Tennessee Genealogy – Free Tennessee Genealogy

This Tennessee state page of our website provides direct links to major databases and historical titles and information found on Tennessee genealogy and history, whether they exist on our site, or across the web.

Black Tennessee Genealogy

  • 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 Cemeteries

Tennessee Census Records

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 Genealogy

Tennessee County Genealogy and History

United States Genealogy

USGenWeb 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.

Tennessee Historical and Genealogical Societies

Tennessee Land Records

Tennessee Military Records

Tennessee Native American Records

Tennessee Vital Records

  • Tennessee Vital Records
    • Tennessee Death Records Index 1949-2014
    • Tennessee Divorce Records Index 1980-2014
    • Tennessee Marriage Records Index 1980-2014
    • 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.

Tennessee World War 2 Casualties – Army, Air Force

This database contains War Department casualties (Army and Army Air Force personnel) from World War II for Tennessee. Information provided includes serial number, rank and type of casualty. The birthplace or residence of the deceased is not indicated. An introduction explaining how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation, and the descriptions of the types of casualties incurred are also included.

Small Town Newspapers

Small Town Papers gives you free access to the people, places and events recorded in real time over the decades or even centuries! Browse and search the scanned newspaper archive from 1846 up to the current edition! Their archives contain millions of names of ancestors not found anywhere else. Enhance your Ancestry research with their high resolution scanned newspaper archive. Find distant relatives and discover your ethnic heritage by reading the articles about family and friends written back in the day.

Descendants of William Sumner of Dorchester, MA

The Sumner family, to which the late Mrs. George Barstow Stetson belonged, is an old and prominent family of New England, descended from one William Sumner, who was born at Bicester, England, in 1605, son of Roger Sumner, of Bicester, Oxfordshire, and his wife Joane (Franklin).

William Sumner, the only child of Roger and Joane, married Oct. 22, 1625, Mary West, and they came to America with their four children in 1636, locating at Dorchester, Mass. He was made a freeman of the Colony May 17, 1637, and held many offices of importance, being selectman for nearly a quarter of a century. He was deputy from Dorchester to the General Court for eight years. He died Dec. 9. 1688, surviving his wife, who died June 7, 1676. Both are buried at Dorchester.

Hawes Family of Wrentham, MA

For generations, since the early Colonial period, the Hawes family has been resident in Wrentham, Mass. The line is traced back to Edward Hawes, of Dedham, Mass., born probably about 1620, who died in 1686. He married April 15, 1648, Eliony Lombard. This genealogy discusses the line from Edward through Oliver Snow Hawes who removed to Fall River Mass. It then discusses the family and descendants of Olvier Snow Hawes who resided in the vicinity of Fall River.

Biography of Hon. Robert P. Henry

The son of a Revolutionary soldier and the representative of a distinguished family was Robert P. Henry. He was born in 1788 in Scott County, Ky., where his father, Gen. William Henry, had settled among the first in that region. He graduated in Transylvania University...

North America Indian Names of Places in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana

The Indians all over this continent had names, traditions, religions, ceremonies, feasts, prayers, songs, dances all, more or less, with symbolism and allegory, adapted to circumstances, just as all other races of mankind. But the world has become so familiar with the...

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