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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Tennessee]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Bedford County'''
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<br>'''Bedford County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Bedford County''' (established 1807) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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}} ''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Tennessee|Tennessee&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Bedford_County,_Tennessee|Bedford County]]'' Middle Tennessee county in the Chestnut Ridge region. Established 1807.
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== Quick Dates  ==
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== Bedford County Tennessee Quick Dates  ==
  
 
Bedford County's civil records start the following years:<ref>''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc/14746022 Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
 
Bedford County's civil records start the following years:<ref>''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc/14746022 Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== Bedford County Tennessee Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.bedfordcountytn.org/ Bedford County Courthouse]<br>100 N Side Square <br>Shelbyville, TN 37160<br>Phone: 931.684.1921 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records Clerk has marriage records from 1863 and probate records. <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bedford County, Tennessee page 638, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> County Clerk (as of 1985) has original Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1848-1860.<ref>Helen Crawford Marsh, Earliest County Court Records of Bedford County, Tennessee. Publ 1985.</ref><br>
  
 
[[Image:{{TNBedfordcourthouse}}]][http://www.bedfordcountytn.org/ '''Bedford County Courthouse''']'''<br>'''1 Public Square<br>Shelbyville, TN 37160<br>Phone: 1-931-684-3223  
 
[[Image:{{TNBedfordcourthouse}}]][http://www.bedfordcountytn.org/ '''Bedford County Courthouse''']'''<br>'''1 Public Square<br>Shelbyville, TN 37160<br>Phone: 1-931-684-3223  
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'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br>Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  
 
'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br>Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  
  
== History  ==
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== Bedford County Tennessee History  ==
 
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The county is named after "Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford, who was a large landowner in the area."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after "Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford, who was a large landowner in the area."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
  
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*[http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/2009/04/13/when-the-records-are-gone/ When the Records are Gone in Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog]
 
*[http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/2009/04/13/when-the-records-are-gone/ When the Records are Gone in Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog]
  
== Places  ==
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== Bedford County Tennessee Places  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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== Resources  ==
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== Bedford County Tennessee Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Getting Started  ====
 
==== Getting Started  ====
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Three great places to start Bedford County family history research are:  
 
Three great places to start Bedford County family history research are:  
  
#Byron and Samuel Sistler's ''Every Name Index to 18 Middle Tennessee County Record Books ''(Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler &amp; Associates, Inc., 1992) {{FHL|508818|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;976.8 P22sb}}.&nbsp;The Sistlers created&nbsp;a comprehensive index to nine publications about this county's records. It also reaches to nearby Giles and Lincoln counties.  
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#Byron and Samuel Sistler's ''Every Name Index to 18 Middle Tennessee County Record Books ''(Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1992) {{FHL|508818|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;976.8 P22sb}}. The Sistlers created a comprehensive index to nine publications about this county's records. It also reaches to nearby Giles and Lincoln counties.  
 
#[http://www.gscassociates.com/indices.html GSC Associates Historical Record Products] has published 30 CDs with images or abstracts of Bedford County genealogical sources (including Bible, cemetery, church, court, marriage, probate, and tax&nbsp;records). They have many free indexes on their website. The CDs are for sale individually for reasonable fees, or, if you are doing indepth research, you might want to consider purchasing one&nbsp;comprehensive CD that includes all 30 of their previous publications. [http://gscassociates.com/recordproducts.html Website].  
 
#[http://www.gscassociates.com/indices.html GSC Associates Historical Record Products] has published 30 CDs with images or abstracts of Bedford County genealogical sources (including Bible, cemetery, church, court, marriage, probate, and tax&nbsp;records). They have many free indexes on their website. The CDs are for sale individually for reasonable fees, or, if you are doing indepth research, you might want to consider purchasing one&nbsp;comprehensive CD that includes all 30 of their previous publications. [http://gscassociates.com/recordproducts.html Website].  
 
#Use the free [http://www.mountainpress.com/ '''Search for Surnames'''] at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Bedford County military and probate records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/a2c.html#bedford here]. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.
 
#Use the free [http://www.mountainpress.com/ '''Search for Surnames'''] at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Bedford County military and probate records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/a2c.html#bedford here]. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.
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*"Bedford County Genealogical Records Survey," ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History,'' Vol. 2, No. 4 (Spring 1989). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
 
*"Bedford County Genealogical Records Survey," ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History,'' Vol. 2, No. 4 (Spring 1989). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
 
*"Checklist for Searching Middle Tennessee before 1820," ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History,'' Vol. 12, No. 1 (Summer 1998). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
 
*"Checklist for Searching Middle Tennessee before 1820," ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History,'' Vol. 12, No. 1 (Summer 1998). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
*W.P.A.&nbsp;''Inventory of the County Archives of Tennessee No. 2, Bedford County (Shelbyville)''.&nbsp;Nashville, Tenn.: Tennessee Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. {{FHL|232038|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.858 A3}}. Digital version at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH34&CISOPTR=59300&REC=2 BYU Family History Archives].
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*W.P.A.&nbsp;''Inventory of the County Archives of Tennessee No. 2, Bedford County (Shelbyville)''.&nbsp;Nashville, Tenn.: Tennessee Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. {{FHL|232038|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.858 A3}}. Digital version at {{FSbook|88903}}
  
 
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==== African American  ====
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The [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee_Cemeteries#Online_Resources Tennessee Cemeteries] page provides explanations of the following online resources:  
 
The [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee_Cemeteries#Online_Resources Tennessee Cemeteries] page provides explanations of the following online resources:  
  
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Online data for individual cemeteries:  
 
Online data for individual cemeteries:  
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=95404 Greer Cemetery, Shelbyville] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=95404 Greer Cemetery, Shelbyville] BillionGraves  
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=97788 Old Salem Cemetery, Bell Buckle] BillionGraves
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=97788 Old Salem Cemetery, Bell Buckle] BillionGraves
  
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*Porch, Deane. ''Bedford County, Tennessee, 1820 Census. ''Nashville, Tennessee: Deane Porch, 1969. {{FHL|976.858 X2p 1820|book}}  
 
*Porch, Deane. ''Bedford County, Tennessee, 1820 Census. ''Nashville, Tennessee: Deane Porch, 1969. {{FHL|976.858 X2p 1820|book}}  
 
*[http://ftp.us-census.org/pub/usgenweb/census/tn/bedford/1820/ Index and transcription to 1820 Federal Census, Bedford Tennessee]&nbsp;located at USGenWeb Census Project.  
 
*[http://ftp.us-census.org/pub/usgenweb/census/tn/bedford/1820/ Index and transcription to 1820 Federal Census, Bedford Tennessee]&nbsp;located at USGenWeb Census Project.  
*Scott, Patricia. "1820 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee," available [http://www.usgwarchives.org/tn/bedford/bedcens.html online] at USGenWeb Archives.  
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*Scott, Patricia. "1820 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee," available [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tn/bedford/bedcens.html online] at USGenWeb Archives.  
 
*Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Tenn_1820.htm online] at [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/ Free African Americans] website. [Includes free African Americans in this county.]
 
*Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Tenn_1820.htm online] at [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/ Free African Americans] website. [Includes free African Americans in this county.]
  
