Tennessee Research Tips and Strategies

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Purpose of Research Tips and Strategies Wiki Page

The Tennessee Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Tennessee. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.

Tennessee Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Tennessee

Tennessee Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Tennessee.

  • Birth information  Statewide registration of births began in 1914 in Tennessee with general compliance by 1927. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents   Statewide registration of deaths began in 1914 in Tennessee with general compliance by 1936. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Tennessee death records
  • Look in all censuses   Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

Tennessee Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Tennessee Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information

Maiden name

Immigration date


Physical description

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