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<br>'''Houston County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Houston County''' (established 1871) 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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Houston County's civil records start the following years:<ref>[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
 
Houston County's civil records start the following years:<ref>[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Houston County, Tennessee#Birth|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Houston County, Tennessee#Death|Death]]'''  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.courtreference.com/Houston-County-Tennessee-Courts.htm Houston County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;PO Box 388; <br>Erin, TN 37061-0388<br>Phone: 931.289.3870&nbsp;<br><br>County&nbsp;Clerk has marriage records.<br> Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.<br> County Court has probate records.<br> Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houston County, Tennessee page 641, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libr40ries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Houston-County-Tennessee-Courts.htm Houston County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;PO Box 388; <br>Erin, TN 37061-0388<br>Phone: 931.289.3870&nbsp;<br><br>[http://houstoncochamber.com/goverment/county-government-2/ County Clerk] has marriage records.<br>[http://houstoncochamber.com/goverment/hc-courts/ Clerk Circuit Court] has divorce and court records.<br>[http://houstoncochamber.com/goverment/hc-courts/ County Court] has probate records.<br>[http://houstoncochamber.com/goverment/county-government-2/ Register of Deeds] has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houston County, Tennessee page 641, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libr40ries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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'''Houston County Courthouse<br>'''4725 East Main Street<br>Erin, TN 37061<br>Phone: 1-931-289-3141  
 
'''Houston County Courthouse<br>'''4725 East Main Street<br>Erin, TN 37061<br>Phone: 1-931-289-3141  
  
[http://www.houstoncochamber.com/county-officials-cms-72 '''Houston County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage,probate and court records<br>4725 East Main St., Room 100<br>Erin, TN 37061<br>Phone: 1-931-289-3141  
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[http://houstoncochamber.com/goverment/county-government-2/ '''Houston County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage,probate and court records<br>4725 East Main St., Room 100<br>Erin, TN 37061<br>Phone: 1-931-289-3141  
  
[http://www.houstoncochamber.com/county-officials-cms-72#register%20deeds '''Houston County Register of Deeds''']'''<br>'''Land records<br>4725 East Main St., Room 103<br>P.O. Box 412<br>Erin, TN 37061<br>Phone: 1-931-289-3510  
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[http://houstoncochamber.com/goverment/county-government-2/ '''Houston County Register of Deeds''']'''<br>'''Land records<br>4725 East Main St., Room 103<br>P.O. Box 412<br>Erin, TN 37061<br>Phone: 1-931-289-3510  
  
'''Hours''': Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.{{RAOGKcourthouse}}
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'''Hours''': Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1871--'''Houston County was&nbsp;created 23 January 1871 from [[Dickson County, Tennessee|Dickson]], [[Humphreys County, Tennessee|Humphreys]], and [[Stewart County, Tennessee|Stewart]] Counties.&nbsp;<br>'''County seat:''' Erin<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
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'''1871--'''Houston County was&nbsp;created 23 January 1871 from [[Dickson County, Tennessee|Dickson]], [[Humphreys County, Tennessee|Humphreys]], and [[Stewart County, Tennessee|Stewart]] Counties.&nbsp;<br>'''County seat:''' Erin<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. ({{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
  
From 1788 to 1796 people living in what is now part of Houston County were in extinct [[Tennessee County, Tennessee|Tennessee County]]. Their records for that period are now found in [[Robertson County, Tennessee]].<ref>"Tennessee County" in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_County (accessed 25 May 2010), and Alice Eichholz, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55947869 Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed.]'' (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004) [[{{RedBook}}]], 639.</ref>  
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From 1788 to 1796 people living in what is now part of Houston County were in extinct [[Tennessee County, Tennessee|Tennessee County]]. Their records for that period are now found in [[Robertson County, Tennessee]].<ref>"Tennessee County" in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_County (accessed 25 May 2010), and Alice Eichholz, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55947869 Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed.]'' (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004) [[{{RedBook}}]], 639.</ref>
  
 
==== 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.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
*Lost census: 1890
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.<ref name="null">Robert M.McBride, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/tennessee-county-data-for-historical-and-genealogical-research/oclc Tennessee County Data]'' (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 29.</ref>
*County records are complete.<ref name="null">Robert M.McBride, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/tennessee-county-data-for-historical-and-genealogical-research/oclc Tennessee County Data]'' (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 29.</ref>
 
