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<br>'''DeKalb County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''DeKalb County''' (established 1837) 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.  
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Guide to '''{{PAGENAME}} ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
 
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== DeKalb County Tennessee Courthouse  ==
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.dekalbtennessee.com/circuit-court-clerk.html De Kalb County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;County Courthouse<br> Rm 205<br> Smithville, TN 37166<br> Phone: 615.597.5159&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1848 and probate records from 1854. <br>Clerk Chancery Court has divorce records. <br>Reg of Deeds has land records <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Dekalb County, Tennessee page 639, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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[http://www.dekalbtennessee.com/circuit-court-clerk.html '''DeKalb County Courthouse''']<br>1 Public Square<br>Smithville, TN 37166<br>Phone: 615-597-5159  
  
[[Image:{{TNDeKalbcourthouse}}]]'''DeKalb County Courthouse'''<br>1 Public Square<br>Smithville, TN 37166<br>Phone: 615-597-5159
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<br>[http://www.dekalbtennessee.com/clerk-and-master.html '''DeKalb County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage and Probate records<br>1 Public Square, Room 205<br>Smithville, TN 37166<br>Phone: 1-615-597-5177
  
<br>[http://www.smithvilletn.com/government/ '''DeKalb County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage and Probate records<br>1 Public Square, Room 205<br>Smithville, TN 37166<br>Phone: 1-615-597-5177
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[http://www.dekalbtennessee.com/register-of-deeds.html '''DeKalb County Register of Deeds''']<br>Land records<br>1 Public Square, Room 201<br>Smithville, TN 37166<br>Phone: 1-615-597-4153
  
[http://www.smithvilletn.com/government/#top '''DeKalb County Register of Deeds''']<br>Land records<br>1 Public Square, Room 201<br>Smithville, TN 37166<br>Phone: 1-615-597-4153
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[http://www.dekalbtennessee.com/circuit-court-clerk.html '''DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk''']'''<br>'''Court records<br>1 Public Square, Room 303<br>Smithville, TN 37166<br>Phone: 1-615-597-5711
  
[http://www.smithvilletn.com/government/#top '''DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk''']'''<br>'''Court records<br>1 Public Square, Room 303<br>Smithville, TN 37166<br>Phone: 1-615-597-5711
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'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 pm
 
 
'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 pm  
 
  
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee History  ==
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1837--'''DeKalb County was&nbsp;created 11 December 1837&nbsp;from [[White County, Tennessee|White]], [[Warren County, Tennessee|Warren]], [[Cannon County, Tennessee|Cannon]], [[Wilson County, Tennessee|Wilson]], and [[Jackson County, Tennessee|Jackson]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Smithville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 639. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
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'''1837--'''DeKalb County was&nbsp;created 11 December 1837&nbsp;from [[White County, Tennessee|White]], [[Warren County, Tennessee|Warren]], [[Cannon County, Tennessee|Cannon]], [[Wilson County, Tennessee|Wilson]], and [[Jackson County, Tennessee|Jackson]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Smithville <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 639. ({{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
  
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-maps.html "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"] (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the My Tennessee Genealogy website. They rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.  
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For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"] (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
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== DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Resources  ==
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Resources  ==
  
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==== Getting Started  ====
 
==== Getting Started  ====
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==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/factdekalb.htm Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: DeKalb County], courtesy: [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published&nbsp;local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/genealogical-fact-sheets-about-tennessee-counties-dekalb-county Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: DeKalb County], courtesy: [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published&nbsp;local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''  
 
''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''  
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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==== Biographies ====
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*All of the [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/tennessee-counties/dekalb-county-tennessee-genealogy-biographies.asp family biographies from the History of DeKalb County, Tennessee] (1887) by Goodspeed Publishing Co., are available free online at My Genealogy Hound.
  
*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2445 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;DeKalb County] linking to the information about the people buried there,
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=dekalb DeKalb&nbsp;County, TN Cemetery Records], part of the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in the county, often with indexes and transcripts of the burials.
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/dekalb.html DeKalb&nbsp;County, Tennessee, USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] lists many cemeteries in the county and has transcripts of the tombstones arranged by cemetery.
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists some {{FHL|623735|subject-id|disp=records of cemeteries in&nbsp;DeKalb county}}. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12387&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=57&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of&nbsp;DeKalb County cemeteries] <br>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=45&GScnty=2445&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tngenweb.org/dekalbtn/cemetery/cemeteries.htm TNGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemetery+DeKalb+Tennessee&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Tennessee&county=DeKalb&cemetery_name=A BillionGraves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/dekalb/cemetery.html TNGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/de_kalb-tn-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/dekalb.html Tombstone Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tennesseegravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=20 Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.tngenweb.org/cemeteries/#!co=dekalb TNGenWeb Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12387&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=57&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of DeKalb County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Tennessee Census|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.  
 
