Tennessee Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1874 through 1955.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Citation of This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Tennessee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955," index, "FamilySearch" (https://www.familysearch.org). Index based on the International Genealogical Index, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1828-1939 Marriages, 1796-1950 Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955
Anderson 114 16,875 7,186
Bedford 0 28,017 8,735
Benton 2,322 11,636 3,511
Bledsoe 0 1,095 1,358
Blount 1,216 34,889 11,540
Bradley 179 9,173 11,079
Campbell 0 9,538 6,223
Cannon 136 5,284 3,097
Carroll 2,962 11,368 8,321
Carter 2,806 6,284 9,072
Cheatham 726 2,730 2,130
Chester 0 3,211 2,747
Claiborne 0 14,637 3,896
Clay 0 4,662 1,979
Cocke 0 6,067 8,477
Coffee 126 17,480 6,302
Crockett 0 7,818 5,975
Cumberland 0 0 2,449
Davidson 26,841 193,992 198,397
Decatur 278 4,864 372
DeKalb 0 13,012 7,147
Dickson 0 13,739 6,911
Dyer 0 19,735 11,736
Fayette 161 19,647 10,880
Fentress 0 852 1,299
Franklin 2,417 32,549 7,607
Gibson 4,133 36,202 17,480
Giles 0 21,661 9,920
Grainger 973 16,942 4,538
Greene 15,624 14,616 20,897
Grundy 0 7,800 1,932
Hamblen 0 6,821 7,579
Hamilton 5,721 39,270 92,013
Hancock 0 0 2,306
Hardeman 3,999 21,853 12,098
Hardin 0 11,041 3,709
Hawkins 0 10,980 5,709
Haywood 1,962 11,221 11,887
Henderson 0 3,783 5,379
Henry 11,363 28,949 9,744
Hickman 0 6,726 2,783
Houston 0 6,537 1,354
Humphreys 0 6,601 3,408
Jackson 0 5,237 5,702
Jefferson 572 15,561 6,236
Johnson 0 9,875 3,143
Knox 11,662 63,587 80,056
Lake 0 3,603 2,891
Lauderdale 0 18,591 8,014
Lawrence 1,389 18,827 8,157
Lewis 591 5,204 1,728
Lincoln 764 13,169 9,430
Loudon 6,381 8,948 8,383
Macon 0 0 4,517
Madison 0 38,410 28,802
Marion 124 3,549 4,532
Marshall 0 13,819 6,885
Maury 259 47,281 16,480
McMinn 0 13,575 10,047
McNairy 0 12,703 4,897
Meigs 682 9,909 1,382
Monroe 1,766 15,290 6,899
Montgomery 0 41,699 14,133
Moore 502 4,674 1,588
Morgan 967 6,098 3,883
Obion 0 17,650 11,280
Overton 0 9,745 4,273
Perry 1,999 17,108 2,289
Pickett 0 0 835
Polk 0 4,020 3,494
Putnam 0 7,704 6,932
Rhea 0 18,499 5,257
Roane 0 27,838 11,230
Robertson 1,373 29,418 10,485
Rutherford 12,512 45,191 15,407
Scott 0 8,252 3,168
Sequatchie 367 2,856 1,017
Sevier 0 12,819 6,846
Shelby 0 13,345 199,786
Smith 2,022 41,756 6,325
Stewart 1,822 12,891 4,153
Sullivan 217 21,506 18,246
Sumner 288 25,246 9,996
Tennessee 71,118 39,613 30,141
Tipton 0 25,494 8,136
Trousdale 0 393 1,949
Unicoi 0 2,448 3,729
Union 0 4,201 2,586
Van Buren 0 2,929 429
Warren 869 11,824 7,065
Washington 0 47,059 21,746
Wayne 841 9,916 2,962
Weakley 0 23,202 11,113
White 636 12,972 5,243
Williamson 139 32,108 7,560
Wilson 1,417 31,499 9,649
Total 211,072 1,691,768 1,232,274

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

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Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This is an index of some deaths and burials throughout Tennessee. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why the Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Tennessee.

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Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection

"Tennessee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F65T-LTR : accessed 24 April 2012), Joseph Quincy (1888).