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
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==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/facthouston.htm Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Houston 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-houston-county Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Houston 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  ====
  
''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''  
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''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] <br>[[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[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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*Find A Grave also gives a list of [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2466 cemeteries in&nbsp;Houston County] linking to the information about the people buried there,
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=houston Houston&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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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/houston.html Houston&nbsp;County, Tennessee], part of [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/ USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] lists many cemeteries in the county and has transcripts of the tombstones arranged by cemetery.
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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=2466&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]  
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemetery+Houston+Tennessee&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/CemList.htm Houston&nbsp;County] cemetery&nbsp;information with&nbsp;transcriptions on [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenweb Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2466 Findagrave.com]
 
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists&nbsp;{{FHL|Tennessee%2C++Houston|subject|disp=various records for&nbsp;Houston County}}. Some of the books or other books&nbsp;may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tngenweb.org/houston/cemetery-listings/ TNGenWeb]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|355519|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12479&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=67&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of&nbsp;Houston County cemeteries]
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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=Houston&cemetery_name=A BillionGraves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/houston/cemetery.html TNGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/houston-tn-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/houston.html Tombstone Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.tngenweb.org/cemeteries/#!co=houston TNGenWeb Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12473&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=200&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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''Additional Cemetery Resources''
  
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*[http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery.cfm Tennessee Cemeteries] - Hometown Locator
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/CemList.htm Houston County, Tennessee Cemetery Listing] - cemetery information with transcriptions
 
*Douthat, James L. ''Kentucky Lake Reservoir Cemeteries''. Vol. 2. Signal Mountain, Tenn.:&nbsp;Mountain Press, 1988. Free Surname Index and purchase details at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/details/tn-0203w.html Mountain Press] website.  
 
*Douthat, James L. ''Kentucky Lake Reservoir Cemeteries''. Vol. 2. Signal Mountain, Tenn.:&nbsp;Mountain Press, 1988. Free Surname Index and purchase details at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/details/tn-0203w.html Mountain Press] website.  
*Maupin, Judith Ann ''Cemetery Records of Land Between the Lakes (Betweist Rivers) 1814-1982'' May 1982. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/lookup.htm Free lookups available!]
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*Maupin, Judith Ann ''Cemetery Records of Land Between the Lakes (Betweist Rivers) 1814-1982'' May 1982. [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2764914?availability=Mesa%20Arizona%20FamilySearch%20Library Cemetery records of land between the lakes] [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/lookup.htm Free lookups available!]
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Houston 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.  
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1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Houston 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.  
 
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 $
  
 
'''1880'''  
 
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*Sistler, Samuel D. ''1880 census - Houston County, Tennessee.'' Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 2000. {{FHL|976.836 X2s 1880|book}}
 
*Sistler, Samuel D. ''1880 census - Houston County, Tennessee.'' Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 2000. {{FHL|976.836 X2s 1880|book}}
  
'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
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'''1890 Lost'''  
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*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|461479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 2 1891}}. Houston County is included in Vol. 2.
  
*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|461479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 2 1891}}. [Houston County is included in Vol. 2.]
 
 
*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. {{FHL|114935|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890}}.
 
*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. {{FHL|114935|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890}}.
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'''Male Voters'''
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*'''1891''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2884 Tennessee Enumeration of Male Voters 1891] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
'''1900'''  
 
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'''1920'''  
 
'''1920'''  
  
*Bush, Marisa, ed.. ''Houston County, Tennessee Census, 1920'' [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4288 Ancestry] ($)
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*Bush, Marisa, ed.. ''Houston County, Tennessee Census, 1920'' (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4288 Ancestry] ($)
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
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*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
 
*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
 
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family  
 
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family  
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
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*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ('''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors)
  
'''General'''  
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'''''General'''''  
  
 
As of August 2010, a query for [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Houston+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Houston, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 4,000 entries.  
 
As of August 2010, a query for [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Houston+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Houston, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 4,000 entries.  
  
