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- 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
- 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
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- In 1789, North Carolina ceded Washington County to the US government, and the area became the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio (or simply the Southwest Territory). By 1795, the territory had 77,000 residents—enough to achieve statehood.
- Tennessee birth records are closed for 75 years, and death records for 50. To get birth records from 1914 on, write the Office of Vital Records
- If your ancestors lived in Tennessee prior to 1830, look to tax records as alternatives to the census. Some lists provide just the names of taxpayers, but others include the amounts of property, their value and locations.