Dyer County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies

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Has anyone studied my Dyer County, Tennessee family before?

Message boards and online family trees can help you learn if someone is actively researching your ancestors. More than half a dozen books or articles have been published about Dyer County's families. Descendants of some historic residents have had their DNA tested.

Main article: Dyer County, Tennessee

General[edit | edit source]

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Dyer (County), Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 49,000 entries.

  • A History of the Dyer, Tennessee Community. Paducah, Ky.: Turner's Publishing Co. Publisher's description.
  • Ridens, Arahwana Hendren. Dyer County and Newbern, Tennessee: Being a History of 39 of the Earliest Families of This County. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1979. FHL US/CAN Book 976.815 H2r.

DNA[edit | edit source]

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Dyer County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.

  • [Doss] Descendant of John Henry Newton Doss, b. 1843 Shelby County, Alabama; resident of Madison County, Alabama and Dyer County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 37 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 82840). Genetic signature available online (labeled Ga-1), genealogical description available online, courtesy: The Doss DNA Project, World Families. Matches have been found.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • [Watkins] Watkins, William Bismarck. The Watkins Family of North Carolina. Jackson, TN: McCowat-Mercer, 1922. Available at FHL Film 1321283; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).

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