'''Bibliography'''  
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'''''Bibliography'''''  
  
*'''[Adams]''' Proctor, Irene Adams. ''The Adams Family Kith and Kin: From Halifax County, Virginia to Yellow Creek Valley and Grices Creek, Houston County, Tennessee; a Narrative Account: History, Biography, Genealogy and Legend''. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 2000. {{FHL|991251|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 Ad17pi}}.  
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*'''Adams''' - Proctor, Irene Adams. ''The Adams Family Kith and Kin: From Halifax County, Virginia to Yellow Creek Valley and Grices Creek, Houston County, Tennessee; a Narrative Account: History, Biography, Genealogy and Legend''. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 2000. {{FHL|991251|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 Ad17pi}}.  
*'''[Beasley]''' Lockhart, William Thomas. ''The Beasley Family of Benton, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties of Tennessee''. Florissant, Missouri: W. Lockhart, 1985. {{FHL|649781|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 B38Lw}}.  
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*'''Beasley''' - Lockhart, William Thomas. ''The Beasley Family of Benton, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties of Tennessee''. Florissant, Missouri: W. Lockhart, 1985. {{FHL|649781|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 B38Lw}}.  
*'''[Knight]''' Garrett, Jill Knight. ''Knight Cousins.'' Columbia, TN: Unknown, 1967. Available at [http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F434868&hash=rh2%2B403z7n4WII67nHOFMh25nvE%3D FHL US/CAN Film 928090]; digital version at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh317404079%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).
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*'''Knight''' - Garrett, Jill Knight. ''Knight Cousins.'' Columbia, TN: Unknown, 1967. Available at [http://familysearch.org/s/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F434868&hash=rh2%2B403z7n4WII67nHOFMh25nvE%3D FHL US/CAN Film 928090]; digital version at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh317404079%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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*Finley, Nina - compiled from records housed at Houston County Board of Education ''Houston County School Data Pre-1930. 1991 [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/lookup.htm Free lookups available!]''  
 
*Finley, Nina - compiled from records housed at Houston County Board of Education ''Houston County School Data Pre-1930. 1991 [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/lookup.htm Free lookups available!]''  
 
*McClain, Iris Hopkins ''A history of Houston County.'' 1966 {{FHL|224830|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.836 H2}} [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/lookup.htm Free lookups available!]
 
*McClain, Iris Hopkins ''A history of Houston County.'' 1966 {{FHL|224830|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.836 H2}} [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/lookup.htm Free lookups available!]
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
'''War of 1812'''
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=====War of 1812=====
  
*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1960):65-68. {{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/1960-3.pdf journal website]. [Includes Houston County pensioners (p. 68)]
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*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1960):65-68. {{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/1960-3.pdf journal website]. Includes Houston County pensioners (p. 68)
  
'''Civil War'''
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=====Civil War=====
  
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension142.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;:&nbsp;Houston County], (accessed 30 Jan 2012). Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
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'''''Online Records'''''
*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n366/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. Houston County, page 348.<br>
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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]
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'''''Other Resources'''''
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://share.tn.gov/tsla/history/military/pension142.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications: Houston County]. Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
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*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n366/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. Houston County, page 348.<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at [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 Houston County click on the following city:  
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Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at [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 Houston County click on the following city:  
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-e.htm#Erin Erin]
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-e#Erin Erin]
  
 
==== 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 Houston 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 Houston County.
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Houston County, Tennessee records were published in ''The River Counties Quarterly,'' (14 vols.) edited by Jill K. Garrett. The Family History Library has a complete collection {{FHL|40004|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2rc.}}
 
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Houston County, Tennessee records were published in ''The River Counties Quarterly,'' (14 vols.) edited by Jill K. Garrett. The Family History Library has a complete collection {{FHL|40004|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2rc.}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
The Houston County Court has responsibility for the probate records.  
 
The Houston 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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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== '''Birth'''  =====
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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].
  
*'''1881-1882''' - Houston County Birth Index 1881-1882. Batch {{IGI|C519333}} 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/d/d3/Igitennesseef.pdf.</ref>
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===== Birth =====
  
===== '''Marriage''' =====
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*'''1881 - 1882''' - Houston County Birth Index 1881-1882. Batch {{IGI|C519333}} in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org]- free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d3/Igitennesseef.pdf.</ref>
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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 Houston County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriages are available from the time the county was created in 1871.  
 
