Tennessee Research Guide Digital Download

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You'll love this if…

  • You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Tennessee
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a Tennessee brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Tennessee

Trace your Tennessee ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:

  • a how-to article detailing Tennessee’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for Tennessee research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state's history

Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Tennessee guide:

  • Tennessee was once part of North Carolina. In 1790, North Carolina ceded its claim to the region to the US government, and the area became the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio (or simply the Southwest Territory).
  • Tennessee birth and death records are closed for 100 years. Eligible recipients can get birth records from 1914 on by contacting the Office of Vital Records. Once outside of vital record restrictions, records are transferred to the state archives and library.
  • Tax lists can serve as substitutes for early census records. The state library and archives has an inventory.

Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.

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