Dickson County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Guide to Dickson County, Tennessee ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Charlotte
Organized: October 25, 1803
Parent County(s): Robertson, Montgomery[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cheatham  • Hickman  • Houston  • Humphreys  • Montgomery  • Williamson
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Dickson County was named for William Dickson, a Nashville physician then serving in the United States Congress. The county is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dickson County Courthouse
4 Court Square
Charlotte, Tennessee 37036
Dickson County Website Phone: 615-789-4171
County Clerk Phone: 615-789-5093
Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 615-789-7010

County Clerk has birth and death records 1908-1912 and 1925-1939, Marriage records from 1817 and probate records from 1977
Register of Deeds has land records from 1804 and military records from 1946.[3]

Dickson County, Tennessee Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1859 1908 1817 1908 1804 1804 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1830: Tornado damaged county courthouse records.[5]

1810: Lost censuses
1803-1816: Marriages recorded between 1803 and 1816 are lost

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
The county is named after "U.S. Representative William Dickson (1770-1816)."[9]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Douthat, James L. Dickson County, Tennessee Biographies. 1887; reprint, Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free Surname Index at Mountain Press.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. 2004. By Alan N. Miller. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield Company. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Includes Dickson County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Dickson County, Tennessee online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 4,516
1820 5,190 14.9%
1830 7,265 40.0%
1840 7,074 −2.6%
1850 8,404 18.8%
1860 9,982 18.8%
1870 9,340 −6.4%
1880 12,460 33.4%
1890 13,645 9.5%
1900 18,635 36.6%
1910 19,955 7.1%
1920 19,342 −3.1%
1930 18,491 −4.4%
1940 19,718 6.6%
1950 18,805 −4.6%
1960 18,839 0.2%
1970 21,977 16.7%
1980 30,037 36.7%
1990 35,061 16.7%
2000 43,156 23.1%
2010 49,666 15.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Dickson County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide online indexes.

See Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Dickson County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®


1810 Lost - a substitute is available:

  • Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810.


1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


  • Finley, Nina. Census of Houston County Area. Erin, Tennessee Friends of Houston County Library, 19-?. Volume 6 includes 1850 Western Dickson County. FHL 976.836 X2f


  • Scanned census images in the USGenWeb Archives.
  • Baker, Georgia. 1860 Census for Dickson County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: Richland Press, 1998. FHL 976.844 X2b
  • Finley, Nina. Census of Houston County Area. Erin, Tennessee Friends of Houston County Library, 19-?. Volume 7 includes 1860 Western Dickson County. FHL 976.836 X2f


  • Finley, Nina. Census of Houston County Area. Erin, Tennessee Friends of Houston County Library, 19-?. Volume 8 includes 1870 Western Dickson County. FHL 976.836 X2f


  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census Dickson County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1993. FHL 976.844 X2s 1880

1890 Lost, but substitutes are available:

  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 8 1891. Dickson County is included in Vol. 8.
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.

1891 Male Voters

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service. The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. Online searchable index at TSLA.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

  • Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census." Online at Free African Americans.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

More than half a dozen genealogies have been published about Dickson County, Tennessee families. For more information visit Dickson County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

  • Dickson County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1804 and is located at 4 Court Square, Charlotte, TN 37036; (615) 789-4171. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  • Willis, Laura and Betty Sellers. Dickson County, Tennessee Deeds. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The Family History Library has microfilm copies of deeds 1804-1966 and trust deeds 1875-1966 with a general index; estate and guardianship settlements 1800-1898; land entries 1824-1962; platt books 1899-1962; register of probate deeds 1894-1938; and road minutes 1998-1891.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War
The following Dickson County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Dickson County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Dickson County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Dickson County:

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 1794-1851 Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL 976.8 V2L.

For deaths of Methodists in Dickson County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

  • Smith, Jonathan K.T. Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate. (1847-1914) 10 vols. Jackson, Tenn.: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. FHL US/CAN Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851 ff; digital versions at David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository. Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.
  • Willis, Laura. Dickson County, Tenn. newspaper abstracts. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspapers which are not available in or outside of Tennessee. For further information regarding interlibrary loan policies and newspapers not available for interlibrary loan click here. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Dickson County click on the following cities or towns:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Prisons[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Genealogical periodicals can contain unique sources and can be local, regional, or statewide. The following periodicals cover this county:

  • The Dickson County Genealogical Society was organized in June of 1983 and dissolved in December of 1987. The Family History Library has Volume 1, no. 1 (Jan - Mar 1984) - Volume 4, no. 4 (December 1987). FHL US/CAN Book 976.844 D25d
  • The River Counties: Genealogical articles with abstracts of Dickson County, Tennessee Genealogy records were published in The River Counties Quarterly, (14 vols.) edited by Jill K. Garrett. The Family History Library has a complete collection FHL Book 976.8 B2rc.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Dickson County Court and County Clerk have responsibility for probate records. Many records are found as the Dickson County Archives.

Online Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1804-1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's probate records.
  • 1804-1856 - Works Progress Administration. Dickson County, TN Will Book A 1804-1856. 1936. Reprint with new index by Samuel Sistler, Nashville, Tennessee: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1998. (FHL book 976.844 P2s.)
  • Garrett, Jill Knight. Dickson County Handbook. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1984. Indexed. Contains a variety of Dickson County resources, including wills and estate settlements. (FHL book 976.844 A3g.)

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1812 Tax Lists, 1812, Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History. Nashville TN: Spring 2003. Vol. 16 Iss. 4.
  • 1813 "Dickson County Land Sold for 1813 Taxes," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 48, No. 4 (Winter 2001):57. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 48 (2001). For access, see Dickson.
  • 1814 "Some Dickson County Property Subject to Double Taxes in 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Summer 2002):21. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 49 (2002). For access, see Dickson.
  • 1815 Petition by Inhabitants Concerning Tax Complaint, 1815, Hickman County Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin. Centerville TN: 2005. Vol. 12 Iss. 2.
  • 1817 "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 43 (1996). For access, see Dickson. Includes Dickson County.
  • 1839-1839 Tax List Dickson County, Tennessee, Ansearchin' News, Vol 27, No. 3 (Fall 1980). FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 27 (1980);digital version at society's website. For further access, see Dickson.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1783-1870 - 35,000 Tennessee Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870. 3 vols. FHL book 976.8 V2t. Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county.
  • 1817-1879 - Dickson County, Tennessee, Marriage records, 1817-1879. FHL book 976.844 V2e, CD no. 620.
  • 1838-1873 - Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2 ff. Indexes names of brides, grooms, marriage dates for this county for the specified years.
  • Southern states Genealogical Records: Bible records, Tombstone Inscriptions, Historical records, Southern States Mission Records. FHL 976 A1 no. 1
  • Dickson County Handbook. Contains marriage record information. FHL book 976.844 A3g

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Dickson County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Tennessee Archives and Libraries.

Dickson County Archives
4 Public Square
Charlotte, TN 37036
Phone: 615-789-4171

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Dickson County. For state-wide library facilities, see Tennessee Archives and Libraries.

Dickson County Public Library
206 Henslee Drive
Dickson, TN 37055
Phone: 615-446-8293

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Dickson County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Tennessee Societies.

Dickson County Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1922
Dickson, TN 37056
Phone: 615-308-4039

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Dickson, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickson_County,_Tennessee accessed 18 Dec 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 31 March 2014).
  6. "Tennessee County" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_County (accessed 25 May 2010), and Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004) [[FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004 ]], 639.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Dickson County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickson_County,_Tennessee, accessed 12 November 2019.
  9. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.