Tennessee Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry’s resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

Guides and Bibliographies

Bamman, Gale Williams. Research in Tennessee. Research in the states series, NGS special publication; no.72. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 1993. Call # Local History Ref F435 .B36 1993. (2nd floor open shelf).

Schweitzer, George Keene. Tennessee genealogical research. Knoxville, TN: G.K. Schweitzer, c.1981. Call # Local History Ref F435 .S37. (2nd floor open shelf).

Tennessee Historical Society. Guide to the processed manuscripts of the Tennessee Historical Society. Nashville, TN: Tennessee Historical Commission, [c1969]. Call # CD3524 .T36.


The records of the United States census for Tennessee from 1790-1930 are available online at the public access computers. Federal census microfilm holdings for 1840- 1880, and published statewide indexes for 1840-1860 are available. CDROM index for 1870 and an 1880 Soundex index also available. Ask at 2nd floor reference desk.

Sherrill, Charles A. The reconstructed 1810 census of Tennessee: 33,000 long-lost records from tax lists, court minutes, church records, wills, deeds and other sources. Mt. Juliet, TN: Charles A Sherrill, 2001. Call # Local History Ref F435 .S445 2001. (2nd floor open shelf).

Vital Records

Bamman, Gale Williams. Tennessee divorces, 1797- 1858: take from 750 legislative petitions and acts. [S.l.: s.n.], 1985. Call # folio F435 . B35. This source includes petitions for divorce in Tennessee arranged in alphabetical order sometimes by the wife and sometimes by the husband. Many of the entries also include a narrative account of the reasons for the petition.

Eddlemon, Sherida K. Tennessee genealogical records & abstracts. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1999-. Call # F435 .E355 1999. Includes a variety of sources such as an 1837 tax list from Bradley County, Marriage Records 1824-1839 from Gibson County, Members of the Grand Jury, 1804 in Roane County and Tennesseans on the 1885 Douglas Co., WA Territorial Census, 1885.

Lucas, Silas Emmett and Ella Lee Sheffield. 35,000 Tennessee marriage records and bonds, 1783-1870. Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, c.1981. Call # Local History Ref. F435 .T44. (2nd floor open shelf)

Scoggins, Margaret B. Banner of peace and Cumberland Presbyterian advocate: abstracts of marriage, death, and other notices, 1843-1853: indexed. Poplar Bluff, MO: M.B. Scoggins, c. 1988. Call # folio F444 .L44 S37 1988.

Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Tennessee mortality schedules… Nashville, TN: Byron Sistler & Associates, 1984. Call # Local History Ref F435 .T45. (2nd floor open shelf).

Trickett, Annie Sandifer. Genealogical abstract of marriages and deaths from Nashville Christian advocate, 1846-1851. Dallas, TX: A.S. Trickett, 1985. Call # F 444 .N2 T75.

City Directories

The Newberry holds 13 city directories pertaining to the state of Tennessee.

Atlases and Gazetteers

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Tennessee. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, c2000. Call # Local History Ref G1201 .F7 A8 1993 Tenn. (2nd floor open shelf). The atlas is also available online.

Morris, Eastin. Eastin Morris’ Tennessee gazetteer, 1834 and Matthew Rhea’s Map of the State of Tennessee, 1832. Nashville, TN: Gazetteer Press, 1971 [c1834]. Call # F 882 .6

Source Materials and Local Histories

First families of Tennessee: a register of early settlers and their present-day descendants. Knoxville, TN: The East Tennessee Historical Society, c.2000. Call # folio F435 .F55 2000. Includes a history of early Tennessee and a register of the first families in alphabetical order.

Moore, John Trotwood. Biographical questionnaires of 150 prominent Tennesseans. Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, c.1982. Call # F 435 .M66.

Ray, Worth S. Tennessee cousins: a history of Tennessee people. Austin, TX: W.S. Ray, 1950. Call # Local History Ref F435 .R3 1950. (2nd floor open shelf).

Sistler, Byron. Index to Tennessee wills & administrations, 1779-1861. Nashville, TN: Byron Sistler & Associates, c.1990. Call # Local History Ref F435 .S572 1990. (2nd floor open shelf).

Speer, William S. Sketches of prominent Tennesseans: containing biographies and records of many of the families who have attained prominence in Tennessee. Easly, SC: Southern Historical Press, [1978]. Call # Local History Ref F435 .S74 1978. (2nd floor open shelf). West, Carroll Van. Tennessee agriculture: a Century Farms perspective. Nashville, TN: The Department of Agriculture [1986]. Call # folio S451 .T2 V36 1986.

Land and Tax Records

Griffey, Irene M. Earliest Tennessee land records & earliest Tennessee land history. [Baltimore, MD]: Clearfield, c. 2000 (reprinted 2003). Call # F435 .G748 2000. This is an extensive index of early settlers to Tennessee used in the North Carolina Land Office to locate land grant issue records for this time period. It is arranged in alphabetical order.

Ethnic Sources

Kennedy, Billy. The Scots-Irish in the hills of Tennessee. Greenville, SC: Emerald House Groups, 1995. Call # F445 .S4 K45 1995

Rogers, Louise F. The older Black families of Rogersville, Tennessee. [Rogersville, TN: Rogers], 1976. Call # folio F444 .R83 R63.

Slonina, Maria. German-speaking peoples in Tennessee from colonial times to World War I: an introduction and bibliography. [s.l.] Tennessee Chapter, American Association of Teachers of German, 1976. Call # folio F445 .G3 S56.

United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedman, and Abandoned Lands. Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865- 1869. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1976. Call # Microfilm 720.


The Maury genealogist. Call # folio F443 .M4 M38.

River counties quarterly. Call # folio F 882 .007 This journal ran from 1972 to 1975.

Southern roots & shoots. Call # folio F321 .S68.

Tennessee Ancestors. Call # folio F435 .T33. The Newberry has sporadic issues from 1992 to 2004.

Tennessee researcher. Call # folio E 67 .865 The Newberry has v.1 to v.4. No more were published after volume 4 in December 1965.


Bates, Lucy Womack. Roster of soldiers and patriots of the American Revolution buried in Tennessee. [Brentwood] : Tennessee Society, NSDAR, [c1979] Call # folio E255 .B25 1979

Fleming, James R. The Ninth Tennessee Infantry: a roster. Shippensburg, PA: White Mane, c.1996. Call # E579.5 9th .F53 1996.

Nikazy, Eddie M. Forgotten soldiers: history of the 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment (USA), 1861- 1865. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1996. Call # E531.5 2nd .N55 1996

Wiefering, Edna. Tennessee’s Confederate widows and their families: abstracts of 11,190 Confederate widows pension applications. Cleveland, TN: Cleveland Public Library Staff & volunteers, 1992. Call # Local History Ref F435 .W53 1992 (2nd floor open shelf)


Douthat, James L. Kentucky Lake Reservoir cemeteries. Signal Mountain, TN: Mountain Press, 1988- Call # folio F457 .K29 D68 1988. The Newberry holds volumes 1-3 of this resource.

Hughes, Buckner. Quiet places: the burial sites of Civil War generals in Tennessee. [Knoxville, TN]: East Tennessee Historical Society, c1992. Call # E494 . H83 1992

Johnson, Robert Foster. Wilderness Road cemeteries in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Owensboro, KY: McDowell, c. 1981. Call # folio F396 .J65 7/11