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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Newspapers publish notices of marriage, divorce, death, funerals, obituaries, and wartime casualty lists. Notices include names of the persons involved, the date of the event, and may contain maiden names, names of parents, and other relatives.

Newspapers also publish articles of local interest, including religious and social events in the community, with the names of those involved. Some newspapers serve several communities and devote columns to the everyday happenings in the area.

Newspapers also include legal notices, estate sales, and advertising for local businesses.

History[edit | edit source]

Resources for Tennessee Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Libraries and Archives[edit | edit source]

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has an extensive collection of almost all Tennessee newspapers. For a list of what is at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, see their Internet site:

More than 6,000 newspapers have been identified for the Tennessee Newspaper Project. Their Internet site has a database you can search to find a newspaper’s title, town, life span, and repository:

Contact the repository for further details. Many allow you to borrow microfilm copies through interlibrary loan.

Locating Tennessee Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Newspaper Directory

The U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present is a national directory from the Library of Congress of over 140,000 newspaper titles. The directory provides a list of libraries from around the country that have the newspapers in their collections.

Wiki Articles

See the United States Newspapers and United States Obituaries wiki articles for help in locating other newspapers published in Tennessee. See Tennessee Obituaries for help in finding obituaries. See the Tennessee Archives and Libraries article for facilities with regional collections which might include newspapers.


For more resources regarding local newspapers for Tennessee, use the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Digital Newspapers Online[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

Chronicling America has some historical issues for the state of Tennessee online.

Published Newspaper Resources[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has some Tennessee newspapers and newspaper extracts on microfilm; for example:

  • Creekmore, Pollyanna. Tennessee Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts. Knoxville, Tennessee: Clinchdale Press, 1995–. FHL book 976.885/K1 B38c v. 1-2 This is a work in progress. Two volumes have been published covering the years 1816–1839. A third volume covering 1840–1849 is being prepared.
  • Eddlemon, Sherida K. Genealogical Abstracts of Tennessee Newspapers. 3 vols. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage, 1988. FHL book 976.8 D2e Three Volumes. Volume 1 covers 1791–1808, volume 2 covers 1803 to 1812, and volume 3 covers 1821–1828. Free Lookups Available!

The Christian Advocate is a Methodist newspaper. Death records from this publication have been abstracted:

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]