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Memphis, Tennessee
Map of Tennessee highlighting Shelby County
Shelby County's location in the state of Tennessee
Founded 1819
Address City Hall
125 N. Main St. Room 700
Memphis, TN 38103

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Quick Facts

Indian names:

1819: Founded by John Overton, James Winchester and Andrew Jackson

1826: Formally incorporated as a city.
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African-American Research

  • A researchers's guide to African materials in the John Willard Brister Library at Memphis State University: with supplemental data of interest to Africanists FHL Collection

Archives and Libraries

  • Memphis Public Library and Information Center
    3030 Poplar Ave.
    Memphis, TN 38111
    Phone: 1-901-415-2700
    Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Sun. 1-5 p.m.
    Genealogical Resources: The History, Genealogy, Travel, and Social Sciences Department includes Newspapers, Manuscript Collections, City Directories, Marriage Records, Death Records, Probate Records, Church Records, Cemetery Records, Funeral Home Records, etc.
    Note: The Memphis Library and Information Center also includes eighteen branch libraries located throughout Memphis and surrounding communities. For a complete list of branch libraries, check out Library and Information Center's website above.
  • The West Tennessee Historical Society guide to archives and collections. Housed in the Mississippi Valley Collection of the Memphis State University Libraries. FHL Collection


  • Literary Memphis, a survey of its writers and writings FHL Collection
  • The old guard in gray : researches in the annals of the Confederate Historical Association, sketches of Memphis veterans who upheld her standard in the war, and of other Confederate worthies FHL Collection
  • History of the city of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent citizens FHL Collection

Business Records and Commerce


All Saints Catholic

7500 East Holmes Road, Memphis, TN 38125, Phone: (901) 948-1529

All Saints Episcopal Church Columbarium

1508 South White Station Road, Memphis TN 38117, 901/685-7333

Anshei Sphard

2160 Airways Blvd, Memphis, TN 38114

Baron Hirsch

1523 South Rozelle, Memphis, TN 38120
Baron Hirsch Congregation
400 South Yates, Memphis, TN 38120, (901) 683-7485

Beth Sholom Memorial Gardens

Thought to contain the oldest marked grave in Shelby County, that of Sally Carr Bettis, who died giving birth to her ninth child in 1826.
Memphis, TN

Bettis Family

Memphis, TN

Calvary Catholic

1663 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38106, Phone: (901) 948-1529


Memphis, TN

  • Find A Grave
  • Elmwood: charter, rules, regulations and by-laws of Elmwood Cemetery Association of Memphis, history of the cemetery, biographical sketches, attractive monuments, names of proprietors FHL Collection
  • Confederate burials, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee FHL Collection
  • Confederates of Elmwood FHL Collection
  • Elmwood 2002 : in the shadow of the elms FHL Collection

Memorial Park South Woods


Memphis National

formerly known as Mississippi River National Cemetery

  • Civil War soldiers buried in the Memphis Tennessee National Cemetery FHL Collection

Zalowitz-Beth El Emeth

4431 Horn Lake Road, Memphis, TN 38109



  • 1870 name index, wards, 1, 3-8, 10 (Memphis, Tennessee) FHL Collection


1865, 1869, 1897

Church Biography, History and Records


  • A brief history of the Central Avenue Baptist Church from its organization, July, 1873 to January 1, 1937 FHL Collection

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Record of members, [1901]-1942 {FHL|198557|item}}




Methodist Episcopal
  • Journal of the Proceedings of the South-Western Convention Began and Held at the City of Memphis, on the 12th November, 1845. Memphis, Tenn., 1845. Digital version at Google Books.
  • From the corner of Peabody and Bellevue: the history of St. John's Methodist Church, Memphis, Tennessee FHL Collection
  • The great book: Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church, 1832-1972, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee FHL Collection




The Historical Foundation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America
The Historical Library and Archives
8207 Traditional Place
Cordova, TN 38016
Telephone: 901-276-8602
Fax: 901-272-3913

  • Baptisms, communions, burials, and marriages, 1841-1995 (St. Peter's Cumberland Presbyterian) FHL Collection
    • Baptisms, 1841-1943
    • Communions, 1872-1893, 1946-1995
    • Burials, 1889-1995
    • Marriages, 1842-1995
  • Church records, 1845-1903 (Memphis First Cumberland Presbyterian) FHL Collection

Roman Catholic

The Catholic Center
5825 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, Tennessee 38134-7316

Court Records



1870s: Series of yellow fever outbreaks

1878: Yellow fever outbreak reduced city population by nearly 75 percent, as result of either dying or fleeing the city permamently.



  • Davis, James D. History of Memphis: The History of the City of Memphis, Being a Compilation of the Most Important Documents and Historical Events Connected with the Purchase of Its Territory, Laying Off of the City and Early Settlement: Also, the "Old Times Papers," Being a Series of Reminiscences and Local Stories Written by the Author, and Published in the Daily Appeal Over the Signature of "Old Times," Corrected, Revised and Enlarged, with Other Important Matters Pertaining to the Same, Never Heretofore Published, and, Beyond the Author, but Partially Known. Memphis, Tenn.: Hite, Crumpton & Kelly, Printers, 1873. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Keating, J.M. A History of the Yellow Fever. The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878, in Memphis, Tenn: Embracing a Complete List of the Dead, the Names of the Doctors and Nurses Employed, Names of All Who Contributed Money or Means, and the Names and History of the Howards, Together with Other Data, and Lists of the Dead Elsewhere. Memphis, Tenn.: Printed for the Howard Association, 1879. Digital version at Google Books.
  • Keating, J.M. History of the City of Memphis, Tennessee with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1888. Digital version at Google Books.
  • Memphis Riots and Massacres. Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1866. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Young, John Preston and A.R. James. Standard History of Memphis, Tennessee: From a Study of the Original Sources. Knoxville, Tenn.: H.W. Crew & Co., 1912. Digital version at Google Books.

Jewish History and Records

Land and Property


Military History and Records






Public Records



Town Records

Vital Records


Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Center

Memphis Tennessee 1st
2450 St Elmo
Memphis, TN These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.



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