genealogical History

Tennessee in brief

Statehood: June 1, 1796
Capital: Nashville
Largest City: Memphis
Counties: 95
State motto: Agriculture and Commerce
State nickname: The Volunteer State
Neighboring states: Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri


Tennessee Centennial, Nashville, Tenn., 1897

Interesting Facts

  • Prior to European settlement Native American tribes in present-day Tennessee included Cherokee, Chocktaw, Chickasaw, and Shawnee. The area was a hunting ground for these and other native groups.
  • Prior to the American Revolution, Tennessee was claimed by North Carolina. That state ceded its claim to the federal government after the war, although it reserved some sections for grants to Revolutionary War veterans. Part of the territory ceded to the government for a time became the state of Franklin which lasted only four years before merging with the new state of Tennessee.
  • Sections of the boundary between Tennessee and Kentucky were disputed for many years. In 1820 a survey still left sections in question and it wasn’t until a subsequent survey in 1859 that the boundary was finally established. Records for both states should be checked for families living in that area prior to the settlement of the boundary.
  • Although Tennessee seceded from the Union in May of 1861, there was strong pro-Union sentiment in eastern portions of the state and many Tennesseans served in the Union forces. More than 400 battles were fought within the state during the Civil War.
     

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Tennessee, Enumeration of Male Voters, 1891391,186
Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-19654,888,623
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
Tennessee, City Death Records, 1872-1923261,265
U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-18652,049,383

Famous People

Help and Advice

Resources

Tennessee Census Research

Federal censuses for Tennessee have been lost or destroyed for 1790 and 1800, though tax lists can serve as substitutes for the missing enumerations. The 1810 census has survived for only Rutherford and Grainger counties, and the 1820 enumeration exists for only twenty-six counties, all in middle and west Tennessee.

Beginning in 1830, the censuses are available for each census year, except for the destroyed census of 1890.

No territorial or state censuses are known to exist. However, some reconstructed records can be found in 1770–1790 Census of the Cumberland Settlements: Davidson, Sumner, Tennessee Counties (In What is Now Tennessee).

 

Tennessee Vital Records

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1914, with general compliance achieved by the early 1920s. Some fragmented earlier records also exist.

Marriages have been recorded on a county basis since as early as 1778, though many counties are incomplete or missing until as late as the 1850s.

 

Tennessee Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about Tennessee history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when

 

Statewide Research Resources

 

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