1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of DeKalb County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Tennessee Census|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.
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'''1810 - 1891'''
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3574 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
See [http://www.us-census.org/states/tennessee/d-tn.htm#DeKalb DeKalb County, TN&nbsp;census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [[http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>]]  
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'''1891 Male Voters'''
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2884 Tennessee Enumeration of Male Voters 1891] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*See [[Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.
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*See [http://www.us-census.org/states/tennessee/d-tn.htm#DeKalb DeKalb County, TN&nbsp;census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>]  
  
 
'''1840'''  
 
'''1840'''  
 
 
*Parsley, Jorene W. ''DeKalb County, 1840, Eleven Districts Population. ''Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 1985.{{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1840|book}}
 
*Parsley, Jorene W. ''DeKalb County, 1840, Eleven Districts Population. ''Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 1985.{{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1840|book}}
  
 
'''1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners'''  
 
'''1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners'''  
 
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. See Tennessee, Middle District, DeKalb County on page 155.
*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. [See Tennessee, Middle District, DeKalb County on page 155.]
 
  
 
'''1850'''  
 
'''1850'''  
 
 
*Parsley, Jorene W. ''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for DeKalb County, Tennessee''. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 1988. {{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1850| book}}
 
*Parsley, Jorene W. ''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for DeKalb County, Tennessee''. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 1988. {{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1850| book}}
  
 
'''1860'''  
 
'''1860'''  
 
 
*Parsley, Jorene W. ''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1860 for DeKalb County, Tennessee''. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley,19-?. {{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1860|book}}
 
*Parsley, Jorene W. ''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1860 for DeKalb County, Tennessee''. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley,19-?. {{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1860|book}}
  
 
'''1870'''  
 
'''1870'''  
 
 
*Parsley, Jorene W.''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1870 for DeKalb County, Tennessee.'' Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 198-? {{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1870|book}}
 
*Parsley, Jorene W.''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1870 for DeKalb County, Tennessee.'' Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 198-? {{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1870|book}}
  
 
'''1880'''  
 
'''1880'''  
 
 
*Parsley, Jorene W. and Brenda J. Tramel ''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1880 for DeKalb County, Tennessee.'' Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley and B.J. Tramel, 198-? {{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1880|book}}  
 
*Parsley, Jorene W. and Brenda J. Tramel ''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1880 for DeKalb County, Tennessee.'' Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley and B.J. Tramel, 198-? {{FHL|976.8532 X2p 1880|book}}  
 
*Sistler, Byron. ''1800 Census, DeKalb County, Tennessee.'' Nashville, Tennessee: B.H. Sistler, 1993. {{FHL|976.8532 X2s 1880|book}}
 
*Sistler, Byron. ''1800 Census, DeKalb County, Tennessee.'' Nashville, Tennessee: B.H. Sistler, 1993. {{FHL|976.8532 X2s 1880|book}}
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'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
 
'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
  
*"1890 Civil War Veterans Census of DeKalb County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy:&nbsp;TNGenWeb.
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*[http://tngenweb.org/dekalb/1890-civil-war-veterans-census/ 1890 Civil War Veterans Census of DeKalb County, Tennessee,] available online, courtesy:&nbsp;TNGenWeb.
 
 
#[http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/1890_CWV/1890census.htm A-L Index]
 
#[http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/1890_CWV/1890census2.htm M-Z Index]
 
  
 
'''1900'''  
 
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'''1920'''  
 
'''1920'''  
  
*Young, Denise, ed.. ''DeKalb County, Tennessee Census, 1920'' [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4227 Ancestry]($).
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*Young, Denise, ed.. ''DeKalb County, Tennessee Census, 1920'' [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4227 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
 
*Grime, John Harvey. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/historymiddlete00grimgoog History of Middle Tennessee Baptists: With Special Reference to Salem, New Salem, Enon and Wiseman Associations]. ''Nashville, Tennessee: Baptist and Reflector, 1902.&nbsp; Includes names changes for places in Middle Tennessee. Free digital copy.  
 
*Grime, John Harvey. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/historymiddlete00grimgoog History of Middle Tennessee Baptists: With Special Reference to Salem, New Salem, Enon and Wiseman Associations]. ''Nashville, Tennessee: Baptist and Reflector, 1902.&nbsp; Includes names changes for places in Middle Tennessee. Free digital copy.  
*Historical Records Project (Tennessee) ''Salem Baptism Church Minutes, 1809-1908, Dekalb County, Tennessee'' Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of utah, 1939. [http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/ Free lookups available!]
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*[http://tngenweb.org/dekalbtn/salem/salem.htm Salem Baptism Church Minutes, 1809-1908, Dekalb County, Tennessee]. [http://tngenweb.org/dekalb/ TGenWeb Project].  Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1939.
  
 
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
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More than 23 genealogies have been published about DeKalb County, Tennessee families. For more information visit [[DeKalb County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies]].
  
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*The Justin Potter Library in Smithville, Tennessee maintains an online list of published genealogies held in their collection. See: [http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/m/Dekalb_Books.html An Inventory of Genealogy Books found at the&nbsp;Justin Potter Library].
 
