Tennessee Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Tennessee Births and Christenings, 1828-1939
This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Tennessee, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1828-1939
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What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1828 to 1939. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records in this collection include the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date and place
  • Names of parents

The records may also include the following information:

  • Race
  • Parents' place of birth
  • Age of parents
  • Death date (if occurring within a few years of birth)

Collection Content

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Tennessee Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the birth or christening
  • The names of the child's parents

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Consult the Tennessee Record Finder to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Tennessee Births and Christenings, 1828-1939." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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