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The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. A free online index, provided by [http://www.lineages.com/InfoCenter/Databases/1820Manufactures.cfm Lineages],&nbsp;will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:  
 
The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. A free online index, provided by [http://www.lineages.com/InfoCenter/Databases/1820Manufactures.cfm Lineages],&nbsp;will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:  
  
*National Archives. ''Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820''. 1920; reprint, Knightstown,&nbsp;Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. {{FHL|280979|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 973 X2m 1820}}; digital version at [http://www.lineages.com/InfoCenter/Databases/1820Manufactures.cfm Lineages]. [Covers this county.]
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*National Archives. ''Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820''. 1920; reprint, Knightstown,&nbsp;Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. {{FHL|280979|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 973 X2m 1820}}.
  
 
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*Sistler, Byron. ''1830 Census-Middle Tennessee.'' Evanston, Illinois: Byron Sistler &amp; Assoc., 1971.
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*Sistler, Byron. ''1830 Census-Middle Tennessee.'' Evanston, Illinois: Byron Sistler & Assoc., 1971.
  
 
'''1840'''  
 
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.&nbsp; For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives&nbsp;in Tennessee, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee_Church_Records Tennessee Church Records].  
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Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.&nbsp; For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives&nbsp;in Tennessee, see [[Tennessee Church Records]].  
  
 
*Bedford County Church Records
 
*Bedford County Church Records
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*'''[1870-1956]''' ''Normandy Presbyterian Church Records. Normandy, 1870-1956'''''.''' [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/mguide05.htm TSLA] Reel #492  
 
*'''[1870-1956]''' ''Normandy Presbyterian Church Records. Normandy, 1870-1956'''''.''' [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/mguide05.htm TSLA] Reel #492  
 
*'''[1870-1900]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler''. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records''.Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979.''{{FHL|976.8 K29s}} ''vol.1&nbsp;''&nbsp; ''Index to original records Normandy Presbyterian Church.  
 
*'''[1870-1900]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler''. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records''.Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979.''{{FHL|976.8 K29s}} ''vol.1&nbsp;''&nbsp; ''Index to original records Normandy Presbyterian Church.  
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*'''1878-1885''' - Center Congregation Presbyterian, Normandy, Baptism Index 1878-1885. Batch {{IGI|C710021}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1877''' - Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Normandy, Baptism Index 1877. Batch {{IGI|C530321}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.</ref>
 
*Cogswell, Robert E. ''The History of the First Presbyterian Church Shelbyville, Tennessee, 1815-1965. ''[http://www.tngenweb.org/bedford/lookup.htm Free Lookups Available!]
 
*Cogswell, Robert E. ''The History of the First Presbyterian Church Shelbyville, Tennessee, 1815-1965. ''[http://www.tngenweb.org/bedford/lookup.htm Free Lookups Available!]
  
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*'''[1867-1969]''' ''Church of the Redeemer Records. Shelbyville, 1867-1969.''&nbsp; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/mguide05.htm TSLA] Reel #480  
 
*'''[1867-1969]''' ''Church of the Redeemer Records. Shelbyville, 1867-1969.''&nbsp; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/mguide05.htm TSLA] Reel #480  
 
*'''[1867-1900]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records.'' Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. {{FHL|976.8 K29s}} vol.1&nbsp;&nbsp; Index to original Church of the Redeemer Records.
 
*'''[1867-1900]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records.'' Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. {{FHL|976.8 K29s}} vol.1&nbsp;&nbsp; Index to original Church of the Redeemer Records.
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'''Church of the Redeemer, Shelbyville'''
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*'''1867-1875''' - Church of the Redeemer, Shelbyville, Baptism Index 1867-1885 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1867-1895''' - Church of the Redeemer, Shelbyville, Marriage Index 1867-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.</ref>
  
 
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==== Land  ====
 
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The southern boundary line of Military Reservation set aside for North Carolina military grants lay several miles to the north of Bedford County. However "vast areas of land lying within the present boundaries of Bedford County" were granted to land speculators residing "east of the Allegheny Mountains at the close of the Revolution. Those presenting warrants were allowed to enter, locate, survey and file for grants to be issued out of John Armstrong’s Land Office at Hillsbourgh, North Carolina, for ten pounds per hundred acres."<ref>Helen C  Timothy R Marsh, '''Land Deed Genealogy of Bedford County, Tennessee  1807-1852.''' (Easley, South Carolina : Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1988) Page iv. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8583 R2m v. 1.</ref>
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'''Land Grants'''
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Land grant book 1808-1809; and Land book 1824-1925 are available at FHL.
  
 
'''Deeds'''  
 
'''Deeds'''  
  
Bedford County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1808 and is located at the [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Courthouse Courthouse]. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries. In 1965, the Tennessee Department of Education microfilmed Bedford County's Deed Books, Trust Deed Books, and Indexes&nbsp;covering the years 1808 to 1966. FHL copies: {{FHL|298281|title-id|disp=FHL&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;US/CAN&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Films 476342}} ff. (Includes typed indexes to the burned volumes made from the register's notebook, ca. 1852-1861).  
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Bedford County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1808 and is located at the [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Courthouse Courthouse]. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries. In 1965, the Tennessee Department of Education microfilmed Bedford County's Deed Books, Trust Deed Books, and Indexes&nbsp;covering the years 1808 to 1966. FHL copies: {{FHL|298281|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Films 476342}} ff. (Includes typed indexes to the burned volumes made from the register's notebook, ca. 1852-1861).  
  
 
The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Bedford County land records. They offer a research service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:  
 
The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Bedford County land records. They offer a research service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:  
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*GSC Associates Historical Records Products. ''Bedford County, Tennessee Deed Index, Volume 2, 1840-1875''. CD. Purchase at [http://www.gscassociates.com/BCT_DEE_products.html website].  
 
*GSC Associates Historical Records Products. ''Bedford County, Tennessee Deed Index, Volume 2, 1840-1875''. CD. Purchase at [http://www.gscassociates.com/BCT_DEE_products.html website].  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/bedford/deed.html Selected Deeds ]from "Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County has abstracts of selected deeds of Bedford county. They are from an unidentified&nbsp;book in the Shelbyville Library
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/bedford/deed.html Selected Deeds ]from "Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County has abstracts of selected deeds of Bedford county. They are from an unidentified&nbsp;book in the Shelbyville Library
 
'''Land Grants'''
 
 
Land grant book 1808-1809; and Land book 1824-1925 are available at FHL.
 
  
 
==== Law and Legislation  ====
 
==== Law and Legislation  ====
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==== Military  ====
 
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'''Revolutionary War'''
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===== Revolutionary War =====
  
 
The following Bedford County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:  
 
The following Bedford County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:  
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Additional resources include:  
 
Additional resources include:  
  
*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. [See Tennessee, Middle District, Bedford County on page 155.]  
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. [See Tennessee, Middle District, Bedford County on page 155.]  
*Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh. ''Soldiers of the Revolution in Bedford County, Tennessee''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1989. {{FHL|679144|title-id|disp=FHL&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;US/CAN&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Book 976.8583 M2m}}.  
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*Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh. ''Soldiers of the Revolution in Bedford County, Tennessee''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1989. {{FHL|679144|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8583 M2m}}.  
 