 
The Justin Potter Library in Smithville, Tennessee maintains an online list of published genealogies held in their collection. See: [http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/m/Dekalb_Books.html An Inventory of Genealogy Books found at the&nbsp;Justin Potter Library].  
 
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
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==== Law and Legislation  ====
 
==== Law and Legislation  ====
  
*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&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|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 [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm Click here]. The searchable index is available at the&nbsp;[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm#names TSLA]; another version is available at [http://worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=usa_tn_acts World Vital Records].
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*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&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|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 [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/acts-tennessee-1796-1850-index-names Click here]. The searchable index is available at the&nbsp;[http://share.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm TSLA]; another version is available at [http://worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=usa_tn_acts World Vital Records].
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*''The Goodspeed Histories of Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Warren and White Counties: With Biographical Sketches and Aboriginal Map of Tennessee.'' McMinnville, TN: B. Lomond Press, 1972. Reprint. Originally published: Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1887. Available at {{FHL|43617|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 924077 Item 2.}} Digital version available at [http://worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdtn6012_history World Vital Records] ($). Available for purchase at [http://www.quintinpublications.com/histories_tn.html#county%20histories Quintin Publications].  
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*''The Goodspeed Histories of Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Warren and White Counties: With Biographical Sketches and Aboriginal Map of Tennessee.'' McMinnville, TN: B. Lomond Press, 1972. Reprint. Originally published: Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1887. Available at {{FHL|43617|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 924077 Item 2.}} Digital version available at [http://worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdtn6012_history World Vital Records] ($).  
 
*Hale, Will T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/historyofdekalbc00hale DeKalb County History].''&nbsp; Nashville, Tennessee: P. Hunter, 1915. Free dital copy.
 
*Hale, Will T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/historyofdekalbc00hale DeKalb County History].''&nbsp; Nashville, Tennessee: P. Hunter, 1915. Free dital copy.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
'''Revolutionary War'''
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=====Revolutionary War=====
  
 
The following DeKalb County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:  
 
The following DeKalb County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:  
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*[http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ 1835 Pension Roll]  
 
*[http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ 1835 Pension Roll]  
 
*[http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions]  
 
*[http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions]  
*''[http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/rwv/dcrv.htm Revolutionary War Veterans, Dekalb County, Tennessee]'' A list of those who served in the Revolutionary War and later lived in Dakalb county, including&nbsp;biographies.
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*''[http://tngenweb.org/dekalbtn/rwv/dcrv.htm Revolutionary War Veterans, Dekalb County, Tennessee]'' A list of those who served in the Revolutionary War and later lived in Dakalb county, including&nbsp;biographies.
  
 
Additional resources include:  
 
Additional resources include:  
  
*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. [See Tennessee, Middle District, DeKalb County on page 155.]
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. See Tennessee, Middle District, DeKalb County on page 155.  
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at [http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War], courtesy: [http://tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]. [Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at [http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War], courtesy: [http://tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]. Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.
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=====War of 1812=====
  
'''War of 1812'''  
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*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960)}}; digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-2 journal website]. Includes DeKalb County pensioners (p. 43)
  
*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960)}}; digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-2 journal website]. [Includes DeKalb County pensioners (p. 43)]
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=====Civil War=====
  
'''Civil War'''  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932378|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932422|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' -  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' -  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1891 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1874474|Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civil War Research Database] ($)
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*[https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htmsoldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
  
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] $
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
 
  
Civil War service men from DeKalb 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 DeKalb County.
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'''''Regiments.''''' Civil War service men from DeKalb 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 DeKalb County:
  
 
<u>Confederate Soldiers</u>  
 
<u>Confederate Soldiers</u>  
  
*[[1st Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (McNairy's) (Confederate)|1st Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (McNairy's)]] - CSA  
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*[[1st Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (McNairy's) (Confederate)|1st Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (McNairy's)]] - CSA - Company E.
*[[1st Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Colms') (20th Battalion) (Confederate)|1st Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Colms') (20th Battalion) (Confederate)]] - Companies A and C.  
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*[[1st Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Colms') (20th Battalion) (Confederate)|1st Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Colms') (20th Battalion)]] - CSA- Companies A and C.
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*[[4th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry]]-CSA- Companies C, D, F, and K.  
 
*[[7th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)|7th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA  
 
*[[7th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)|7th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA  
 
*[[8th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Smith's) (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Smith's)]] - CSA - Company D.  
 
*[[8th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Smith's) (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Smith's)]] - CSA - Company D.  
 
*[[11th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Gordon's)|11th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Gordon's)]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[11th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Gordon's)|11th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Gordon's)]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[16th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|16th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies A and G.  
 
*[[16th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|16th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies A and G.  
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*[[22nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Barteau's)|22nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Barteau's)]] -CSA - Company C.
 
*[[23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)|23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)]] - CSA - 2nd Company C.  
 
*[[23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)|23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)]] - CSA - 2nd Company C.  
 
