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Guide to '''Lauderdale County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and 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.  
 
Guide to '''Lauderdale County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and 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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== Quick Dates  ==
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==== Description ==== 
  
Lauderdale County's civil records start the following years:<ref>''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
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The County was named for James Lauderdale. The County is located in the west central area of the state.
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<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Lauderdale, Tennessee" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauderdale_County,_Tennessee'' accessed 24 Dec 2018 </ref>  
  
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=== Lauderdale County, Tennessee Record Dates===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Page 638-645 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-640.</ref></center>
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Lauderdale County, Tennessee#Marriage|Marriage]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Lauderdale County, Tennessee#Death|Death]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | [[Lauderdale County, Tennessee#Land|'''Land''']]
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1881  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1838&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lauderdale County, Tennessee Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1909&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lauderdale County, Tennessee Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1835&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lauderdale County, Tennessee Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1881
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1836
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.</center>
 
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1835--'''Lauderdale County was&nbsp;created 24 November 1835 from [[Tipton County, Tennessee|Tipton]], [[Haywood County, Tennessee|Haywood]], and [[Dyer County, Tennessee|Dyer]] Counties.&nbsp;<br>'''County seat:''' Ripley <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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'''1835--'''Lauderdale County was&nbsp;created 24 November 1835 from [[Tipton County, Tennessee|Tipton]], [[Haywood County, Tennessee|Haywood]], and [[Dyer County, Tennessee|Dyer]] Counties.&nbsp;<br>'''County seat:''' Ripley <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>
  
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
 
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==== Getting Started  ====
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Poplar-Grove-Cemetery/98174#/ Poplar Grove Cemetery, Henning] BillionGraves
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=45&GScnty=2473&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]  
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemetery+Lauderdale+Tennessee&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemetery+Lauderdale+Tennessee&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2473 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Tennessee/Lauderdale-County?id=county_2473 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tngenweb.org/lauderdale/cemeteries/cemeterylau.htm TNGenWeb]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tngenweb.org/lauderdale/cemeteries/cemeterylau.htm TNGenWeb]
 
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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=Lauderdale&cemetery_name=A BillionGraves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/lauderdale/cemetery.html TNGenWeb Archives]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/lauderdale/cemetery.html TNGenWeb Archives]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/lauderdale-tn-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/lauderdale.html Tombstone Project]  
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/lauderdale.html Tombstone Project]  
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tennesseegravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=49 Gravestones]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.tngenweb.org/cemeteries/#!co=lauderdale TNGenWeb Cemeteries]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.tngenweb.org/cemeteries/#!co=lauderdale TNGenWeb Cemeteries]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12514&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=43&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/ BillionGraves]
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''Additional Cemetery Resources''
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*[http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery.cfm Tennessee Cemeteries] - Hometown Locator
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
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{{TN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TN Lauderdale County}}}}
  
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
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'''''Online Records'''''
 
'''''Online Records'''''
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932378|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
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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  
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932422|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://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  
 
*'''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)
 
*'''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)
*'''1861 - 1865''' -  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.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)
*'''1891 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1874474|Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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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
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civil War Research Database] $  
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civil War Research Database] $  
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
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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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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Lauderdale County, Tennessee have been published in ''Ansearchin' News'', the quarterly magazine of the [http://www.tngs.org/ Tennessee Genealogical Society]. To view a list of these articles, visit their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/ByCounty_ndx.html county index]. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html archive]&nbsp;or conduct a [http://www.tngs.org/search.htm surname search]. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the ''Ansearchin' News'' quarterly {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.}}  
 
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Lauderdale County, Tennessee have been published in ''Ansearchin' News'', the quarterly magazine of the [http://www.tngs.org/ Tennessee Genealogical Society]. To view a list of these articles, visit their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/ByCounty_ndx.html county index]. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html archive]&nbsp;or conduct a [http://www.tngs.org/search.htm surname search]. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the ''Ansearchin' News'' quarterly {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.}}  
 
:'''Family Findings'''  
 
:'''Family Findings'''  
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Lauderdale County, Tennessee records have been published in ''Family Findings'', the quarterly of the [http://www.jmcl.tn.org/Mid-West_Tn.htm Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.  
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Lauderdale County, Tennessee records have been published in ''Family Findings'', the quarterly of the [https://mwtgs.wordpress.com/ Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.  
 
:Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb&nbsp;Project]:  
 
:Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb&nbsp;Project]:  
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc1.htm Volumes 1-10 (1969-1978)]  
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::*[http://tngenweb.org/madison/family-findings-index-1-10/ Volumes 1-10 (1969-1978)]  
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc2.htm Volumes 11-20 (1979-1988)]  
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::*[http://tngenweb.org/madison/family-findings-index-xi-xx/ Volumes 11-20 (1979-1988)]  
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc3.htm Volumes 21-24 (1989-1992)]  
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::*[http://tngenweb.org/madison/family-findings-index-xxi-xxiv/ Volumes 21-24 (1989-1992)]  
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc4.htm Volumes 32-35 (2000-2003)]  
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::*[http://tngenweb.org/madison/family-findings-index-xxxii-xxxv/ Volumes 32-35 (2000-2003)]
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:Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this [http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us&as_q=Lauderdale&as_epq=Family+Findings&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=www.tngenweb.org&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images specialized Google search]&nbsp;to retrieve them.  
 
:Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this [http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us&as_q=Lauderdale&as_epq=Family+Findings&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=www.tngenweb.org&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images specialized Google search]&nbsp;to retrieve them.  
 
:'''West Tennessee Historical Society Papers'''  
 
:'''West Tennessee Historical Society Papers'''  
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==== Prisons  ====
 
==== Prisons  ====
  
Learn if your Lauderdale County ancestors went to prison!
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{{TNp}}
 
 
*[http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/state/inmate4.htm Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1851-1870], free index available online, courtesy: [http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/ TSLA].
 
  
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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'''Online Records'''  
 
'''Online Records'''  
  
*'''1779 2008''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9176 Tennessee Wills and Probate Records 1779-2008] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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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 $
  
<br> {{Tennpro}}  
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{{Tennpro}}  
  
 
*Wills, 1837-1904 (Vols. A-F)  
 
*Wills, 1837-1904 (Vols. A-F)  
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The following Lauderdale County probate records have been indexed:  
 
The following Lauderdale County probate records have been indexed:  
  
*'''[1837-1861]''' 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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*'''1837-1861''' - 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.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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===== Birth =====
 
===== Birth =====
  
*'''1881-1882''' - Lauderdale County Birth Index 1881-1882. Batch {{IGI|C519435}} 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 [[Media:Igitennesseel.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1881 - 1882''' - Lauderdale County Birth Index 1881-1882. Batch {{IGI|C519435}} 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:Igitennesseel.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1828 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1681012|Tennessee Births and Christenings 1828-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
*'''1828-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1681012|Tennessee Births and Christenings 1828-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1838 - 1895''' - Lauderdale County Birth Index 1838-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.</ref>
  
*'''1838-1895''' - Lauderdale County Birth Index 1838-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at [https://familysearch.org/search 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/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.</ref>
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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 $
  
*'''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
  
 
===== Marriage =====
 
===== Marriage =====
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Marriages were not officially recorded in Lauderdale County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.<ref>Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. {{FHL|39597|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)}}</ref> The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:  
 
Marriages were not officially recorded in Lauderdale County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.<ref>Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. {{FHL|39597|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)}}</ref> 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|10843|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L}}.  
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*'''1625-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=tennessee%2ctn Tennessee, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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*'''1794 - 1851''' - Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|10843|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L}}.  
  
*'''1851-1900''' - For free lookups of Lauderdale County, Tennessee marriages 1851-1900 click [http://www.tngenweb.org/lauderdale/lookups.htm here.]
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*'''1851 - 1900''' - For free lookups of Lauderdale County, Tennessee marriages 1851-1900 click [http://www.tngenweb.org/lauderdale/lookups.htm here.]
  