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at [http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ Tennesseans in the&nbsp;Revolutionary War] ([http://tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]).
 
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at [http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ Tennesseans in the&nbsp;Revolutionary War] ([http://tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]).
  
'''War of 1812'''
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===== War of 1812 =====
  
*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan. 1960):13-16. {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960)}}; digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-1.pdf journal website]. [Includes Bedford County pensioners (pp. 13-14).]
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*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan. 1960):13-16. {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960)}}; digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-1.pdf journal website]. [Includes Bedford County pensioners (pp. 13-14).]
  
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===== Civil War =====
  
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] $  
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] $  
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*[[2nd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Robison's) (Walker Legion) (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Robison's) (Walker Legion)]] - CSA  
 
*[[2nd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Robison's) (Walker Legion) (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Robison's) (Walker Legion)]] - CSA  
 
*[[4th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (McLemore's) (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (McLemore's)]] - CSA  
 
*[[4th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (McLemore's) (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (McLemore's)]] - CSA  
*[[17th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|17th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies A, B and G.  
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*[[17th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|17th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies A, B and G, Captain W. A. Landis's Company, Fairfield Company, Flat Creek Company.
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*[[18th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|18th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[18th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|18th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[23rd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Newman's)|23rd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Newman's)]] - CSA - Companies C and D.  
 
*[[23rd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Newman's)|23rd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Newman's)]] - CSA - Companies C and D.  
*[[23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)|23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)]] - CSA - 2nd Company D, 2nd Company D, 2nd Company F and Company H.  
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*[[23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)|23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)]] - CSA - 2nd Company D, 2nd Company E, 2nd Company F and Company H.  
 
*[[37th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (7th Infantry) (1st East Tennessee Rifles)|37th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (7th Infantry) (1st East Tennessee Rifles)]] - CSA - Company A.  
 
*[[37th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (7th Infantry) (1st East Tennessee Rifles)|37th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (7th Infantry) (1st East Tennessee Rifles)]] - CSA - Company A.  
*[[41st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|41st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA  
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*[[41st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|41st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies B, F, K and I, Bell Buckle Company, Erwin Guards, Flat Creek Company, Richmond Guards, Scudder Rifles.
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*[[44th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|44th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company G.  
 
*[[44th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|44th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company G.  
 
*[[44th Consolidated Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|44th Consolidated Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA  
 
*[[44th Consolidated Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|44th Consolidated Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA  
 
*[[55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (McKoin's)|55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (McKoin's)]] - CSA - Company A.
 
*[[55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (McKoin's)|55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (McKoin's)]] - CSA - Company A.
  
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<br> <u>Union Soldiers</u>  
  
 
*[[4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry]] - Companies A, C and I.  
 
*[[4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry]] - Companies A, C and I.  
 
*[[5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Union)|5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry]] - Companies C, F, H and M.
 
*[[5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Union)|5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry]] - Companies C, F, H and M.
  
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<u>Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from&nbsp;Bedford County:</u>  
 
<u>Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from&nbsp;Bedford County:</u>  
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*Tennessee Trails through Bedford, Civil War, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/bedford/milcivildover.html Battle of Dover], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).  
 
*Tennessee Trails through Bedford, Civil War, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/bedford/milcivildover.html Battle of Dover], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).  
 
*[http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1862/october/shelbyville-tennessee.htm Shelbyville, the only union town of Tennessee], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Sketched by Mr. H. Hubner, Third Ohio Volunteers.&nbsp;
 
*[http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1862/october/shelbyville-tennessee.htm Shelbyville, the only union town of Tennessee], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Sketched by Mr. H. Hubner, Third Ohio Volunteers.&nbsp;
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====== Civil War Battles  ======
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The following battles took place in Bedford County
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*June 24-26, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tn017.htm Hoover's Gap<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tn017.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 22 August 2012)</ref>]
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[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/TNmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Tennessee
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
  
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:'''Bedford County Historical Quarterly'''  
 
:'''Bedford County Historical Quarterly'''  
 
:The Bedford County Historical Society first met in 1954.&nbsp; In July 1965, the society was formally organized.<br>The Family History Library&nbsp;has&nbsp;most issues beginning with Spring 1975 and is kept current. Vol. 11, no. 4 (winter 1985), v. 12, no. 4 (winter 1986) and v. 24, no. 4 (winter 1998) are special editions which include indexes to previous quarterlies. {{FHL|622732|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8583 B2b}}<br>For additional information see website: [http://home.flash.net/~coley/bedford_society.html Bedford County Historical Society].<br>Indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]].  
 
:The Bedford County Historical Society first met in 1954.&nbsp; In July 1965, the society was formally organized.<br>The Family History Library&nbsp;has&nbsp;most issues beginning with Spring 1975 and is kept current. Vol. 11, no. 4 (winter 1985), v. 12, no. 4 (winter 1986) and v. 24, no. 4 (winter 1998) are special editions which include indexes to previous quarterlies. {{FHL|622732|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8583 B2b}}<br>For additional information see website: [http://home.flash.net/~coley/bedford_society.html Bedford County Historical Society].<br>Indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]].  
 
:'''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History'''  
 
:'''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History'''  
 
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Bedford County, Tennessee have been published in ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History'', the quarterly of the [http://www.mtgs.org/ Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online [http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewarts.htm Index to Articles (1988-2005)]. [http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewsurname.htm Surname indexes] are also&nbsp;available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers [http://www.mtgs.org/neworderfrm.htm back issues] for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly {{FHL|749007|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m}}.
 
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Bedford County, Tennessee have been published in ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History'', the quarterly of the [http://www.mtgs.org/ Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online [http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewarts.htm Index to Articles (1988-2005)]. [http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewsurname.htm Surname indexes] are also&nbsp;available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers [http://www.mtgs.org/neworderfrm.htm back issues] for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly {{FHL|749007|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m}}.
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==== Prisons  ====
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
  
 
The County Court Clerk has responsibility for Bedford County probate records.  
 
The County Court Clerk has responsibility for Bedford County probate records.  
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*'''[1847-1982] '''Marsh, Helen C. ''Index, Bedford County Wills, 1847-1982: Loose Papers, Drawer or Box 1-18. ''[N.p.]: H.C. Marsh, 2006. (FHL Film 1572800 Item 5.)  
 
*'''[1847-1982] '''Marsh, Helen C. ''Index, Bedford County Wills, 1847-1982: Loose Papers, Drawer or Box 1-18. ''[N.p.]: H.C. Marsh, 2006. (FHL Film 1572800 Item 5.)  
 
*'''[1830-1910] '''Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh. ''Bedford County, Tennessee Wills''. Shelbyville, Tennessee: Marsh Historical Publications, 1984. Indexes and abstracts of wills from both the Chancery Court and the County Court. Includes extant and reconstructed records from before the 1863 courthouse fire. (FHL book 976.8583 P28b.)  
 