*[[24th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|24th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[24th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|24th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[35th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (5th Infantry) (1st Mountain Rifle Regiment)|35th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (5th Infantry) (1st Mountain Rifle Regiment)]] - CSA - Company I.  
 
*[[35th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (5th Infantry) (1st Mountain Rifle Regiment)|35th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (5th Infantry) (1st Mountain Rifle Regiment)]] - CSA - Company I.  
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*[[50th Consolidated Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)|50th Consolidated Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies B and K.
 
*[[84th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|84th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA
 
*[[84th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|84th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA
  
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*[[1st Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry]] - Company G.  
 
*[[1st Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry]] - Company G.  
*[[4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry]] - Companies E, F, G and K.  
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*[[4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry]] - Companies E, F, G, and K.  
*[[5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Union)|5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry]] - Companies A, B, C and K.
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*[[5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Union)|5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry]] - Companies A, B, C, and K.
  
 
<u></u>  
 
<u></u>  
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*Head, Thomas A. [http://www.archive.org/details/campaignsandbatt00headiala ''Campaigns and battles of the Sixteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, in the war between the states, with incidental sketches of the part performed by other Tennessee troops in the same war.1861-1865''.] Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland Presbyterian Publishing House, 1885. Free digital copy  
 
*Head, Thomas A. [http://www.archive.org/details/campaignsandbatt00headiala ''Campaigns and battles of the Sixteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, in the war between the states, with incidental sketches of the part performed by other Tennessee troops in the same war.1861-1865''.] Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland Presbyterian Publishing House, 1885. Free digital copy  
*TNGenWeb, [http://tngenweb.org/dekalb/ DeKalb County, Tennessee, Civil War], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; A variety of links available.  
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*TNGenWeb, [http://tngenweb.org/dekalb/ DeKalb County, Tennessee, Civil War]. A variety of links available.  
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/cw/allison.htm Allison's Cavalry Squadron], (accessed 26 Feb 2012).&nbsp; A brief history and organization.  
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*[http://bailifffamily.com/scv1513/allison.htm Allison's Cavalry Squadron]. A brief history and organization.  
*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tn/dekalb/military.html DeKalb County Tennessee Archives], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Civil War Records.  
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*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tn/dekalb/military.html DeKalb County Tennessee Archives]. Civil War Records.  
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension121.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;:&nbsp;DeKalb County], (accessed 30 Jan 2012). Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension121.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications: DeKalb County]. Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n349/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for ... ](Washington Printing Office; 1883), (accessed 30 Jan 2012). Online at Internet Archive. DeKalb County, page 331-332.<br>
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*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n349/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for ...] (Washington Printing Office; 1883). Online at Internet Archive. DeKalb County, page 331-332.<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/tn-paper.htm 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 [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/mailill.htm#newspapers here]. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Dekalb County click on the following cities or towns:  
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Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives 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 [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/mailill.htm#newspapers here]. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Dekalb County click on the following cities or towns:  
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-a.htm#Alexandria Alexandria]  
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tsla-0#Alexandria Alexandria]  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-l.htm#Liberty Liberty]  
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-l#Liberty Liberty]  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-s.htm#Smithville Smithville]
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-s#Smithville Smithville]
  
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
==== Occupations  ====
  
*Miller, Alan N. ''Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902''. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. {{FHL|1193752|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma}}. Purchase at [http://www.genealogical.com/products/Middle%20Tennessees%20Forgotten%20Children%20Apprentices%20from%201784%20to%201902/9838.html Genealogical.com]. [Includes DeKalb County.]
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*Miller, Alan N. ''Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902''. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. {{FHL|1193752|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma}}. Purchase at [http://www.genealogical.com/products/Middle%20Tennessees%20Forgotten%20Children%20Apprentices%20from%201784%20to%201902/9838.html Genealogical.com]. Includes DeKalb County.
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
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:'''The Upper Cumberland Researcher'''
 
:'''The Upper Cumberland Researcher'''
  
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of DeKalb County, Tennessee have been published in ''The Upper Cumberland Researcher'', the journal of the [http://ucga.info/index.htm Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association, Inc]. To view a list of the first 17 years of these articles, visit their online [http://ucga.info/index_files/Index.htm Seventeen Year Index to The Upper Cumberland Researcher (Vols. 1-17, 1975-1992)]. The Index contains a "Counties" section beginning on page 19. The Family History Library has most issues through the present {{FHL|366193|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 B2u}}&nbsp;(1975-1993) and {{FHL|1054880|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 B2u}} (1994-present).
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of DeKalb County, Tennessee have been published in ''The Upper Cumberland Researcher'', the journal of the [http://ucga.info/ Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association, Inc]. To view a list of the first 17 years of these articles, visit their online [http://ucga.info/index_files/Index.htm Seventeen Year Index to The Upper Cumberland Researcher (Vols. 1-17, 1975-1992)]. The Index contains a "Counties" section beginning on page 19. The Family History Library has most issues through the present {{FHL|366193|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 B2u}}&nbsp;(1975-1993) and {{FHL|1054880|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 B2u}} (1994-present).
  