*'''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] ('''$'''). Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - Many county marriage records are indexed with images at Ancestry.com's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002] ($). Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
  
*'''1790-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - covers all counties in Tennessee.  
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*'''1790 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - covers all counties in Tennessee.  
  
*'''1790-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1790 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
 
   
 
   
*'''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 '''$'''
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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 $
  
*'''1838-1888''' - {{RecordSearch|2559093|Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1838 - 1888''' - {{RecordSearch|2559093|Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
The following Lauderdale County Courthouse marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
 
The following Lauderdale County Courthouse marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
  
*'''1838-1866''' - Historical Records Project ''Marriage records, 1838-1866, Lauderdale, County, Tennessee'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1941. FHL US/CAN Film 24738  
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*'''1838 - 1866''' - Historical Records Project ''Marriage records, 1838-1866, Lauderdale, County, Tennessee'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1941. FHL US/CAN Film 24738  
  
*'''1838-1867''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Early West Tennessee Marriages''. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 1989. {{FHL|450678|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 1}} ff. [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.]
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*'''1838 - 1867''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Early West Tennessee Marriages''. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 1989. {{FHL|450678|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 1}} ff. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.  
  
*'''1838-1867''' - Davis, Bettie B. ''Lauderdale County, Tennessee marriages, 1838-1867'' Memphis, Tennessee: B.B. Davis, c1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.816 V2d  
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*'''1838 - 1867''' - Davis, Bettie B. ''Lauderdale County, Tennessee marriages, 1838-1867'' Memphis, Tennessee: B.B. Davis, c1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.816 V2d  
  
*'''1838-1962''' - Lauderdale County, Tennessee County Court Clerk ''Marriage records (Lauderdale County, Tennessee), 1838-1962'' Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1976-2008. FHL US/CAN Film 1008552-54, 1928748, 1928749-50, 1670147 item 1  
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*'''1838 - 1962''' - Lauderdale County, Tennessee County Court Clerk ''Marriage records (Lauderdale County, Tennessee), 1838-1962'' Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1976-2008. FHL US/CAN Film 1008552-54, 1928748, 1928749-50, 1670147 item 1  
  
*'''1844-1860''' - ''Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1844-1860'' Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, [199-]. FHL US/CAN 976.816 V2L  
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*'''1844 - 1860''' - ''Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1844-1860'' Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, (199-). FHL US/CAN 976.816 V2L  
  
*'''1851-1875''' - Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1851-1875. Part of the [http://www.tngenweb.org/lauderdale/marriages/marriages-1851-1875-A.htm TNGenWeb Project]  
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*'''1851 - 1875''' - Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1851-1875. Part of the [http://www.tngenweb.org/lauderdale/marriages/marriages-1851-1875-A.htm TNGenWeb Project]  
  
*'''1867-1886''' - Davis, Bettie B. ''Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1867-1886'' Memphis, Tennessee, B.B. Davis, c1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.816 V28d  
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*'''1867 - 1886''' - Davis, Bettie B. ''Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1867-1886'' Memphis, Tennessee, B.B. Davis, c1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.816 V28d
  
 
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*'''1823-1852''' - Hays, Tony. ''West Tennessee Death Records'' (ca. 1823-1852). 2 vols. n.p.: Kitchen Table Press, 1987. {{FHL|524531|title-id|disp=FHL FAM HIST Book 976.8 V2ht v. 1-2}}. Lauderdale County is included in Vol. 2
  
*'''1872-1923''' - Tennessee, City Death Records 1872-1923 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5076 Ancestry.com] - index and images '''$'''<br>
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*'''1872-1923''' - Tennessee, City Death Records 1872-1923 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5076 Ancestry.com] - index and images $<br>
  
 
*'''1874-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1874-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
*'''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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*'''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 $
 
 
*'''1914-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1417505|Tennessee Death Records 1914-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
 
 
 
