Tennessee, United States Genealogy
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- Order many filmed county records from TN State Library and Archives
- No civil birth records in TN before 1874. In some counties none til 1908
- Short-lived State of Franklin created counties not recognized by NC or TN
State of Franklin | Caswell | Christiana | Cumberland (old) | James | Lewis (old) | Putnam (old) | Spencer | Tennessee | Wayne (old)
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Tennessee State Library and Archives · East Tennessee Historical Society · Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center · West Tennessee Heritage Study Center · National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) · Allen County Public Library
Early Migration RoutesCumberland River · Mississippi River · Tennessee River · Avery's Trace or Nashville Road · Black Fox Trail · Bolivar and Memphis Trail · Catawba Trail · Chattanooga-Willstown Road · Cisca and St. Augustine Trail or Nickajack Trail · Cisco and Middle Tennessee Trail · Cumberland and Great Lakes Trail · Cumberland and Ohio Falls Trail · Cumberland Trace · Georgia Road (Federal Road) · Great Indian Warpath · Great South Trail · Great Trading Path · Great Valley Road · Jackson's Military Road · Jonesboro Road · Kentucky Road · Lower Warpath or West Tennessee Trail · Mississippi and Tennessee River Trail · Nashville-Saline River Trail · Natchez Trace or Chickasaw Trail · Old Cherokee Path · Tennessee, Ohio, and Great Lakes Trail · Unicoi Trail · West Tennessee Chickasaw Trail · Wilderness Road
Did You Know?
- Tennessee is informally segregated into three "Grand Divisions" that are topographically, politically, economically, and culturally different. East Tennessee even attempted to secede from the rest of the State during the Civil War. See maps and details at the TNGenWeb site.
- Did you know that at least 20 counties in Tennessee did not begin registering marriages until 1838? For more information, see Tennessee Vital Records.
- In 1820, Tennessee's top three manufactured goods were whiskey, blacksmith's products, and flour. Learn more at Tennessee Occupations.
- Listen to our complete collection of audio files of Tennessee county name pronunciations flavored with local accents.
- Even though many 1820 East Tennessee census population schedules have been lost, manufactures schedules survive for most counties. A free online index is available at Lineages.
Free online video classes are available for:
- The Tennessee GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
- Deaths 1914-1955 are now abstracted and indexed at Record Search. The original records are available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. For more information about using death records see Tennessee Vital Records.
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