 
==== Prisons  ====
 
==== Prisons  ====
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{{TNp}}  
 
{{TNp}}  
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
The DeKalb County Court has responsibility for the probate records.  
 
The DeKalb County Court has responsibility for the probate records.  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1779 – 2008''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9176 Tennessee Wills and Probate Records 1779-2008] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images. ($)
  
 
{{Tennpro}}  
 
{{Tennpro}}  
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The following DeKalb County probate records have been abstracted or indexed:  
 
The following DeKalb County probate records have been abstracted or indexed:  
  
*'''[1846-1907]''' Majors, Betty Moore. ''DeKalb County, Tennessee, Genealogy from Administrator's Settlement Books, 1846-1907''. Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 1992. Indexed. (FHL book 976.8532 D2m.)<br>  
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*'''1846 - 1907''' - Majors, Betty Moore. ''DeKalb County, Tennessee, Genealogy from Administrator's Settlement Books, 1846-1907''. Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 1992. Indexed. (FHL book 976.8532 D2m.)<br>  
*'''[1838-1861]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Index to Tennessee Wills &amp; Administrations 1779-1861''. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler &amp; Associates, Inc., 1990. {{FHL|615022|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;976.8 P22s}}. [Includes an index to this county's probate records.]
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*'''1838 - 1861''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Index to Tennessee Wills &amp; Administrations 1779-1861''. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler &amp; Associates, Inc., 1990. {{FHL|615022|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;976.8 P22s}}. Includes an index to this county's probate records.
  
USGenWeb's [http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/wills/wills.htm DeKalb County page] also has some transcribed wills.  
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*USGenWeb's [http://tngenweb.org/dekalbtn/wills/wills.htm DeKalb County page] also has some transcribed wills.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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The following DeKalb County tax records have been abstracted:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
 
The following DeKalb County tax records have been abstracted:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
  
*'''[1839]''' "DeKalb County, Tennessee 1839 Tax List," ''Ansearchin' News,'' Vol. 40, No. 2 (Summer 1993):65-70. For access, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/DeKalb_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
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*'''1839''' - "DeKalb County, Tennessee 1839 Tax List," ''Ansearchin' News,'' Vol. 40, No. 2 (Summer 1993):65-70. For access, see [[DeKalb County, Tennessee#Periodicals|Periodicals]].  
*'''[1839]''' Douthat, James L. ''1839 DeKalb County, Tennessee Tax List''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press.&nbsp;[http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/details/tn-1280w.html Free online surname index and purchase details].  
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*'''1839''' - Douthat, James L. ''1839 DeKalb County, Tennessee Tax List''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press.&nbsp;[http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/details/tn-1280w.html Free online surname index and purchase details].  
*'''[1846]''' "DeKalb County, Tennessee Delinquent Property Taxes, 1846,"&nbsp;''Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association Bulletin'', Vol. 17, No. 2 (1992):76-. For access, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/DeKalb_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].&nbsp;  
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*'''1846''' - "DeKalb County, Tennessee Delinquent Property Taxes, 1846,"&nbsp;''Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association Bulletin'', Vol. 17, No. 2 (1992):76-. For access, see [[DeKalb County, Tennessee#Periodicals|Periodicals]].&nbsp;  
*'''[1906-1907]''' "DeKalb County, Tennessee Road Taxpayers, 16th District, 1906-7,"&nbsp;''Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association Bulletin'', Vol. 17, No. 3 (Fall 1992):116-. For access, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/DeKalb_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].&nbsp;
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*'''1906 - 1907''' - "DeKalb County, Tennessee Road Taxpayers, 16th District, 1906-7,"&nbsp;''Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association Bulletin'', Vol. 17, No. 3 (Fall 1992):116-. For access, see [[DeKalb County, Tennessee#Periodicals|Periodicals]].&nbsp;
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== '''Marriage''' =====
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/tn-vital-records/ How to order Tennessee Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].
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===== Birth =====
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*'''1828 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1681012|Tennessee Births and Christenings 1828-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1869 - 1909''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2282 Tennessee Delayed Birth Records 1869-1909] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images. ($)
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*'''1908 - 1912''' - {{RecordSearch|2515873|Tennessee, Birth Records (ER Series), 1908-1912}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Marriage =====
  
 
The original DeKalb County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriages before August 1848 are lost. The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:  
 
The original DeKalb County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriages before August 1848 are lost. The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:  
  
*Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL| 976.8 V2L|book}}.
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*'''1794 - 1851''' - Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL| 976.8 V2L|book}}.
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - {{RecordSearch|1936414|Tennessee State Marriage Index 1780-2002}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]— index
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*'''1790 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1796 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1681022|Tennessee Marriages 1796-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1838 - 1888''' - {{RecordSearch|2559093|Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1851 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4125 Tennessee Marriages 1851-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]— index and images. ($)
  
 
The following DeKalb County marriage records are microfilmed:  
 
