Friday, September 02, 2005

Tennessee Resources

Would you know of some books of Tennessee census and otherwise. Thanks.

Everton's HANDYBOOK for Genealogists (10th Edition) explains that "there were no state or territorial censuses taken by Tennessee, however there was na 1897 census for Memphis." This means that you'll be relying on the US Federal Census records as follows:

-- 1810 (Rutherford & Grainger Counties only) ; 1820-1880, 1900-1930 census images available in part at, HeritageQuestOnline through, or as in the case of the 1880 freely searchable at, with clickable links to the free census images online.

Researching ancestors from Tennessee is greatly facilitated by the following online resources:
-- TennesseeGenWeb
Here you will find a marvelous collection known as the "Tennessee History Project" which includes:
The Maps Our Ancestors Followed <>
David Donahue Tennessee Records Repository <>

People of Color in Old Tennessee <>
First People of Tennessee <>
Cherokee By Blood <>

East Tennessee Pre-1796 <>
Middle Tennessee Pre 1796 <>
The Land of Our Ancestors <>
Indian Land Cessions inTennessee <>
The Intruders <>

Tennessee Law, the Early Days <>
Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War <>
Tennesseans in the War of 1812 <>
Tennessee and the Civil War <>
Tennesseans in the Civil War <>

There is also a valuable "Godspeed's County History" (1887) transcription found on the site: . This should flesh in some background information on the places where your ancestors once lived.

-- has the following "Research Guides" and "Research Outline" composed by experts at the Family History Library who know how to do Tennessee research:

In particular, you'll use:
How Do I Begin?
How to Locate Your Ancestor in the United States
How to Recognize Your United States Ancestor
Name Variations in United States Indexes and Records
Tennessee Federal Census Population Schedules, 1790 to 1920
Tennessee Historical Background
Tennessee Research Outline
Tennessee Statewide Indexes and Collections
The Basics on How to Search for Ancestors in the United States
U.S. 1800/1810 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1820 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1830/1840 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1850 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1860 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1870 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1880 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1900 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1910 Census Worksheet
U.S. 1920 Census Worksheet
United States Mortality Schedules, 1850 to 1885
United States Previous Research, Part 1
United States Previous Research, Part 2
United States Research Outline
United States Social Security Death Index and Application Files
United States, Birth and Death Records Created by Town, County, or State Governments
United States, How to Find and Use a Map
United States, Marriages Created by Towns, Counties, or States

Not sure WHEN your people lived in Tennesse, nor their ethnic background. However, if yours were early, perhaps these two books by Vergil D. White will be useful:

-- Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. (FHL book 973 M28g, vols. 1–4, index is in vol. 4.) "Lists soldiers, and often spouse and children. Source is for entire U.S. About 431,700 names." (Annotation by FHL Family History Library Catalog online at

-- Index to Revolutionary War Service Records. (FHL book 973 M22wv, vols. 1–4.) Lists nearly all the soldiers in the U.S. who served in the Revolutionary War. Prepared from the United States Adjutant General's Office's General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers, Sailors (FHL films 882841–898).

You'll want to see what's available from these publishing houses, and then determine if you can locate a copy through your local public library:
-- Genealogical Publishing <>
-- Southern Historical Press
-- Byron Sistler and Associates, Inc.
-- Boyd Publishing
-- Mountain Press

See also:

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