*'''[1830-1910] '''Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh. ''Bedford County, Tennessee Wills''. Shelbyville, Tennessee: Marsh Historical Publications, 1984. Indexes and abstracts of wills from both the Chancery Court and the County Court. Includes extant and reconstructed records from before the 1863 courthouse fire. (FHL book 976.8583 P28b.)  
*'''[1848-1860] '''Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh; Timothy J. Edwards, indexer. ''Bedford County, Tennessee, Wills &amp; Vital Records from Newspapers, 1848-1860''. (FHL book 976.8583 V28ma.)  
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*'''[1848-1860] '''Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh; Timothy J. Edwards, indexer. ''Bedford County, Tennessee, Wills & Vital Records from Newspapers, 1848-1860''. (FHL book 976.8583 V28ma.)  
 
*'''[1871-1967] '''Marsh, Helen C.; Winston Roberts, indexer&nbsp;Drawers 71-72. ''Miscellaneous Settlement Indexes (Bedford County, Tennessee), 1871-1967. ''[N.p.]&nbsp;: H.C. Marsh, 2006.&nbsp;Includes conservator, executor's, and administrator's settlements. (FHL Film 1572800 Items 8-9.)  
 
*'''[1871-1967] '''Marsh, Helen C.; Winston Roberts, indexer&nbsp;Drawers 71-72. ''Miscellaneous Settlement Indexes (Bedford County, Tennessee), 1871-1967. ''[N.p.]&nbsp;: H.C. Marsh, 2006.&nbsp;Includes conservator, executor's, and administrator's settlements. (FHL Film 1572800 Items 8-9.)  
*'''[1847-1881] '''W.P.A. ''Will Books, 1847-1881, Bedford County, Tennessee''. Typescript, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. Microfilmed in 1941. {{FHL|207518|title-id|disp=FHL&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;US/CAN&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Film 24588 Item 1}}. Free [http://gscassociates.com/indices/BCT_Wills_Vol_1_1847-1881.htm index], available online, thanks to Steve Carson through [http://gscassociates.com/recordproducts.html GSC Associates Historical Records Products] (the pages may load slowly). For a reasonable fee, the company sells Bedford County CDs, one of which includes a digitized version of this book.
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*'''[1847-1881] '''W.P.A. ''Will Books, 1847-1881, Bedford County, Tennessee''. Typescript, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. Microfilmed in 1941. {{FHL|207518|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN ;Film 24588 Item 1}}. Free [http://gscassociates.com/indices/BCT_Wills_Vol_1_1847-1881.htm index], available online, thanks to Steve Carson through [http://gscassociates.com/recordproducts.html GSC Associates Historical Records Products] (the pages may load slowly). For a reasonable fee, the company sells Bedford County CDs, one of which includes a digitized version of this book.
  
 
USGenWeb for Bedford County has indexes and abstracts for&nbsp;Loose Wills in the Court Clerk Archives (indexed and transcribed by Martha Smotherman Mendez):  
 
USGenWeb for Bedford County has indexes and abstracts for&nbsp;Loose Wills in the Court Clerk Archives (indexed and transcribed by Martha Smotherman Mendez):  
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*'''[1812]''' Duncan, Ruth Henley G. "Bedford County, Tennessee Tax List - 1812," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 1&nbsp;(Jan. 1960):17-22; Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):46-49; Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1960):69-72; Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct. 1960):94-97; Vol. 8,&nbsp;No. 1&nbsp;(Jan. 1961):24-27; Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):53-56; Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):99-102; Vol. 8, No. 4 (Oct. 1961):126-128. For FHL and online access, as well as&nbsp;indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
 
*'''[1812]''' Duncan, Ruth Henley G. "Bedford County, Tennessee Tax List - 1812," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 1&nbsp;(Jan. 1960):17-22; Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):46-49; Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1960):69-72; Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct. 1960):94-97; Vol. 8,&nbsp;No. 1&nbsp;(Jan. 1961):24-27; Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):53-56; Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):99-102; Vol. 8, No. 4 (Oct. 1961):126-128. For FHL and online access, as well as&nbsp;indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
 
*'''[1812]''' Tax List, 1812, ''Bedford County Historical Quarterly''. Shelbyville TN: Spring 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 1; Summer 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 2; Fall 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 3; Winter 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 4; Spring 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 1; Summer 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 2; Fall 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 3.  
 
*'''[1812]''' Tax List, 1812, ''Bedford County Historical Quarterly''. Shelbyville TN: Spring 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 1; Summer 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 2; Fall 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 3; Winter 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 4; Spring 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 1; Summer 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 2; Fall 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 3.  
*'''[1812]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists.'' Evanston, Ill.: B. &amp; B. Sistler, 1977. {{FHL|222484|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s.}} [Includes 1812 tax list.] [http://www.tngenweb.org/bedford/lookup.htm Free Lookups Available!]  
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*'''[1812]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists.'' Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. {{FHL|222484|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s.}} [Includes 1812 tax list.] [http://www.tngenweb.org/bedford/lookup.htm Free Lookups Available!]  
 
*'''[1814]''' "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 43, No. 3(Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals]. [Includes Bedford County.]  
 
*'''[1814]''' "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 43, No. 3(Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals]. [Includes Bedford County.]  
 
*'''[1816]''' "Bedford County Lands Auctioned Off for Unpaid 1816 Taxes," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 43, No. 4(Winter 1996):180. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
 
*'''[1816]''' "Bedford County Lands Auctioned Off for Unpaid 1816 Taxes," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 43, No. 4(Winter 1996):180. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bedford_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].  
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*'''[1890]''' Tax Record, 1890, ''Bedford County Historical Quarterly''. Shelbyville TN: Summer 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 2; Fall 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 3; Winter 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 4; Spring 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 1; Summer 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 2; Fall 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 3; Winter 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 4.  
 
*'''[1890]''' Tax Record, 1890, ''Bedford County Historical Quarterly''. Shelbyville TN: Summer 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 2; Fall 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 3; Winter 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 4; Spring 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 1; Summer 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 2; Fall 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 3; Winter 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 4.  
 
*'''[1891-1893]''' Tax Releases, 1891-93,&nbsp;''Bedford County Historical Quarterly''. Shelbyville TN: Summer 1988. Vol. 14 Iss. 2.
 
*'''[1891-1893]''' Tax Releases, 1891-93,&nbsp;''Bedford County Historical Quarterly''. Shelbyville TN: Summer 1988. Vol. 14 Iss. 2.
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For missing years, alternative resource to consider is [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/petition.htm "Tennessee Legislative Petitions"].
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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The original Bedford County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriage records were originally kept in boxes, called drawers. Most of these records were copied into bound volumes. Both the drawer records and volumes are microfilmed.  
 
The original Bedford County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriage records were originally kept in boxes, called drawers. Most of these records were copied into bound volumes. Both the drawer records and volumes are microfilmed.  
  
*'''[1854-1976]''' Marriages records organized by drawer begin in 1853. These marriages and bonds are indexed by Helen Marsh. This index is included in the film group.{{FHL|1572800|film}}  
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*'''1854-1976''' - Marriages records organized by drawer begin in 1853. These marriages and bonds are indexed by Helen Marsh. This index is included in the film group.{{FHL|1572800|film}}  
*'''[1861-1965]''' Marriages in volumes are filmed and available at [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/countymicro/bedf.pdf TSLA]. {{FHL|476043|film}}
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*'''1861-1965''' - Marriages in volumes are filmed and available at [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/countymicro/bedf.pdf TSLA]. {{FHL|476043|film}}
  
 
Many early Bedford County marriage records are lost. The following publication, based on early newspapers that survived courthouse fires, may serve as a substitute:  
 
Many early Bedford County marriage records are lost. The following publication, based on early newspapers that survived courthouse fires, may serve as a substitute:  
  
*Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|10843|title-id|disp=FHL&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;US/CAN&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Book 976.8 V2L}}.
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*Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|10843|item|disp=FHL Book 976.8 V2L}}.
  