*'''1823-1852''' - Hays, Tony. ''West Tennessee Death Records'' [ca. 1823-1852]. 2 vols. n.p.: Kitchen Table Press, 1987. {{FHL|524531|title-id|disp=FHL FAM HIST Book 976.8 V2ht v. 1-2}}. [Lauderdale County is included in Vol. 2]
 
  
*'''1917''' - Lauderdale County Death Index 1917. Batch {{IGI|B003046}} in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1914-1966''' - {{RecordSearch|1417505|Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Lauderdale County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Lauderdale 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 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.]
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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;  ==
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnlauder/laudhistsoc.htm '''Lauderdale County Historical Society'''] <br>For information write to: <br>Bettie B. Davis, Newsletter Editor <br>957 Doctor Hall Rd. <br>Halls, TN 38040-8727 <br>Phone: 1-901-836-7073 <br>  
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~tnlauder/laudhistsoc.htm '''Lauderdale County Historical Society'''] <br>For information write to: <br>Bettie B. Davis, Newsletter Editor <br>957 Doctor Hall Rd. <br>Halls, TN 38040-8727 <br>Phone: 1-901-836-7073 <br>  
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://www.utm.edu/departments/acadpro/library/wthsc/ '''West Tennessee Heritage Study Center'''] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/departments/acadpro/library/lib_information/index.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  
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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 Genealogy|Carlisle]], [[Fulton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fulton]], and [[Hickman County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hickman]] counties in Kentucky.
 
| 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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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://wths.tn.org/ '''West Tennessee Historical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 111046<br>Memphis, TN 38111<br>Phone: 1-901-475-6608<br>E-mail: [mailto:efrank@memphis.edu efrank@memphis.edu]  
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://wths-tn.org/ '''West Tennessee Historical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 111046<br>Memphis, TN 38111<br>Phone: 1-901-475-6608<br>E-mail: [mailto:efrank@memphis.edu efrank@memphis.edu]  
 
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
  
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{{Wikipedia|Lauderdale County, Tennessee}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Lauderdale County, Tennessee}}  
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*[http://www.anrdoezrs.net/qh105mu2-u1HKJNRJOIHJJPJMKJK?sid=familysearchwikiBoards&url=http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.lauderdale/mb.ashx Lauderdale County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.anrdoezrs.net/qh105mu2-u1HKJNRJOIHJJPJMKJK?sid=familysearchwikiBoards&url=http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.lauderdale/mb.ashx Lauderdale County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/lauderdale/ Lauderdale County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/lauderdale/ Lauderdale County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/lauderdale.html RootsWeb Mailing List: TNLAUDER-L (Lauderdale County, Tennessee List)]  
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*[https://mailinglists.rootsweb.com/listindexes/details?list_name=tnlauder RootsWeb Mailing List: TNLAUDER-L (Lauderdale County, Tennessee List)]  
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#WEST-TNCHAT RootsWeb Mailing List: WEST-TNCHAT-L (West Tennessee Chat List)]  
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*[https://mailinglists.rootsweb.com/listindexes/details?list_name=west-tnchat RootsWeb Mailing List: WEST-TNCHAT-L (West Tennessee Chat List)]  
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#WESTTN RootsWeb Mailing List: WESTTN-L (West Tennessee List)]  
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*[https://mailinglists.rootsweb.com/listindexes/details?list_name=westtn RootsWeb Mailing List: WESTTN-L (West Tennessee List)]  
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/TN/Lauderdale-County.htm Lauderdale County TN Genealogy]    (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/TN/Lauderdale-County.htm Lauderdale County TN Genealogy]    (ldsgenealogy.com)
  
 
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Revision as of 12:21, 8 November 2019

Guide to Lauderdale County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and 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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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Lauderdale. The County is located in the west central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1838 1881 1836 1822 1836 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lauderdale County Courthouse
 County Courthouse;
Ripley, TN 38063
Phone: 731.635.2561 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1838 and probate records.
Clerk Chancery CourtCourt has divorce records.
General Sessions Court has court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Lauderdale County Courthouse
100 Court Square
Ripley, TN 38063
Phone: 1-901-635-2561

  • County Clerk has marriage and probate records
    Phone: 1-731-635-2561
  • Circuit Court Clerk has court records
    Phone: 1-731-635-0101
  • Register of Deeds has land records
    Phone: 1-731-635-2171

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

History[edit | edit source]

West Tennessee county. Established 1835.

