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

Knox County, Tennessee
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for American Revolutionary War general and first United States Secretary of War Henry Knox. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1792 1881 1792 1791 1789 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


Knox(ville) City/County Building, Knoxville, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Knox County Courthouse
Old Knox County Courthouse;
Knoxville, TN 37902-1805
Phone: 865.215.2390

County Archives has probate records from 1789,
marriage, divorce, and court records from 1792
and tax records from 1806.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Old Knox County Tennessee courthouse.jpg

Old Knox County Courthouse, Knoxville, Tenn.Knox County Courthouse
300 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-215-2385

"Non-current" County records are housed in the Knox County Archives, which is located in the East Tennessee History Center.

Knox County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
P.O. Box 1566
300 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-215-2385

Knox County Register of Deeds
Land records
City-County Building, Suite 225
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-215-2330

Knox County Clerk and Master
Court records
City-County Building, Suite 124
400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-215-2555

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

History[edit | edit source]

General Henry Knox (1750-1806)

East Tennessee county. Established 1792.

The county is named for General Henry Knox (1750-1806), Revolutionary War hero, and the nation's first Secretary of War.[4]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1792--Knox County was created 11 June 1792 from Greene and Hawkins Counties.
County seat: Knoxville[5]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[6] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[7] (male)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1820

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

Places/Localities[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
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Knox County cemetery, court, estate, land, marriage, and tax records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
TNGenWeb WorldCat BillionGraves
Tombstone Project Linkpendium
TNGenWeb Cemeteries Gravestones
BillionGraves Interment
TNGenWeb Archives
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

  • Tennessee Cemeteries - Hometown Locator
  • Robert McGinnis is recognized as the Knox County Cemetery Historian by several local organizations, such as Knox Heritage. He has published multiple volumes of cemetery transcriptions for Knox County, encompassing more than 500,000 burials. He has done extensive research and included such things as wills and obituaries in the books. In addition, he perused Knox County death certificates on microfilm to identify unmarked burials. Copies of each volume are available from Mr. McGinnis.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 12,446
1810 10,171 −18.3%
1820 13,034 28.1%
1830 14,498 11.2%
1840 15,485 6.8%
1850 18,807 21.5%
1860 22,813 21.3%
1870 28,990 27.1%
1880 39,124 35.0%
1890 59,557 52.2%
1900 74,302 24.8%
1910 94,187 26.8%
1920 112,926 19.9%
1930 155,902 38.1%
1940 178,468 14.5%
1950 223,007 25.0%
1960 250,523 12.3%
1970 276,293 10.3%
1980 319,694 15.7%
1990 335,749 5.0%
2000 382,032 13.8%
2010 432,226 13.1%
Source: "".

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Knox 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.

1800 Lost

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 Collection 976.8 X2s 1810

1810 - 1891

1820 - Lost[9]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL Collection 1024517-1024518

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. A free online index, provided by Lineages, which cites the original document numbers, will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL Collection 973 X2m 1820; indexed at Lineages. Covers this county.

These records have also been abstracted:

  • 1820 Census of Manufactures: Knox County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 9, No. 1 ():50. For availability, see Periodicals.


  • Sistler, Byron H. 1830 Census, East Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: n.p., 1969. FHL Collection 976.8 X2p 1830

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


  • United States Census 1850 for Knox County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: East Tennessee Historical Society, 1949. FHL Collection 976.885 X2p 1850


  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census Knox County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, 1996. FHL Collection 976.885 X2s 1880 Another copy is available in the Census Area.

1890 Lost

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 Collection 976.8 X2r v. 1 1891 Knox County is included in Vol. 1.
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL Collection 976.8 X2s 1890

Male Voters

Church[edit | edit source]

Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville

  • 1816 - 1913 - First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Baptism Index 1816-1913. Batches C710781 and C710782 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1816 - 1913 - First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Marriage Index 1816-1913. Batches M710781 and M710782 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1881 - 1913 - First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Burial Index 1881-1913. Batch B395613 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • The Centennial Anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Semi-Centennial Anniversary of the Ministry of Rev. James Park, D.D., Knoxville, Tenn., October 11, 1896. Knoxville, Tenn.: Bean, Warters & Gaut, Printers and Binders, 1897. Digital version at Google Books.