 
The following Bedford County Courthouse marriages have been indexed:  
 
The following Bedford County Courthouse marriages have been indexed:  
  
*'''[1832-1850]''' ''Marriage Records: Early–1850.'' <ref>Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers. </ref>Contains marriage records for Bedford County 1832-1850.  
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*'''1832-1850''' - ''Marriage Records: Early–1850.'' <ref>Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers. </ref>Contains marriage records for Bedford County 1832-1850.  
*'''[1861-1864]''' W.P.A. ''Marriage Records, 1861-1864, Bedford County, Tennessee''.&nbsp;Typescript,&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. {{FHL|24589|film}} Item 5. Free [http://gscassociates.com/indices/BCT_Marriages_1861-1864.htm index], available online, thanks to Steve Carson through [http://gscassociates.com/recordproducts.html GSC Associates Historical Records Products] (the pages may load slowly). For a reasonable fee, the company sells Bedford County CDs, one of which includes a digitized version of this book.  
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*'''1861-1864''' - W.P.A. ''Marriage Records, 1861-1864, Bedford County, Tennessee''.&nbsp;Typescript,&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. {{FHL|24589|film}} Item 5. Free [http://gscassociates.com/indices/BCT_Marriages_1861-1864.htm index], available online, thanks to Steve Carson through [http://gscassociates.com/recordproducts.html GSC Associates Historical Records Products] (the pages may load slowly). For a reasonable fee, the company sells Bedford County CDs, one of which includes a digitized version of this book.  
*'''[1861-1898]''' Marsh, Helen and Timothy Marsh. ''Official marriages of Bedford County, Tennessee.'' Greenville, South Carolina&nbsp;: Southern Historical Press, 1996. {{FHL|976.8583 V29ma|book}} 2 vols.  
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*'''1861-1898''' - Marsh, Helen and Timothy Marsh. ''Official marriages of Bedford County, Tennessee.'' Greenville, South Carolina&nbsp;: Southern Historical Press, 1996. {{FHL|976.8583 V29ma|book}} 2 vols.  
 
*Lucas, Silas Emmett and Ella Lee Sheffield. ''35,000 Tennessee Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870.'' 3 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. {{FHL|359289|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2t v. 1}} . [Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county. Marriage data taken from an index card file at the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]  
 
*Lucas, Silas Emmett and Ella Lee Sheffield. ''35,000 Tennessee Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870.'' 3 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. {{FHL|359289|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2t v. 1}} . [Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county. Marriage data taken from an index card file at the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]  
*'''[1861-1878]&nbsp; '''''Marriage Records''.''<ref>Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers. </ref>Contains marriage records for Bedford County 1861-1878.''  
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*'''1861-1878''' - ''Marriage Records''.<ref>Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers. </ref>Contains marriage records for Bedford County 1861-1878.  
*{{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} - covers all counties in Tennessee.  
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*'''1861-1935''' - Bedford County Marriage Books (including Books N-Y) Index 1861-1935 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/a/a8/Igitennesseedeath.pdf.</ref>
*Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]&nbsp;($).&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.  
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*'''1790-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} - covers all counties in Tennessee.  
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*'''1780-2002''' - Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]&nbsp;($).&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.  
 
*Bedford County is ''not'' included in&nbsp; Sistler's ''Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.'' <ref name="null">Sistler, Byron. ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/early-middle-tennessee-marriages/oclc/18702301 Early Middle Tennessee Marriages],'' Nashville, Tennessee: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1988. {{FHL|976.8 V2sby|book}}{{FHL|1597922|film}}</ref>
 
*Bedford County is ''not'' included in&nbsp; Sistler's ''Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.'' <ref name="null">Sistler, Byron. ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/early-middle-tennessee-marriages/oclc/18702301 Early Middle Tennessee Marriages],'' Nashville, Tennessee: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1988. {{FHL|976.8 V2sby|book}}{{FHL|1597922|film}}</ref>
  
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*Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate''. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. {{FHL|789366|item|disp=FHL Book 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}}; digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
 
*Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate''. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. {{FHL|789366|item|disp=FHL Book 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}}; digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
  
== Libraries  ==
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== Bedford County Tennessee Genealogy Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://www.acolibrary.com/index.htm Argie Cooper Public Library]<br>100 South Main St.<br>Shelbyville, TN 37160-3984 <br>Phone: 1-931-684-7323<br>Web site: http://www.acolibrary.com/index.htm<br>'''Summer hours''': Mon., Tues., Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed., Fri., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.<br>'''Winter hours''': Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed., Fri., Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 1-4 p.m.<br>The Argie Cooper Public Library has books related to genealogy and local area history as well as books from other regions of the States. It also hosts microfilms of census and county newspapers, family name file clippings, obituaries and associated clippings from old newspapers.
 
*[http://www.acolibrary.com/index.htm Argie Cooper Public Library]<br>100 South Main St.<br>Shelbyville, TN 37160-3984 <br>Phone: 1-931-684-7323<br>Web site: http://www.acolibrary.com/index.htm<br>'''Summer hours''': Mon., Tues., Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed., Fri., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.<br>'''Winter hours''': Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed., Fri., Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 1-4 p.m.<br>The Argie Cooper Public Library has books related to genealogy and local area history as well as books from other regions of the States. It also hosts microfilms of census and county newspapers, family name file clippings, obituaries and associated clippings from old newspapers.
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Societies  ==
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== Bedford County Tennessee Genealogy Societies  ==
  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnbchs/Bedford_County/ '''Bedford County Historical Society''']'''<br>'''P. O. Box 141<br>Shelbyville, Tennessee 37162<br>  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnbchs/Bedford_County/ '''Bedford County Historical Society''']'''<br>'''P. O. Box 141<br>Shelbyville, Tennessee 37162<br>  
  
[http://www.mtgs.org/ '''Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society''']<br>PO Box 330948<br>Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507<br>The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which&nbsp;Bedford County is one. It publishes ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy &amp; History'', a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an&nbsp;alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal&nbsp;1988-summer 2005  
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[http://www.mtgs.org/ '''Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society''']<br>PO Box 330948<br>Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507<br>The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which&nbsp;Bedford County is one. It publishes ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History'', a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an&nbsp;alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal&nbsp;1988-summer 2005  
  
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Bedford County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Bedford County (established 1807) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Bedford County Tennessee Quick Dates

Bedford County's civil records start the following years:[1]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1861 1908 1820 1808 1861

Bedford County Tennessee Courthouse

Bedford County Courthouse
100 N Side Square
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: 931.684.1921

County Clerk has marriage records Clerk has marriage records from 1863 and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records.[2] County Clerk (as of 1985) has original Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1848-1860.[3]

Bedford County Courthouse, Shelbyville, Tenn.
Bedford County Courthouse
1 Public Square
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: 1-931-684-3223