The following DeKalb County marriage records are microfilmed:  
  
*'''1848-1991''' - Available at the [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/countymicro/deka.pdf TSLA]. Marriages 1848-1887 are available for interlibrary loan.  
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*'''1848 - 1991''' - Available at the [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/countymicro/deka.pdf TSLA]. Marriages 1848-1887 are available for interlibrary loan.
*'''1848-1968''' - Available at the Family History Library. Indexes are at the front of each volume.{{FHL|593050|film}}
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*'''1848 - 1968''' - Available at the Family History Library. Indexes are at the front of each volume.{{FHL|593050|film}}
  
 
The following DeKalb County marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
 
The following DeKalb County marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
  
*'''1848-1895''' - DeKalb County Marriage Index 1848-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.</ref>  
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*'''1848 - 1895''' - DeKalb County Marriage Index 1848-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igitennesseea.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf]].</ref>  
*'''1848-1880''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Early Middle Tennessee Marriages''. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 1988. {{FHL|976.8 V2sb|book}} v. 2. [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.]
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*'''1848 - 1880''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Early Middle Tennessee Marriages''. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 1988. {{FHL|976.8 V2sb|book}} v. 2. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.  
*'''1848-1859''' - ''Marriage Records, 1850-1866, DeKalb County, Tennessee.&nbsp; ''Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project.&nbsp; Typescript. {{FHL|24639|film}} Item 4  
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*'''1848 - 1859''' - ''Marriage Records, 1850-1866, DeKalb County, Tennessee.&nbsp; ''Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project.&nbsp; Typescript. {{FHL|24639|film}} Item 4  
*'''1848-1900''' - Parsley, Jorene W. ''Marriages recorded in DeKalb County, Tennessee, 1848-1900.'' Smithville, Tennessee&nbsp;: J. W. Parsley, 1990 {{FHL|976.8532 V2p|book}}  
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*'''1848 - 1900''' - Parsley, Jorene W. ''Marriages recorded in DeKalb County, Tennessee, 1848-1900.'' Smithville, Tennessee: J. W. Parsley, 1990 {{FHL|976.8532 V2p|book}}  
*'''1848-1850''' - ''Marriage Records: Early–1850.'' <ref>Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers. </ref>
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*'''1848 - 1850''' - ''Marriage Records: Early–1850.'' <ref>Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers. </ref>
  
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*'''1874 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1908 - 1958''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2376 Tennessee Death Records 1908-1958 ] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1914 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1417505|Tennessee Death Records 1914-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
  
 
For deaths of Methodists in DeKalb County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
 
For deaths of Methodists in DeKalb County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
  
*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|789366|title-id|disp=FHL Book 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}} ff;&nbsp;digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
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*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|789366|title-id|disp=FHL Book 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}} ff; digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.
  
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Libraries  ==
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Libraries  ==
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Libraries associated with the Dekalb County Library System  
 
Libraries associated with the Dekalb County Library System  
  
'''Justin Potter Library'''<br>101 S. 1st St.<br>Smithville, TN 7166-1706<br>Phone: 1-615-597-4359<br>This library is the home of the now defunct DeKalb County Genealogical Society's collection.<br>[http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/m/Dekalb_Books.html An Inventory of Genealogy Books Found at the Justin Potter Library (2009)]  
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'''Justin Potter Library'''<br>101 S. 1st St.<br>Smithville, TN 7166-1706<br>Phone: 1-615-597-4359<br>This library is the home of the now defunct DeKalb County Genealogical Society's collection.<br>[http://tngenweb.org/dekalbtn/m/Dekalb_Books.html An Inventory of Genealogy Books Found at the Justin Potter Library (2009)]  
  
 
'''Alexandria Branch Library<br>'''109 Public Square; PO Box 367<br>Alexandria, TN 37012-0367<br>Phone: 1-615-529-9124  
 
'''Alexandria Branch Library<br>'''109 Public Square; PO Box 367<br>Alexandria, TN 37012-0367<br>Phone: 1-615-529-9124  
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== DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Societies  ==
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Societies  ==
  
The once active&nbsp;'''DeKalb County Genealogy Society''' is now defunct. Its collection is currently housed at the Justin Potter Library and includes an extensive collection of Vertical Files, Genealogical Books, Census Records, and lots more. See: [http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/m/Dekalb_Books.html An Inventory of Genealogy Books Found at the Justin Potter Library (2009)]  
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/tn-society-archive/ Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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The once active&nbsp;'''DeKalb County Genealogy Society''' is now defunct. Its collection is currently housed at the Justin Potter Library and includes an extensive collection of Vertical Files, Genealogical Books, Census Records, and lots more. See: [http://tngenweb.org/dekalbtn/m/Dekalb_Books.html An Inventory of Genealogy Books Found at the Justin Potter Library (2009)]  
  