Pleasant Forest Presbyterian Church

  • 1833 - 1885 - Pleasant Forest Presbyterian Church Baptism Index 1833-1885. [10]
Roman Catholic[edit | edit source]

Diocese of Knoxville
805 Northshore Drive Southwest
Knoxville, TN 37919
Telephone: 865-584-3307
Fax: 865-584-7538

Immaculate Conception Church, Knoxville

Court[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • Knoxville City Directories, 1859-present - the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection has a complete set of Knoxville City Directories. Watch this video on their collection
  • Knoxville City Directory, 1926: Containing an Alphabetical List of Business Firms, Corporations Followed by Their Officers, Copartnerships Giving Names of Partners, and Private Citizens with Their Occupation, Business Connections and Home Address, a Directory of All Churches, Public and Private Schools, Benevolent, Literary, Religious and Other Societies, Banks and Trust Companies, Officers of the County and City Governments, a Street and Avenue Guide, Numerical Telephone Directory, a Buyers' Guide and a Complete Classified Business Directory. Knoxville, Tenn.: City Directory Co. of Knoxville, c1926. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Education[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

More than 50 genealogies have been published about Knox County, Tennessee families. For more information visit Knox County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies.

Gordon Aronhime (1911-1983) collected information on hundreds of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee pioneers. His note cards, which reference more than 4,000 early settlers of the Holston-Clinch River area and East Tennessee (1770s-1790s), are held at the Library of Virginia. The cards have been digitized and made available online.[11]
A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Immigration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to Knox County for European settlers included:

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 33 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Knoxville and Knox County.[12]

Additional resources:

  • Babelay, David, Charles F. Bryan Jr., Leo Schelbert, and J. Michael Clark. They Trusted and were Delivered: The French-Swiss of Knoxville, Tennessee. 2 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: Vaud-Tennessee, 1988. FHL US/CAN Book 976.885 F2b.

Land[edit | edit source]


The original Knox County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In 1966, TSLA microfilmed these records for the years 1791 to 1966, resulting in 1564 microfilms. FHL Collection

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Knox County land entries issued by North Carolina are kept at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. On their website, users can bring up a list of land entries issued in Knox County, both before and after it became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1779-1803.


  1. Follow this link to conduct a "Call Number Search" using the MARS Catalog on their site.
  2. Using the pull down window, change "Call Numbers starting" to "A MarsID matching."
  3. Type 12.14.11 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.11.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Knox County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Knox County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Knox County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[13]

N.B. You can also search by name through the Basic Search, but it lacks soundex capabilities.

1783 - 1843 - North Carolina and Tennessee Revolutionary War Land Warrants 1783-1843 at -- index and images $

Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

  • 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. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Rule, William, George Frederick Mellen and John Wooldridge. Standard History of Knoxville, Tennessee: With Full Outline of the Natural Advantages, Early Settlement, Territorial Government, Indian Troubles, and General and Particular History of the City Down to the Present Time. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1900. Digital versions at Ancestry ($) and Google Books.
  • Turner, Francis Marion. Life of General John Sevier New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1910. Free digital copy.
  • Wright, Marcus Joseph. Some Account of the Life and Services of William Blount.... Washington,D.C.: E.J.Gray, 1884. Free digital copy.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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  • 1777 - 1985 - Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)
  • 1792 - Reeves, Charles A. Knox & Jefferson Counties (Tennessee) - Created June 11, 1792 from Greene & Hawkins Counties. Published 2000. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1871 - Ruger, A. Bird's Eye View of the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. Originally published 1871. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1886 - Wellege, Henry. Knoxville, County Seat of Knox County, Tennessee. Originally published 1886. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1888 - Knox County, Tennessee Map with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)
  • 1890 - Sanborn Map. Map of Knoxville, 1890. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1895 - 1895 Knox County, Tennessee Property Owners Map. Includes: property owners, churches, schools, roads, communities, cities, towns, and an index. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1895 - Ogden Brothers Map. Map of Knoxville, 1895. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1917 - Sanborn Map. Map of Knoxville, 1917. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1939 - Viking Press for the WPA. A Map of Knoxville. Originally published 1939. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1948 - Knoxville, Tennessee. Originally published 1948. Includes streets and a few landmarks. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

Military[edit | edit source]

  • Fold3 is one of the greatest databases of military records (Indian Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II) for all states
Indian Wars[edit | edit source]
  • Persons Killed, Wounded & Taken Prisoner, 1791, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Mar. 1980).
Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct. 1960):90-93. FHL Collection 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. Includes Knox County pensioners (pp. 91-92).
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Knox County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Knox County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Knox County:

Civil War Battles[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battles were fought in Knox County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Knoxville newspapers. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. 1791-1792 Knoxville Gazette
  2. 1793 Knoxville Gazette
  3. 1794 Knoxville Gazette

Other online papers

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspap 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 Knox County click on the following cities:

Published Knox County newspaper abstracts:

  • McGinnis, Robert A. Tidbits of the Past: Death Notices, Obituaries & Interesting Articles Taken from Knoxville Newspapers 1868-1885. n.p.: R.A. McGinnis, 2004. Family History Library WorldCat.
  • McGinnis, Robert A. Tidbits of the Past: Death Notices, Obituaries & Interesting Articles Taken from Knoxville Newspapers 1886-1891.
  • McGinnis, Robert A. Tidbits of the Past: Death Notices, Obituaries & Interesting Articles Taken from Knoxville Newspapers 1892-1895.