The original Houston County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriages are available from the time the county was created in 1871.  
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The following Houston County marriage records are microfilmed:  
 
The following Houston County marriage records are microfilmed:  
  
*'''1871-1991''' - Available at the [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/countymicro/hous.pdf TSLA].  
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*'''1871 - 1991''' - Available at the [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/genealogical-fact-sheets-about-tennessee-counties-houston-county TSLA].  
*'''1871-1967''' - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.{{FHL|547752|film}}
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*'''1871 - 1967''' - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.{{FHL|547752|film}}
  
<br>The following Houston County marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
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The following Houston County marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
  
*'''1871-1937''' - Houston County Marriage Index 1871-1937 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />  
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*'''1871 - 1937''' - Houston County Marriage Index 1871-1937 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org] - free.</ref>
*Finley, Nina. ''Newpaper clipping collection&nbsp;: from the attic of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Brigham.'' Erin, Tennessee&nbsp;: Friends of Houston County Library, 19--. {{FHL|976.836 B39f|book}}  
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*Finley, Nina. ''Newspaper clipping collection: from the attic of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Brigham.'' Erin, Tennessee: Friends of Houston County Library, 19--. {{FHL|976.836 B39f|book}}  
*{{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} - covers all counties in Tennessee.
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - Many county marriage records are indexed with images at Ancestry.com's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]. ($) Be aware that this index is not complete for many counties.
*Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]. ($)&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for many counties.
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*'''1790 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org]- covers all counties in Tennessee.
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*'''1838 - 1888''' - {{RecordSearch|2559093|Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org] — index and images
  
 
Houston County is ''not'' included in Sistler's ''Early Middle Tennessee Marriages''.  
 
Houston County is ''not'' included in Sistler's ''Early Middle Tennessee Marriages''.  
  
===== '''Divorce''' =====
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===== Divorce  =====
  
In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Houston County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, see:  
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In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Houston County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, 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.
 
*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'''  =====
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===== Death =====
  
For deaths of Methodists in Houston County (or what later became Houston County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
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For deaths of Methodists in Houston County (or what later became Houston County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:  
  
*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&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Books 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 US/CAN Books 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.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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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]
  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/HCHS.htm '''Houston County Historical Society''']<br>c/o Nina Finley<br>P.O. Box 401<br>Erin, TN 37061  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/HCHS.htm '''Houston County Historical Society''']<br>c/o Nina Finley<br>P.O. Box 401<br>Erin, TN 37061  
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [https://www.utm.edu/departments/special_collections/wthsc.php '''West Tennessee Heritage Study Center'''] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/library.php Paul Meek Library] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/ University of Tennessee at Martin] <br>Phone: 1-731-881-7060 <br>Hours vary by semester  
| valign="top" | The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: [[Benton County, Tennessee|Benton]], [[Carroll County, Tennessee|Carroll]], [[Chester County, Tennessee|Chester]], [[Crockett County, Tennessee|Crockett]], [[Decatur County, Tennessee|Decatur]], [[Dyer County, Tennessee|Dyer]], [[Fayette County, Tennessee|Fayette]], [[Gibson County, Tennessee|Gibson]], [[Hardin County, Tennessee|Hardin]], [[Haywood County, Tennessee|Haywood]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[Henry County, Tennessee|Henry]], [[Houston_County,_Tennessee|Houston]], [[Humphreys County, Tennessee|Humphreys]], [[Lake County, Tennessee|Lake]], [[Lauderdale County, Tennessee|Lauderdale]], [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], [[Obion County, Tennessee|Obion]], [[Perry County, Tennessee|Perry]], [[Shelby County, Tennessee|Shelby]], [[Stewart County, Tennessee|Stewart]], [[Tipton County, Tennessee|Tipton]], [[Wayne County, Tennessee|Wayne]], [[Weakley County, Tennessee|Weakley]] and [[Carlisle County, Kentucky|Carlisle]], [[Fulton County, Kentucky|Fulton]], and [[Hickman County, Kentucky|Hickman]] counties in Kentucky.
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| valign="top" | The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: [[Benton County, Tennessee|Benton]], [[Carroll County, Tennessee|Carroll]], [[Chester County, Tennessee|Chester]], [[Crockett County, Tennessee|Crockett]], [[Decatur County, Tennessee|Decatur]], [[Dyer County, Tennessee|Dyer]], [[Fayette County, Tennessee|Fayette]], [[Gibson County, Tennessee|Gibson]], [[Hardin County, Tennessee|Hardin]], [[Haywood County, Tennessee|Haywood]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[Henry County, Tennessee|Henry]], [[Houston County, Tennessee|Houston]], [[Humphreys County, Tennessee|Humphreys]], [[Lake County, Tennessee|Lake]], [[Lauderdale County, Tennessee|Lauderdale]], [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], [[Obion County, Tennessee|Obion]], [[Perry County, Tennessee|Perry]], [[Shelby County, Tennessee|Shelby]], [[Stewart County, Tennessee|Stewart]], [[Tipton County, Tennessee|Tipton]], [[Wayne County, Tennessee|Wayne]], [[Weakley County, Tennessee|Weakley]] and [[Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carlisle]], [[Fulton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fulton]], and [[Hickman County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hickman]] counties in Kentucky.
 
