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  • Tennessee African American Genealogy
    • Tennessee African American Cemeteries
    • Tennessee African American Census Records
    • Chancery, Admiralty And Slavery Courts in NC
    • Tennessee, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872
      The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (often called the Freedmen’s Bureau) was created in 1865 at the end of the American Civil War to supervise relief efforts including education, health care, food and clothing, refugee camps, legalization of marriages, employment, labor contracts, and securing back pay, bounty payments and pensions. These records include letters and endorsements sent and received, account books, applications for rations, applications for relief, court records, labor contracts, registers of bounty claimants, registers of complaints, registers of contracts, registers of disbursements, registers of freedmen issued rations, registers of patients, reports, rosters of officers and employees, special and general orders and circulars received, special orders and circulars issued, records relating to claims, court trials, property restoration, and homesteads. This collection corresponds with NARA microfilm publication M1911, Records of the Field Offices for the State of Tennessee, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872.
    • WPA Slave Narratives
      Slave narratives are stories of surviving slaves told in their own words and ways. Unique, colorful, and authentic, these slave narratives provide a look at the culture of the South during slavery which heretofore had not been told.
  • Tennessee Biographies
  • Tennessee Cemetery Records
  • Tennessee Census Records
  • Tennessee Counties
    • Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee
    • Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860-1930
      This collection includes marriage records, 1870-1929; wills, 1860-1929 and chancery court records, 1860-1930. This collection is being published as images become available.
    • Moore County
    • Putnam County
      • Tennessee, Putnam County Marriages, 1930-1961
        This collection includes digital images marriage records from Putnam County which were filmed at the Tennessee State Archives. This collection is being published as images are available.
      • Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1842-1955
        This collection includes records from the circuit and chancery courts of Putnam County. The records include disputed property and estates, wills, divorces and records of other civil proceedings.
    • Rutherford County
      • 1878 Rutherford County Map by D.G. Beers & Company
      • 1890 Rutherford County Tax Lists
        These transcriptions provide a listing of “heads of households” also known as the “tax payers.” At the very least, this gives us some idea of which families were residing in Rutherford County in 1890. Taxpayers are listed semi-alphabetically by judicial district. There are also lists of “Colored Polls.” These were African-American men who didn’t own land, but did pay a tax, or “poll” in order to vote. For both the tax payers and colored polls, choose the appropriate district. For information regarding Rutherford County’s Civil Districts see the 1878 D.G. Beers & Company Map.

        • 1890 Tax Payers
        • 1890 Colored Polls
      • Rutherford County Register of Births
        Beginning in 1881, counties in Tennessee were required to keep birth records. Due to lapses in that law, there are large gaps in the official records. Rutherford County Register of Births database covers 1881-1882, 1909-1912, and 1925-1939. The data fields in the index are name, date, register number, and page number. Additional information is provided in the birth registers, which are housed at the Rutherford County Archives.
      • 1930 – 1932 Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Phone Books
        These phone books are exhibits F, G, H, and I in the case of State of Tennessee v. Quentin Hoover et al. This case was heard in Rutherford County’s Chancery Court. Each of the four books was printed and distributed by the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company. They contain names, addresses, and phone numbers of private phones and business phones.  Each book is approximately 29 pages and includes the communities of Murfreesboro, Eagleville, Smyrna, Milton, Christiana, Walter Hill, Fosterville, Big Spring, Rockvale, Readyville, and Bradyville.

        • Spring-Summer Issue 1930
        • Spring-Summer Issue 1931
        • Fall-Winter Issue 1931
        • Spring Summer Issue 1932
      • Rutherford County Register of Deaths
        The death records index covers 1881 to 1939. The data fields are name, year, and entry or page number.
    • White County
      • Tennessee, White County Records, 1809-1975
        This is a collection of records from White County including marriages, 1950-1975; chancery court records 1825-1937, and circuit court records, 1809-1900. The county court records include primarily probate records. The chancery and circuit court records include disputed estate and property records, some wills, and divorces. This collection is being published as images become available.
  • Tennessee Court Records
    • Chancery, Admiralty And Slavery Courts in NC
    • Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927
      This collection includes waypoints and images of probate court records from Tennessee counties. The records were kept in bound volumes.
    • Tennessee, Probate Court Files, 1795-1955
      This collection includes probate records from Tennessee counties. These records were kept either as loose papers or in files, rather than bound volumes.
    • Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860-1930
      This collection includes marriage records, 1870-1929; wills, 1860-1929 and chancery court records, 1860-1930. This collection is being published as images become available.
    • Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1842-1955
      This collection includes records from the circuit and chancery courts of Putnam County. The records include disputed property and estates, wills, divorces and records of other civil proceedings.
    • Tennessee, White County Records, 1809-1975
      This is a collection of records from White County including marriages, 1950-1975; chancery court records 1825-1937, and circuit court records, 1809-1900. The county court records include primarily probate records. The chancery and circuit court records include disputed estate and property records, some wills, and divorces. This collection is being published as images become available.
  • Tennessee Land Records
  • Military Records
  • Tennessee Native American Records
  • Tennessee Historical and Genealogical Societies
  • Tennessee Vital Records
    • Tennessee, Births and Christenings, 1828-1939
      Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Tennessee. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
    • Tennessee, State Marriage Index, 1780-2002
      Index of marriages from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Index provided by Ancestry.com
    • Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950
      Name indexes and images of Tennessee county marriages from 1790 through 1950 acquired from local courthouses. This collection contains searchable index data and images for marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 78% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. Some images may not be viewable due to contract restrictions.
    • Tennessee, Marriages, 1796-1950
      Name index to marriage records from the state of Tennessee. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
    • Tennessee, Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955
      Name index to death and burial records from the state of Tennessee. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 227,540 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
    • Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955
      Name index and images of Tennessee death certificates. Statewide death registration began in 1914.
    • Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860-1930
      This collection includes marriage records, 1870-1929; wills, 1860-1929 and chancery court records, 1860-1930. This collection is being published as images become available.
    • Tennessee, Putnam County Marriages, 1930-1961
      This collection includes digital images marriage records from Putnam County which were filmed at the Tennessee State Archives. This collection is being published as images are available.
    • Tennessee, White County Records, 1809-1975
      This is a collection of records from White County including marriages, 1950-1975; chancery court records 1825-1937, and circuit court records, 1809-1900. The county court records include primarily probate records. The chancery and circuit court records include disputed estate and property records, some wills, and divorces. This collection is being published as images become available.

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United States Genealogy

United States GenWeb Project

Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carroll, Carter, Cheatham, Chester, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Fentress, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardeman, Hardin, Hawkins, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, James, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Loudon, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Maury, McMinn, McNairy, Meigs, Monroe, Montgomery, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Rutherford, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sullivan, Sumner, Tipton, Trousdale, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Weakley, White, Williamson, Wilson.

American History and Genealogy Project

Blount, Giles, Hardin, Moore, Obion, Rutherford, Sevier,