[http://www.mtgs.org/ '''Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society''']<br>PO Box 330948<br>Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507<br>The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which&nbsp;Dekalb 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&nbsp;alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal&nbsp;1988-summer 2005  
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[http://www.mtgs.org/ '''Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society''']<br>PO Box 330948<br>Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507<br>The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which&nbsp;Dekalb 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&nbsp;alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal&nbsp;1988-summer 2005
  
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Websites  ==
 
== DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Websites  ==
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{{Wikipedia|DeKalb County, Tennessee}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|DeKalb County, Tennessee}}  
  
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.dekalb/mb.ashx DeKalb County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
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*[http://www.anrdoezrs.net/qh105mu2-u1HKJNRJOIHJJPJMKJK?sid=familysearchwikiBoards&url=http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.dekalb/mb.ashx DeKalb County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/DeKalb/ DeKalb County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/DeKalb/ DeKalb County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.com/tn/dekalb/ DeKalb County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
 
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/ DeKalb County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/dekalb/ DeKalb County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-county-dekalb.html DeKalb County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (MyTennesseeGenealogy)
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*{{FHL|Tennessee DeKalb|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} (FamilySearch) — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+DeKalb|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnnmid/index.htm Rootwalker: Genealogy Pages for Northern Middle TN] Free Genealogy Resources for the Region  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnnmid/index.htm Rootwalker: Genealogy Pages for Northern Middle TN] Free Genealogy Resources for the Region  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#TN-ROOTWALKER Mailing List: TN-ROOTWALKER-L (North Central Tennessee Genealogy List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#TN-ROOTWALKER Mailing List: TN-ROOTWALKER-L (North Central Tennessee Genealogy List)] (RootsWeb)  
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United States
Tennessee
DeKalb County

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

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Founded: December 11, 1837
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DeKalb County's civil records start the following years:[1]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1848 1908 1840 1838 1846

DeKalb County Tennessee Courthouse

DeKalb County Courthouse, Smithville, Tenn.

DeKalb County Courthouse
1 Public Square
Smithville, TN 37166
Phone: 615-597-5159


DeKalb County Clerk
Marriage and Probate records
1 Public Square, Room 205
Smithville, TN 37166
Phone: 1-615-597-5177

DeKalb County Register of Deeds
Land records
1 Public Square, Room 201
Smithville, TN 37166
Phone: 1-615-597-4153

DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
1 Public Square, Room 303
Smithville, TN 37166
Phone: 1-615-597-5711

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 pm

DeKalb County Tennessee History

Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780)

Middle Tennessee county.

The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.[2]

Parent County

1837--DeKalb County was created 11 December 1837 from White, Warren, Cannon, Wilson, and Jackson Counties.
County seat: Smithville [3]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[4] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[5] (female)

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

  • Marriages recorded between 1837 and 1847 are lost
  • Probate records 1837 to 1846 are lost

DeKalb County Tennessee Places / Localities

Populated Places

Alexandria Buckner Johnsons Chapel Smithville
Antioch Cherry Hill Keltonburg Snows Hill
Belk Cross Roads Liberty Temperance Hall
Bethel Dowelltown Midway Watkins
Blue Springs Helton Philippi Williams Crossroads
Bluhmtown Jefferson Pisgah Young Bend

Neighboring Counties

DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Resources

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Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published DeKalb County biography, probate, 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

African American

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Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Census

1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of DeKalb 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.

1810 - 1891

1891 Male Voters

1840

  • Parsley, Jorene W. DeKalb County, 1840, Eleven Districts Population. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 1985.FHL 976.8532 X2p 1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Parsley, Jorene W. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for DeKalb County, Tennessee. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 1988. FHL 976.8532 X2p 1850

1860

  • Parsley, Jorene W. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1860 for DeKalb County, Tennessee. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley,19-?. FHL 976.8532 X2p 1860

1870

  • Parsley, Jorene W.Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1870 for DeKalb County, Tennessee. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 198-? FHL 976.8532 X2p 1870

1880

  • Parsley, Jorene W. and Brenda J. Tramel Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1880 for DeKalb County, Tennessee. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley and B.J. Tramel, 198-? FHL 976.8532 X2p 1880
  • Sistler, Byron. 1800 Census, DeKalb County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: B.H. Sistler, 1993. FHL 976.8532 X2s 1880

1890 - Lost, but substitutes are available:

1900

  • Parsley, Jorene W. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1900 for DeKalb County, Tennessee. Smithville, Tennessee: J.W. Parsley, 1988. FHL 976.8532 X2p 1900

1920

  • Young, Denise, ed.. DeKalb County, Tennessee Census, 1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Available at Ancestry ($).

Church

Court

Genealogy

More than 23 genealogies have been published about DeKalb County, Tennessee families. For more information visit DeKalb County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies.

Land

  • Dekalb County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1838 and is located at Courthouse, Room 205, Smithville, Tennessee 37166; Telephone: (615) 597-517. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  • The Family History Library has microfilm copies of deeds 1838-1897 with indexes 1898-1968; Land entries 1838-1905.