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
{{Wikipedia|Houston County, Tennessee}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Houston County, Tennessee}}  
  
*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Houston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
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*{{FHL|Tennessee Houston|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.
 
*[http://www.cei-inc.org/hoco/houston_co_tn.html Houston County, Tennessee] by Dan Martin. Genealogy Resources, Local History, Queries  
 
*[http://www.cei-inc.org/hoco/houston_co_tn.html Houston County, Tennessee] by Dan Martin. Genealogy Resources, Local History, Queries  
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.houston/mb.ashx Houston 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.houston/mb.ashx Houston County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Houston/ Houston County, Tennessee Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Houston/ Houston County, Tennessee Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.com/tn/houston/ Houston County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/ Houston County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnhousto/ Houston County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
 
*[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#DanvilleCrossing RootsWeb Mailing List: DanvilleCrossing-L (Tennessee River County Genealogy and History List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#DanvilleCrossing RootsWeb Mailing List: DanvilleCrossing-L (Tennessee River County Genealogy and History List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#DanvilleQueries RootsWeb Mailing List: DanvilleQueries-L (Tennessee River County Genealogy and History List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#DanvilleQueries RootsWeb Mailing List: DanvilleQueries-L (Tennessee River County Genealogy and History List)]  
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#TN-ROOTWALKER RootsWeb Mailing List: TN-ROOTWALKER-L (North Central Tennessee Genealogy List)]
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#TN-ROOTWALKER RootsWeb Mailing List: TN-ROOTWALKER-L (North Central Tennessee Genealogy List)]  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/TN/Houston-County.htm Houston County TN Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Latest revision as of 17:13, 3 October 2017

United States
Tennessee
Houston County

Guide to Houston 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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Houston County, Tennessee
Map
Boundary map of Houston County, Tennessee
Map of Tennessee highlighting Houston County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the U.S. highlighting Tennessee
Location of Tennessee in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 23, 1871
County Seat Erin
Courthouse
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Quick Dates

Houston County's civil records start the following years:[1]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1871 1881 1880 1871 1869

County Courthouse

Houston County Courthouse, Erin, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Houston County Courthouse
 PO Box 388;
Erin, TN 37061-0388
Phone: 931.289.3870 

County Clerk has marriage records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
County Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

Old Houston County Courthouse, Arlington, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Houston County Courthouse
4725 East Main Street
Erin, TN 37061
Phone: 1-931-289-3141

Houston County Clerk
Marriage,probate and court records
4725 East Main St., Room 100
Erin, TN 37061
Phone: 1-931-289-3141

Houston County Register of Deeds
Land records
4725 East Main St., Room 103
P.O. Box 412
Erin, TN 37061
Phone: 1-931-289-3510

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

History

Gov. Sam Houston (1793-1863)

Middle Tennessee county on the Tennessee River. Established 1871.

