Trousdale County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Trousdale County, Tennessee ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to Trousdale County (established 1870) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

Trousdale County, Tennessee
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Founded: June 21, 1870
County Seat Hartsville
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William Trousdale (1790–1872), Brigadier General in the Mexican War, Governor of Tennessee, 1849–1851, and U.S. Minister to Brazil, 1853–1857. The County is located in the north central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1906 1909 1903 1905 1906 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


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Trousdale County Courthouse, Hartsville, Tenn.


Trousdale County Courthouse
200 East Main Street Main Stree and Court Street 
 Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2996 - 2906

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from1906.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Trousdale County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2906

Trousdale County Register of Deeds
Land records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2921

Trousdale County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3411

Mon.,Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wed.and Sat. 8 a.m.-noon

History[edit | edit source]

Middle Tennessee county established in 1870. Trousdale County's land belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.[4]

The county is named after "William Trousdale (1790–1872), Creek and Mexican-American War soldier and officer, state senator and Governor of Tennessee."[5]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1870--Trousdale County was established 21 June 1870 from Sumner, Macon, Smith, and Wilson Counties. Early records may be found under Sumner, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties.
County seat: Hartsville [6]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[7] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[8] (female)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


1900 and 1904 Fires damaged courthouse records.[9]

  • Lost marriage records: 1870 to 1904
  • Lost probate records: 1870 to 1904

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:[10]

Unincorporated communities
  • Halltown
  • Kings
  • Providence
  • Puryears Bend

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Douthat, James L. Trousdale County, TN Biographies. 1887; reprint, Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free Surname Index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 6,646
1890 5,850 −12.0%
1900 6,004 2.6%
1910 5,874 −2.2%
1920 5,996 2.1%
1930 5,629 −6.1%
1940 6,113 8.6%
1950 5,520 −9.7%
1960 4,914 −11.0%
1970 5,155 4.9%
1980 6,137 19.0%
1990 5,920 −3.5%
2000 7,259 22.6%
2010 7,870 8.4%
Source: "".

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Trousdale 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.

1810 - 1891


  • Scott, Betty M. and Nelwyn M. Cannon. 1880 & 1900 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census records : with Added Genealogical Information and Full Name Indexes. Hartsville, Tennessee : Bet-Nel Books, 1998. FHL 976.8482 X2s
  • Sistler, Byron H. ’’1880 Census Dickson County, Tennessee.’’ Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1999. FHL 976.8482 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. 6 1891. Trousdale County is included in Vol. 6.
  • 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


  • Scott, Betty M. and Nelwyn M. Cannon. 1880 & 1900 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census records : with Added Genealogical Information and Full Name Indexes. Hartsville, Tennessee : Bet-Nel Books, 1998. FHL 976.8482 X2s


  • Scott, Betty M. and Lorrain Bronner. 1910 & 1920 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lafayette, Tennessee : Ridge Runner, 2000. FHL 976.8482 X2s 1910-1920


  • Scott, Betty M. and Lorrain Bronner. 1910 & 1920 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lafayette, Tennessee : Ridge Runner, 2000. FHL 976.8482 X2s 1910-1920
  • Young, John C., comp. Trousdale County, Tennessee Census, 1920 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at Ancestry ($).


  • Bronner, Lorrain and Walter L. Buckinham. 1930 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lebanon, Tennessee: Brawner Books, 2005 . FHL 976.8482 X2b

Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Family Histories[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)


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Trousdale, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 3,500 entries.


  • Bishop - Bishop, Maurice Lytle. Families of Maurice Lytle Bishop. MSS., Wright State University Archives, Dayton, Ohio. FHL US/CAN Film 1769339.
  • Hallum - Hallum, John. The Diary of an Old Lawyer; or, Scenes Behind the Curtain. Nashville, Tennessee: Southwestern Publishing House, 1895.  Free digital copy.
  • Hughes - Townsend, Evelyn Hughes and Edward E. Townsend. The Ancestors and Descendants of John Walker Hughes, Jr.: Born 1854, Died 1927. Cleveland, Tenn.: E. Townsend, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H874t.

Land[edit | edit source]

Land Grants

  • Free index to 1500+ Pioneer Cumberland Settlements Land Grants, available online, courtesy: Cumberland Pioneer Settlers. The Cumberland Settlements region covered what is now this county. To view the land grants platted on maps, purchase the books described on this site, or access those available at the Family History Library FHL US/CAN Large Q Book 976.8 E7d.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):95-98. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Trousdale County pensioners (p. 97).
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Trousdale 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 Trousdale County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Trousdale County:

Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battle took place in Trousdale County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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 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 Trousdale County click on the following town:

Early newspapers have been abstracted:

  • Scott, Betty C. Meadows. Trousdale County, Tennessee, Obituaries, Articles and Scrapbook Clippings: August 1862 - December 1958. 2 vols. Lafayette, Tenn.: Ridge Runner, 2002-2004. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8482 V4s ff.

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 Trousdale County, Tennessee 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 US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Perry County, Tennessee have been published in The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, the quarterly of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society (23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online Index to Articles (1988-2005). Surname indexes are also available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers back issues for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m.
Trousdale County Historical Society Newsletter
Family History Library has Volume 6, issue 4 (Oct - Dec 1995)FHL US/CAN 976.8482/H1 B2
Volumes 1 - 11 (Jan 1990 - Jan 2000) indexed at PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
For additional information see the Trousdale County Historical Society website

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Trousdale County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

Online Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • 1789- Cumberland Settlements, Tax List, 1789, The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 1990). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1917 - Jim Marshall Tax Assessment, Hartsville, 1917, Trousdale County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Jul. 2002).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]

The original Trousdale County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Due to fire, the marriage records of Trousdale County are lost until 1905.

State Marriage Records

The following Trousdale County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1905-1959 - Available at the Family History Library. FHL 2047739

The following Trousdale County marriage records are abstracted and/or indexed:

  • 1905-1950 - Walker, Dorothy and Eldon Walker. Trousdale County, Tennessee, marriage index, 1905-1950. S.l.: s.n., 1995. FHL 976.8482 V22w Bride and groom indexes.

Trousdale County is not included in Sistler's Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Trousdale 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]

For deaths of Methodists in Trousdale County (or what later became Trousdale County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Fred A. Vaught Memorial Library
211 White Oak St
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3677

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Trousdale County Historical Society
211 White Oak St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3677
The society publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Trousdale County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005

Trousdale County Tennessee Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Trousdale County, Tennessee

Trousdale County Tennessee Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Trousdale, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 08 Jan 2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Trousdale 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), Trousdale County, Tennessee page 644, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.
  5. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 644. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  7. Voice of Joyce Gaston Reece, Friends of the Archives Historical and Preservation Society, Monroe Co., TN., Secretary and American Local History Network, Board of Directors, Vice President (2010).
  8. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  9. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 22 March 2016).
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Trousdale County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 13 December 2019.
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State