Bedford County Clerk
Marriage and Probate Records
104 Northside Square (US Bank Building Basement)
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: 1-931-684-1921

Bedford County Register of Deeds
Land Records
108 Northside Square
(US Bank Building Basement)
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: 1-931-684-5719

Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk
Court Records
1 Public Square, Suite 101
(Second Floor Courthouse)
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone:1- 937-684-3223

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Bedford County Tennessee History

The county is named after "Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford, who was a large landowner in the area."[4]

Parent County

1807--Bedford County was created 3 December 1807 from Rutherford County.
County seat: Shelbyville [5]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[6] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[7] (male)

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the My Tennessee Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

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1863 and 1934 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
  • Lost censuses: 1810, 1890
  • Lost deed book: 1852-1861, but a reconstructed index survives
  • All records before 1837, except deeds.[8]
  • Some record loss between 1837 and 1865 due to fire.[9]

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Bedford County Tennessee Places

Populated Places

Cities and Towns:

Anchor Mill
Antioch
Bedford
Beechwood
Bell Buckle
Bottle Hollow
Branchville
Bugscuffle
Caldwell
Carter Crossroads
Cedar Grove
Cortner
Cortners Mill
Creekwood
Deason
Elbethel
Fairfield
Fairlane Estates
Fall Creek
Flat Creek
Forest Hills
Haley
Halls Mill
Hawthorne
Hilltop
Himesville
Kellertown
Longview
 Midway
New Herman
Newtown
Normandy
Palmetto
Pleasant Grove
Poplins Crossroads
Raus
Richmond
Roseville
Rover
Shelbyville
Shelbyville Mills
Shiloh
Sims Spring
Singleton
Taylor Crossroads
Union Ridge
Unionville
Vannatta
Walnut Grove
Wartrace
Webbs Jungle
Wheel
Whitaker
Willow Grove

Neighboring Counties

Bedford County Tennessee Genealogy Resources

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Getting Started

Three great places to start Bedford County family history research are:

  1. Byron and Samuel Sistler's Every Name Index to 18 Middle Tennessee County Record Books (Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1992) FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22sb. The Sistlers created a comprehensive index to nine publications about this county's records. It also reaches to nearby Giles and Lincoln counties.
  2. GSC Associates Historical Record Products has published 30 CDs with images or abstracts of Bedford County genealogical sources (including Bible, cemetery, church, court, marriage, probate, and tax records). They have many free indexes on their website. The CDs are for sale individually for reasonable fees, or, if you are doing indepth research, you might want to consider purchasing one comprehensive CD that includes all 30 of their previous publications. Website.
  3. Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Bedford County military and probate records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides

  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Bedford County at TSLA. (Identifies published county histories, published local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  • "Bedford County Genealogical Records Survey," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Spring 1989). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • "Checklist for Searching Middle Tennessee before 1820," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Summer 1998). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • W.P.A. Inventory of the County Archives of Tennessee No. 2, Bedford County (Shelbyville). Nashville, Tenn.: Tennessee Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. FHL US/CAN Book 976.858 A3. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online

African American

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  • Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online through Free African Americans website. [Includes free African Americans in this county.]

Cemeteries

Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

The Tennessee Cemeteries page provides explanations of the following online resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave Find A Grave list

TNGenWeb Cemetery Database ePodunk

USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
Bedford Co., TNGenWeb Project

Published Bedford County cemetery records:

Online data for individual cemeteries:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1810 8,242
1820 16,012 94.3%
1830 30,396 89.8%
1840 20,546 −32.4%
1850 21,511 4.7%
1860 21,584 0.3%
1870 24,333 12.7%
1880 26,025 7.0%
1890 24,739 −4.9%
1900 23,845 −3.6%
1910 22,667 −4.9%
1920 21,737 −4.1%
1930 21,077 −3.0%
1940 23,151 9.8%
1950 23,627 2.1%
1960 23,150 −2.0%
1970 25,039 8.2%
1980 27,916 11.5%
1990 30,411 8.9%
2000 37,586 23.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Bedford County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide online indexes.

See Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Bedford County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available:

  • 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, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL 976.8 X2s 1810.

1820

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. A free online index, provided by Lineages, will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:

1830

  • Sistler, Byron. 1830 Census-Middle Tennessee. Evanston, Illinois: Byron Sistler & Assoc., 1971.

1840

1850

  • Bell, Annie W. B. Family Records of Bedford County, Tennessee as Given the United States Census Taker in 1850.s.p., 19--?. FHL 976.858 X2pb 1850
  • Porch, Deane. 1850 Census of Bedford County, Tennessee.s.p., 1968. FHL 976.858 X2p 1850

1860

1880

  • Sistler, Byron  et al. 1880 Census-Tennessee: Transcription for Bedford County. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press: 198--?FHL 976.8583 X2s 1880

1890-Lost but a substitute is available

  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL 976.8 X2s 1890.

Church

Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.  For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives in Tennessee, see Tennessee Church Records.

  • Bedford County Church Records
- Family History Library Catalog - Bedford County Church Records
  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- Family History Library Catalog - Bedford County Church History
  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.  Two sites that give information about churches in Bedford County are:
- List of Bedford County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Bedford County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)
  • In 1936, a helpful guide to early Bedford County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. [10]Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate "county fact sheet" on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for Bedford county are listed.

Baptist Missionary

  • [1901-1939] First Church, Shelbyville. [10]
  • [1900-] Mount Zion Church, Shelbyville. [10]

Church of God

  • [1933-] Church of God. [10]

Lutheran

  • W.P.A. New Hope Lutheran Church Records, 1805-1836, Bedford County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1939. FHL US/CAN Film 24589 Item 6. Free index, available online, thanks to Steve Carson through GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a reasonable fee, the company sells Bedford County CDs, one of which includes a digitized version of this book.

Methodist Episcopal

  • Mathews, Reverend John D.D. Peeps into Life Autobiography. Methodist Episcopal Church Tennessee Conference, 1904. Free digital copy.
  • [1820-] Methodist Church, Public Square, Shelbyville. [10]
  • [1876-] Methodist Church, Wartrace. [10]

Presbyterian

  • [1827-1956]  First Presbyterian Church Records. Shelbyville, 1827-1956TSLA Reel #478
  • [1827-1900] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.1   Index to original records First Presbyterian Church Records. 
  • [1870-1956] Normandy Presbyterian Church Records. Normandy, 1870-1956. TSLA Reel #492
  • [1870-1900] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records.Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979.FHL 976.8 K29s vol.1   Index to original records Normandy Presbyterian Church.
  • 1878-1885 - Center Congregation Presbyterian, Normandy, Baptism Index 1878-1885. Batch C710021 at FamilySearch - free.[11]
  • 1877 - Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Normandy, Baptism Index 1877. Batch C530321 at FamilySearch - free.[11]
  • Cogswell, Robert E. The History of the First Presbyterian Church Shelbyville, Tennessee, 1815-1965. Free Lookups Available!

Protestant Episcopal

  • [1867-1969] Church of the Redeemer Records. Shelbyville, 1867-1969.  TSLA Reel #480
  • [1867-1900] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.1   Index to original Church of the Redeemer Records.

