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Earliest County Records

The Tennessee State Library & Archives has microfilmed bound records in each Tennessee county. This list shows the earliest year for which each type of record is held in each county. There may be gaps in a county's later records where there have been fires or lost volumes. An inventory to county microfilm reels is available on the TSLA web site.

County
Chancery Court Minutes
Circuit Court Minutes
County Court Minutes
Deeds
Marriage Records
Probate Records
Anderson
1836
1844
1811
1802
1838
1830
Bedford
1830
1840
1848
1808
1861
1861
Benton
1854
1836
1842
1836
1838
1836
Bledsoe
1836
1845
1841
1808
1908
1883
Blount
1859
1852
1795
1795
1795
1795
Bradley
1838
1838
1864
1862
1864
1859
Campbell
1842
1849
1839
1820
1838
1806
Cannon
1840
1846
1836
1836
1838
1836
Carroll
1836
1912
1822
1822
1838
1822
Carter
1854
1848
1804
1796
1790
1794
Cheatham
1857
1877
1856
1856
1856
1856
Chester
1891
1882
1891
1891
1891
1891
Claiborne
1934
1837
1801
1801
1838
1839
Clay
1871
1871
1871
1871
1871
1871
Cocke
1877
1877
1877
1865
1877
1876
Coffee
1872
1852
1836
1836
1853
1836
Crockett
1872
1872
1871
1870
1872
1872
Cumberland
1897
1907
1905
1854
1905
1904
Davidson
1846
1803
1783
1784
1789
1784
Decatur
1860
1892
1869
1846
1869
1869
DeKalb
1844
1860
1838
1838
1848
1846
Dickson
1836
1810
1804
1804
1817
1803
Dyer
1854
1863
1848
1822
1860
1853
Fayette
1924
1829
1833
1825
1838
1836
Fentress
1854
1854

note 1

1820
1905
1905
Franklin
1834
1832
1832
1808
1838
1808
Gibson
1834
1824
1824
1819
1824
1824
Giles
1838
1817
1810
1810
1865
1860
Grainger
1848
1810
1796
1796
1796
1833
note 2
Greene
1825
1809
1783
1785
1780
1800
Grundy
1856
1848
1844
1852
1850
1838
Hamblen
1870
1870
1871
1870
1872
1872
Hamilton

1860

1796
1857
1862
Hancock
1870
1936
1930
1879
1930
1924
Hardeman
1852
1823
1827
1822
1823
1824
Hardin
1836
1840
1820
1835
1863
1836
Hawkins
1825
1810
1827
1788
1820
1797
Haywood
1842
1840
1823
1823
1859
1826
Henderson
1880
1895
1860
1856
1893
1895
Henry
1846
1834
1824
1822
1838
1822
Hickman
1854
1847
1866
1808
1868
1866
Houston
1871
1871
1871
1871
1871
1869
Humphreys
1898
1898
1842
1810
1862
1837
County
Chancery Court Minutes
Circuit Court Minutes
County Court Minutes
Deeds
Marriage Records
Probate Records
Jackson
1840
1872
1872
1872
1872
1872
Jefferson
1836
1809
1792
1792
1792
1792
Johnson
1856
1836
1836
1836
1838
1836
Knox
1832
1844
1792
1792
1792
1792
Lake
1896
1892
1870
1870
1883
1871
Lauderdale
1856
1836
1836
1835
1838
1837
Lawrence
1840
1832
1827
note 3
1819
1818
1829
Lewis
1871
1846
1848
1844
1847
1846
Lincoln
1838
1849
1810
1810
1838
1809
Loudon
1870
1870
1870
1870
1870
1870
McMinn
1844
1860
1819
1820
1838
1819
McNairy
1866
1856
1858
1823
1861
1872
Macon
1844
1901
1905
1901
1901
1940
Madison
1846
1821
1821
1821
1838
1825
Marion
1922
1922
1842
1819
1881
1875
Marshall
1840
1836
1836
1836
1836
1835
Maury
1818
1810
1807
1806
1808
1807
Meigs
1854
1844
1836
1879
1838
1836
Monroe
1832
1827
1858
1820
1838
1836
Montgomery
1840
1896
1805
1800
1838
1796
Moore
1872
1872
1872
1872
1872
1872
Morgan
1865
1840
1848
note 4
1818
1862
1866
Obion
1854
1826
1824
1824
1838
note 5
1834
Overton
1846
1815
1837
1801
1867
1870
Perry
1854
1834
note 6
1865
1844
1865
1863
Pickett
1934
1935
1934
1934
1934
1933
Polk
1886
1866
1840
1894
1894
1873
Putnam
1895
1842
1894
1854
1879
1876
Rhea
1823
1815
1823
1808
1808
1825
Roane
1824
1810
1801
1801
1801
1802
Robertson
1844
1832
1796
1796
1839
1796
Rutherford
1845
1849
1804
1804
1804
1804
County
Chancery Court Minutes
Circuit Court Minutes
County Court Minutes
Deeds
Marriage Records
Probate Records
Scott
1858
1850
1856
note 7
1850
1854
1892
Sequatchie
1869
1898
1858
1858
1858
1858
Sevier
1854
1850
1856
1845
1856
1849
Shelby

1828

1821
note 8
1820
1820
Smith
1825
1811
1799
1799
1838
1805
Stewart
1865
1821
1804
1796
1849
note 9
1812
Sullivan
1852
1879
1861
1775
1863
1838
Sumner
1826
1810
1787
1793
1787
1789
Tipton
1854
1832
1823
1824
1840
1824
Trousdale
1906
1906
1906
1905
1906
1905
Unicoi
1876
1876
1875
1876
1876
1876
Union
None
None
1854
1856
1864
1859
Van Buren
1868
1840
1840
1840
1840
1840
Warren
1847
1842
1848
1810
1852
1827
Washington
1836
1809
1778
1782
1787
1779
Wayne
1861
1851
1848
1821
1857
1848
Weakley
1827
1844
1828
1822
1843
1828
White
1842
1859
1806
1801
1806
1806
Williamson
1825
1810
1800
1799
1800
1800
Wilson
1837
1810
1803
1789
1802
1802

 

NOTES:

  • #1 : None before 1894
  • #2 : A few earlier ones in WP
  • #3 : 1818 - 1823
  • #4 : 1824 - 1827 WPA
  • #5 : 1824 - 1860 WPA
  • #6 : 1826 - 1833 WPA
  • #7 : 1850 - 1855 WPA
  • #8 :Deed index only
  • #9 :1838 - 1848 WPA

 

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