Law and Legislation

  • 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

  • The Goodspeed Histories of Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Warren and White Counties: With Biographical Sketches and Aboriginal Map of Tennessee. McMinnville, TN: B. Lomond Press, 1972. Reprint. Originally published: Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1887. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 924077 Item 2. Digital version available at World Vital Records ($).
  • Hale, Will T. DeKalb County History.  Nashville, Tennessee: P. Hunter, 1915. Free dital copy.

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812
Civil War

Online Records


Regiments. Civil War service men from DeKalb 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 DeKalb County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from DeKalb County:

Newspapers

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the 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 Dekalb County click on the following cities or towns:

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes DeKalb County.

Periodicals

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 records of DeKalb County, Tennessee 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 DeKalb 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.
The Upper Cumberland Researcher
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of DeKalb County, Tennessee have been published in The Upper Cumberland Researcher, the journal of the Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association, Inc. To view a list of the first 17 years of these articles, visit their online Seventeen Year Index to The Upper Cumberland Researcher (Vols. 1-17, 1975-1992). The Index contains a "Counties" section beginning on page 19. The Family History Library has most issues through the present FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2u (1975-1993) and FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2u (1994-present).

Prisons

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


Probate Records

The DeKalb County Court has responsibility for the probate 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, 1838-1967 (5 vols.)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1860-1942 (Vols. A-F)
  • Insolvent estate records, 1856-1879, 1899-1946 (Vols. 1-3)
  • Inventories, 1885-1969 (Vols. A-D)
  • Letters, 1888-1914 (Vol. A)
  • Sales, 1878-1886, 1903-1921 (Vols. 1-3)
  • Settlements, 1846-1955 (11 vols.)

The following DeKalb County probate records have been abstracted or indexed:

  • 1846 - 1907 - Majors, Betty Moore. DeKalb County, Tennessee, Genealogy from Administrator's Settlement Books, 1846-1907. Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 1992. Indexed. (FHL book 976.8532 D2m.)
  • 1838 - 1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's probate records.

Taxation

The following DeKalb County tax records have been abstracted:[6]

  • 1839 - "DeKalb County, Tennessee 1839 Tax List," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 40, No. 2 (Summer 1993):65-70. For access, see Periodicals.
  • 1839 - Douthat, James L. 1839 DeKalb County, Tennessee Tax List. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details.
  • 1846 - "DeKalb County, Tennessee Delinquent Property Taxes, 1846," Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association Bulletin, Vol. 17, No. 2 (1992):76-. For access, see Periodicals
  • 1906 - 1907 - "DeKalb County, Tennessee Road Taxpayers, 16th District, 1906-7," Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association Bulletin, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Fall 1992):116-. For access, see Periodicals

Vital Records

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

Birth
Marriage

The original DeKalb County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriages before August 1848 are lost. The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

  • 1794 - 1851 - Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL 976.8 V2L.

The following DeKalb County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1848 - 1991 - Available at the TSLA. Marriages 1848-1887 are available for interlibrary loan.
  • 1848 - 1968 - Available at the Family History Library. Indexes are at the front of each volume.FHL 593050

The following DeKalb County marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:

  • 1848 - 1895 - DeKalb County Marriage Index 1848-1895 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • 1848 - 1880 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL 976.8 V2sb v. 2. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
  • 1848 - 1859 - Marriage Records, 1850-1866, DeKalb County, Tennessee.  Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project.  Typescript. FHL 24639 Item 4
  • 1848 - 1900 - Parsley, Jorene W. Marriages recorded in DeKalb County, Tennessee, 1848-1900. Smithville, Tennessee: J. W. Parsley, 1990 FHL 976.8532 V2p
  • 1848 - 1850 - Marriage Records: Early–1850. [8]
Death

For deaths of Methodists in DeKalb County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Libraries

Libraries associated with the Dekalb County Library System

Justin Potter Library
101 S. 1st St.
Smithville, TN 7166-1706
Phone: 1-615-597-4359
This library is the home of the now defunct DeKalb County Genealogical Society's collection.
An Inventory of Genealogy Books Found at the Justin Potter Library (2009)

Alexandria Branch Library
109 Public Square; PO Box 367
Alexandria, TN 37012-0367
Phone: 1-615-529-9124

Dowelltown Branch Library
Church Street; PO Box 87
Dowelltown, Tennessee 37059-0087
Phone: 1-615-536-5997

Liberty Public Library
103 College Street
Liberty, TN 37095
Phone: 1-615-536-6116

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Societies

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

The once active DeKalb County Genealogy Society is now defunct. Its collection is currently housed at the Justin Potter Library and includes an extensive collection of Vertical Files, Genealogical Books, Census Records, and lots more. See: An Inventory of Genealogy Books Found at the Justin Potter Library (2009)

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Dekalb 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

DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy Websites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: DeKalb County, Tennessee

DeKalb County Tennessee Genealogy References

  1. "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. "Johann de Kalb," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 639. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  4. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  5. Voice of Louise Lynch, Archivist, Williamson County, Tennessee Archives (2010).
  6. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.
  8. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.