Pickett County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Pickett County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Pickett County (established 1879) 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.

Quick Dates

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

<a href="http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Pickett_County,_Tennessee#Vital_Records">Birth</a> <a href="http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Pickett_County,_Tennessee#Vital_Records">Marriage</a> <a href="http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Pickett_County,_Tennessee#Vital_Records">Death</a> <a href="http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Pickett_County,_Tennessee#Census">Census</a> <a href="http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Pickett_County,_Tennessee#Land">Land</a> <a href="http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Pickett_County,_Tennessee#Probate">Probate</a>
1934 1934 1914 1900 1934 1933

County Courthouse

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<a href="http://www.tax-rates.org/tennessee/pickett_county_property_tax">Pickett County Courthouse</a>
1 Courthouse Square
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3359

County Health Department has birth records.
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1935.
Clerk and Master and Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records.
Clerk Circuit Court has court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

<a href="http://www.dalehollow.com/Government.htm#electedofficials">Pickett County Clerk</a>
Marriage and probate records
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 201
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3879

<a href="http://www.dalehollow.com/Government.htm#electedofficials">Pickett County Register of Deeds</a>
Land records
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 204
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3316

<a href="http://www.dalehollow.com/Government.htm#electedofficials">Pickett County Circuit Court Clerk</a>
Court records
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 100
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3958

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


Middle Tennessee county.

The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator Howell L. Pickett."[3]

Parent County

1879--Pickett County was established 27 February 1879 from <a href="Overton County, Tennessee">Overton</a> and <a href="Fentress County, Tennessee">Fentress</a> Counties. Early records may be found under Overton and Fentress Counties.
County seat: Byrdstown [4]

County Pronunciation

  1. <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNPickettWeller.ogg">Hear it spoken</a>[5] (female)
  2. <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNPickett.ogg">Hear it spoken</a>[6] (male)

Boundary Changes

<a href="http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-maps.html">"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"</a> (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the My Tennessee Genealogy website. They rely on <a href="http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html">AniMap 3.0</a> software.

Record Loss

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  • Lost census: 1890
  • Lost marriages: 1879 to 1933 
  • Lost probate; 1879 to 1932

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Asbury Etter Okra
Barnes Fairview Parker
Bloomington Faix Plain Grove
Boom Green Brier Red Hill
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byrdstown,_Tennessee">Byrdstown</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Lady,_Tennessee">Love Lady</a> Smyrna
Cedar Grove <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midway,_Pickett_County,_Tennessee">Midway</a> Star Point
Chanute <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moodyville,_Tennessee">Moodyville</a> Static
Conley Crossroads (hist.) Mount Airy Sulphur Springs
Davidson Mount Union Sunset
Eastport Oak Hill Travisville

Neighboring Counties

  • <a href="Clay County, Tennessee">Clay</a>
  • <a href="Clinton County, Kentucky">Clinton County, Kentucky</a>
  • <a href="Fentress County, Tennessee">Fentress</a>
  • <a href="McCreary County, Kentucky">McCreary County, Kentucky</a>
  • <a href="Overton County, Tennessee">Overton</a>
  • <a href="Scott County, Tennessee">Scott</a>
  • <a href="Wayne County, Kentucky">Wayne County, Kentucky</a>


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Research Guides

African American

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Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • <a href="http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs&">Find A Grave</a> 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.
  • Charles A. Reeves Jr. has created a detailed map showing the locations of Putnam County cemeteries. It may be purchased for a small fee through his <a href="http://reevesmaps.com/map_catalog_cems.htm">website</a>.


1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Pickett County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see <a href="Tennessee Census">Tennessee Census</a>. 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 <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book">Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book</a> for more information about statewide printed indexes.

1890 - Lost, but substitutes are available:



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 <a href="Elizabeth Shown Mills">Elizabeth Shown Mills</a>, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


As of August 2010, a query for <a href="http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Pickett+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search">persons born in Pickett, Tennessee</a> at <a href="World Connect">World Connect</a>, results in more than 16,000 entries.



Local Histories



War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at <a href="http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html">journal website</a>. [Includes Pickett County pensioners (p. 50).]
  • Transcription typed and formatted by Harold Keisling. <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnoverto/docs/1812war.htm">Third? Regiment Tennessee Militia, Capt. Wiley Huddelston's Company</a>  Raised from men who were from Overton, Pickett and Fentress County, Tennessee. Courtesy: <a href="http://www.tngenweb.org/">TNGenWeb</a>

Civil War


Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at [7] 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 [8]


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 Pickett County, Tennessee records have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the [9]. To view a list of these articles, visit their [10]


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

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


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

Societies and Libraries

Pickett County Public Library
1331 Beason Rd.
Byrdstown, TN 38549

<a href="http://www.mtgs.org/">Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society</a>
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Pickett 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

Family History Centers

  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Introduction to LDS Family History Centers">Introduction to LDS Family History Centers</a>

Web Sites

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  1. <a href="http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm" _fcksavedurl="http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm">"Earliest County Records,"</a> Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. <i>Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America</i>, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pickett County, Tennessee page 643, <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="41" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">; <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="40" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">.
  3. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies" _fcksavedurl="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies">"List of counties in Tennessee,"</a> Wikipedia.
  4. <i>The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed</i>. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 643. (<img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="37" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate"> Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). <a href="http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092" _fcksavedurl="http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092">WorldCat entry</a>.
  5. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
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  8. tn.gov. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Pickett County click on the following town: fckLRfckLR*<ref> Byrdstown
  9. Tennessee Genealogical Society
  10. By County county index&lt;/a&gt;. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their &lt;a href="http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html"&gt;archive&lt;/a&gt;&nbsp;or conduct a &lt;a href="http://www.tngs.org/search.htm"&gt;surname search&lt;/a&gt;. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="17" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate"> fckLR:Overton County Historical Society Newsletter fckLR:"This newsletter, although called 'Overton County,' covers all the area in Overton, Fentress, and Pickett County, Tennessee." - Vol. 7, no. 4 p. 2<br>Family History Library has volume 1 - 8 <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="15" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">.<br>Indexed in PERiodical Source Index &lt;a href="Periodical Source Index (PERSI)"&gt;(PERSI)&lt;/a&gt;<br>For further information see Overton County Historical Society website: &lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnoverto/OCHS/index.htm"&gt;http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnoverto/OCHS/index.htm&lt;/a&gt;fckLRfckLRfckLRfckLR==== Probate ====fckLRfckLRThe&nbsp;Pickett County Court has responsibility for the probate records.<br> fckLRfckLR==== Taxation ====fckLRfckLR==== Vital Records ====fckLRfckLR===== Marriage =====fckLRfckLRThe original Pickett County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Due to fire, the marriage records of Pickett County are lost until 1934. fckLRfckLRThe following Pickett County marriage records are microfilmed: fckLRfckLR*[1934-1995] Available at the <ref> [[1]]fckLR