The county was named after "James Lauderdale, who was killed in the War of 1812."[4]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1835--Lauderdale County was created 24 November 1835 from Tipton, Haywood, and Dyer Counties. 
County seat: Ripley [5]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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1869 Fire damaged courthouse records.[8]

  • Lack of marriage records: 1835 to 1837

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


Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Abernathy (hist.) Durhamville Henning Olive Branch
Arp Edith Hurricane Hill Opossum
Asbury Flippin Key Corner Orysa
Ashport Fort Pillow Keyes Point Pleasant Hill
Barr Fulton Knob Creek Poplar Grove
Central Gates Lightfoot Porter Gap
Cherry Glimp Luckett Ripley
Curve Golddust Mack Three Point
Double Bridges Hales Point Nankipoo
Dry Hill Halls Oak Grove

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

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

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Biographies [edit | edit source]

All of the family biographies from the History of Lauderdale County, Tennessee (1886) by Goodspeed are available free online at My Genealogy Hound.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

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

See Lauderdale County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

1810 - 1891

1840

  • Davis, Bettie B. Lauderdale County, Tennessee, 1840 Census, 1850 Census, and 1850 Mortality Schedule. Memphis, Tenn.: B.B. Davis, 1983. FHL US/CAN book 976.816 X2.

1840 Pensioners

1850

  • Davis, Bettie B. Lauderdale County, Tennessee, 1840 Census, 1850 Census, and 1850 Mortality Schedule. Memphis, Tenn.: B.B. Davis, 1983. FHL US/CAN book 976.816 X2

1850 Mortality Schedule

  • Davis, Bettie B. Lauderdale County, Tennessee, 1840 Census, 1850 Census, and 1850 Mortality Schedule. Memphis, Tenn.: B.B. Davis, 1983. FHL US/CAN book 976.816 X2

1880

  • Sistler, Samuel D. 1880 Census Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler and Associates, 2002. FHL US/CAN book 976.816 X2


1891 Male Voters

Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

DNA[edit | edit source]

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Lauderdale County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • Brown - Descendant of Matthew Thomas Brown, b. 1831 Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 25 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 30372). Genetic signature available online (labeled Group No. 22), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study. Matches have been found.
  • Doss - Descendant of George W. Doss (c1864-c1900) of Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 37 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 88650). Genetic signature available online (labeled Jw-1), genealogical description available online, courtesy: The Doss DNA Project, World Families. Matches have been found.

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" (Friends, Associates, and Neighbors)

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Lauderdale, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 15,000 entries.

Bibliography

Land[edit | edit source]

  • Lauderdale County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1835 and is located at the Courthouse, 100 Court Square, Ripley, Tennessee 38063; Telephone: (731) 635-2561.The  Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  • The Family History Library has microfilmed copiies of deeds 1835-1900; land surveys 1822-1954.

Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service. The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records


Regiments. Civil War service men from Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Lauderdale County:


Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Lauderdale County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee
World War I
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Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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 Lauderdale County click on the following cities and towns:

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. West Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1821 to 1889. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2006. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2man. Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes Lauderdale County.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

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

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Lauderdale 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.
Family Findings
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Lauderdale County, Tennessee records have been published in Family Findings, the quarterly of the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society (42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f.
Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb Project:
Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this specialized Google search to retrieve them.
West Tennessee Historical Society Papers
Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w.
The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see Shelby County Register of Deeds

Prisons[edit | edit source]

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


Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The County Court, Chancery Court, and County Clerk have responsibility for the probate records of Lauderdale County.