The county is named after Sam Houston (1793-1863), Governor of Tennessee and later of Texas.[3]

Parent County

1871--Houston County was created 23 January 1871 from Dickson, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties. 
County seat: Erin[4]

From 1788 to 1796 people living in what is now part of Houston County were in extinct Tennessee County. Their records for that period are now found in Robertson County, Tennessee.[5]

County Pronunciation

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

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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[8]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Arlington Ellis Mills McKinnon Spring Hill
Brownsville Erin Midway Spring Valley
Cotton Patch Crossroads Grays Crossing New Hope Stewart
Danville(hist.) Griffin (hist.) Omega (hist.) Tennessee Ridge
Denmark Lewis Branch Pollard Yellow Creek
Dolomite Magnolia Silvertop

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

African American

United States African Americans
Tennessee African Americans

Cemeteries

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

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census

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

1880

  • Finley, Nina. Census of Houston County Area.Erin, Tennessee : Friends of Houston County Library, 19--?. vol.9 FHL 976.836 X2f
  • Sistler, Samuel D. 1880 census - Houston County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler & Associates, 2000. FHL 976.836 X2s 1880

1890 Lost

Substitutes are available:

  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 2 1891. Houston County is included in Vol. 2.
  • 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.

Male Voters

1900

  • Finley, Nina. Census of Houston County Area.Erin, Tennessee : Friends of Houston County Library, 19--?. vol.10 FHL 976.836 X2f

1920

  • Bush, Marisa, ed.. Houston County, Tennessee Census, 1920 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at Ancestry ($)

Church

Court

Family Histories

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)

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Houston, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 4,000 entries.

Bibliography

  • Adams - Proctor, Irene Adams. The Adams Family Kith and Kin: From Halifax County, Virginia to Yellow Creek Valley and Grices Creek, Houston County, Tennessee; a Narrative Account: History, Biography, Genealogy and Legend. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 2000. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ad17pi.
  • Beasley - Lockhart, William Thomas. The Beasley Family of Benton, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties of Tennessee. Florissant, Missouri: W. Lockhart, 1985. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B38Lw.
  • Knight - Garrett, Jill Knight. Knight Cousins. Columbia, TN: Unknown, 1967. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 928090; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).

Land

  • Houston County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1871 and is located at the county Courthouse, P.O. Box 388, 100 Main St., Erin, Tennessee 37061; Telephone: (931) 289-3141. 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 deed books 1871-1967; probate deed books 1871-1957; trust deed books, 1872-1967; Plat books 1853-1967.

Local Histories

  • Goodspeed firm Goodspeed history of Tennessee The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1886 Lookups available for histories of Montgomery, Robinson, Humphreys, Stewart, Dickson, Cheatham, and Houston Counties of Tennessee.
  • Finley, Nina - compiled from records housed at Houston County Board of Education Houston County School Data Pre-1930. 1991 Free lookups available!
  • McClain, Iris Hopkins A history of Houston County. 1966 FHL US/CAN book 976.836 H2 Free lookups available!

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Maps

Military

War of 1812
Civil War

Online Records

Other Resources

Newspapers

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 Houston County click on the following city:

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 Houston 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:

The River Counties
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Houston County, Tennessee records were published in The River Counties Quarterly, (14 vols.) edited by Jill K. Garrett. The Family History Library has a complete collection FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2rc.

Probate Records

The Houston 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:

  • Inventories, Wills, 1869-1966 (Vols. 1-4)
  • Appropriation records, 1889
  • Bonds, Letters, 1926-1966 (Vol. 2)
  • Settlements, 1914-1953 (Vol. 3)

Taxation

Vital Records

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

Birth
Marriage

The original Houston County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriages are available from the time the county was created in 1871.

The following Houston County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1871 - 1991 - Available at the TSLA.
  • 1871 - 1967 - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.FHL 547752

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

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

Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Houston County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, 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

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

Societies and Libraries 

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

Houston County Historical Society
c/o Nina Finley
P.O. Box 401
Erin, TN 37061

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

Houston County Public Library
PO Box 183
Erin, TN 37061-0183
Phone: 1-931-289-3858

West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
Paul Meek Library
University of Tennessee at Martin
Phone: 1-731-881-7060
Hours vary by semester
The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman counties in Kentucky.

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.

Websites

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

References

  1. "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houston County, Tennessee page 641, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  5. "Tennessee County" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_County (accessed 25 May 2010), and Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004) [FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004], 639.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Robert M.McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 29.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d3/Igitennesseef.pdf.