To order a copy of any volume, send a check for $35 (includes shipping) to Robert McGinnis, 1425 Glenoaks Dr, Knoxville, TN 37918.

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL Collection 976.8 U2m; digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Includes Knox County.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers who are new to their area would not likely discover. This type of material may be found in local, regional, or statewide genealogical society journals. The following periodicals cover this county:

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Knox County, Tennessee Genealogy records have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL Book 976.8 B2a.

East Tennessee Roots
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Knox County, Tennessee Genealogy records have been published in East Tennessee Roots (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available online. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available online. The Family History Library has collected most issues of East Tennessee Roots FHL Book 976.8 D25e.

The Pellissippian
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Knox County, Tennessee Genealogy records were published in the The Pellissippian (25 vols., 1980-2004), the quarterly of the Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society. The society has posted tables of contents for all 25 volumes on their website. They also have back issues available for purchase. The Family History Library has acquired the first 20 volumes FHL Book 976.8 D25p.

Prisons[edit | edit source]

Learn if your Knox County, Tennessee Genealogy ancestors went to prison!

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has not acquired microfilm copies of most original Knox County Will Books. When researching in that facility, it is necessary to rely upon published abstracts of the records.

Online Records

FamilySearch has placed scans of the following records online in the Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 collection. These are browse-only collections. Handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes:

  • Wills, 1792-1803 ("Vol. O")
  • Bonds, 1859-1874, 1895-1905 (3 vols.)
  • Bonds, letters, 1874-1898 (3 vols.)
  • Estate records, 1792-1844, 1858-1863 (7 vols.)
  • Insolvent estate records, 1859-1915
  • Settlements, 1792-1896 (28 vols.)

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Knox County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Wills, Guardianships, Accounts, Settlements Book 0: 1792-1821
  2. Wills, Guardianships, Accounts, Settlements Book 1: 1792-1811
  3. Wills, Guardianships, Accounts, Settlements Book 2: 1812-1817
  4. Wills, Guardianships, Accounts, Settlements Book 3: 1818-1824

Knox County's Will Books have been abstracted and/or indexed multiple times:

  • 1792 - 1831 - Bell, Annie W.B. Knox County, Tennessee, Wills, 1792-1831: Estate and Guardian Book, "O" Will's, 1792-1803; Guardians, 1792-1821. Original at Court House, Knoxville, Tennessee. 1934. FHL Collection 976.885 P2b
  • 1792 - 1803 - Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Will Books, 1792-1803, Knox County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1941. FHL Collection 24719 Item 3
  • 1792 - 1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL Collection 976.8 P22s Includes an index to this county's probate records. Free Lookups Available!
  • 1792 - 1824 - Knox County, Tennessee Estate Book [1792-1824]. 2 vols. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 199-?. FHL Collection 976.885 P28k
  • 1792 - 1824 - Strictly By Name (see above).

Taxation[edit | edit source]

The original Knox County Highway Tax Book, dated 1888, is kept at the County Courthouse. In 1978, GSU microfilmed this book: FHL Collection 1020331 Item 4

The following Knox County tax records have been abstracted:[16]

  • 1796 - West, Betsy F. "Delinquent Tax List, Knox County, Tennessee - 1796," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Fall 1977):138. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1796, 1799, 1815 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL Collection 976.8 R4s - Includes 1796, 1799, 1815 (Knoxville only) tax lists.
  • 1796, 1806, 1815 - Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL Collection 976.8 R4c - Includes 1796 list of persons not paying tax, 1815 petitions, and 1806 tax list.
  • 1796 - "Delinquent Tax List, 1796," East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Summer 2005).
  • 1801 - "Delinquent Taxes, 1801," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 1993).
  • 1804 - Curtis, Mary Bennett. Knox County, Tennessee 1804 Tax List. n.p.: Arrow/Curtis Gen[e]alogical Publishing Co., 1977. FHL Collection 976.885 R4k
  • 1806 - Knox County, Tenn. 1806 Tax List. 197-?. FHL Collection 976.885 R4ka
  • 1806 - Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL Collection 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index: FHL Collection 976.8 R4cp index Includes 1806 tax list.
  • 1806 - Knox County 1806 Tax List, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 3, No. 3; Vol. 3, No. 4; Vol. 4, No. 3. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1812 - "Tax List, 1812," Tennessee Ancestors, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Apr. 1986); Vol. 2, No. 2 (Aug. 1986); Vol. 2, No. 3 (Dec. 1986).
  • 1814 - "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. Includes Knox County.
  • 1817 - "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. Includes Knox County.
  • To 1830 - "Tax Lists, Pre-1830," Tennessee Ancestors, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Aug. 1992).
  • 1836 - Douthat, James L. Knox County, Tennessee, 1836 Civil Districts and Tax Lists. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL Collection 976.885 P22d; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • 1844 - 1845 - Historical Records Project. Property Tax List, 1844-1845, Knox County, Tennessee. Typescript, Tennessee State Library, Nashville, Tenn. FHL Collection 24736 Item 3

