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Tennessee Resources

From: KELLYFRANK@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
Would you know of some books of Tennessee census and otherwise. Thanks.

DearFRANK,

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 Ancestry.com, HeritageQuestOnline through Godfrey.org, or as in the case of the 1880 freely searchable at FamilySearch.org, with clickable links to the free Ancestry.com census images online.

Researching ancestors from Tennessee is greatly facilitated by the following online resources:
-- TennesseeGenWeb http://www.tngenweb.org/

Here you will find a marvelous collection known as the "Tennessee History Project" which includes:

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

-- FamilySearch.org has the following "Research Guides" and "Research Outline" composed by experts at the Family History Library who know how to do Tennessee research:  http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp

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 Tennessee, 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. 14, 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 http://www.familysearch.org.

-- Index to Revolutionary War Service Records. (FHL book 973 M22wv, vols. 14.) 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 882841898).

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:

See also: http://www.cyndislist.com/tn.htm

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
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