Church of the Redeemer, Shelbyville

Court

Chancery Court

GSC Associates Historical Records Products has digitized and indexed Bedford County Chancery Court records, using TSLA microfilms and paper copies at the Bedford County Archives as their sources, for the years 1830 through 1859. Images of the records (as they appear on microfilm) are available for purchase for reasonable fees on CD. The following indexes, thanks to Brenda Carson, Steve Carson, Martha Mendez, and Allison Saxman are available to view for free on their website:

The following Bedford County Chancery Court records have also been abstracted:

Circuit Court

GSC Associates Historical Records Products has digitized and indexed Bedford County Circuit Court records, using TSLA microfilms as their source, for the years 1840 through 1871. Images of the records (as they appear on microfilm), are available for purchase for reasonable fees on CD. The following indexes, thanks to Brenda Carson and Steve Carson, are available to view for free on their website:

County Court

GSC Associates Historical Records Products has digitized and indexed Bedford County County Court records, using TSLA microfilms as their source, for the years 1848 through 1874. Images of the records (as they appear on microfilm), are available for purchase for reasonable fees on CD. The following indexes, thanks to Brenda Carson, Steve Carson, Loretta Kelldorf, Bobby McFarlin, Patti McFarlin, and Lucy D. Zeier, are available to view for free on their website:

The following Bedford County County Court records have also been abstracted:

  • Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh. Earliest County Court Records of Bedford County, Tennessee. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8583 P2m.

Genealogy

More than 65 genealogies have been published about Bedford County, Tennessee families. To view a list, visit Bedford County, Tennessee Genealogy.

Land

The southern boundary line of Military Reservation set aside for North Carolina military grants lay several miles to the north of Bedford County. However "vast areas of land lying within the present boundaries of Bedford County" were granted to land speculators residing "east of the Allegheny Mountains at the close of the Revolution. Those presenting warrants were allowed to enter, locate, survey and file for grants to be issued out of John Armstrong’s Land Office at Hillsbourgh, North Carolina, for ten pounds per hundred acres."[12]

Land Grants

Land grant book 1808-1809; and Land book 1824-1925 are available at FHL.

Deeds

Bedford County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1808 and is located at the Courthouse. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries. In 1965, the Tennessee Department of Education microfilmed Bedford County's Deed Books, Trust Deed Books, and Indexes covering the years 1808 to 1966. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 476342 ff. (Includes typed indexes to the burned volumes made from the register's notebook, ca. 1852-1861).

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Bedford County land records. They offer a research service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Land Records Vol. A: 1808-1809
  2. Land Records Vol. B: 1809-1811

The following Bedford County land records have been indexed and/or abstracted:

  • W.P.A. General Index to Deeds, 1808-1840, Bedford County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1941. Free direct (grantor) and reverse (grantee) indexes are available online, thanks to Steve Carson through GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a reasonable fee, the company sells several Bedford County CDs, one of which includes a digitized version of this book.
  • GSC Associates Historical Records Products. Bedford County, Tennessee Deed Index, Volume 2, 1840-1875. CD. Purchase at website.
  • Selected Deeds from "Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County has abstracts of selected deeds of Bedford county. They are from an unidentified book in the Shelbyville Library

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. [In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service.] TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at The TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories

Maps

  • [1835] Map of Bedford County, TN. Originally published 1835. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1800s] Map of Bedford County, TN. Provenance unknown, includes civil districts, cities, towns, etc. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1878] Map of Bedford County, TN. Originally published 1878. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

Military

Revolutionary War

The following Bedford County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

  1. 1835 Pension Roll
  2. 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions

Additional resources include:

War of 1812
Civil War

Civil War service men from Bedford County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Bedford County.

Confederate Soldiers


Union Soldiers


Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Bedford County:


Civil War Battles

The following battles took place in Bedford County



Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee

Newspapers

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspapers which are not available in or outside of Tennessee. For further information regarding interlibrary loan policies and newspapers not available for interlibrary loan click here. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Bedford County click on the following city:

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Genealogical.com. [Includes Bedford County.]

Periodicals

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers who are new to their area would not likely discover. This type of material may be found in local, regional, or statewide genealogical society journals. The following periodicals cover this county:

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Bedford County, Tennessee records have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL Book 976.8 B2a.
Bedford County Historical Quarterly
The Bedford County Historical Society first met in 1954.  In July 1965, the society was formally organized.
The Family History Library has most issues beginning with Spring 1975 and is kept current. Vol. 11, no. 4 (winter 1985), v. 12, no. 4 (winter 1986) and v. 24, no. 4 (winter 1998) are special editions which include indexes to previous quarterlies. FHL US/CAN 976.8583 B2b
For additional information see website: Bedford County Historical Society.
Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Bedford County, Tennessee have been published in The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, the quarterly of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society (23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online Index to Articles (1988-2005). Surname indexes are also available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers back issues for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m.

Prisons

Learn if your Bedford County, Tennessee ancestors went to prison!

Probate

The County Court Clerk has responsibility for Bedford County probate records.

FamilySearch has placed scans of the following records online in the Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 collection. These are browse-only collections. Handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes:

  • Bonds, 1954-1965, Vol. 1
  • Bonds, Letters, 1869-1965
  • Bonds, Settlements, 1861-1965
  • Claims against estates, 1921-1923
  • Court records, 1870-1902
  • Inventories, Wills, 1863-1965
  • Settlements 1860-1965
  • Wills  1847-1966

The following Bedford County probate records have been indexed or abstracted: 

  • [1847-1982] Marsh, Helen C. Index, Bedford County Wills, 1847-1982: Loose Papers, Drawer or Box 1-18. [N.p.]: H.C. Marsh, 2006. (FHL Film 1572800 Item 5.)
  • [1830-1910] Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh. Bedford County, Tennessee Wills. Shelbyville, Tennessee: Marsh Historical Publications, 1984. Indexes and abstracts of wills from both the Chancery Court and the County Court. Includes extant and reconstructed records from before the 1863 courthouse fire. (FHL book 976.8583 P28b.)
  • [1848-1860] Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh; Timothy J. Edwards, indexer. Bedford County, Tennessee, Wills & Vital Records from Newspapers, 1848-1860. (FHL book 976.8583 V28ma.)
  • [1871-1967] Marsh, Helen C.; Winston Roberts, indexer Drawers 71-72. Miscellaneous Settlement Indexes (Bedford County, Tennessee), 1871-1967. [N.p.] : H.C. Marsh, 2006. Includes conservator, executor's, and administrator's settlements. (FHL Film 1572800 Items 8-9.)
  • [1847-1881] W.P.A. Will Books, 1847-1881, Bedford County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1941. FHL US/CAN ;Film 24588 Item 1. Free index, available online, thanks to Steve Carson through GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a reasonable fee, the company sells Bedford County CDs, one of which includes a digitized version of this book.

USGenWeb for Bedford County has indexes and abstracts for Loose Wills in the Court Clerk Archives (indexed and transcribed by Martha Smotherman Mendez):

Taxation

GSC Associates Historical Records Products has written a very helpful guide, which is available for free on their website:

They have also published images of the 1812, 1814, 1836, 1837, 1838, and 1839 tax lists (as taken from TSLA microfilms) on CD. Purchase the CD at their website.