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, 1837-1904 (Vols. A-F)
  • Administrator records, 1884-1936
  • Bonds, Letters, 1847-1905 (7 vols.)
  • Guardian records, 1846-1857, 1874-1903
  • Insolvent estate records, 1849-1932
  • Inventories, Sales, Wills, 1837-1855 (3 vols.)
  • Minutes, 1836-1856 (Vols. A-C)
  • Settlements, 1871-1902
  • Widow provisions, 1866-1928

The following Lauderdale County probate records have been indexed:

  • 1837-1861 - 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[edit | edit source]

Lauderdale County's original Tax Books covering 1852-1856 and 1873 to 1887 are held at the County Courthouse. TSLA microfilmed these records in 1976. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1008593-1008594.

The original Lauderdale County Roadwork Excuses and Poll Tax 1882-1927 are kept at the County Courthouse. GSU microfilmed these records in 2008: FHL US/CAN Film 1670142 Item 8.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

Marriages were not officially recorded in Lauderdale County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.[12] The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

  • 1851 - 1900 - For free lookups of Lauderdale County, Tennessee marriages 1851-1900 click here.
  • 1780 - 2002 - Many county marriage records are indexed with images at Ancestry.com's Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 ($). Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.

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

  • 1838 - 1866 - Historical Records Project Marriage records, 1838-1866, Lauderdale, County, Tennessee Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1941. FHL US/CAN Film 24738
  • 1838 - 1867 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early West Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 1 ff. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
  • 1838 - 1867 - Davis, Bettie B. Lauderdale County, Tennessee marriages, 1838-1867 Memphis, Tennessee: B.B. Davis, c1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.816 V2d
  • 1838 - 1962 - Lauderdale County, Tennessee County Court Clerk Marriage records (Lauderdale County, Tennessee), 1838-1962 Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1976-2008. FHL US/CAN Film 1008552-54, 1928748, 1928749-50, 1670147 item 1
  • 1844 - 1860 - Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1844-1860 Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, (199-). FHL US/CAN 976.816 V2L
  • 1851 - 1875 - Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1851-1875. Part of the TNGenWeb Project
  • 1867 - 1886 - Davis, Bettie B. Lauderdale County, Tennessee, marriages, 1867-1886 Memphis, Tennessee, B.B. Davis, c1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.816 V28d
Divorce[edit | edit source]

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

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.
Death[edit | edit source]
  • 1823-1852 - Hays, Tony. West Tennessee Death Records (ca. 1823-1852). 2 vols. n.p.: Kitchen Table Press, 1987. FHL FAM HIST Book 976.8 V2ht v. 1-2. Lauderdale County is included in Vol. 2
  • 1872-1923 - Tennessee, City Death Records 1872-1923 at Ancestry.com - index and images $

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

Societies and Libraries [edit | edit source]

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

Forked Deer Regional Library
220 N Front St.
Halls, TN 38040
Phone: 1-731-836-5812
Toll free number: 800-426-6198
Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Halls Public Library
110 N Church St.
Halls, TN 38040
Phone: 1-731-836-5302
E-mail: citylibrary@bellsouth.net
Hours:
Mon.-Sat. 12-5 p.m.

Lauderdale County Historical Society
For information write to:
Bettie B. Davis, Newsletter Editor
957 Doctor Hall Rd.
Halls, TN 38040-8727
Phone: 1-901-836-7073

Lauderdale County Library
120 Lafayette St
Ripley, TN 38063
Phone: 1-731-635-1872
E-mail: libraryl@bellsouth.net
Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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.
West Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 111046
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 1-901-475-6608
E-mail: efrank@memphis.edu

Family History Centers
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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.

Websites
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Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Lauderdale County, Tennessee

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lauderdale, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauderdale_County,_Tennessee accessed 24 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Page 638-645 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-640.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lauderdale County, Tennessee page 641, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  6. Voice of Louise Lynch, Archivist, Williamson County, Tennessee Archives (2010).
  7. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.
  12. Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)



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