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Lauderdale County

Lauderdale County

Lauderdale County was formed in 1835 from
Dyer, Haywood and Tipton counties
(Private Acts of Tennessee 1835-36, Chapter 28).

The county seat is Ripley.

There was a fire at the Lauderdale County courthouse in 1869.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together With an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood and Crockett (Goodspeed, 1978)
  • Key Corner, the Birthplace of Civilization in West Tennessee (WPA, 1936)
  • Lauderdale County (Morris, 2012)
  • Lauderdale County From Earliest Times ; An Intimate and Informal Account of the Towns and Communities, Its Families and Famous Individuals, Written by Descendants of Its Pioneer Citizens  (Peters, 1957) [name index]*
  • Lauderdale County's Volunteer 200 Day Project : Celebrate Our Court House, Thursday, June 1, 1995 (1995)
  • Old Times in West Tennessee. Reminiscences - Semi-historic - of Pioneer Life and the Early Emigrant Settlers in the Big Hatchie Country. By a Descendent of One of the First Settlers (Williams, 1873)*
  • Pictorial History of Lauderdale County, Tennessee (Morris, 2009)
  • Visions of Lauderdale County, Past and Present  (Hellums and McCauley,  1998) [name index]

Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources:  Lauderdale County. The items in the bibliography may not all be available at TSLA.  

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • Lauderdale Co., Tenn., Court Minutes, vol. A, 1836-44 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Lauderdale Co., Tenn., Court Minutes, vol. B, 1844-52 (WPA, 1936)
  • Lauderdale Co., Tenn., Wills, Inventories, & Sales, 1837-44, 1844-49 (WPA, 1936)
  • Lauderdale County, Tenn., Marriage Register vol. A, 1838-57 & vol. B 1866 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Lauderdale County, Tennessee, 1840 Census, 1850 Census, and 1850 Mortality Schedule (Davis, 1983) [surname index]
  • Lauderdale County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, Book D, 1856-1861 (WPA, 1937)
  • Lauderdale County, Tennessee, Inventory, Sales Bills, & Wills, 1849-55 (WPA, 1937)
  • Lauderdale County, Tennessee Marriages, 1838-1867 (Davis, 1983) [name index]*
  • Lauderdale County, Tennessee Marriages, 1867-1886 (Davis, 1983) [name index]
  • Lauderdale County, Tennessee, Minute Book C, 1852-56 (WPA, 1936)
  • Private Acts of Lauderdale County, Tennessee (McIntyre & McCroskey, 1993)

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

An inventory of microfilmed Lauderdale County records is available on our web site.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.   

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1837
  • deed index from 1836
  • chancery court minutes from 1856
  • county court minutes from 1836
  • circuit court minutes from 1836
  • tax books from 1843

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Administrator's and Guardian Settlements -- 1847-1882 (#33, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1836-1902 (#37, 1 reel)*
  • Insolvent Estates -- 1849-1905 (#17, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds -- 1838-1886 (#18, 1 reel)*
  • Probate of Deeds, Wills, Inventories -- 1836-1847 (#16, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1837-1868 (#35, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Lauderdale County (Record Group #107, Roll 49,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minute Books A-D (1836-1861), Inventories, Sales, Bills & Wills (1837-1855), Marriage Register Volumes A&B (1838-1856) and Key Corner, the Birthplace of Civilization in West Tennessee (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Halls and Ripley.  Scattered early issues are available from 1876, and a complete run begins in 1964.  Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at TSLA is available on our web site.  

 

 

CENSUS RECORDS

  • Census on microfilm for Lauderdale County:  1840-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1840-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Lauderdale County census records in book form:  1840,  1850*,  1860*,  1870*,  1880*,  1900

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR LAUDERDALE COUNTY

 

* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from TSLA.

 

 

Updated September 14, 2012

 

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