The following Bedford County tax records have been abstracted:[14]

  • [1809] "Sheriff Announces Unpaid 1809 Taxes in Bedford County," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Fall 2001):58. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1812] Duncan, Ruth Henley G. "Bedford County, Tennessee Tax List - 1812," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan. 1960):17-22; Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):46-49; Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1960):69-72; Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct. 1960):94-97; Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan. 1961):24-27; Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):53-56; Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):99-102; Vol. 8, No. 4 (Oct. 1961):126-128. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1812] Tax List, 1812, Bedford County Historical Quarterly. Shelbyville TN: Spring 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 1; Summer 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 2; Fall 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 3; Winter 1975. Vol. 1 Iss. 4; Spring 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 1; Summer 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 2; Fall 1976. Vol. 2 Iss. 3.
  • [1812] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. [Includes 1812 tax list.] Free Lookups Available!
  • [1814] "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3(Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes Bedford County.]
  • [1816] "Bedford County Lands Auctioned Off for Unpaid 1816 Taxes," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 4(Winter 1996):180. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1817] "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes Bedford County.]
  • [1836] Tax List, 1836, Bedford County Historical Quarterly. Shelbyville TN: Winter 1977. Vol. 3 Iss. 4; Spring 1978. Vol. 4 Iss. 1; Summer 1978. Vol. 4 Iss. 2; Fall 1978. Vol. 4 Iss. 3; Winter 1978. Vol. 4 Iss. 4; Spring 1979. Vol. 5 Iss. 1; Summer 1979. Vol. 5 Iss. 2; Fall 1979. Vol. 5 Iss. 3; Winter 1979. Vol. 5 Iss. 4; Spring 1980. Vol. 6 Iss. 1; Summer 1980. Vol. 6 Iss. 2; Fall 1980. Vol. 6 Iss. 3.
  • [1836] Tax List, 1836, Bedford County Historical Quarterly. Shelbyville TN: Winter 2004. Vol. 30 Iss. 4.
  • [1878] Tax List of Corporation of Shelbyville, 1878, Bedford County Historical Quarterly. Shelbyville TN: Winter 1980. Vol. 6 Iss. 4.
  • [1890] Tax Record, 1890, Bedford County Historical Quarterly. Shelbyville TN: Summer 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 2; Fall 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 3; Winter 1984. Vol. 10 Iss. 4; Spring 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 1; Summer 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 2; Fall 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 3; Winter 1985. Vol. 11 Iss. 4.
  • [1891-1893] Tax Releases, 1891-93, Bedford County Historical Quarterly. Shelbyville TN: Summer 1988. Vol. 14 Iss. 2.

For missing years, alternative resource to consider is "Tennessee Legislative Petitions".

Vital Records

Marriages

The original Bedford County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriage records were originally kept in boxes, called drawers. Most of these records were copied into bound volumes. Both the drawer records and volumes are microfilmed.

  • 1854-1976 - Marriages records organized by drawer begin in 1853. These marriages and bonds are indexed by Helen Marsh. This index is included in the film group.FHL 1572800
  • 1861-1965 - Marriages in volumes are filmed and available at TSLA. FHL 476043

Many early Bedford County marriage records are lost. The following publication, based on early newspapers that survived courthouse fires, may serve as a substitute:

  • Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL Book 976.8 V2L.

The following Bedford County Courthouse marriages have been indexed:

  • 1832-1850 - Marriage Records: Early–1850. [15]Contains marriage records for Bedford County 1832-1850.
  • 1861-1864 - W.P.A. Marriage Records, 1861-1864, Bedford County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. FHL 24589 Item 5. Free index, available online, thanks to Steve Carson through GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a reasonable fee, the company sells Bedford County CDs, one of which includes a digitized version of this book.
  • 1861-1898 - Marsh, Helen and Timothy Marsh. Official marriages of Bedford County, Tennessee. Greenville, South Carolina : Southern Historical Press, 1996. FHL 976.8583 V29ma 2 vols.
  • Lucas, Silas Emmett and Ella Lee Sheffield. 35,000 Tennessee Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870. 3 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2t v. 1 . [Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county. Marriage data taken from an index card file at the TSLA. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]
  • 1861-1878 - Marriage Records.[16]Contains marriage records for Bedford County 1861-1878.
  • 1861-1935 - Bedford County Marriage Books (including Books N-Y) Index 1861-1935 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[11]
  • 1790-1950 - Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950 - covers all counties in Tennessee.
  • 1780-2002 - Many county marriage records are indexed with images at Ancestry's Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 ($).  Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
  • Bedford County is not included in  Sistler's Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. [17]
Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Bedford County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, see:

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.
Deaths

For deaths of Methodists in Bedford County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Bedford County Tennessee Genealogy Libraries

  • Argie Cooper Public Library
    100 South Main St.
    Shelbyville, TN 37160-3984
    Phone: 1-931-684-7323
    Web site: http://www.acolibrary.com/index.htm
    Summer hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed., Fri., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Winter hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed., Fri., Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 1-4 p.m.
    The Argie Cooper Public Library has books related to genealogy and local area history as well as books from other regions of the States. It also hosts microfilms of census and county newspapers, family name file clippings, obituaries and associated clippings from old newspapers.


  • Linebaugh Public Library
    105 West Vine St.
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130-3673
    Phone: 1-615-893-4131
    Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m.-5p.m. Sun. 1-6 p.m. 
    Web site: http://www.linebaugh.org/
    The Linebaugh Library System services Linebaugh, Eagleville and Smyrna. Though it does not appear to draw attention to its genealogy collection, a search of the online catalog for the word genealogy brings up nearly 4,000 titles.


  • East Tennessee Historical Center
    Street Address:
    601 South Gay St.
    Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629
    Phone: 1-865-215-8824
    Web site: http://www.easttnhistory.org/
    E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org
    Mailing Address: PO Box 1629, Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
    Hours: (Eastern Time): Mon. and Tues. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Wed., Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun.1 p.m.-5 p.m.
    The East Tennessee Historical Center is the home of the East Tennessee Historical Society. The center has a museum, exhibits and programs regarding the East Tennessee History. The associated Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection ranks among the top research and genealogical libraries in the Southeast because of the rare manuscript collections, an extensive photograph collection, maps, and books.  The McClung Collection is your gateway to exploring the family and history of the East Tennessee region.

Family History Centers

Bedford County Tennessee Genealogy Societies

Bedford County Historical Society
P. O. Box 141
Shelbyville, Tennessee 37162

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Bedford County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005

Bedford County Tennessee Genealogy Websites

Wikipedia
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Bedford County Tennessee Genealogy References

  1. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bedford County, Tennessee page 638, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Helen Crawford Marsh, Earliest County Court Records of Bedford County, Tennessee. Publ 1985.
  4. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Robert M. McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 13.
  9. Robert M. McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 13.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.
  12. Helen C Timothy R Marsh, Land Deed Genealogy of Bedford County, Tennessee 1807-1852. (Easley, South Carolina : Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1988) Page iv. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8583 R2m v. 1.
  13. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 22 August 2012)
  14. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  15. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  16. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  17. Sistler, Byron. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages, Nashville, Tennessee: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1988. FHL 976.8 V2sbyFHL 1597922