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has a collection of "Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895" available on Ancestry which includes tax records in Knox County.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Tennessee Vital Records or order electronically online.

Birth[edit | edit source]
  • 1881 - 1915 - Tennessee, City Birth Records 1881-1915 at - index and images $
Marriage[edit | edit source]

The original Knox County marriage records are kept at TSLA. They have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah:

Online Records

Other Resources

  • The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Knox County marriage records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

Knox County's marriage records have been abstracted several times. Each editor was selective in the amount of detail he or she abstracted.

  • 1792 - 1864 - Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Marriage Records, 1792-1864, Knox County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1940. FHL Collection Films 24721 Items 2-4, 24718 Items 4-5
  • 1792 - 1900 - d'Armand, Roscoe Carlisle and Virginia Carlisle d'Armand. Knox County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1792-1900: Compiled from Original Marriage Licenses and Bonds, Marriage Register, W. P. A. Knoxville, Tenn.: D'Armand Family Record Society, 1970. FHL Collection 976.885 V25d
  • 1792 - 1870 - Lucas, Silas Emmett and Ella Lee Sheffield. 35,000 Tennessee Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870. 3 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. FHL Collection 976.8 V2t v. 1 Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county for the roughly specified years. Marriage data taken from an index card file at the TSLA. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.
  • 1792 - 1865 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early East Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1987. FHL Collection 976.8 V2s v. 1 Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years. Free Lookups Available!
  • 1793 - 1819 - Strictly By Name (see above).
Divorce[edit | edit source]

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Knox County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, see the following resources:

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.
Death[edit | edit source]
  • 1872 - 1923 - Tennessee, City Death Records 1872-1923 at - index and images $

For deaths of Methodists in Knox County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:

  • 1847 - 1914 - 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 Collection 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.
  • Obituary Index at Knox County Library (McClung Historical Collection)

Hickory Public Library in Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina has the following records:

Libraries[edit | edit source]

East Tennessee Historical Center
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8801
Hours: (Eastern Time): Mon. and Tues. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Wed., Thurs., and Fri. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The East Tennessee History Center houses the Knox County Archives, the Museum of East Tennessee History, and the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.

The McClung Historical Collection’s primary focus is east Tennessee; it holds one of the country’s leading research collections about the region. The collection contains books, newspapers, directories, manuscripts, maps, microfilm records, and photographs. In addition to the east Tennessee material, the collection also contains research guides and census indexes for many states in the United States, especially 11 states in the South. McClung Collection is your gateway to exploring the families and history of the East Tennessee region. The Knox County Public Library offers the free online Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection.

Knox County Public Library
Lawson McGhee Library

500 W. Church Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-215-8750
Hours: Mon. and Tues. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Knox County Public Library offers materials on local history, county indexes, and the free online Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Hoskins Library, Special Collections
1015 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-1000
Phone: 1-865-974-4351

The library’s catalog is online and the Tennessee Newspaper Project is available through the catalog.

Societies[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

East Tenneessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
PO Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8824

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries
Introduction to Family History Centers

Grove Park Tennessee Family History Center (Knoxville)
6024 Grove Dr NE
Knoxville, TN
Phone: 1-865-688-7411

Knox County Public Library
500 West Church Ave.
Knoxville, TN
Phone: 1-865-215-8808

Knoxville Tennessee Family History Center
400 Kendall Rd NW
Knoxville, TN
Phone: 1-865-693-8252

These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Knox County, Tennessee

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 24 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Tennessee. Page 638-645 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-640.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Tennessee page 641, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. "Henry Knox," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 30 November 2019.
  9. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [[FHL Book 976.8 R4c]].
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  11. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  12. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see East Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  13. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  14. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  15. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  16. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  17. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at