Tennessee Genealogy Research Aide

All of my family, at least within the past few generations, have lived in Tennessee at one point. If you’re like me and researching your Tennessee roots, I have a list of free sites that can help in your research. I’ll add to this list as I find more useful links.

Website & link Resource(s) available County
Metro Nashville Archives Marriage Records from 1788 – 1838 with bondsman listed (very helpful!) Nashville & Davidson County
Metro Nashville Archives Misc. vital record indexes Nashville & Davidson County
Shelby County Register of Deeds Death Records Index 1949-2014** (So useful!)
Divorce Records Index 1980-2014
Marriage Records Index 1980-2014
All counties
Shelby County Register of Deeds Birth Records 1874-1912
Chancery Court Divorce Index 1945-1997
Circuit Court Indexes 1893-2000
Death Records 1848-1965
Land Bank Properties For Sale
Marriage Records 1820-2014
Memphis Census 1865
Memphis City Directories 1849-1943
Memphis Police Blotter 1858-1860
Memphis Provost Marshal 1863-1865
Naturalization Records 1856-1906
Occupant, Entry, and Survey Books 1819-1962
Probate Court Loose Paper Index 1820-1900
Probate Court Will Book Indexes/Images 1830-2000
Quarterly Court Loose Papers Index 1820-1865
Memphis & Shelby County
Chronicling America Free newspapers, not a large selection from TN yet. Worth a try. Some counties
Family Search Census records, marriage records, and more! All counties
Newspapers.com NOT free, but has a 7-day-free trial. Various newspapers including the Tennessean. Multiple counties
TEL (Tennessee Electronic Library) – Heritage Quest Current TN residents can access Heritage Quest for free, which includes some Ancestry.com records. All counties
TSLA – History FAQs on how to find different records, links to photos All counties
TeVA – TN Virtual Archives  Old maps TN and various counties
Civil War – National Parks Service Search for Civil War soldiers. A great place to start your search! All counties
TNGenWeb Project, Inc. One of my favs! Your county might have a goldmine of records, including land, court, newspapers, etc. Most counties
TNGenWeb Project, Inc. – County Formation Map See the changing county borders across the state. Useful when tracking relatives across census and land records.  All counties
FindAGrave Search for Tennessee cemetery records or add your loved ones to the database. All counties
Montgomery County TN Marriage Index Marriage records 1838 – 1929 Montgomery County
Tennessee State Library and Archives Statewide Index to Tennessee Death Records (1914 – 1933) All counties
Tennessee State Library and Archives Index to Tennessee Death Records 1908-1912  All counties

Last updated 4/20/17

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